Dan Potthast - Sweets and Meats (Cover Artwork)

Dan Potthast

Dan Potthast: Sweets and MeatsSweets and Meats (2002)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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This man has written so many of my favorite songs, and my favorites by far in the ska realm. Dan Potthast is the singer/primary songwriter/guitar player of St. Louis' veteran psycho-ska band MU330, and his sophomore solo album is damn good. I own every album by his band, but had not heard much of .
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This man has written so many of my favorite songs, and my favorites by far in the ska realm. Dan Potthast is the singer/primary songwriter/guitar player of St. Louis' veteran psycho-ska band MU330, and his sophomore solo album is damn good. I own every album by his band, but had not heard much of his solo stuff until I got this disc. His first solo effort, "Eyeballs" is now on my "to get" list after just a few listens to "Sweets and Meats."

Dan's recognizable voice and straight-forward and often humorous lyrics will please any fan of MU330, but thankfully, the similarities beyond that are few. It really irks me when a solo album or side project sounds exactly like the musician's main band, so this album pleases me on that level too. The music is merely acoustic guitar and Dan's voice (often harmonizing with himself), while bass, drums and organ also enter into the mix with the help of two fellow musicians, who contribute great parts but play musically, keeping Dan in the spotlight.

The songs are very diverse, with the ballad "Sharks" about a man in a speedo at the marina and "Tornado Joe" with it's two-steppin' country rhythm along side the many different acoustic rock styles covered in this album. "Clockwise" shows off Dan's guitar skills, given a better chance to shine through in this stripped-down setting. "They're Talking," with it's catchy vocals and sweet and simple organ part, and "The Pope" about how there were "more cops than Catholics," preventing his mom from seeing John Paul II in person when he came to St. Louis, are two more of my favorites tracks.

Whether you're an MU330 fan or not, you will likely dig this album, with it's very sing-able melodies and many different orchestrations and styles crammed under the umbrella of "acoustic rock." Mr. Dan Potthast pleases once again.


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Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

i do hope you realize that basically every song on this album has a hidden meaning in it. that's one of the best aspects to it. you can make your own interpretations of what YOU think the songs mean and that makes them much more personal. i mean, how nice, a song about sharks swimming in circles. man, it's like a parable. it's more than a story about sharks swimming in circles

same with most (especially more recent) mu330

fallingtopieces (February 8, 2003)

Hey man no problem. I didnt mean for it to seem like you didnt do your research or whatever i was just simply putting out the extra info is all, but thanks nonetheless.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

I didn't even read the review but I want to comment on the transplants:

Who the fuck buys this shit? Seriously this is the worst shit I have EVER heard. Rap punk? What the fuck is that? Yeah, yeah, we get it, they're hard as fuck. They'll beat our ass. Why do we need this? That is what rap is for. And another thing, what is up with Tim Armstrong? Did he just have a stroke? Is that why he sounds as if his left side of his face is paralyzed? Or is he always drunk, cuz that would be cool. Straight up, this is retarded. If I wanted someone telling me how nice their "whips" are or how they and their "crew" can fuck us up, I'd go pick up the new 50 cent cd. So why do we need skinny tattooed white boys rapping? That's my point you can't answer that. Because we don't. Now please people go fuck yourselves. Twat


SOYBOMB (February 8, 2003)

I knew that was James from the Gherkin but I never was too positive... I shoulda known that voice anywhere!


greg0rb (February 7, 2003)

Hey fallingtopieces, thanks for the extra info on the other band members. I guess i didnt do enough research on that... i just know the album is sweet. (and meat?)

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Hey James is a kick ass tune

GregSka (February 7, 2003)

I like "Favorite Song" off of Eyeballs.. so good! Havent heard any off the new cd though, maybe at ska summit

SOYBOMB (February 7, 2003)

I love this CD..

I really enjoy listening to "They're Talking", "How To Suffer" and "Hey James".

He really has a full sound on this album, and yes, Dan is a really awesome person.

I hope I see MU330/Dan before I die or they break up..


Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

I met Dan when my band played with MU330 at the Fireside Bowl this January. . .he's a really awesome guy, one of the nicests guys in music that i've met. Go dan!

www.campsite20.com (download our songs!)

fallingtopieces (February 7, 2003)

this album is so awesome. My favorite song is "Streetlights" its about how when he was a child his teacher said that if they stayed so late that the streetlights came on you would gt pregnant, genius. I think there is a deeper meaning to the shark song than just a guy in a speedo because he keeps saying that it the sharks stop swimming in circles they would suffocate, i dunno. The other two musicians on the cd are none other than Lance Reynolds (he produced some Blue Meanies albums and i think he's in Bitchy) and James Rickman (from Slow Gherkin). Anyways, i love thie ablum, sorry if i went off on a tangent.

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