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Dag Nasty

Dag Nasty: Minority Of OneMinority Of One (2002)
Revelation Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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One has to wonder if the guys in Dag Nasty got the urge to reunite after they saw a lot of their 80s [and earlier] companions getting the reunion bug. It seems like older and older bands are getting the notion that they can keep up with today's music trends. Some bands are holding up nicely, some .
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One has to wonder if the guys in Dag Nasty got the urge to reunite after they saw a lot of their 80s [and earlier] companions getting the reunion bug. It seems like older and older bands are getting the notion that they can keep up with today's music trends. Some bands are holding up nicely, some bands are bombing out horribly. Where does Dag Nasty's first output in ten years fall? Somewhere in the middle.

To be honest, I couldn't tell you if this album is a return to form - I've never heard Dag Nasty before this album [yeah, yeah, I know - I'm not punk]. I had always heard stories about them, though. They were legends in the DC scene, they helped pioneer the now commonplace "emo" sound, their influence was widespread all over the world - I don't know about any of this.

What I do know is that this album is 12 tracks and 35 minutes of medium-grade skatepunk. Nothing on this album will make your jaw drop, but there are some damn good songs. The opener "Ghosts" does exactly what an opener should do - it gets you psyched up for the rest of the album. With it's fast paced tempo and catchy guitar work, it puts the majority of Epitaph and Fat's rosters to shame.

The title track is next, and does a good job of keeping the album's energy up. The chorus of "Question / Priorites / Don't trust / The majority / Even when you're a minority of one" is so goddamn catchy it will be in your dreams [swear to god, it was in mine last night]. Brian Baker's guitar solo is great, too, and it shows that he's been holding back some of his best licks from the Bad Religion boys.

"Bottle This" keeps the rock flowing with a slower tempo, but a much harder, driving guitar part. The well placed vocal harmonies in this song also sound great. The song takes a nosedive about 2 minutes in, though, when singer Dave Smalley finds it neccessary to deliver a broad, nonsensical spoken rant. When will that guy ever learn...

After this though, there's not much more outstanding material on the album. The band's contribution to the "Disarming Violence" compilation from a few years ago, "Incinerate," is on here. Unfortunately, I don't think it has been rerecorded at all, and you can tell, as the sound quality is drastically lower than the tracks surrounding it. The bass is barely audible in the song. It's still a great song, but if I was a Dag fan, I'd be mad that they included that song after it was already released.

The rest of the songs on this album sort of meld into one long skatepunk elevator music; nothing is dynamic enough to stand out from the rest of the pack. A lot of the songs have a definite Bad Religion feel to them, which makes sense since Brian "moonlights" in BR. My biggest complaint of this album [besides the pointless and worthless unlisted cover of Generation X's "100 Punks"] is Smalley's voice overall. He's been singing lead for close to 2 decades now with Dag, ALL, Down By Law, and the Sharpshooters, and his vocal delivery is still as nasal and overpronounced as ever. I can withstand it for the first few songs, but then it just grates on my nerves.

The album isn't bad, but it's nowhere near as astounding as people are making it out to be. I could see this being blared in skateparks across the country or on a crappy PA in between bands at a VFW show, but I can't see it changing the world any time soon.

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i-hate-winnipeg (December 5, 2007)

by the way, i love you wyzo.

i-hate-winnipeg (December 5, 2007)

what the hell are you doing, saying that this record landed somewhere in the middle of reunited bands mainstream quality if you've never even heard anything else by Dag Nasty. that's fuckin' retarted...

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

not a bad record but I don't find any very good song

Anonymous (May 15, 2003)

Hands down, this is a great album. It sounds like several of you need to grow roots before spouting off some uninformed rhetoric about what is should have been. By the way, I spoke with Dave Smalley about this album at length, and "Incinerate" was NOT re-recorded, but it was re-mixed & re-mastered. It is pretty obvious that the song came from a different recording batch. This is one of the best releases of last year.

-M

Anonymous (August 23, 2002)

PEEEEUUUUUUUUU.........................
This record really stinks

Anonymous (August 23, 2002)

This below me is why Scott is great. Yea, he made a mistake, we all do from time to time. Rather than simply find out he was wrong & forget about it, he issues an apology & corrects his mistake. Very adult of you Scott. (no, this post was not sarcasm)

maverick (August 22, 2002)

Dammit.

