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Screeching Weasel: Anthem for a New TomorrowAnthem for a New Tomorrow (1993)
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Screeching Weasel. You either love â??em or hate â??em. Nowadays you mostly hate them, but only for Ben Weasel's antics outside of their music. Yeah, he sucks as a person. But the string of albums he and the band made after they found their stride in the early '90s are downright incredible relics of the now-dubbed Ramonescore style.

In 1991, the band released My Brain Hurts, which saw Weasel's songwriting jump up in quality. â??92's Wiggle was just as good. Then in 1993, twenty years ago, Screeching Weasel dropped Anthem for a New Tomorrow on the punk rock world, which happened to be the first Weasel album I purchased, a little late in â??94. Anthem, released for the burgeoning Lookout! Records, found the band at their most diverse. There are the Ramones-homage pop punk gems Weasel found a true knack for (perfect example is the opener "I'm Gonna Strangle You") , but there are also fast, short blasts of Descendents-style punk ("Rubber Room," "Panic"), an instrumental track, and darker, weirder tunes like "I, Robot." Lead guitarist Jughead discovered the chorus pedal, which was huge in the early '90s (Nirvana, anyone?) giving quite a few of his guitar lines that underwater wavy quality not found on other Weasel albums, like in the instrumental cut I mentioned a second ago, "Inside Out."

"Peter Brady" features a pretty kick-ass cameo from Fat Mike, bringing Chicago and Bay Area punk rock together to great effect. This is Fat Mike at his youngest, loudest and snottiest, nabbing him between White Trash Two Heebs and a Bean and Punk In Drublic and at the start of Fat Wreck Chords--basically Burkett at the apex of his songwriting and influence. "Totally" brings the album back to Weasel's wheelhouse and is a quintessential skate/surf punk anthem (for a new tomorrow?). "Trance" shows the angrier, less-poppy side of the band, with a minor chord progression and mid-tempo swagger. It still has catchy "eye-ee-eyes," though, thank goodness. "Claire Monet" shows the touching, softer side of Weasel's lyrics, which was always a strong suit but never quite utilized to its full potential, featured in maybe one or two songs an album for the rest of the band's career.

Also of note is this is the first album to feature the "classic" lineup of SW, with Danny Vapid on bass and Ben taking over second guitar alongside Jughead, and Dan Panic on drums. The band is clearly locked in tight and at the their best, but they would break up (for the second time) shortly after the 1994 album How to Make Enemies and Irritate People, not even touring behind either record. They would reunite and put out a solid album in 1996's Bark Like a Dog, but the band were never the same. Anthem For A New Tomorrow represent Screeching Weasel showing their strengths while stretching in different directions. It is their best album, no doubt in my mind.

 

 
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BarleyPat (July 8, 2013)

Did that one dude below create an account JUST to comment on Screeching Weasel articles? What's the hangup, he punch your girlfriend or something? Anyways, old Screeching Weasel sucks, later Screeching Weasel sucks and I'd rather just cut out the middle man and go listen to the Ramones.

1776 (July 3, 2013)

Their best album, although "How to Make..." is underrated.

sean021122 (July 2, 2013)

One of the biggest piles of monkey shit available for aural consumption. This is where screeching ben hit the fan. The one where they sold out, forever changed into mainstream pop sellout mediocrity crap. And they never recovered. This record is so unpunk like it is pathetic. All pop, gloss, sheen, overproduction, soulless lyrics, childish fat mike-ish whiny vocals, and a walmart/hot topic mall sound. It got even worse from each record on. But on 'television city dream' they actually woke up and made a good record. But on every other release from "anthem" on, weasel's legacy sank further into the proverbial dumpster... Or was it ben's toilet? Filled with quickly fleeting fame, groupies, cash, unfulfilled dreams, and youth. All gone and now all he can do is beat his "ben weasel" personna even further into the ground with his soul crushing hypocrisy, self righteousness and arrogance. Yes ben foster is the pop punk version of axel rose indeed! Oh and he's also very adept at punching defenselss women and abusing them in all other ways as well. He hates females, and everyone else who doesn't fit in his perfect society. I will still listen to all their stuff from "wiggle" and before. But this piece of shit went into my local music shop's $1 bargain bin a long time ago. If you want a more recent weasel sound that still actually has balls get 'television city dream'. Forget everythijng else that came after 'wiggle'!

sean021122 (July 2, 2013)

One of the biggest piles of monkey shit available for aural consumption. This is where screeching ben hit the fan. The one where they sold out, forever changed into mainstream pop sellout mediocrity crap. And they never recovered. This record is so unpunk like it is pathetic. All pop, gloss, sheen, overproduction, soulless lyrics, childish fat mike-ish whiny vocals, and a walmart/hot topic mall sound. It got even worse from each record on. But on 'television city dream' they actually woke up and made a good record. But on every other release from "anthem" on, weasel's legacy sank further into the proverbial dumpster... Or was it ben's toilet? Filled with quickly fleeting fame, groupies, cash, unfulfilled dreams, and youth. All gone and now all he can do is beat his "ben weasel" personna even further into the ground with his soul crushing hypocrisy, self righteousness and arrogance. Yes ben foster is the pop punk version of axel rose indeed! Oh and he's also very adept at punching defenselss women and abusing them in all other ways as well. He hates females, and everyone else who doesn't fit in his perfect society. I will still listen to all their stuff from "wiggle" and before. But this piece of shit went into my local music shop's $1 bargain bin a long time ago. If you want a more recent weasel sound that still actually has balls get 'television city dream'. Forget everythijng else that came after 'wiggle'!

EchosMyron (July 2, 2013)

The only two songs on this album that I don't love are "I Don't Wanna Be Friends" and "Cancer in My Body." While I think they achieved their song-writing peak with My Brain Hurts, this one has by far their best sequencing and production. This is also their last studio album that qualifies as a must-own. (Kill All the Musicians is also very essential.)

I'm not sure that How to Make Enemies... has more than 3 great songs on it. The people who prefer it to Anthem are probably huge Menzingers fans or something.

likeaparasite (July 2, 2013)

"Totally" is one of the best love songs ever.

whoostin (July 2, 2013)

@tahoejeff I have a friend name Jeff who would completely agree with you

TahoeJeff (July 2, 2013)

Unpopular opinion: I think How to Make Enemies and Irritate People is better.

JayTee (July 2, 2013)

"I'm gonna strangle you" is pop-punk perfected. WHY oh WHY is the singer of this band such a douche year after year? It takes away from their body of work as a whole.

thenewpope (July 2, 2013)

i prefer My Brain Hurts but this is a close second. Still rock the original cassette I ordered from Lookout! in my car! I'm old as f***ck!

Dante3000 (July 2, 2013)

It's weird to think that today this album's title would mean Romney being president and stupid activist judges not over turning DOMA.

kidgotham (July 2, 2013)

Damn near perfect record.

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