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Mustard Plug: Yellow #5Yellow #5 (2002)
Hopeless Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: mfmf
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"Fuck the trends we still love ska" Sure thing, Mustard Plug. And for that, we're all glad. Because if you tried to drop the horn section and go Emo, like all those Highschool Ska bands did I'd laugh and laugh and laugh. Can you imagine? Think of it. They can't even play serious punk without the.
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"Fuck the trends we still love ska"

Sure thing, Mustard Plug. And for that, we're all glad. Because if you tried to drop the horn section and go Emo, like all those Highschool Ska bands did I'd laugh and laugh and laugh. Can you imagine? Think of it. They can't even play serious punk without the ska- part serving as an excuse. Just close your eyes and think of Dave trying to be screamo. I could do this for hours.

This, I think, is NOT the album to "save ska-punk" as they so boldly claim. No, it looks like those of us still harboring a love for ska-punk are gunna have to pray for something else. Anthem, anyone?

Even so, I really like this band. They write good tunes. And what else can you ask for? Yellow #5 is the latest Mustard-colored album from Mustard Plug.

Groundbreaking, it is not. But there's something to be said for bands that don't conform to meet the latest trends in music. Something indeed, but not much. What have they been doing sense '99 when Pray For Mojo came out? Certainly not anything that influenced their music in any way - this is Pray For Mojo which is Evildoers Beware. I might get some crap for saying that, but I don't really think Mustard Plug has written a distinctive album sense Big Daddy Multitude. There've been constantly a few songs that'd pull you in more then others - but other then that it's been a pretty even flow of songs you'll either like, or not.

This album starts pretty good with some catchy riffs and very listenable horn lines. Throughout, toe-tapping beats and head-nodding hooks do surface. Ska Verses. Punk Choruses. Moderate pace and.. ah... you know what? I'm having a really hard time with this. Maybe I've outgrown this style of music. Maybe there's just a limit to what you can do with it. Maybe it's not as mediocre as it sounds to me.

But to be honest with you, I think it is. I don't think I'm just bored and old and bitter (at 21, such a shame). This album just seems lacking in distinct qualities. I might end up with "Get It Goin On" stuck in my head. But I won't be proud of it, or admit it to anyone.

Eh. Please try again Mustard Plug.

 

 
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Anonymous (July 11, 2003)

This cd is great. It's obvious that the person who reviewed this grew out of ska somehow, but whatever though. Safe, Already Gone, Not Enough, No One But Myself, and Just A Minute are all really cool songs, and the only song that i actually skip over on this cd is Get It Goin' On (lyrics are pretty bad). So talk as much shit about this cd as you want, but only 1 bad song is pretty damn good to me. :)

Anonymous (November 7, 2002)

***Wispering**** i think he was being sarcastic.

Anonymous (November 7, 2002)

"Wow. This is the best review ever. I'm going to submit this to the Sunday edition of the New York Times because they need to start up a ska music review section."

Cool, I'll cut you in on the profits, yo.

mf

Anonymous (November 7, 2002)

What about the OC Supertones? You gotta love Jesus and ska!

The Pietasters are much better than any of these bands.

-sickboi

Anonymous (November 6, 2002)

Someone else on here knows of Streetlight Manifesto and BOTAR... that rocks...

As for the mixing on Yellow #5, the reason it is not as good is because they didn't have the descendants guys produce this one, they did it themselves......

WEZ

Anonymous (November 6, 2002)

"...songs you'll either like, or not."
Wow. This is the best review ever. I'm going to submit this to the Sunday edition of the New York Times because they need to start up a ska music review section.

Anonymous (November 6, 2002)

damn wuss emo, rbf is not the best ska band out there by a longshot. what about the slackers, the pietasters? is rbf ska anymore? or were they ever anything more than a pop-ska-rock band?

Anonymous (November 5, 2002)

gota love the plug.

Anonymous (November 4, 2002)

save ska cds:
streetlight manifesto
big d
bandits of the accoustic revoulution.
and the new less than jake if its ska because they make anything fun.

you know that man can sing like it aint no thang.

Fuzzy (November 4, 2002)

I think that if there is going to be an album to "Save ska-punk" it's going to be Big D's next one. They have probably the best sound in Ska right now. If they could just get out to Ohio to see me, I'd be happy. I am tired of driving to Boston just to see them. ;o) But seriously, this record is just sorta bland, like the new Toasters one as well, and don't get me started on that pile of dung that RBF called a CD earlier this year. I think the only ska band to release a good full length CD this year that I've heard is the Bosstones. Jackknife was fucking amazing. I haven't heard the new River City Rebels, but I hope that it's more in the vein of their first one.Maybe it'll take the new Madness CD to get the ska scene up and going again. Let's hope and pray for it.Oh shit. The new Pietasters also rocked me. Forgot about that.

Anonymous (November 4, 2002)

The best bands in ska(punk) right now are obviously Big D and the Kids Table, The Slackers, and Less Than Jake.

GregSka (November 4, 2002)

Well I would still consider Reel Big Fish to be a ska band, I mean their hit song isn't ska on Mtv but it's a ska song when they play it live. As for Naked & Happy aren't those guys still broke up? I know they've played a few reunion show in Montreal as of late, but I was under the impression that they were still going to stay apart.

Jon_the_Skafather (November 3, 2002)

"You're kidding, right? Reel big fish is the most tired band I've ever seen, or heard. Are they even a "Ska" band anymore? Last time I checked, they were writing slick pop punk numbers so they could be on Mtv more. I really don't see how reel big fish could be considered the best anything at this point in their careers.

