The Queers

Live in West Hollywood

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Overly prolific and growing tired after nearly two decades, the Queers of Live in West Hollywood are not the same inspired group that gave us Don't Back Down and Grow Up. First, the lineup has completely changed. Longtime drummer Hugh O' Neil passed away several years ago and bassist B-Face left the band, leaving only songwriter Joe Queer and whoever else he could scare up. Also, on the 32 songs here, they've mostly ignored their last couple albums, a good idea, as those records were completely forgettable. So, this record features the Queers ripping through a set of their classics with few stops, รก la the Ramones. But almost all of these songs are available in better versions on at least one or two other discs. There are some good covers, Tommy James and the Shondels' "Mirage," Les Hernandez' "Another Girl," and the Ramones' "Kill That Girl," but they don't warrant wasting money on this collection. Live albums from punk bands are usually pretty useless, as they often feature badly recorded versions of songs that are exactly the same as those on the band's studio albums. Live in West Hollywood is recorded well, but the Queers sound like they are going through their catalog by rote, as they have for quite a few years since Don't Back Down's success. They've lost the sort of punk rock, Beach Boys sound that they captured on that disc and replaced it with a generic, straightforward sound.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
1:56 SpotifyAmazon
2 0:40 SpotifyAmazon
3
0:58 SpotifyAmazon
4
0:21 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:00 SpotifyAmazon
6 1:37 SpotifyAmazon
7
1:43 SpotifyAmazon
8
1:40 SpotifyAmazon
9
2:45 SpotifyAmazon
10 1:26 SpotifyAmazon
11 1:03 SpotifyAmazon
12 1:13 SpotifyAmazon
13
0:45 SpotifyAmazon
14 1:56 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
16
1:17 Amazon
17
0:54 SpotifyAmazon
18 1:18 SpotifyAmazon
19
1:45 SpotifyAmazon
20
2:10 Amazon
21
0:57 SpotifyAmazon
22 1:14 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:06 SpotifyAmazon
24
2:30 SpotifyAmazon
25
1:40 SpotifyAmazon
26 1:55 SpotifyAmazon
27 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
28 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
29
1:39 SpotifyAmazon
30
1:07 SpotifyAmazon
31
3:37 SpotifyAmazon
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