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The Vandals

The Vandals: Internet Dating SuperstudsInternet Dating Superstuds (2002)
Kung Fu Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: mfmf
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The Vandals latest effort, Internet Dating Superstuds, is good. Alas, I'm having a really hard time coming up with anything inspired to say. Not, mind you, because this album is bad. Or because the songs suck. It's not. They don't. In fact, there are many elements of this CD that seem to say "This C.
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The Vandals latest effort, Internet Dating Superstuds, is good. Alas, I'm having a really hard time coming up with anything inspired to say. Not, mind you, because this album is bad. Or because the songs suck. It's not. They don't. In fact, there are many elements of this CD that seem to say "This CD is up to par with our past releases and is simply a bunch of new songs for you to listen to, because you like us."

While I doubt that this album will be the one to turn anyone on to the vandals, I can say that I don't think this album will turn people off of the vandals. Let's face it - if you're going to decide they've sold out, or changed, or whatever it is bitter punks do when their sense of being nieve dies - you would have done that several albums ago.

The Vandals generally seem to put their CDs together the same way every time - a quick, fast, hard hitting song has seemingly always taken space number one. IE: Fear of a Punk Planet had Pizza Tran. Live Fast had Let The Bad Times Roll. Look what I almost Stepped in has Behind the Music. This CD has 4 3 2 1 0 -1. It does what the vandals want, gets you set up for the album.

Then there's some amusing filler - Appreciate My Honesty and I'm Becoming You are good, but nothing to cause you to run screaming up to the front of a pit, singing the words, arms above head.

Disproportioned Head is the first song after 43210-1 that really makes a distinctive mark. It's amusing. the music is good. You might say: It rocks out.

But Soccer Mom is where the CD gets interesting. Leave it to the vandals to find things to write songs about that most people just, don't. Like a love affair with a recently divorced, SUV driving soccer mom. Another ammusing, rawkin'-good-time song.

We'll All Get Laid almost makes me think of Live, Fast Diharrea (my personal favorite). It also might be the best song on this CD. Little Weirdo makes you think of that 80s movie featuring John Cuzack, Better Off Dead, where John's little brother escapes the earth while the credits roll. Once agian, the vandals unique creativity and song writing (read as: insanity) shines thru. Go Vandals!

I Can't Wait you may like, if you've been in such a situation. I have. I do. enough about me though. Where's Your Dignity? is an awesome song. A song you will listen to and think "Jesus, where was this song when person A had broken up with person B." it's also a well written, tight song. (I'm trying to come up with an adjective other then rockin, bear with me)

My Brain Tells My Body: Great Song. When I Say You I Mean Me : Another Great Song. The Unseen Tears Of The Albacore: Iffy. The message this song has has been done into the ground.

My Brother Is Gay seems personal to whichever band member wrote the song, so I won't criticize it. It doesn't seem very .. Vandals to me, in that the subject matter has been pretty much done into the ground by other bands. It doesn't have that unique slant or anything. But - musically, it's a really good song.

Lord of the Dance is a good song as well. Deffinately not filler. an excellent last song to end another great effort by the vandals.

If you like the vadals, buy this album.
If you don't, well, I'm sure you'll put your two cents in down below the review. For the record: Shut Up, I don't Care.
If You've never heard the vandals, I wouldn't recommend this as a first. Maybe a fourth. Maybe a fifth.

oh yeah, one more thing: the potential comedy goldmine of the vandals being internet dating superstuds was so amazingly overlooked it makes me nauseous. I mean, the "internet savvy jokes" the art seems to be attempting to make... aren't jokes. I mean, it's slightly, quickly, amusing that the pop-ups cover most of the lyrics. But sense we're talking about punk on a website I'm sure you'll agree that no matter how it's meant to be taken, pop-up ads fucking suck and are the devil and they will never ever get any laughs from anyone, unless its about X-10 cameras and your mom.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 4, 2004)

Vandals have a style unlike any other band I have ever heard. They were the first punk band I had ever listened too, so they are a favorite of mine. Frankly I find their songs more enjoyable than that "take me back" or "anarchy, fuck the government" or "america sucks, and animals have rights" horseshit you get from bands like NOFX, GoldFinger, and Anti Flag. Here lately its all same shit different shovel from "punk" bands.

Vandals do their own thing and do a damn good job of it. Nope, this cd wasnt their best release. Fear of a punk planet, The Quickeneing and Qhen in Rome are my favorites.

