The Medveds

Aging Failures

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From the inventors of "Nautical Punk" comes this release of collected tracks of earlier singles, EPs (such as My Mom Smoked My Stash and Your Drinking Ruined Christmas), and other sundry recording drunken ravings. Nautical punk is, of course, defined by Medveds guitarist/yeller Ben Hunter as "...something Popeye would enjoy -- the kind of music that makes you swing your arms back and forth from side to side." Of course, there are also tracks like "Ned the Pirate" to help the image. The songs are odd punk rock ramblings, mainly funny tracks that have a definite whiff of Boston hardcore to them, as if one was smelling the breath of a drunk. The Circle Jerks' influence shows up for a minutes before passing out inebriated among the other cultural wreckage of the band. And drunk is a good description of the band. Drunk and funny. The singular sense of humor exuded by the band evidences itself in songs like "She Won't Shave Her Legs," "The Old Souse," "Lucky Charm Whore," and the soon-to-be-classic "(Theme From) The Brutally Honest Cocksuckers." A good album for sudsin' it up and knockin' heads with one's mates.

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