Allister - Last Stop Suburbia (Cover Artwork)


Allister: Last Stop SuburbiaLast Stop Suburbia (2002)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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It's been about three years since Allister's debut cd, and they got themselves a pretty decently sized fan base with it, including me. I immensely enjoyed "Dead Ends And Girlfriends", and for a long time have been giving it heavy rotation. It was fast, catchy, and satisfying, like any good pop-punk .
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It's been about three years since Allister's debut cd, and they got themselves a pretty decently sized fan base with it, including me. I immensely enjoyed "Dead Ends And Girlfriends", and for a long time have been giving it heavy rotation. It was fast, catchy, and satisfying, like any good pop-punk cd should be. The songs were tight, and featured had some pretty damn good hooks with them. Even at an overlong 16 tracks, it still remained interesting throughout its running length. Midway through the recording of their sophomore LP, "Last Stop Suburbia", Allister lost one of their main guitar players and original founders. After being quickly replaced, the band finished up the cd and Drive-Thru started to hype it like a broken record.

I really liked the originals of "Somewhere Down In Fullerton" and "Stuck", which were both slated to be on the cd, so I was definitely looking forward to this release. Within the next few weeks, the song "Overrated" was put up on mp3.com. After listening to it a half a dozen times, I found myself confused and a little upset. The song was extremely poppy, and the band sounded like Simple Plan and/or Good Charlotte. I didn't think much of it, thinking it was probably just one song, and the rest of the cd wouldn't suffer. Now, after listening to the full cd about a half a dozen times, I'm still confused and quite a bit disappointed. The fast catchy Allister sound is now gone, and now we have an extremely popped out, clichéd Allister. Aside from a few standout tracks, the cd as a whole is disappointingly forgettable. Its overproduced, its extremely radio friendly, and it lacks a lot of substance. The band must have been listening to way too much Blink or New Found Glory when they wrote it, and because of this new overly poppy sound, they really suffer. As a whole, the disc just doesn't deliver, and once you finish the disc, it's so forgettable, that it seems that you didn't listen to it at all.

The disc starts out with "Scratch", which is an interesting opener, but since it sounds so much like a standard pop/punk song, its really doesn't have too much of a hook with it. The next three tracks, "Radio Player", "Flypaper" and "Overrated" all sound like they were written for a radio station in the sense that they are ridiculously poppy and offer little new for the listener (in fairness however, Overrated does have interesting lyrics that make you think of something). Track 5, "Balance" is the first song on the disc that I actually enjoyed. It's an energetic and catchy track that actually sounds like Allister's older stuff. Track 6, "The One That Got Away" is okay, it's a faster track that's reminiscent of a Green Day type sound, but it's pretty forgettable because you might as well listen to Green Day. "Racecars" is another slow, poppy track along with tracks 2-4. "Matchsticks" is next, and its pretty good, like "Balance" it sounds like their older stuff. "Camouflage" is track 9, and this would be a really good song if their second vocalist didn't sound so much like Tom Delonge from Blink, it really brings it down, but its still an interesting song. "Don't Think Twice" is next, and it's another overly poppy radio friendly song that this disc is plagued with. "Somewhere Down In Fullerton" is next, and it's a really good song, ever since the original came out, it's been one of my favorite Allister songs. "Westbound" comes after, and its a fast and energetic track that's pretty good, but mostly forgettable. "Know it All" is track 13, and its got that Green Day type sound again, and again, its pretty forgettable. "Stuck" is track 14, and this song got absolutely destroyed with production. The original one sounds a lot better. "Waiting For You" is next, and you can add it into the bunch of slow radio songs. "None of My Friends Are Punks" is track 16, and its like 40 something seconds long, and we're back to the Green Day wannabe sound. The hidden track is a mildly amusing track about Christmas, but its kinda dumb, and does nothing for the disc.

