VAPIDS, THE: Charm School Dropouts: LP

It’s comforting to know that we live in a world where this classic fourth LP by these Canadian pop punk gods warrants another reissue. I did a double-take when the 2020 repress of Charm School Dropouts arrived, because it seems like only yesterday that the first reissue of it appeared. Shocked at the reminder that the original came out in 2001 with the first reissue hitting in 2009, time is indeed moving quickly. The Ramones played their last shows just five years before these songs were recorded, a notable point since most pop punk in 2001 was more heavily influenced by 1990s era tropes than it was by Ramones stylings. Continuing to stand the test of time, Charm School Dropouts definitely belongs in your record collection. –Art Ettinger (Mom’s Basement, momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com)