I concede the X/Generation X mixup, my apologies.

Changing the review now...

-Scott

Anonymous (August 22, 2002)

This is very boring,i thought these guys would come back strong but.... Zzzzzzzzzzzz-oldpunker-

seek (August 22, 2002)

and "HONE" isn't a typo, it is part of the SQL call.

seek (August 22, 2002)

Actually they are right, Scott. :/

Proof: http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=HONE|HUNDRED|PUNKS

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

Man this record just plain sucks!

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

Generation X you dipshit!

maverick (August 21, 2002)

Dear Jesus:

You're wrong. "100 Punks" is by X. I dare you to find evidence otherwise.

-Scott

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

I think this is one of the best Dag releases.Too bad they don't plan on touring or pllaying any shows:(

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

I haven't heard the album, but "100 Punks" is a Generation X song, not an X song.

Hokay,
Jesus

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

I think its a great punk record, and I already had a review underway... I'll send it in soon.

BTW "Incinerate" is definitely rerecorded.

--Cos

seek (August 20, 2002)

Well, Scott, I guess we learned one thing: Dag Nasty fans = rabid bloodsucking hellbeasts.

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

Next.......................

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

Way better than I thought it would be. Dag is one of my favorite bands, but I don't really consider any of their releases after the break-up (in '88) to be the real DN. That said, this is a very solid album. It's not spectacular, but it gets the job done and it's been in rotation in my player since I got it. If you don't have the 3 original Dag Nasty albums (Can I Say, Wig Out at Denko's and Field Day), get those before you get this. If you're lucky, maybe you'll find the original issue of Can I Say and Wig Out at Denko's on the same CD.

maverick (August 20, 2002)

Okay, here's the deal:
Rev sent me this album to review.

No one at Dischord or Epitaph took it upon themselves to supply me with the back catalog neccesary to faithfully analyze this release.

I do not have the financial stability to go out and buy the band's back catalog, nor do I use any sort of file-sharing program, so downloading MP3s is out of the question.

I work with what I have.

-Scott

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

I don't see why he should know all about the band just because he's reviewing a "reunion" album. He's reviewing the album, not the band. Idiots. And it's a terribly overrated band, too. Not bad, but not good either.

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

I don't want to start one of those "you're not punk" arguments...but if you're going to review an album by a band...especially a reunion album, wouldn't it make sence to do a little research and get familiar with what the band is and does?

wyzo (August 20, 2002)

and yes "incinerate" was re-recorded you deaf helen kellerifically tone deaf mute, did you listen to the record in a metal work shop?

Maybe if you can't tell that the version of 'incinerate' has been rerecorded, and you hear it being lower in the mix despite again it not being the old version, maybe you should review an easier record that your mind wont play tricks on you with.
grrr.
wyzo

wyzo (August 20, 2002)

youve never heard dag nasty, yet your reviewing the new reunion album? This isnt a "reunion" mr.bands cashing in on the reunion bug, they dont tour, they just record like they did on Four on the floor, its purely a studio effort. Cover bands are being encouraged on their website to take up the dag nasty.

Skatepunk, its not. Dave Smalleys voice is fucking golden. His 'nonsensical rant' in that one song is trademark of old dag nasty songs, what you call 'overpronounced' vocals whatever overpronouncing implies, ive never heard someone complain of over pronouncing words, is the smalley scream.

Great album.
wyzo

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

Yer all a buncha dimwits. Minority of One kicks some major fuckin ass. Has a real classic feel to it with the band in their true form. No mention of "Wasting Away" either, one of the most killer Dag Nasty tracks I've ever heard. I listened to "Incinerate" probably close to a million times on the comp before this and it's DEFINITELY re-recorded. No question about it.

Don't listen to anyone, go get it!

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

I thought it was a pretty damn good record... - bigjerk

seek (August 20, 2002)

This is absolutely nothing compared to their old stuff. This is no Can I Say. That album was there bread and butter. With songs like "Can I Say" and "Under Your Influence", I suggest newcomers to this bands check out THAT album first, and not this one. A fairly poor effort from a really good band.

Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

they should be up front with everyone and just tell them that this is bad religion's OTHER 2002 release.

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