As a whole, I was pretty disappointed with the way this cd turned out. I felt that the band could have made it a lot better if they hadn't had taken that turn down radio friendly lane. Those songs really drag the cd down and with all these radio friendly pop/punk bands flooding the scene, it's a real shame to see Allister jump into the mix. The few songs that stand out are really good, mainly "Balance" and "Fullerton", and if they had continued the disc in the vein of those songs, they would have had another winner under their belts. I'd take "Dead Ends" any day over this one, and I hope that their next disc is a bit more like their older and faster style. They sounded a lot better before.


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Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

he he he i wrote in here before cause i love allister

Anonymous (June 21, 2005)

Whatsername182 back. Now I love them. I cant wait to here a new record from them. I love this one. Westbound is awesome along with scatch. I am crazy for you guys. I bought dead ends girlfriend your 1st one.

Anonymous (June 20, 2005)

Great album from a great band. Despite a few lineup changes, these guys can still hold it down great live in concert. Their new single "D^2" off of their upcoming album looks very promising. Pick it up when its out!

MaxTheGreat11 (May 16, 2005)

pop-punk almost at its worst, desensitized and overly bratty, there are no standout tracks unless you're under 14

Anonymous (April 26, 2005)

Hi my name is Alkaline. I am really crazy for Allister and always will be. I am a friend of Whatsername182. My favorit song is westbound. He he:). I love Scotty and his voice. I go to grace yokley middel school in ontario California just to let Scotty no(Allister) I hope you guys someday show up and play for me at my school.(I am a big dreamer make my ish came trew) :)

Anonymous (April 25, 2005)

Ok me Whatsername182 is back to tell off all the crapp talkers OK some people might no me by reading comments about how great Mest is. Now heres were it gets ugly. I love Allister they are 3rd on my list. I read a comment that said 'blink and Allister suck'. Its a good thing that person was under Anonymous. Now you suck along with your Crapphead face and you no whats makes this so bad is that a girl like me can say this without anyone talking bad on me. Go fall in a hole. Love ya Scotty

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

classic . i dont care what anyone says . i grew up on this . great punk revival cd .

shraps (July 10, 2004)

the fact that these kids not only donated two songs, but performed in "Sleepover" really shows how desparate they are to make a buck.

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

What the hell are you talking about! the singer on that song sounds nothing like Tom Delonge! your an idiot!

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

This is a really good cd. This sounds nothing like GC WTF!!!!. This is a great pop punk disc in the vien of early green day and screeching weasel. The backing vocals add a great element to the music.

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

You guys need to open up your minds (at least some of you should). Fact is that Somewhere on Fullertone and Overrated are damn catchy poppunk tunes with strong rhythms. They are cliche and they are very radio friendly, but it's still quality poppunk. These guys are way ahead good charlotte, for the fact that me, a non pop punk lover, actaully find them catchy. I fucking am a radio DJ in holland for some smaller stations and I play Rancid, after that I dare to play Allister. There live show isn't very great as they have no act and are a little flat, but I respect them.

- Roel (www.punkhour.com)

MrVeryDrunk (April 1, 2003)

Overrated sounds just like a Sugercult song. In case you didn't know Sugercult fucking sucks. Allister's first album was much better.

Anonymous (March 5, 2003)

this is about as emo as my cat.

Anonymous (March 2, 2003)

well i finally heard it. and it is better than i thought. foot is going into mouth now. but midtown still are very good, despite being assholes. i'm an asshole alot of the time too.

devilsdeathwish (December 26, 2002)

I finally got around to buying the sophmore cd and i don't regret a thing. It is evident that the band slightly suffers without John Hamada (he wrote most of the songs on the first cd, but left during the recording of this one). Scratch is definatly the best song on the cd, and i haven't gotten out of my head since i first heard it.

8 points for Tim and Scott finishing a great follow-up cd w/out key component John, plus 2 extra credit points for putting on a damn good show in Philly w/ Goldfinger. They get a 10.

P.S.> To all of you that don't like emo and resort to the name calling: if anyone wanted to hear ass-holes like you speak, they would fart.

Anonymous (December 10, 2002)

if you like pop-punk then buy this record you´ll love it!!
if you don´t like pop-punk ..........well then fuck you!!

