Descendents - Milo Goes To College (Cover Artwork)


Descendents: Milo Goes To CollegeMilo Goes To College (1982)
SST Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: ZeiterZeiter
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When one looks at the earlier albums of any band, especially punk bands, the oldest tend to be the worst (NOFX anyone?). So when I first heard this album, knowing that it was the Descendents first full length album, I didn't expect anything great. To my suprise, I found an album that ranked up .
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When one looks at the earlier albums of any band, especially punk bands, the oldest tend to be the worst (NOFX anyone?). So when I first heard this album, knowing that it was the Descendents first full length album, I didn't expect anything great.

To my suprise, I found an album that ranked up there with 'Everything Sucks' and 'All', perhaps even better that the two. While this album may not have the production values of the two newer releases I mentioned, the songs are as good. "Myage" is a great song to kick off an album, a sweet bass line and we're off! A song like "Suburban Home" basically sums up the sentiment of society at the time, always wanting to fit nicley into categories, this tune does a great job of poking fun at this aspect of pop culture. "Hope" is basically the rally cry of all lovelorne 'losers' in the 1980's. This song is the best song Milo ever wrote, and ranks up there as one of the best Descendents tunes. Any pop-punk band would have had to have listened to this album alot in order to achieve a decent pop sound.

Calling this album pop-punk, though, is an unfair generalization. There are also alot of more hardcore bursts of energy... basically any song under one minute, or around there. This is why this album has influenced both popier and more hardcore bands, the album has aspects of both, but makes both work with a great sense of melody.


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9mind8 (January 8, 2015)

All their other 80's albums are littered with tracks that I have to skip but this puppy is an all time classic from start to finish. I listen to this at least 5 times a year….every year. Not intentionally I just 'have' to put this record on more than just about any other record I own

lostcausegiveup (June 13, 2014)

One of the first punk albums I got my grubby little mitts on. Really stands the test of time. New album, please.

lostcausegiveup (June 13, 2014)


wadledee12 (January 5, 2014)

This is a great album. I didn't really like the last 2 tracks and I hated Marriage but everything else was spot on and punk as fuck

CincoDeMilo (September 26, 2013)

This is the worst review I've ever read. In the top ten best punk albums. Last four songs are the birth of pop punk.

bobby72 (September 20, 2013)

In my opinion of the greatest punk albums of all time! Wouldn't add or take anything. Perfect like this!

sorteal (December 25, 2012)

While most people in my age group discovered punk thanks to Green Day, I on the hand was well versed in punk by the time Dookie hit thanks to bands like Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and The Descendents! Milo and Company will always be one of my favorites bands regardless of genre! This was the album that introduced me to punk and in a way Hardcore.

patlikespunk (November 21, 2012)

Top 100 Albums of all time for me!!

Sc0ttfree (October 11, 2012)

I've always seen The Decendants as Revenge of the Nerds, but pissed off and punk as fuck.
This album is just that.

hbwlons (October 7, 2012)

Bikeage is a great song

OffspringKickAss (July 6, 2012)

Not a bad song on the record, damn good album!

nahbro (June 5, 2012)

Milo was smart to go to college before the tuition hikes.

chuzwuzza (May 8, 2012)

Legendary album, one of punk's classics

BorgieBaby (April 20, 2012)

Sick album, every song rocked besides M-16, that one was annoying

sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

Never to be revisited again. They went down the tubes after '89's All. Only sharing some similarities with other 80-82 punk bands. Not pop punk. Punk! All. No. All.

sean021122 (March 1, 2012)

Absolutely perfect record minus all the anti-female hatred induced lyrics. Get a clue milo and learn to love women. They are the superior sex and the reason that we as humans embrace love and all it's magic :D Buy it now!

nedsammy (September 12, 2010)

what an awesome goddamn album. also, Spot manned the boards for the recording, and i think there's more than a hint of black flag around this disc.

ramsey (December 24, 2008)

suburban home - fuckin amazing
overall the band kicks ass

nandorude82 (December 10, 2008)


FroggerWithMyLife (November 30, 2008)

Freekin love this album the last four tracks are all gold. Some other highlights are kabuki girl, i'm not a loser, catalina, and suburban home.