The slackers on the other hand, they're some good ska. As for ska punk, AAA & Naked & Happy completely blow away less than jake & Rx Bandits...

Nothing personal WussEmoRock. I'm sure you're a nice guy & everything, but you listen to a lot of really really shitty music. Do you listen to any bands that don't suck ass?"

while i don't agree with all of wussemorock's taste i think he has pretty decent taste....as far as your comments on rbf, i so wish i could say something but it's a secret, just wait till their next cd before you toss them aside, that's all i'll say. i like the slackers too...and king django and hepcat.

as far as the cd at hand goes, i think it's pretty good, i'm not a mustard plug fanatic but this cd is good and worth getting. mustard plug rocks and this album delivers the granite.

Anonymous (November 3, 2002)

"and...dont cough at rbf, they are the best ska band out there. now for punk/ska we'd have to go with rx bandits, less than jake, my mind is blank now. shit

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** "

You're kidding, right? Reel big fish is the most tired band I've ever seen, or heard. Are they even a "Ska" band anymore? Last time I checked, they were writing slick pop punk numbers so they could be on Mtv more. I really don't see how reel big fish could be considered the best anything at this point in their careers.

The slackers on the other hand, they're some good ska. As for ska punk, AAA & Naked & Happy completely blow away less than jake & Rx Bandits...

Nothing personal WussEmoRock. I'm sure you're a nice guy & everything, but you listen to a lot of really really shitty music. Do you listen to any bands that don't suck ass?

Anonymous (November 3, 2002)

FUCK.YOU.EVERYONE. The songs on this cd are a fuckin blast to hear and now that you guys have had your say, I'll say mine: This cd owns.
Love ya, Greg

Anonymous (November 3, 2002)

oh yea the mixing does suck and yea upon more thinking, it really is a huge letdown, the guy who posted 2 below me puts it just about how i would
cawknocker

Anonymous (November 2, 2002)

This album is ok... It seems like it wasnt mixed very well though. The vocals are really quiet.

timis (November 2, 2002)

this album is junk....they have been playing the same candy-ass shit for 10 years. not to mention, it takes them 5 years to put out an album. this album was a total letdown. dave needs to concentrate on writing better songs intead of bitching about TRL bands at their live shows. evildoers was GREAT...everything after sucketh

Anonymous (November 2, 2002)

since this album came out, i've been shoving it down my throat hoping that maybe in time i'll like it, but maybe its time to admit that this was a bad album. i got this album and pray for mojo on the same day, and i love pray for mojo to death. it's a huge step up from evildoers beware, but then they put this shit out, it seems like a step backwards. oh well, maybe their next album will be better.

Anonymous (November 2, 2002)

yep, its about what i expected. bummer that the 2 best songs are not enough and already gone, which i already had on the latest hopeless comps.same style,same couple great ska songs, same couple really really bad songs.(all their albums have em). its about the same kind of album they've always done, but i kinda just aint feelin it like i did when i was a junior/senior in highschool. now i'm a senior in college and its just not the same. maybe i'm just into way to much different stuff now.

WussEmoRock (November 2, 2002)

since bro, not sense.

and...dont cough at rbf, they are the best ska band out there. now for punk/ska we'd have to go with rx bandits, less than jake, my mind is blank now. shit

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (November 2, 2002)

it's ok... we all eventually become nothing more than
"jaded scenesters"

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

i had a good milestone of my life at a mustard plug show, but while i like the previous records, this one did nothing for me.

and on their website booking policies, you should play more birthday partys even if their lame unprofessional kids who wont pay you. Some of them would pay you.

wyzo

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

Mustard Plug has only written one good song and that is "Go" from Evildoers Beware

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

I've only heard 1 mustard plug song and i thought it sucked.

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

this score is for the cover art - bigjerk

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

I don't know what it is about Mustard Plug, but I ran out to get this record the day it came out, hmm...It was the day before...Anyways, I wasn't to impressed with the album so I kind of tossed it aside.

Then one night I was sitting up here on the computer, probably slaving away at another research paper or delivering quality entertainment on my website. I wanted some fresh tunes aside from the MP3's piled on my hard drive but my CD wallet was in the car...Ugh. I decided to toss Mustard Plug - Yellow #5 in AGAIN. The first few tracks had me going, then it just kind of got "eh." Ney, not this time around.

Then those nice little boys of Mustard Plug decided to do a tour! ALRIGHT! Despite Yellow #5 not being much than that dried up mustard on the top of the bottle I know they put on a great live show so I gathered up some buds and went on out to the American Music Cafe in Murrysville.

I was the oldest person there at 19 y/o and that's scarier than those little goblins and pop-divas that came beggin' for food at my door yesterday...

...Ahem. So like Digger was there, Whippersnapper, and the River City Rebels never showed up...Eh...Mustard Plug came on and did a little "Hey, we're still playing Ska even though it's not popular and this song is about that!"

I believe it's track four? So they're going on and I'm not singing along...UH OH! Well it's cause they're playing just about the entire new album, oops. Nonetheless Mustard Plug had me bobbin' my head and tappin' my feet to these great Ska tunes. Yada Yada I dont want to review the show...

So I go home and give Yellow $5 ONE MORE TRY. And hey...I dig it!

It's not their greatest work, but it's still pretty damn good. This is just one of those albums that takes you a few (thousand) times to listen to, to actually get into it.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/~uw/
(Maybe I should have done my own review?)

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

*cough* Reel Big Fish *cough*

just compare the everyhting sucks video to the new one, and then laugh hardily!

Anonymous (November 1, 2002)

This is not the greatest ska rocking album ever, but give Mustard Plug credit on delivering good old ska unlike other bands that are changing their style of music.

Ramo

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