“All that punk shit sucks, it doesn’t belong on this world, it belongs on fucking Mars man!”
That, of course, is the ever quotable soundbite from the intro to the below song – a classic and suprisingly pretty much one hit wonder from American Hi-Fi.
I say surprising, of course, because they’re a great band. Take the below bonus clip – a live performance of the song The Art Of Losing which I’m willing to bet you’ve likely never heard before. It’s a fun song!
Surprising to think too that when the band got their first chance to play live on television, it wasn’t Flavor Of The Weak that they played, it was something new that they felt was just as good.
The good news is, of course, that this band is still active – they’ve never broken up. Check them out on a streaming service or something and you’ll see what I mean – they have a lot of good stuff to listen to.
Also, here’s a fun fact: Their frontman Stacey Jones (not to be confused with Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is more or less the Dave Grohl of punk rock, having formerly been the drummer for Veruca Salt and Letters For Cleo. Both fantastic bands.
This week’s video is a double throwback for reasons that you will soon understand, featuring MxPx.
Inserted below is MxPx’s universally loved and almost impossible to find film clip for their song I’m Ok, You’re Ok. Due to label politics, you won’t find the album this song is on or the one they did after that on music streaming services at all. Universal Music Group have shitcanned a lot of uploads of this clip to YouTube too. Cunts.
Never fear, we found a copy of it on Vimeo (until UMG discover this and kill it hehe).
For those of you that don’t know too much about MxPx’s history, back when they were called Magnified Plaid and they had a guy called Andy playing guitar, singer/bassist Mike Herrera was also singer/guitarist in a band called The Cootees – a four person lineup with two singers sharing lead much like Blink 182 did/do.
After Andy left MxPx, The drummer from The Cootees, Tom, joined MxPx as their new guitarist despite only knowing how to play power chords and that’s been the lineup of MxPx ever since. The Cootees, meanwhile, broke up soon after as MxPx started to become fairlr popular in the US and had to focus on one band.
The funny thing here is that I’m Ok, You’re Ok was a song that Mike sung in The Cootees. After the band broke up, he decided to reuse his song in MxPx years later because it was too good to leave in the past. For your listening reference, below is a recording of The Cootees’ verson of the song which I have to say sounds better. Check it out:
Here is the full album from The Cootees on Spotify. It’s a bit different to MxPx, huh?
As a bonus clip, here’s MxPx in 1998 playing live on everyone’s favorite Australian TV show in the 90’s, Recovery (!!!) playing Chick Magnet.
Ba ba ba da ba baaaaaa.
Another week in the books.
For this week’s trip down memory lane, I chose the film clip for Everclear‘s “Everything To Everyone”.
I love this film clip. It’s simple looking enough but it obviously would have involved a lot of stop-motion capturing and the like but they managed to maintain the energy of the song throughout the clip.
Also, I’m sure it’s not only me who feels like watching Everclear get into the song whilst playing actually makes the song feel more fun? That old lineup had a great presence about them.
As a bonus clip – remember that time Everclear had a song on the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack from the movie of the same name? We’re talking 1996 here. The greatest love story of all, performed by two lead actors who absolutely hated each other.
Well, here’s a clip of Everclear playing that song live at Woodstock, with lead singer Art being preoccupied on stage and staring at the boobs of girls half his age. All class.
For this week, we take you back to the early 2000’s to remind you of one of the coolest bands to ever come out of Melbourne – For Amusement Only.
Looking at them now, if they were a current band in this day and age with the benefits of social media by their side, they would have been so much bigger today than they were back then – and they were big anyway. They were awesome.
We really wanted to include a song from their first EP as well but there aren’t any video clips of those songs, so here’s the next best thing – staring at a still image in a YouTube video whilst having your ears treated to some FAO goodness.
This is a weekly segment where we want to remind you of old songs that could still elicit a stiffy or a clit-boner out of you after all these years.
We decided to kick off this first ever post of its kind with something from Bodyjar – although it’s just too hard to only pick one song.
So, here’s two of them. Enjoy.