Anonymous (December 18, 2003)

actually Erik is the original drummer he left and then came back

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

this album is not bad although it's definitely not a top 3 vandals album. and certainly will never be an influential punk album. 4,3,2,1,0,-1 and disproportion head are pretty funny. I saw the vandals last night, warren is fucking crazy.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

I've been listening to The Vandals for some years now. The albums that really got me into it were The Quickening and Live Fast, Diarrhea. I liked the way those albums had catchy and fast melodies as well as raw sounding punk riffs. The lyrics were hilarious and the vocals were both shouted and sung. Those albums, plus the first one, are in my opinion the best stuff The Vandals have made. The new record is good too, but the lyrics aren't as funny as the used to be, and the music and vocals are getting one step closer to Blink 182.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

To the guy below me, I agree. The vandals were my favorite band when I was younger, but the joke got old. Ha Ha. The Vandals are still ok, but Dillinger Four are defintly ripping more shit up.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

this is an ok album. All the songs sound kinda the same though. I'd rather listen to Dillinger Four.

Tahoejeff (October 16, 2002)

To the guy 4 posts below me. Not the real Vandals? Maybe not the original vandals, well not all of them, but to say they are not the real Vandals is ridiculous. Seriously, this group of guys has put out the majority of the albums. Saying this is not the real Vandals is just as retarded as saying that NOFX isnt the real NOFX. Hefe has not been in the band since the beginning...hell...Erik the drummer wasnt even in the original. Is the present Bad Religion not the REAL Bad religion? They had a different line up when they first started? Or how about Lagwagon? Are they fake too? You see, bands sometimes go through these things called line-up changes. It doesnt make them fake. AS for the Vandals, yes their sound has changed, but in my opinion its for the better. And while the first 2 albums are classic, and dont get me wrong, they are great but it doesnt necesarily make them better. Internet Dating Superstuds is another great album by a great band. It hasnt left my cd player yet. Good review, I pretty much agree with it, but we all get laid kind of reminds me of "its a fact"...and I think that Lord of the Dance is awesome. Give this one a listen!

Anonymous (October 10, 2002)

People.....have got......to stop.....talking...like....william shatner. This...isn't...star trek.

-Vien

BostonMusicGuy (October 10, 2002)

I agree that this is definitley the real vandals... the vandals of earlier albums may have been better in your eyes... these vandals may be better in someone elses eyes... pretty much opinion is all you have here... but i do think that this is the real vandals since they have put a a majority of the albums. Just because you think differently doesnt mean someone else is wrong... -BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (October 10, 2002)

people who are bitching about this not being the 'real' vandals need something better to do. seriously. you're just fucking pathetic.

Anonymous (October 10, 2002)

I doubt it very likely that half the people here on this board have ever even seen the original Vandals since I reckon that probably that the majority of you weren't even born back in 1981.
Sorry folks but let's face the facts shall we........
1.This isn't the real Vandals
2.The songs are really stupid for one
3.Stevo,Human,Jan,& Joey was and will always be The Vandals
4.You all really lucked out folks sorry!
5.The first two albums are the only ones that'll ever matter
6.1991-2002-filler
7.They might as well call themselves Foghat mock 3,The Shangri La's 2000 featuring the original snare drum,Gerry & the Pacemakers starring Buddy Rich on drums,Dumb and old O.C. guys that can't get over the fact that the joke is old now,etc,etc.........
Peace Thru Vandalism

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

People should drop it already. This is a great band. They are very talented and original. This cd is great. It's not as good as Hitler bad Vandals good.
It is sure as hell better than all that EMO CRAP that you people are listening to. The vandals amuse me.

Vien (October 9, 2002)

I definitely agree. I don't know why alot of you are all butt crazy about the original line up. Anybody that knows anything about music can tell you the present vandals today are more talented and creative than when they first started. Josh is got to be one of the greatest drummers in punk music, Warren is such an inventer when it comes to writing songs and making up those crazy riffs, and Dave's vocals just creates the songs with great character. Belive or not, thier music can be considered very original, and just be glad you have the vandals today, they could of been worse(ex. DK Kennedy's).

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

Haven't heard this yet, but I'm sure its at least fun and worthy of a spot in my car for a bit. For the guy who says this isn't even the real Vandals --puhhleeeze. Drop it already. This has been the same line-up since Fear of a Punk Planet in 1991.

The original line-up put out Peace Thru Vandalism & When In Rome... The "not-real" Vandals have put out --

Fear of a Punk Planet
Live Fast Diarrhea
Oi To The World
The Quickening
Hitler Bad, Vandals Good
Look What I Almost Stepped In
Internet Dating Superstuds
... and the country album and live album

I'd have to say 99.9% of all you on here know the Vandals because of the above albums -- NOT the first two releases. Give it up. These are the real Vandals.