Anonymous (November 28, 2002)

Buying this was the only time I've ever regreted buying a CD. It was a huge disapointment, for some reason I had thought I'd heard of allister before and thought they were okay but I was wrong, it sounds like they're trying to imitate all those shitty mtv bands like Blink, Sum41, and new found glory who all suck

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

punk is not dead. Pop-Punk is a fascist business and it has been brought about by Blink182 and before that, Green Day. Posuer bands have created a mindframe in people who consume MTV to believe that punk is a happy-go-lucky sound. Those bands are wrong. Punk must be re-defined.

Anonymous (October 15, 2002)

haha! yes indeed, if you like emo, get a goddamn life and be happy for once in a while. listen to some ska and that'll cheer ya right up. later losers

mickey d's

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

yeah its poppy, but as far as pop goes this is damn good. if you like pop, its a must. if you like allister, its a must. if you like emo, get a life. Late

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

cawknowker - this will be my last post about this as it is getting old. yes, i have met midtown and they were assholes. secondly, you need not defend them as I did state I don't mind their music. My personal opinion of them is irrelevant in that matter. It is possible to enjoy a band's music(since that's what it's about) without taking into account your views on them personally, unlike it appears a lot of people posting on here do. you saying they are not punk is interesting considering in your own post you labeled them as being pop punk. While I respect you having your own opinion, wasting my time responding to you any longer is pointless because neither of our views will ever change over night.

Vien (October 13, 2002)

I'm so glad this band isn't gonna play with flogging molly at the palace date.

Keep on truckin'.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

i hope gabe banged your sister. and your band musta been really good. u guys have really made it since that show w/ midtown.

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

You guys are fucking lame, get a life and a brain. If you don't like it, thats cool, just dont keep ripping on a band, thats so fucking lame.

xhikex (October 12, 2002)

Alright, so a few years ago, my band played a show with Midtown. Here is why they suck. First of all, they took 45 minutes to set up and do all their little girly things in a fucking church. I mean, come on, it's just a show in a church. Second, Gabe walked out on my band mid-set just because we started fighting with dead fish. Third, Gabe buys size small yellow wife-beaters from Banana Republic and has the audacity to try and wash them in my house. Finally, they sent us a bunch of promo material for the show, and Gabe actually took offense to the fact that we wrote "homo" across his forehead on one of the posters and taped it to our television. It's not my fault he wanted to stay at my house, wash his clothes, and hit on my sister.

Anonymous (October 12, 2002)

YO, dirty, actually, midtown are very cool guys when i met them. yea i hear they have a problem w/ style,fashion and looking good and all that. so what. they never fronted like they were some punk as fuck band. when asked they descrbe themselves as 'rock and roll'.if u are referring to the drive thru/midtown fight, so what. drive thru are aholes and made all that shit up except for hte part when they said midtown are from money, adn enjoy spending money on clothes. yea they are. so am i. so what? they make good music,and if i had the cash i'd buy some dope threads too. don't hate a band for those reasons. dont' be dumb.also, gabe saved thursday from having their shit sold to MCA in the victory/mca merger. they dropped off and joined island (a way lesser evil than mca).look up the full story somewhere.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

Timid, boring, uncreative music.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

cawknowker -
midtown is a bunch of assholes who need personal stylists flown out for photo shoots. pretty punk, huh? you sound pretty intelligent, so how about you listen to a cd before you rate it. Hell, you might even enjoy it. i am 24, so don't give me the little kid crap either and even though i hate midtown as humans, i do enjoy their music.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

yea i may not have heard the album dude, but i can assure u its probably a 6 or 7. and yea maybe they have been around for 5 years or so, whatever, it doesnt make them good. theres way better pop punk out there. and dont' start that 'if a band gets popular..' shit w/ me. i dont' care. i listen to mainstream bands. i listen to underground. i'm 22, old enough to have quit the whole 'this bands a sellout' shit. i'm just saying this is flooding the market cuz, even though they may ahve been together longer than some poppunk, theres still just doin the same ol shit, but other bands do it better.like midtown.

