VARIOUS ARTISTS: Get Out of My Club–The Manges Tribute Album: LP

Jul 25, 2018

European pop punk from the ‘90s on out was derivative to a fault; Italian pop punk was derivative to the point of insanity (one of their more prominent outfits back in the day was actually named “Stinking Polecat.” I rest my case). The Manges were probably at the head of the Italian pop punk class, but whether that makes them some sort of exception that proves some sort of rule or just the most divine turd in the punch bowl is likely a matter of how far down the rabbit hole the listener finds themselves these days. The continued regurgitation of Screeching Weasel/Queers tidbits didn’t do much for me fifteen or twenty years ago, and the fact that there are at least seventeen bands out there willing to regurgitate the regurgitations in this day and age is cause for either head-shaking and hand-wringing or a big party where everybody wears tight jeans and their best horizontally-striped shirt, depending on your position relative to the rabbit hole. With the exception of the Hiroshima’s amazing So-Cho Pistons, these songs don’t sound like covers, or even like they’re being performed by different bands— perhaps I think this because I’m not listening closely enough, but if you wanted to suggest that perhaps that’s because all the bands sound the same, I certainly wouldn’t stop you. If you like this sort of thing, you’ll love it. If you hate it, you’ll consider keeping it around because of the amazing Rock ‘n’ Roll High School tribute cover. BEST SONG So-Cho Pistons, “Uncle Walt.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Secret Agent in East Berlin.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: You can’t really hate a record with the Banana Splits on the cover. –Rev. Nørb (Mom’s Basement)