Dead Milkmen - Beelzebubba

Dead Milkmen - Beelzebubba
Recording Location:
Arlyn Studios, Austin, TX
Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, American Punk, College Rock, Punk/New Wave, Comedy Rock, Comedy, Novelty
Release Date:

Having built up a sizeable cult with surprising mainstream exposure here and there, the Milkmen got as close as they ever would to high-profile success with Beelzebubba. The basic formula and approach of the band hadn't changed a lot, but they did get it all together to create another near-perfect single, "Punk Rock Girl." Sprightly and catchy, it mixes the unexpectedly tender, sweet side of the band with the usual drawling humor from Anonymous -- everything from accordion to utterly random Beach Boys (or is that the Mamas and the Papas?) references crop up. Beyond that splash, it was Milkmen time as usual: over the top, sarcastic, and more. Production was the clearest and most radio-friendly it ever was. The band's eternal hatred for trendoids, poseurs, and morons unsurprisingly continued to flourish from the first song in: "Brat in the Frat" targets the title character in question but spends some time demolishing the radical wannabe as well. Similarly amusing slams and smackdowns crop up throughout: "Bad Party," the snarky "Everybody's Got Nice Stuff But Me," and so forth. As an album through and through, Beelzebubba suffers from the same problem as Eat Your Paisley in many ways -- a load of potentially inspiring ideas that often don't add up in the end. "RC's Mom" is a good example; if the music is meant to parody funk, it doesn't do it as well as, say, Led Zeppelin's "The Crunge," and if it's a celebration, it's pretty obvious and boring. As for the vocals, well, never mind. But so long as songs like "My Many Smells" and "Born to Love Volcanoes" are around, there's still hope yet.

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RC's Mom / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
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I Walk the Thinnest Line / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
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Bad Party / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
Punk Rock Girl / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
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My Many Smells / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
Smokin' Banana Peels / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
The Guitar Song / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
Born to Love Volcanos / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
Everybody's Got Nice Stuff But Me / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
I Against Osborne / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen
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Life Is Shit / Dead MilkmenDead Milkmen

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