C-Men (June 28, 2008)

i love the lyrics to suburban home. a great band with a great album!

madison (March 11, 2008)

this is probably one of my absolute favorite albums of all time.

bankrupt (March 6, 2008)

I fckin love "Milo goes to college" it's one of the best punk rawk albums i ever heard."Suburban home" is an awesome song from that album

Xithyl (February 19, 2008)

One of the best albums I have ever heard and one that shaped the way I listened to music growing up. Endless appreciation.

dontwantaname (February 7, 2008)

Ha, this album's fuckin' SICK!! I think I've listened to it about 3 times.

walkamongusx (January 18, 2008)

This album is amazing. Bikeage and Hope are to me ...by far the best songs on the album and just two of the best "punk" and just all around rock songs i have ever heard.
I feel proud wearing my self made printed descendents shirt. these guys are legends.

i-hate-winnipeg (October 14, 2007)

amazingly great album!!!

and to thte dumbass that said that this album is just plain punk and even homophobic...

1. DUH!

2. no it's not! sure, he says "you fucking homo!" and stuff in I'm Not a Loser, but he's singing about what people say to him! you should probably look up these guys before you accuse because normally geeks get harrassed like that in highschool (around the time this album was made)...

AlexBLP (September 24, 2007)

An absolute 24 carat classic for sure.

with regard to the questionable lyrics to 'Im Not A Loser', you've got to remember that a) these guys were still very young kids when this was recorded, and b) the whole album is filled with goofy, nervous, nerdy anger. look at the stuff they wrote later than this! ('Ergo Fart' anyone?) that ranting style language in ' ..Loser' is nothing more than what kids say, and they themselves have always maintained that it was just young punk rock banter.

Unlike the calculated hatred repeatedly brought up, supported and condoned after the fact by the fully grown men in Bad Brains.. but no-one dares say a word against them!

warped (September 3, 2007)

One of the best albums from the 80s

SumWon (August 3, 2007)

Great album. Changed everything for me.

This is one of the few albums that attained sequencing perfection: Put one of your best songs at the very beginning, followed by your shorter songs to get the album moving. Then pile all of your other best songs on towards the end. Gives you some immediate gratification to get things going and then knocks you on your ass repeatedly as it wraps up.

brendino (April 18, 2007)

This and the bonus fat are my favorite descendents albums

tjrocks12 (February 14, 2007)

i heard "suburban home" and "i'm not a loser" and now i want this so fucking bad! but my gay little F.Y.E. store seems more concerned with rappers and country bums!!!! there's a "hip-hop" section, theres a "country" section , there's even a "metal" section. but no fucking punk. why can't there be an "Alternative/punk" section?!?!?! why must i dig around in the "rock/pop" sectio for black flag and sick of it all!!!!

mike_litt69 (February 13, 2007)

i heard som of their newer shit and loved it. then i downloaded milo goes to college and was disapointed. it is just a plain punk sounding album with a homophoebic message.

tjrocks12 (February 8, 2007)

great album. short, punchy songs with good vocals.

jt (December 13, 2006)

Amazing album! even if u dont like this album u have to respect the descendents for all of the bands that they set the stage for

noway (November 9, 2006)

this is an obvious must have for any punk. descendents at their best

resolute_infliction (October 29, 2006)

This album is more than just an excellent collection suggestion, but a MANDATORY one.

totalstranga (July 25, 2006)

great album. I'm suprised no ones bashed the lyrics to Im Not A Loser as homophobic. I think they are in jest though, and I found it funny when I was like 12 and in 6th grade like someone below was saying, all skateboarding and shit.

Sasquatch (July 21, 2006)

This album should be considered one of the best and most important punk albums ever released. This is right up there with Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables and Ramones. The contribution the Descendants have made to punk is unmeasurable. Half the punk bands out there either wouldn't exist or would have a completely different sound if not for the Descendants. Not only that, but this is truely a great album, too.

kill_fftl (July 13, 2006)

words cannot explain this album other then one of the best punk albums

perfect 5 stars

JakeRazor (July 11, 2006)

I wish I could give this album a million stars. Or more.

God it's good.

Anonymous (June 9, 2006)

Easily one of the best punk albums of all time. The fact the reviewer heard this album after "Everything Sucks" and "ALL" is kind of sad

kingofpain (May 16, 2006)

Why the fuck isn't this a ten?

kingofpain (May 16, 2006)

Why the fuck isn't this a ten?

