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Ten Foot Pole

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

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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1995 : I was 12 years old and I listened to Nirvana all day long like all of my friends at school. With the release of Green Day "Dookie" and Offspring "Smash" I started to listen to punk rock like millions of other kids and later in the year I bought records of Bad Religion, Pennywise and NOFX, but.
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1995 : I was 12 years old and I listened to Nirvana all day long like all of my friends at school. With the release of Green Day "Dookie" and Offspring "Smash" I started to listen to punk rock like millions of other kids and later in the year I bought records of Bad Religion, Pennywise and NOFX, but these were probably the only bands I knew at that time. My friend Marco who is 2 years older than me, gave me a mix tape so I could know other bands. The mix tape had songs from a lot of cool bands like Face To Face, Rancid, Social Distortion, Circle Jerks, Lagwagon, Descendents and there was this band called Ten Foot Pole that had two songs called "Broken Bubble" and "Old Man". I fell in love with these songs. I bought the record "Rev", I loved it and TFP became one of my favourite band. Two years later I heard that a new Ten Foot Pole record was coming out and that Scott was no more the singer of the band blablabla (you all know the story). I didn't knew what to expect since I liked Scott voice so much and I was prepared for being let down, but I bought "Unleashed" anyway a few weeks after it's release. I was amazed ! I even liked it better than "Rev". Sure maybe Dennis doesn't sing as well as Scott, but I don't know, I liked his voice, and the songs were just so good.

2002 : I'm now almost 20 years old. Since the "mix tape" years, a lot of thing have changed. Marco now listen to hip-hop and Techno because so does his new friends . As for myself, I play in a band, I have over 250 records, you can find me at almost every show in my town and Ten Foot Pole is still one of my favourite band. I even still have that sticker that came with "Unleashed" on my wallet since the day I got that record. So yeah ok, nobody probably f*ckin' careā?¦.All right, The new album is called "Bad Mother Trucker". It's their first album with Victory Records and their first album since 1998 ("Insider"). A lot of things have changed with the Ten Foot Pole's line up since 1998, but I don't want to write their whole bio since that time, so just go at http://www.tenfootpole.com/bio.htm and read if you don't know.

I picked this record the day it came out and wrote the two first paragraphs the same day. I was a little disappointed about my first listen of the record, so I decided to wait a month before writing the rest of the review and see if the record would grow on me. I was not wrong, "Bad Mother Trucker" is one of these record that really grew on you. It sure ain't the best TFP record but it's still good and catchy as hell. For unknown reason, I also really enjoy that record when I'm on the road. The record is kinda fast and poppy, label them pop-punk or poppy-skate-punk or whatever you want to, I think that "Bad Mother Trucker" is one of the best record of that genre I heard in a while. My favourite songs on the record are "Happy Daze", "Armchair Quarterback", "Nova Scotia" and "Fall In Line" but they could be different songs for other people because there is no songs that really stand out of the album, there is no "Broken Bubble", "John", "Damage", "ADD" or "Getaway". The songs of "Bad Mother Trucker" just all melt perfectly together. On a side note, there is a song on the record called "Shelter" that is singed by Kevin Ruggeri, the new drummer of the band, oh and the record also comes with a TFP sticker. My only complain about the record would be that there is not really a stand out track, and that the record is only 12 songs clocked in 29 minutes, which is kinda short for a band that didn't released anything since 1998. In overall it's a good record and you should enjoy it. Maybe you won't like it the first time you will listen to it, but give it a try and let the record grow on you. So if you're a TFP fan or if you like good pop-punk and you are disappointed by the new Vandals album, go make yourself a favour and get "Bad Mother Trucker". I'm done with the review now, so feel free to bash it and tell the world how much you hate TFP since Scott quit the band.


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Anonymous (November 4, 2002)

Yes, about 8 on here. Check them out, my thrice one should be up soon too

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** (at school)

Anonymous (November 4, 2002)

We also know that you like to make frequent appearances in which you embarrass yourself, which makes me believe that you have high (but undeserved) self-esteem.

I'm curious. Have you written a review?

WussEmoRock (November 1, 2002)

um..think for a second, I am only annoying and stupid "because of the things I say." that is all you know about me, what you see me type, smarty


Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

You are annoyiong and stupid too. Not just the things you say.

WussEmoRock (October 31, 2002)

no dumbshit, the things I say might be annoying/or stupid in your opinion, but to me they are the truth and how I am feeling.


Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

I can't believe this kid is saying he is the most blunt person here. WussEmoRock, the majority of this sites visitors are blunt. People just don't like you because the things you say are annoying and/or stupid.

WussEmoRock (October 30, 2002)

If I honestly make you that angry, then you have some issues that need to be worked out in therapy. here can be the topic of your next visit...

I enjoy simple plan


Anonymous (October 30, 2002)


fuck off and die. i hate you. i hope you get butt raped by a large inmate...but i bet you would enjoy it. hell, you would probably request that he forget the vaseline and just pound it in your ass like a jackhammer, cuz thats just the way you like it. if i could, i would grab you by the throat and strangle you, watching your face turn purple. as you struggled for a last gasp of air, i would spit in your face and laugh as you were seconds away from death, then piss on your grave.

but thats just me.

but about the cd, i haven't heard it yet. tfp rocks tho and im sure this is a damn good release.

now im gonna go vent my anger on the citizens of VICE CITY. in video games i can kill as many people as i want.


Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

wow. hold up a second. How am I not being honest? I am the most blunt person on this site, haven't you noticed everyone on here hates me because of it? I tell exactly what I am feeling, and when I read this review it was really good. One of the bad astro reviews was good, one was bad...and if yours was the good one and I said so, then be happy.

if you knew you wrote a bad review, then why the hell did you submit it? or do you only think it is bad because the majority of the site thinks so?

I always speak the truth, and someone has to second me on that one

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** (at school)

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

I have to bring something to everyones attention. First off the review was ok. I read the whole thing so it must be pretty good considering the errors and the fact that if I had no clue what TFP sounded like then I probably still wouldnt. Second why *WussEmoRock* do you always, always praise every review like the person is God or something. There are bad reviews on this site like my Bad Astronaut one where everyone was in agreement that it sucked even me. And then here comes Wuss dar dar dar "good review man, couldnt have written it better myself dar dar dar. Please be honest my friend.-SideLinedForLife

vmac (October 30, 2002)

I just want to say that my intentions were not to show "how punk I am", I just wanted to let you know that TFP is a very important band to me cuz they're one of the bands that really make me love punk rock, and that I still love them a lot after 7 years. As for the fact that it's the second review of this album, I'm sorry when I submited it the other one was not on the site yet, so I didn't knew.

WussEmoRock (October 29, 2002)

Screw all of you...

Vmak, that was a mighty fine review. I really enjoyed it and because of you I am going to go out and purchase this record tomorrow. Seriously, that was a very good review, much better than the other one of this album and better than most all of the reviews on this site.


Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Check the liner notes in Rev. Scott wrote many of the lyrics, and I think one of the songs.

This album doesn't even sound like TFP.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Did we really need a second review of this cd?

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Well, it's about time people started reviewing how fucking punk they were, instead of actual records.

Wait. Nevermind. You're a wanker.

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

Punk cd's longer then 30 min are boring, 29 was perfect for this release I think. Also, I jsut have to say that I think Dennis is twice the singer Scott was, considering Dennis wrote Scott's lyrics to begin with. But yeah, this album is very solid as a whole I think, and maybe not a stand-out, but def worth buying

Anonymous (October 29, 2002)

i don't think its short at all for a band that hasn't released anything since 1998 considering that they were dumped by their record label and that their bassist died since then.

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