Untitled 21: A Juvenile Tribute To Swingin’ Utters
Label: Red Scare Records
Released: February 16, 2010
01. Useless ID – Unpopular Again
02. Smalltown – Politician
03. Roll The Tanks – Windspitting Punk
04. Dropkick Murphys – Strongman
05. Cobra Skulls – If You Want Me To
06. Moonshine – Back To You
07. Broke ‘Til Thursday – As You Start Leaving
08. Flatfoot 56 – Looking For Something To Follow
09. La Plebe – All That I Can Give
10. Fucked Up – Lazer Attack
11. The Hollowpoints – From The Observatory
12. The Fucking Buckaroos – Fruitless Fortunes
13. Teenage Bottlerocket – London Drunk
14. Everybody Out! – No Time To Play
15. Vultures United – To Return Now
16. Off With Their Heads – Next In Line
17. Massacre Time – Nine To Five
18. The Frantic – Heaven At Seventeen
19. Street Dogs – Dirty Sea (Live)
20. Johnny Two Bags – Pills & Smoke
21. The Sore Thumbs – 15th And T
22. The Oozzies – Storybook Disease
23. The Outlaw Dance Society – Smokestack Dreams
24. Blag Jesus And The Druglords Of The Avenues – Jackie Jab
25. Joe Coffee – Smoke Like A Girl
26. Left Alone – Twenty-Three
27. Zero Bullshit – Something Sticky
28. Russ Rankin – Beached Sailor
29. Teen Idols – Five Lessons Learned
30. The Departed – I Need Feedback
31. The Forgotten – Catastrophe
Half of the bands on this compilation have been written about here in the world-famous Mike Check column on everybody’s favorite website Strange Reaction, Dropkick Murphys, Cobra Skulls, La Plebe, Everybody Out, Street Dogs, and The Hollowpoints, plus many more.
Those of you that follow this column know that I’m a massive Everybody Out! Fan, so with heavy heart I have to say this isn’t a great track from them. After Sweeney Todd left the band they worked with Paul Russo, and Paul handled the vocals on this track, before Eric DellaBarbara, from The Confrontation, replaced him. Anyway, Paul’s vocals just don’t fit. Sweeney’s vocals, and Rick Barton’s guitar were the EBO sound, and now it’s a bit lost.
Here’s the press release from Red Scare Records, they sum it up very nicely: Swingin’ Utters had been a band for just over 21 years when we first began putting this tribute together for the beloved street punk heroes. Before we knew it, bands were coming out of the woodwork with their offerings: established acts like Dropkick Murphys and Fucked Up, as well as upstarts like Cobra Skulls and Off With Their Heads. Bands of all stripes from different sub-scenes and from far-off places like Israel and Sweden. The Utters may have started out as an earnest, working-class punk band from San Francisco, but their music has reached audiences far and wide. This collection is a testament to just how relevant and influential Swingin’ Utters are to all of us, and most importantly, this is the punk scene’s way of saying thanks.
Rating: ** * two out of three stars
The standout cuts are: All That I Can Give, and Dirty Sea.
If you find it, give it a listen.
On with the story . . .
Once every blue moon, or once every decade, or so, whichever comes first, I meet someone that really makes me reevaluate the way I see things.
Back in 1996, when my daughter was two years old I took her to Burger King on Reseda Blvd, and Vanowen Ave in Reseda. It’s not there anymore, I think it’s a Starbucks or a Jack In The Box, . . . isn’t everything a Starbucks?
Anyway, she was two, she needed to eat, and play, and this particular Burger King had a massive outdoor play area, so we went. She nibbled for a bit, and when she was finished she was ready to hit the playground.
Now, any of you that have kids know that one of the worst things about taking your kids to play at parks, playgrounds, or the mall, is the piece-of-shit kids that hang around these places for the sole purpose of fucking with your kids. Complete lack of attention, and love has turned these future OZ inmates into complete sociopaths. So, while their massively obese parents sit over to the side, messing with their cell phones, and sweating gravy, you are forced to discipline their degenerate wastes of sperm.
Well, now that I got that out of the way . . . here’s what happened. We walk outside, there is an eight-year-old boy hiding underneath the slide, a three or four-year-old boy comes sliding down, the eight year old grabs the kid from the bottom of the slide, and throws him to the ground. I look around, and there is only one other parent out in the play yard. So, I ask him nicely, “Is this your fucking kid.” While asking him I couldn’t help but notice how much he looked like Moby. Anyway, he shakes his head, and says” “No.” The kid that was thrown to the ground was his. So, I say: “Whose kid is he?” Moby just shrugs.
So, my Daughter headed to the top of the playground’s tunnels, and was about to come down the slide. Right then I see the eight-year-old excrement position himself under the slide so that he could tackle my little girl. Well, I wasn’t going to allow that. So, I get up, walk over, and lift him up by the back of his collar, walk in to the Burger King, and say, “Who does this little fucker belong to?” Not a freaking sound. If this was a movie, all you would hear would be crickets. Nobody looks up, and nobody speaks. I put the kid down, he runs screaming, and I go back out. My Daughter, and the other kid are running through the tunnels, sliding, laughing, and having a great time.
I sit down, and then Moby asks me what I do for a living, I tell him I’m a graphic designer, then ask him the same question. He says, “This.” I ask him to explain. He says, “Watch my kid live, and have fun.” So, I think to myself, I just got finished getting rid of some a-hole kid, and now I have to deal with this whack-job.
Then, he starts his story, turns out he was a big time lawyer, with no time for his family. He was diagnosed with a very serious form of cancer. He quit his job, bought a guitar, taught himself to play, and just started enjoying life for the first time since he was a kid.
As we spoke he said he beat the cancer, and in a few weeks he was going to do a solo gig at a bar on Ventura Blvd. I wished him luck, and thought about this guy often over the years.
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