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

you know I just read my review from a few days ago down there and realized it sounded a little harsh. While i might not like it quite the same as the last album i've been listening to it non stop since tuesday and it is a really good album.. so I didn't mean to sound so dissapointed with it below, bah!


Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

ok so i haven't heard this album. i own the dead ends and girlfriends one and hardly listen to it. BUT what i do think is they have ALWAYS been poppy

WussEmoRock (October 10, 2002)

It's alright reviewer guy, I commend you for reviewing a good band even though you were wrong by saying the soungs sound like Green Day, your ears must have just been not working that day. give the cd a chance everyone, it really does grow on you


AlucardX (October 10, 2002)

ok, when i wrote the review, i didn't have the actual cd, i wrote it from the 192 irc rip of it. I reviewed it early because I wanted to get my opinion out to people before they heard it to give them an idea of what it sounded like. I did pick it up today (if i d/l a cd, I always pick it up) and I know now that some of my song reviews are a little bit inaccurate. I apologize for this, and I won't do a review until I get the cd from now on. I'm still a little new at reviewing on this site, so I don't know if there is a way to correct the actual review, if there is, i'll fix it up. I apologize again for any inconvienice.

johnnydanger (October 10, 2002)

Hmm...The internet version of the cd which was the previous, not final mix of it had "None of My Friends" at :40. The final album has it at 2:33. Also, the internet version had Balance, where as the final has Better Late Then Never. Maybe you guys could know what you're talking about a little better next time, including having the real cd.

Masakari (October 10, 2002)

I give up i dont care anymore...its all goin down...punk rocks been destroyed to much "popiness" now a days

Anonymous (October 10, 2002)

The only Allister song I like is "Somewhere Down in Fullerton" because their singers voice makes my head hurt. I like pop punk and al, but even I can stand only so many whiney high pitched singers. (An yes, I even like most of DTR's bands, scary)

Anonymous (October 10, 2002)

for the record, this is a very cool album cover, so fuck off to the guy below crying about it


xhikex (October 10, 2002)

I'm sorry to say, but the only good song that band ever wrote was "Residential Burglary"

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

Hello i've been coming here for a long while now but never posted.. so I figured i'd start. After dead ends and girlfriends came out allister became one of my favorite bands for the moment and i've loved them ever since. I listened to that cd all the time cause it was poppy and catchy... but not overly generic or "emoey". I've seen them live a bunch of times since and had a good time except for the first time.. but i'm pretty sure that was the sound guy whom horribly mixed them's fault. Well I was really excited about the new cd after hearing the demos and eharing new songs live (plus just general anticipation cause I loved the last cd). I bought it yesterday morning and have listened to it about 5 straight times through and I think I agree with pretty much everyone who's commented. Last stop suburbia is most definetly a little bit slowed down than the last cd. I wouldn't personally say poppier, however, because I think the last album was also extremely poppy, just really fast. i also think that songs have a more dumbed down song structure that's similar to everything else as compared to their last cd. All these things aside I still think overall it's a really good cd that I wasn't dissapointed with.. I just wish they could have done a little bit more.. or maybe less. I think the problem was that their first cd left me wanting more with 16 songs.. and the new cd would be better if they shortened it a little bit from the 16 songs.. and left the boring ones out.


lockdown59 (October 9, 2002)

Allister's first release was alright, definately nt one of my favorites. THe high-pitched back-up vocals hurt my ears, and I subsequently have minimal hearing loss.

ludacris (October 9, 2002)

i will say this sucks but unfortunately, my words won't stop this cd selling 50,000.

when the fuck is george bush going to stop this music terroism on our homeland?

WussEmoRock (October 9, 2002)

afetr listening to the Cd a bunch now, it is safe to say I agree with the reviewer and bostonmusicguy (even tho I still don't believe the reviewer has the CD, because you wouldn't do the track by track from an e crad or website, you'd do it from the cd back cover) that the cd is much poppier, and not quite as good, BUT, it really is the same Allister. remember, they did lose their guitarist and one of the main singers, for Moper etc. so put 2 and 2 together, it will always equal 5


Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

First off, Allister has been around just as long or longer than midtown,mest,gc,and nfg. Too say they are flooding the market is ignorant. The singer from starting line was in junior high when allister's first recordings came out on vinyl.
Secondly, don't fucking comment about the album at all when it's very obvious from your post that you haven't heard it. I hope your favorite bands never get a large enough fan base to get big so that you hate them as well. On a side note - Do any of you stupid kids realize that when you hate a band because they started getting radio/tv play, that the reason they got it is because enough of you supported them when they were small and eventually they grew to reach a larger audience?Didn't think so.