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

great album!

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

I don't even consider this The Vandals since this isn't even the real band

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

not their best album, but it's better than "look what i almost stepped in"

zeiter (October 8, 2002)

The Vandals Kick!! and so does the new album, so all you pussys just admit that an aging band CAN put out a sweet disc and shut up already!!

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

have you people even listened to the CD who are posting on here?

I know most people agree "Hitler Bad, Vandals Good" is probably their 2nd best CD (if not that, they at least agree it's a VERY good Vandals CD), and this is easily on par with it. "Look What I Almost Stepped In" was pretty good, but this is much, much better.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

The Vandals should really give up because the joke's so fucking old and stale now that it's sooooo embarrasing to watch.
They should really change their name to The Vandal since there's only one original member (Joey Escalante)left.
Not impressed at all sorry guys!
Stevo and Human you're sorely missed.
You guys were and will always be the real Vandals.

Vien (October 7, 2002)

Uhh...I don't know if Hendrix ever improvised any of his solos, but if he did, he did it a hell of alot better than Greg, plus he did have a certain technique with his vibrato, a technique in which he was greatly known for. I don't have much to say about his guitar playing except for obscure feeback and really really really experimental scales and riffs Greg plays. Just because he has great passion towards music and unafraid of his style of playing, that dosen't really make him a genius. Stevie ray vaughn(did I spell that right?), is what you can call an influential passionate guitar player, someone that is easily comparable to Hendrix. I see that Greg likes to challenge himself, but just because it's different doesn't mean it's good either.

Grass (October 7, 2002)

Right on with your review. This album doesn't blow anything away, but it doesn't blow either. I really like listening to this, especially after LWIASI sucked so much. I don't really understand the problem people have with this band. They're really old? So is Rancid, so is NOFX, so is Bad Religion. It's the old punks that enable the young bands to get the exposure they need. Like Stan Lee said "it's like whores and old buildings: you stick around long enough, eventually you get some respect". With the respect the old guys get they can start labels and go on tour with young bands and turn people on to them. Hooray for the old punks that can stick to their guns!

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

Actually, Greg had a creative and frenzied talent that distanced him from other guitarists. He WAS purely a genius in the fact that he was original, abrasive and unafraid. He would take a regular solo and just go nuts with it, that's pure art and expression. Thats a great guitar player, thats why Hendrix was so great. I'd have to say Ginn is right behind Hendrix as my fave guitar players. He's so much better than all those conservative players who focus on technical aspects more than emotion and expression. Just because it's different doesn't mean it's bad, I thought thats what the "punk" scene was about, I guess not, I guess you guys enjoy being fed the same lame shit day after day....oh well. Plus his style mirrored the lyrics and music. It was anguished, angry punk/metal and that's exactly what it sounded like.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

"Rub your feces like an ape"

A quote from this album. Wow how ridiculously horrible and unintelligent is that??????

Vien (October 7, 2002)

Greg ginn was an improvised style guitar player. Alot of the guitar riffs he played in live shows were terrible. He would solo for obscure amount of time playing these wierd guitar riffs. Listen to the live '84 record, alot of those notes don't make sense and sound horrible. They write good songs, but greg ginn isn't a genius, he just liked to mess around.

P.S. Are the exploited really neo-nazis?

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

And as for the Exploited- they suck and they pose and they are poor musicians. Give me Black Flag or Minor Threat, not that joke neo-nazi garbage that the Exploited play. Zero energy in that band, Black Flag made them look like 12 year olds with guitars back in '81. Greg Ginn was a genius.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

The difference between the Vandals and Blink is a big one, first off, they can actually play their instruments and their "cartoonish" stuff is acutally funny. Plus they are entertaining live. I remember their lead singer jumping up on the speakers at a show naked and yelling shit at the crowd and then jumping into it. Thats was great, but thankfully they could play as well. Not my cup of tea musically, but way better than the Blink and NFG trash.

Pseudonova (October 7, 2002)

Ok, the thing with the Vandals is, yes they may act silly, they may be a little cartoonish, but they always have at least a couple songs of substance. That is a whole hell of a lot more than I could ever say about Blink 182 post Dude Ranch or Sum 41. The truth is the Vandals have STUCK TO THEIR GUNS. Fear of a Punk Planet was even very silly on occaision, but not many people would say that album was "not punk". So even if you wish to characterize bands as "sellouts" you have no arguement here. They have not changed that much, they may have gotten better, but their style has remained essentially true.

