Ten Foot Pole - Bad Mother Trucker (Cover Artwork)

Ten Foot Pole

Ten Foot Pole: Bad Mother TruckerBad Mother Trucker (2002)
Victory Records

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Ten Foot Pole has always been one of those bands in which I cannot understand why they don't have more fans. With their signing to Victory, I must say, I was a bit scared and dissappointed. Now don't get me wrong, there are good bands on Victory, but all of the few good bands have a tendency of le.
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Ten Foot Pole has always been one of those bands in which I cannot understand why they don't have more fans. With their signing to Victory, I must say, I was a bit scared and dissappointed. Now don't get me wrong, there are good bands on Victory, but all of the few good bands have a tendency of leaving (except Catch 22), and the thought of Ten Foot Pole on a "Victory Records Tour 2002" with anyone other than Catch 22 is frightening.

They have consistently been putting out the same style of music for a while now, and I know that many TFP fan's worshiped Scott Radinsky, but admit it, Dennis Jagard is not really that bad. Sure, there was a natural progression from Rev to Unleashed to Insider, but hey, all bands do that. TFP's new Victory debut Bad Mother Trucker continues that progression they have been taking, to perfecting melodic, somewhat-pop punk (granted, I would normally considered them pop-punk, but with what is now the stereotypical pop-punk band sounding like every Drive Thru band *except Rx Bandits* TFP really doesn't fit the pop-punk mold).

With that said, Bad Mother Trucker is a great album. TFP's greatest? No. TFP's worst? No (have you heard some *not all* of the old Scared Straight?!). BMT is a somewhat expected album by TFP, not many twists and turns in it.

They released a demo of "Plastic" long before they had a label, and after listening to that song, I was incredibly excited to hear the rest of the cd. Its melodic, and its poppy, not too poppy. This is the sound that Ten Foot Pole has claimed as their own since the days of Rev.

"Giving Gravity a Hand" is perhaps the best example of what the new album sounds like. A little heavier, a little faster, but with just as much melody as one would expect. I think this song has one of the catchiest chorus of any album that has come out lately.

"Armchair Quarterback" is another one of the better songs on the cd. It is a little more poppier than "Giving Gravity a Hand" but that is the great part about this album. They can go switch between heavier and melodic and poppy and less melodic without needing a transistion betweent the songs.

Overall, there isn't a bad song on this cd. Its got everything that any TFP fan could want, plus a little more. Its also got the drummer singing on a couple tracks (he should stick to drumming and leave the vocals to Dennis). Bad Mother Trucker is the best kind of pop-punk. The type that hasn't been ridicoulsly over-saturated by certain record labels. The type that doesn't leave you wondering if the lead singer thinks about anything other than how every 300 of his girlfriends have broken up with him. Its the kind of pop-punk that is fun for the whole family.


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Anonymous (December 8, 2002)

Good, but Insider, and Unleashed (which I just got) are better. This one's shorter, which I don't like, but i also don't like albums that are too long. Insider was the perfect length. Tfp is one of my favorite bands.

Anonymous (November 28, 2002)

Well now at first i was pretty dissapointed with the new TFP record but it's actually grown on me, favorite song "Nova Scotia' least favorites are 'Plastic" & 'Happy Daze"

union_tumbleweed (October 31, 2002)

I'm probably not the first person to mention this, but isn't it funny how Tony Polermo's (old TFP drummer, current Pulley) entire acreer has consisted of taking jobs that Jordan Burns (Strung Out, ex-TFP and ex-Pulley) doesn't want anymore?

Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

SIGH... Check the liner notes in Rev. If Scott didn't write any of the lyrics then why did he get credit for them? He got credit for writing a song too ("Co-song" i think).

I think people are just mad that this album is a major disappointment.

trolley (October 30, 2002)

Absolutely fucking awesome...this is why TFP is one of my favourite bands, and one of the best and hardest working bands in modern punkrock!

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Heh fuck you all, Scott isn't part of Ten Foot Pole, and he didn't even write the fucking lyrics when he was in it. You want to talk about Scott, go post comments on a Pulley cd somewhere. This album ruled.

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

Screw the Getaway......John is by far the best song on the cd. I'd have to classify it as one of the most melodic punk songs ever....the production on this one stinks because RYAN GREENE did not record it...see how much of a difference he can make....RYAN GREEN is the master of melodic punk rock.....BUNG!

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

poor production/ drumming on this disc.