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

hmmm, had the lastone andthought it was average at best. this one i'm sure is better and poppier, but who cares? theres waaaay to many pop punk bands out there right now, most sounding alike. i like some like midtown,mest,gc,nfg but bands like starting line, simple plan and these guys are just flooding the market. fuck it.


Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

all of these pop bands are the same: unoriginal, uninspiring, non-offensive pop rock. 90% of these bands are just trying to get rich off of this generations new wave. If that's your thing cool but it is NOT punk rock.

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

Die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die- mr. B

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

Terrible, utterly terrible.

AlucardX (October 9, 2002)

Wuss Emo Rock - calm the fuck down. The song was originally titled "Balance", and even Allister put it on the tracklist that is STILL listed on their website. They must have changed the name of the song for the release of the cd in stores.

and to that flamer - shut your fucking mouth. I listed what I thought of each song because I thought it would be eaiser for people to see what I thought about each of them. Get off your ass and write a review, cuz i guess i'm not sure how to do it.

And BostonMusicGuy - thank you for backing me up on this. They were faster, and a lot more fun before. Now they've just become your run of the mill radio pop/punk band.

BostonMusicGuy (October 8, 2002)

Wuss Emo Rock, This is not the same allister we have known over the years. they were much faster before. More energy. Everything was more simple back then... and maybe that was better. To say that this is the same allister that put out Jacob, Friday Night, and She Moving In (not sure if thats the name of the song) is so unbelievably wrong its ridiculous. Yea the production is better but the energy put into the song is.... is.... fuckin a why are we arguing over allister... just a run of the mill pop punk band that was fun to listen to but now has become just as boring as any other pop punk band.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Drive Thru has ONE good band, and it's the rx bandits...

and they're a SKA band!?

Who would have though?


Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

that has to be one of the worst album covers I have seen in a life time. I was never a big allister fan cuz I thought they just sound like lame, brat rock. By the way, all you people that think bands suck cuz they actually did a good job of producing can go suck a dick. That is one of the worst reasons to not like a cd. One more thing: reviews that basically run down the list and comment on every song individually are listless and uninteresting. Learn how to fuckin review a cd.

WussEmoRock (October 8, 2002)

To the reviewer:


And for the rest of you, stop being so damn stupid. This is the same Allister we have all known to love or hate, and their sound is exactly the same, just better produced that is all. give them soem credit, their last and first release (besides x girlfriend which rocked) was when they were in or just finishing high school, now they have money from drive-thru (who knows they will sell so they are investing into them) and they produced a very nice CD (with the exception of Overrated which I really do agree is too poppy, plus the singer sounds like he has a lisp in the beginning haha)

anyway, allister rocks


BostonMusicGuy (October 8, 2002)

I really liked allister's first cd and was looking forward to this one until i heard it. I listened to it on that e-card and hated it. I liked somewhere down in fullerton and stuck but then there was overrated and then there was the rest of this crap cd. I used to think Drive Thru was an ok label but now after signing these new bands (early november, senses fail, and that other one) hearing the starting line, homegrown, something corporate, and this new cd i am very very decided in the fact that drive thru has 3 good bands, NFG, Finch, and RXBandits. I really cant stand this band anymore. Looking to be too popular.-BostonMusicGuy

AlucardX (October 8, 2002)

"Saying this new is a radio sellout compared to Dead Ends is absurd. The band got some money to record this time (i think they recorded Dead Ends for 600 and self produced). Of course it's gonna sound better and more radio friendly. It was recorded with better tools and equipment and a producer. Plus, it still sounds like their first record. How can u say songs like Matchsticks, Westbound, and Know it All don't have the same pop punk speed. It's just ripping on a band cause they're writing better songs."

