After their major-label debut (Third Eye) and their first staring roles in a feature film (The Spirit of 76), Redd Kross went back to their even campier alter egos and recorded Tater Comes Alive live at DNA in San Francisco on July 16, 1989 (CD/cassette bonus track "Don't Worry Kyoko" was recorded live at Los Angeles' Beatlefest on October 27, 1988). Of course, their recently raised profile meant that there would be many new friends invited, along with their usual cast of zanies. As wacky as the Ohio Express and the 1910 Fruitgum Company, Tater Totz took their VW vanload of camp very seriously live, taking tacky rock & roll posturing further than you would ever imagine possible. By bringing folks like Pat Smear, Pat Fear, Jennifer Schwartz, Olivia D'Abo, Sophia Coppola, and Danny Bonaduce up on-stage, Tater Totz brought high gaudiness and tambourine to classics like "Rock On," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Rain," "I Think I Love You," and many more.
AllMusic Review by Terrance Miles