Great Review. The Vandals were the first "punk" band I ever listened to on a regular basis, I have been a fan for a while. They have a hell of a live show too, they annually make the bands on the Warped tour look like amatures.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

I consider the exploited as "the beatles" compared to other bands like the casualties. Now that's crap.

eyeball_kid (October 7, 2002)

The Exploited would be good if they knew how to play their instruments or write songs. They are 'punk' though.

waste_elite (October 7, 2002)

sex and violence, sex and violence, sex and violence...

the exploited fucking suck. i don't understand why they've gained such a huge following.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

The Exploited are great!

Wait, I mean, SHUT UP: NO ONE CARES!

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

Who the hell would bother listening to this crap? The Vandals are starter punk for 12 year olds. Next, someone will be telling me how great Exploited are! Sheesh.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

Vandals are great live. so is guttermouth. go see them live first and then you can say how much they suck.

sloppyblake (October 6, 2002)

if it weren't for the vandals, pennywise, and 7 seconds; there would be no blink 182. blame them, not the band.

Anonymous (October 6, 2002)

have you people very seen the vandals live. there tight and they put on a good show. An in a industry of bitching and crying i like when a good band comes out with a funny record

Anonymous (October 6, 2002)

the vandals suck. guttermouth sucks. anti-flag sucks. propaghandi sucks. i'm no fucking hypocrite.

TheOneTrueBill (October 6, 2002)

unlike others i was blown away by this... i love every second of it

Anonymous (October 5, 2002)

Damn u people are hilarious. First you bitch about bands like Anti-Flag or Propaghandi because they whine 2 much about the government and hatred and then you people bitch about bands like Vandals beaause they joke around too much. WTF, make up your mind. HYPOCRITES. Anyways dont compare Vandals to Guttermouth, because GUttermouth do suck and Guttermouth wouldn't be around if Vandals werent there. Want some crap listen to the new guttermouth, but I agree this CD is mediocre at its worst. But its still ok, i guess.

Anonymous (October 5, 2002)

What's up brighton!! Hey this is the first gay bar we ever played. - Dave Quakenbush, Brighton, UK, July 2002

The Vandals don't suck - I've listened to this album tons and I like it a lot more than the last one - easily on par with Hitler Bad, Vandals Good.

Only Bad Religion can be Bad Religion you know.

zeiter (October 5, 2002)

Yeah, I really agree with the reviewer on this one. I wasn gonna review this CD but just couldnt see anything really bad or really good, just another solid Vandals album. It didn't blow me away, but it wasn't a disappointment either.

RightCliqificus (October 5, 2002)

Another band thats just as bad as blink 182. I hate joke bands. fuck these guys

Anonymous (October 5, 2002)

didnt the vandals actually discover blink 182 ??????

kirbypuckett (October 4, 2002)

I dig this album a lot, but I have a ton of bias, without them, I wouldn't be at this page.

Anyways...What needs to be mentioned is the video clips from the date contest. It's basically like that television show Blind Date, only with the Vandals. It's amusing, makes me giggle. How's that? That's fair.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/~uw/
(CKY rocks live)

Vien (October 4, 2002)

I'll probrably buy it for the cover art. It reminds me of south park.

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

look what i almost stepped in was no hitler bad, vandals good.... but it was still fairly decent
this however isnt what i would say is that good at all... its listenable but not going to be a favorite for any vandals fan
nor will it really attract new fans as you said

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

the vandals-old men singing about fucking girls in high school-you get dumber by the second when you listen to this band.

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

The Vandals (and Guttermouth) are a perfect example of a band not knowing when to call it quits. These guys were one of the bands that first got me into punk, and remained my favorites for a long time. Their albums now are so bland and uninspired - they just sound like they're going through the motions like they have a million times before. Their songs aren't even funny anymore. As much as I used to love 'em, I just wish they'd go do something else now.

This album is the same boring crap that their last one was. I give up.

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

I hope when im 40 i can still get some, theres nothing wrong with it, just cause you aren't doesn't mean no one should.

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

Yeah the yare prolly 40 or so but who cares. Dont compare em to sum 41. At least the vandals are original. Sum 41 & Blink rip off the vandals. so stfu you ass.

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

i know you don't care, but i'll fucking say it anyways you little bitch. the vandals are the worst band on this whole planet. they're worse than fucking sum41. at least sum 41 is acting their age. how old are these geezers anyways? shouldn't they be in retirement homes by now? 40 something year olds still singing about getting laid. its pathetic. but i'm sure these old guys don't care about being jackasss anyways, that's all they've ever been and all they ever will be.

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