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Bad Astronaut

Bad Astronaut: Houston: We Have a Drinking ProblemHouston: We Have a Drinking Problem (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: SideLinedForLifeSideLinedForLife
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Its a funny story really. I walked into Hastings one night looking for a good record. Hastings mind you is the only store in our pathetic town that carries decent cds. Anyway I walked in, and began browsing the cds when I rembered Bad Astronauts new cd was coming out on Tuesday. I raced over to.
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Its a funny story really. I walked into Hastings one night looking for a good record. Hastings mind you is the only store in our pathetic town that carries decent cds. Anyway I walked in, and began browsing the cds when I rembered Bad Astronauts new cd was coming out on Tuesday. I raced over to the computer to look it up not expecting to find it since it was a week before the much anticipated debut full length was released. Holy moth balls there it was. Two copies. The only problem was that it sat in the back where no employee went for anyone. After a few complaints, a sneaky move, and a cup of free coffee I held the soon to be realeased cd in my hands.

For those who are not familiar with Bad Astronaut the lead vocalist is the ever great Joey Cape of Lagwagon. Now keep in mind before purchasing this record, its not another Lagwagon. In fact it would be a crime to compare the two for they have a distinctly different sound. This record is slow. With that said its a good slow *most of the time.* The lyrics of "Single" provide the cheezy nerd rock romance while songs like "These Days" and "The Passenger" are more in depth. The lyrics are thoughtful yet understandable to listen to. Something that everyone can relate to is the theme in most of the songs. The music is pretty much along the same lines as their E.P. Consisting of melodic guitars sometimes accoustic, electronic synth, and keyboards galore. Accept songs like "Solar Sister" and "Off the Wagon" bring the record down because of the dullness and lack of interesting music. I'll tell you what everytime I hear "Off the Wagon" the beginning reminds me of...

Ah I can't say it. Alright since you insisted. It sounds scarily like Dave Mathews Band. Ouch. Not a good move in my book, but to each their own.

Its a funny story really. How ironic is it when you work so hard to get a cd its not what you expected. Its not dull but at the same time its not much different from their previous effort. Yea I know it sounds harsh, but all in all it still is an enjoyable release with the heartfelt lyrics and vocals with music that is tight and different. Its a funny story really. Kind of grows on you...


People who liked this also liked:
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brookslikesmusics (June 19, 2012)

Good review, though I still rate this album as near-perfect despite the imperfections... it grows on you.

badastrojon (August 2, 2007)

hate to be that guy, but if you rip on this release you're crossing a pretty big line - it's except not accept. Also, off the wagon rocks

Anonymous (March 12, 2006)

i really hate you all i cant believe how this band gets such bad comments and reviews

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

favourite album of all time, can't believe it recieved such a poor mark.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

If a cd aint lighting a fire under your ass after two listens max it fucking sucks. Since when did listening to cd become a long drawn out process. If you have to put that much effort into listening to a cd it is fucking lame.

GxZxD (March 6, 2004)

The first listen, you think 'bland, non-descript,weak,banal,run of the mill' etc..etc...But wait....the fifth listen, you think 'mmm, not bad,pretty catchy,good vocals,good guitar....you detect a tad of synthesiser,various sampled sounds,multi-layered understated guitar work,backing vocals, harmonies...etc..etc...Now the tenth listen and after....You don't just THINK,you KNOW this is a great fucking record...Awesome song structures, brilliant emotion charged vocals, layer upon layer of tremendously powerful (at a kind of subliminal level) music, great thought provoking lyrical content....it just keeps growing on you, sounding better and better....If you don't have a copy of this cd...GET ONE SOMEHOW, you won't regret it.....Totally encapsulating,enchanting,emotional excellence. GxZxD. ENGLAND.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

ouch, dave mathews, you're definately saying that a band sucks when you compare them. you might as well rape their mothers right in front of them.

Anonymous (December 12, 2002)

this review is shit. off the wagon has probablyt he best lyrics of any song this year. the whole song is about joey's battle with alchoholism, told from teh viewpoint of alchohol. its hard to explain but as a lit minor with a focus in poetry its absolutely amazing.

Anonymous (November 10, 2002)

well rockwell, this is beyta, i think this album blows, its too dull and boring like their other album, speed it up a little and it might be alright, but it sucks, at least "lagwagon" was interesting!

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

i dunno if your 12 or 13. dunno, dunno, dunno! no kids allowed. houston, we have retard on our hands.

bye for now

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

I dunno. This album rules. Dunno.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

First of all, Dave sucks. Second of all, your story about the adventures you had sucks. Just review the album. "Hello Lester"??? Well onto the album...I loved "Acrophobe" so much that I worn out disc and I had no choice but to put it in the trash can. I think "Houston..." will suffer the same fate. Great fucking band!


Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

only 13 year olds use the word "dunno"

bye for now,


Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

I dunno while i think this album is awesome the review did not suck that bad. but still. he or she is entitled to their opinion so whatever. I cant believe how many people take it so seriously when someone says the album is boring they go ape shit. Fucking 13 year olds.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

OHHHHH someone doesnt like the record that should be a reason to get butt hurt. Fuck everyone that is all.

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

o man, this reviewer said the 1st track off acrphobe was called hello lester "and he liked the direction of that song", jesus what amoron, its gregs estate and they tryed something different on this album

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)




WussEmoRock (October 24, 2002)

First off...

"Ribbed" is fat mikes best work, so from my plane to yours, I will send you the copy of the cd.


how many fucking scotts and scottys are on this website lol?


Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

anyone who uses "dunno" is a fucking retard!

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

they did a split with armchair like last year or something. Like 3 songs each covering eachother? could be wrong but I just added those songs to the end of Acrophobe and it almost makes it like a full length. Even though Acro seemed like a full length, I think it was an ep?

i dunno anymore. A cd could be 3 songs long and seem like a full length (especially Bad Astronaut). The kids these days, and their wackey "space music"!

pinchejim (October 24, 2002)

The song is called gregs estate, not hello lester. Pay attention to detail jerky. By the way, the album is great. Everyone who liked break your frame should check out armchair martian and buy all their cds. You will be a better person because of it.


Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

GOOD ALBUM, but it's kinda depressing...-bigjerk

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

"White Trash, Two Heebs, And a Bean" is one of fat mikes best albums dude! Dont know from what planet you come from, but if thats not his best work, then please send me the albums released on your planet, i would love to hear them.

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

to the creator of this review:

you are a complete retard! i just wanted to clarify that. "i like the direction they were going with hello lester", that's great. this album still rips. "break your frame", a ripping cover of armchair martian but done in Bad Astronaut's own interpretation. that just rips in itself. again best album of the year right in front of Hot Water Music's "Caution".

punk news, please get rid of this music reviewer.

thank you,

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

"I like the direction they were going with Hello Lester."

Your opinion is offically void.

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

Alright people. First off i said that one song sounds like Dave Matthews Band. The beginning of that song for that matter. Somehow it got blowin up from the first couple post to the post 2 down from me. So I dont get how people are coming up with me saying that the whole album sounds like DM. Sorry if you thought that. Second it seems that people are just get so defended because I dont like this as much as their first release. Cries of well you dont have an open mind, or you dont have good taste in music really show who the intelligent readers are here. With that said as you noticed the last part of my review ends with "Its a funny story really it kinda grows on you" And to tell you the truth it has grown on me a bit but I still think its way overated. I like the direction they were going with Hello Lester. That is a hell of a song.

WussEmoRock (October 24, 2002)

good cd, and to tell you the truth, not a bad review at all. I liked it, it kept you interested because it wasn't all boring shit explaining the cd, you talked enough about the album and then added fun commentary in the middle of it. good work, but I disagree with your opinion


Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

Yeah, the reviewer just didn't seemed to be more focused on the fact that he was writing a review rather than actually reviewing the band. Bad call.

In terms of the Dave Matthews band sound alike, I totally say baf to that. My girlfriend said she kinda liked the album, but said that it sounds more like Foo Fighters than anything else.

I disagree, but I'm not a big Foo Fan. Although, I'm sure there are some connections between to the two bands, Bad Astro and the Foo, I totally dig Joey's commitment to expressing the pain and anguish that obviously travels alongside being a genius.

I heard "The Passenger" off the fat wreck.de site, and immediately had to get the rest of the album. That song is freaking incredible. Everyone I know, even non-ex-punx love it (What am I saying, of course non-ex-punx would love it) The whole album is really good, even if it's a little long. Solar Sister and If I Had a Son also catch me everytime.

The reviewer should give it a listen a few more times, cause it took me quite a while to get into Bad Astronaut when Acrophobe came out. But since i knew what I was getting into, and had an open mind, I ate it up from the very beginning.

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

For those of you who can't figure it out, "White Trash ..." was a referece to "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" Common people. It's just a typo.
Jesus Christ, "White Trash, Two Heebs, And a Bean" isn't exactly Fat Mike's best work.

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

I love this album...and i am a girl. How about that? Its nothing like dave though, that was the wrong thing to say about it, for serious.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

Joey Cape does with HWHADP as Mike Ness did with "White Trash ..."