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

Ten Foot Pole rules...and they are cool enough to still take smaller unknown bands out on the road with them like Belvedere, Digger, and No On 15.

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

"Rev" was and always will be the best Ten Foot Pole CD!

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

Scott was a decent pitcher

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

The Album Is Mediocre. Sad. The next one will rock.

Kevin Nash rules, and I am a trained pro in the art of pro wrestling harharhar.


bemused (October 27, 2002)

Rev wasn't as good as everyone tries to make out, I have a cool split that they did way back with the Satanic Surfers, and I say that was better. Unleashed is their best????Yes/No

WussEmoRock (October 27, 2002)

way to notice things. But seriously, that is my favorite song by them. I have the split they did way back with their old singer, and I have insider and one of their other albums, and the getaway is my favorite song by them. I don't have this album yet tho and I don't know if I will be purchasing it.


Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

Notice how Wuss-Emo picked the track off punk-o-rama.

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

this band should have broken up when their bassist died.

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

i cant believe there r people that didnt like this cd.i like all the the old tfp stuff,and thought this cd was great.i like every song on it except giving gravity a hand.my favorite is do it again where he talks about not making much money 4 the kind of music they play.an outstanding cd

punky (October 26, 2002)

Thats one of the worst songs by TFP...but you probably haven't heard many of their songs anyway, wuss.

WussEmoRock (October 26, 2002)

Best song ever written by ten foot pole is....... (drum roll please).......

"the getaway"


Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

Yeah the only thing funnier is that they actually kicked him out of the band! Smart move geniuses.

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

It's pretty funny how the only common thread in all TFP reviews for the last three albums is Scott. Pretty sad to say the least. Time to give it up guys.

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

I cannot stand his vocals. They are absolutely horrible. I can think of only one song that I've liked since Unleashed. TFP lost me when Scott left.

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

I'm a big Ten Foot Pole fan and I have to say I'm a little disappointed. "Unleashed" had raw, aggressive pop-punk melodies while "Insider" was super-polished and super-catchy. I thought this album would fall between but I think they rushed this album. It's better than all those wussy pop-punk bands, but TFP fans would be somewhat disappointed.


punky (October 26, 2002)

all albums after Scott left=Shit.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

in my opinion the lyrics and the guitar solos are by far the weakest parts of this album. the lyrics of plastic actually disgust me alot.

StabbingGoldfish (October 25, 2002)

the over art and title of this record make me never want to listen to it. LAME

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

Generic, average, uninspired. Those are all words to decribe this album. You'd think with all that extra time to work on the album, they'd pump out one that is even better than their previous stellar efforts.

Nope. Worst Ten Foot Pole full-length to date.

Believe me, it pains me to say that.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

I'd like to agree with the guy below the guy below me!

I fucking love these guys and this record is just .... average. I mean, its not bad, and its an enjoyable listen, its just nothin special at all

Im very disappointed

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

best tfp album since unleashed

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

I like TFP, I like Dennis over Scott, but this album is just shit. I loved everything they have done unleased on, but this is horribly generic even for a band that had a stable SoCal sound. I mean, fuck, what happened? Theres no kick, no nothing, maybe its the production, but the album title, with the songs on this record, i dont even want to recognize this as being a ten foot pole record. Its boring, even lyrically its a step back.

Get off victory and start rocking again cause this album is a blip of redundancy. There's no "I got your letter", or nothing. Maybe "Nova scotia" is bearable, but its about 3-4 halfway decent songs and alot of crap.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

Scott was pitching here for the Calgary Cannons (AAA affiliate of the Marlins) this year. Trying to stage his comeback from Tommy John surgery....but he kinda disappeared halfway through the season, and a month later Pulley was supposedly touring Europe...so I assume his baseball career is over. - bigjerk

SoftcoreDan (October 25, 2002)

1. You failed to acknowledge "Nova Scotia" as the best song on this album.

2. Didn't Kevin Nash call him self a "Bad Mother Trucker" all the time in WCW? That is, when he wasn't injured/booking himself to win titles.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

He was released by the Indiands before this season started.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

In 2001 he pitched 2 innings for Cleveland, but that's the most recent info I could find. Maybe someone else might know if he pitched this year or not.

maverick (October 25, 2002)

This could quite possibly be the worst album name ever.


evildeadalive (October 25, 2002)

Whats up with Scott these days anyways? Is he still pitching? Haven't heard anything about him in while...

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