Anonymous (April 26, 2006)

this should have got a 10

Anonymous (April 6, 2006)

first time I heard this album I was in the 6th grade skating my ass to my girlfriends house with my cassette Walkman...vivid memory........ hahahaha.
i don't know why I wrote this

timmytheturtle1039 (December 15, 2005)

alot better than everything sucks and i dont want to grow up

miff (November 2, 2005)

i cant find this cd for les than £16 which sucks so i havent bought hoping ill find it for £8 or summat like that but in the meantime ill have to hope

miff (November 2, 2005)

punk bands usualy produce their best stuff on theri first records look at black flag dead kenedys minor threat bad religion fugazi rancid operation ivy in my opinion their best stuff cmae first n then they just deteriorated well not bad religion

Anonymous (February 25, 2005)

Fat Mike's favorite album.

zeiter (August 6, 2002)

Yeah, I was wrong in saying that punk bands usually suck on their earlier releases. The Ramones early stuff kicks ass compared to their later work. But generally speaking, most bands get better with experiance, although there are a few exceptions.

Anonymous (August 5, 2002)

Great album.

You're wrong about how older punk albums are the worst.
Compare the Ramones first albums to their later ones.

Most punk bands were only good for an album or 2. Many didn't even make it to that stage(EP's). For most punk bands, the more albums they put out, the shittier they became, like NoFX, who was really only good for a few songs anyway.

Anonymous (August 5, 2002)

It always seems like Everything Suck, my favorite descendents album, gets mixed ranking among classic descendents albums. I think it is 10 time better than Somery but only a little better than Milo Goes to College. Unfortunately I missed seeing them at Skate and Surf Fest, which would have been my first and only time seeing them. But hopefuly, with a new album in the works, I will get to go watch them on a tour... hopefully. Oh yea, and All sucks. Cant stand them.-pat41

Anonymous (August 5, 2002)

Classic, reminds me of my early skateboarding days back in the day-oldpunker

sickboi (August 4, 2002)

Awesome, but I'd recommend "Somery", it has all the classic shit on one album.

evildeadalive (August 4, 2002)

Yes, I bought Two things at Once also. It was actually cheaper than either MGTC or Bonus Fat were individually, who the hell knows why.
One of the greatest albums of all time by any band.
147 times better than Everything Sucks by the way (even though I don't dislike that album).

waste_elite (August 4, 2002)

easily my favorite descendents album. classic.

Anonymous (August 3, 2002)

Instead of getting this, get "Two Things at Once" which has this and the Bonus Fat EP together on one CD for about the same price. I think Liveage is over-all the best 'dents CD, mostly because the versions on there pack so much more punch than their studio counterparts. And I agree with an earlier poster, Everything Sucks is my fav 'dents studio album. They, along with ALL, just get better with age. The mature songwriting on the ALL albums and the Descendents reunion album sounds a lot better to me. This is still an excellent album though.

JonBonBandersnatch (August 3, 2002)

i agree with the anonymous post. this is hands down their best most consistently good album of their career. ten times better than everything sucks and twenty times better than all. i think "i dont wanna grow up" is better than both of those albums (athough as one poster put it, it get really sappy at times).

Anonymous (August 3, 2002)

You think this might be "ranked up there with All and Everything Sucks"? Sorry buddy, but this is as great as this band would ever get, those two albums don't even come close.

Anonymous (August 3, 2002)

Hope is a rally cry for lovelorne losers in the 1980s. Only in the 80s? I'd say it sums up my life today.

TheOneTrueBill (August 3, 2002)

a really good record, my favorite descendents one, but they ended up getting a little too poppy for my tastes later on (side 2 of "I Dont want to grow up" i cant even listen to)

Anonymous (August 3, 2002)

Finally! I was waiting for someone to review this album. I wrote a review for this about 2 months ago, but after reading it over, I realized it sucked ass (like the rest of my reviews, can't write for shit), so I never sent it in. Anyway, great album. This is their best, without a doubt. This has a lot more energy that their others. -SaYnE GuY (spelling errors and all.)

AtomicGarden (August 3, 2002)

This is one of the greatest albums of the 80's in the punk scene. When I think of the Descendents, I think of Hope. I think of "I'm not a Punk" and "I'm not a Loser"... what a fucking awesome album. Easily my favorite Descendent's album.

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