I'll agree that it does sound a bit like their first record, but there has been a defenite and noticeable speed decrease in about 50% of the songs. Those songs just really lack the spark and energy that was found on Dead Ends. The songs (ones like Radio Player, Overrated, Racecars) just sound too much like they were written for the TRL crowd. Dead Ends (while defenintly poppy in its own right) didn't have the speed decrease to make the songs more radio friendly, and the hooks were a lot stronger due to the energy the disc had. This disc just really lacks imo compared to Dead Ends.

BTW, I didn't say that Matchsticks, Westbound and Know It All had a speed decrease.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

okay then, it's official....we're gonna stop wasting our time talking about a band as bad as Allister and devote everything under this review to First Grade Crush...

If I was gay, I'd have a major crush on Eric....Theramins drive me wild with desire....talk amongst yourselves...


Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

not 2 stars...

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Saying this new is a radio sellout compared to Dead Ends is absurd. The band got some money to record this time (i think they recorded Dead Ends for 600 and self produced). Of course it's gonna sound better and more radio friendly. It was recorded with better tools and equipment and a producer. Plus, it still sounds like their first record. How can u say songs like Matchsticks, Westbound, and Know it All don't have the same pop punk speed. It's just ripping on a band cause they're writing better songs.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Ok. From now on this discussion should be about how great First Grade Crush is. They are one of the raddest things to ever come out of Illinois.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Its true that this doesn't sound like the grittiest "Dead Ends". While this has a few bright spots like "Somewhere On Fullerton" and "Scratch", this band just sounds like NFG and Blink. Alas, the Drive Thru curse continues...

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Anyone that doesn't think this album is 10x better than the last one is just plain dumb. I'm so sick of hearing that a band "sold out" if they sound better. Get over it, there not 19 anymore writing stupid songs. For those of you who hate every pop punk band that made it big, keep listening to your shitty bands that no one cares about and their CD's that sound like they were recorded for $5...that way you'll always be punk.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

jimi's right damnit....jimi's always right damnit....damnit jimi stop beig so right i know why you guys waste yr time on this...its a conspiracy...against jimi!
-longing for sherry =[

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Oh, and to scott....Allister didn't really play AFTER FGC did they? That would be a crime to the chicago/Illinois music scene...

I mean, FGC may not be the best band in the world, but they were and still are a lot more interesting, and better even, than Allister will ever be...


Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Agreed....This band has not changed in the least...

They were crappy pop-punk when they started, and damn if they aren't still...

This band is just as bad as all the blink/sum41/godawful charlottes/NFGs of the world...

This isn't my cup of tea...not should it be anyones...


Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

This record sounds exactly the same as their first record -- anyone who thinks Allister has somehow gotten more poppy has their head up their ass. They were a third-rate Blink wannabe on the last album and they're still a third-rate Blink wannabe.

unconcerned (October 8, 2002)

After looking at the album artwork, I just wish that bitch would fall off and fucking die.

That being said you can plainly see how much I adore this band. They embody everything I love about suburban youth.

kirbypuckett (October 8, 2002)

Any word on that sandwich?

- Scott
(I hate Honda Civics)

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

allister is a horrible, horrible band. no one should EVER think of them as everything a pop punk band should be.

WussEmoRock (October 8, 2002)

allister is a great band, but I couldn't agree more with the reviewer. Although I haven't gotten the cd yet (I will tomorrow-when it comes out) I have listened to the ecard and it is way too poppy.


maverick (October 8, 2002)

I will probably never buy this album, regardless of what label it's on, since the band has changed so much. Their first 7" was gold, and their first full length was witty, creative, and original. The few tracks I've heard off this just sound like the same old stuff rehashed.

I still hold a special place for them in my heart, though - they were one of the openers at the first show I ever saw at the Fireside Bowl - The Hippos/Allister/First Grade Crush/The Beatdowns. It was skanktastic.

Did I just say skanktastic?

I think it's time to sleep now.


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