All You Can Eat

Un Oeuf

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The second and final album by San Francisco punks All You Can Eat (they also released a number of 7" singles and EPs during their nine-year lifespan), 1994's Un Oeuf makes absolutely no pretensions towards commercialism, from the meaningless title to the funky homemade graphics of the sleeve. What's impressive about this dedication to D.I.Y. indie cred is that this quartet's melodic punk is, at heart, not that different from, say, Bad Religion or the Offspring, and in the post-Green Day world, it would have been dead easy for All You Can Eat to sign with at least a large indie, if not a major. Burning through 13 tracks in just over 26 minutes, Un Oeuf is fast to the point of being blurry, with the songs largely passing by in an indistinct maelstrom of hyperspeed guitars and stoner-next-door vocals. Listened to one at a time, however, the speedy charms of the songs come through. All You Can Eat recalls the early-'80s heyday of the California hardcore scene, those halcyon days before Black Flag discovered both weed and Black Sabbath records (in the process more or less inventing grunge), when "faster and louder" was both an ambition and a credo and humor was still an acceptable part of punk. (Check out the glockenspiel-based "All You Can Eat Theme Song," the last of the three unlisted bonus tracks.) Un Oeuf is not an earthshaking record, but it's a prime slab of pure punk attitude.

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