Wrong "Mike", gimpy.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

Break Your Frame is also a cover, for that matter.

Still, pretty good. :)

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

Solar Sister is a cover song.

This band is incredible. This cd is pretty good. :

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

I just want to let everyone know that this is an incredible CD despite this review that does it NO justice at all. Don't buy into this review, check it out for yourself.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

incredibly great cd. i get the feeling that it's a little to unaccessible to some, but it's actually a huge improvement over acrophobe. dont get me wrong, acrophobe was a great cd, but listening to HWHADP puts it to shame. this cd shows a much more mature band, and a different sound (although some traces of acrophobe remain). oh and i thought that "off the wagon" is a great song, and it doesn't sound at all like dave matthews (not to be redundant, but i mean come on).

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

I think it's a great album. "These Days" "the passenger" and "if I had a son" are all amazing.

It's probably going to take me a while to get into all the songs, but I think thats part of what makes an album good sometimes.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

this cd rips. easily the best cd of the year (right in front of hot water music's "caution"). i have no idea where this guy is coming up with "Dave Mathew's Band". punk news should consider getting a new person to review these new releases. this is obviously the greatest record of this year. i suggest everyone buying this. bye for now.


Anonymous (October 23, 2002)


People have different opinions than you. But seriously I didnt think it was that great so what? Deal with it. Its called my opinion. Grow up and learn that not everyone should think like you. Yes its a talented group and I love Joeys voice but this cd bored me.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

Dave sux guy! anyways, i dig this cd a lot. I've had it for about a month and a half and everyone who listened to it said they were going to buy a copy. Ya, there aren't enough 'grey suits' for me, but the slow stuff is still pretty rad. joey borrowed a lot of Grandaddy's sound on "these days" and it sounds great! "Another dead romance" and "killers and liars" are top notch tracks, especially the last 56 seconds of 'killers'. And "the passenger" is a haunting song dealing with sept 11th. When joey sings the 'falling airplanes' line, it gives me chills everytime. Anyways, buy this album. You won't regret it. late

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

your review sucked "ouch not a good thing in my book". and man it just sucks when a band trys something new and original for a change,its even worse when they are amazing doing it (cough cough bad astronaut). i think this album is a great step forward for the band. they develop a sound not as "accesible" as acrophobe, which is why some of you lesser listeners may have trouble dealing with this cd as a whole--emptycauses

maverick (October 23, 2002)

To the guy below me:
I had no idea Mike Ness was in NOFX.


Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

Gotta agree with the person a couple spaces down. Definately the album of the year. I haven't taken it out of my car yet. Amazing hooks, tremendous flow, and moving songwriting make this album damn near perfect. Joey Cape does with HWHADP as Mike Ness did with "White Trash ..." While the reviewer is entitled to his opinion, I think he (she) needs to give the album a few more spins.

Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

That's a really bad joke scott, jackass.

Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

This is my pick for album of the year. Yeah the review sucked a lot of balls, but this is definitely the best album released this year. It's a huge step up from Acrophobe in my opinion.

Yeah, I like this band a lot.


martin (October 22, 2002)

Is it cool to call them Bad Astro??

Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

next time comment on the fuckin cd more instead of how u got it...your review was lame bro. yeah the bad astro cd kicks ass. it has inspiring lyrics. but not as good as acrophobe. acrophobe has a more rock punkish sound which sounds good with BA..keep up the good work Joey, Derrick, and Marko! peace im out

maverick (October 22, 2002)

To the commenter below me:
Does this mean Dave Matthews looks at your mom a lot?


Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

First off id like to say that it took me a year before i realized that "acraphobe" (BA's first album) is easily in my top ten favorite albums of all time. So ill give it at least that long before i have a solid opinion on this one. But as of now, its just not as good. But what i do know (right now) is that the live dave mathews band album eats cock. The studio dave mathews eats cock. Anything dave mathews even looks at, indeed, eats cock. Last but not least, the person that made me write dave mathews name 4 times in this review about one of my favorite bands, shall rot in hell for all eternity. If youve never heard any Bad Astronaut, go buy thier first album, "acrophobe," if you dont like it... you know what to do. Go out to the record store, and spend 20 dollars on your precious college wuss rock. While your out there you might as well pick up all the TOOL albums you dont already own.

Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

What a horrible review. He spent almost as much time describing how he got the cd then what he thinks about it. This is one of the least informative reviews I've ever read.


layawayplan (October 22, 2002)

good album, although it does have some dull moments. I love the cello-driven outro to "Our Greatest Year".

Dave Matthews isn't all that bad. Have you ever heard his live acoustic double cd? It's quite good.

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