Teen Idols - Nothing to Prove (Cover Artwork)

Teen Idols

Teen Idols: Nothing to ProveNothing to Prove (2003)
Fueled By Ramen Records

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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The Teen Idols were one of the first punk bands I ever discovered completely on my own. At the disaster area that was the Chicago Warped Tour stop in 1997, I purchased the Honest Don's Welcome Wagon compilation for something like two dollars. I immediately fell in love with almost every single son.
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The Teen Idols were one of the first punk bands I ever discovered completely on my own. At the disaster area that was the Chicago Warped Tour stop in 1997, I purchased the Honest Don's Welcome Wagon compilation for something like two dollars. I immediately fell in love with almost every single song on the disc, and while even though I never really explored past that disc with a good majority of those bands, the Teen Idols' "Lovely Day" always stood out for me. After receiving their self-titled disc from my brother for Christmas in 1997, I fell completely in love with the band's pogo-punk gems like "One Pill," "Porno Shop," and "Anybody Else."

Since I received that disc, I've aged 6 years, and the band put out two more full-lengths on Honest Don's, each getting progressively more boring and flat. I still considered myself a fan of the band, but only their self-titled disc ever showed up in my heavy rotation [and even now I wonder if it was just for nostalgia purposes].

Then came the turmoil. The original singer of the band left, they were dropped from Honest Don's, and for a while it looked like the Idols were done for. Suddenly, though, new singer Kevin showed up, the band put out a split EP with Squirtgun [who ironically have their new album coming out on Honest Don's], and got signed to Fueled By Ramen. It looked to be a revitalization of sorts for the group, but only time would tell if they would continue onward with their descent into mediocrity.

So what are my thoughts on Nothing to Prove, you may ask? "Meh" more or less sums it up. The band's ferocity appears infrequently [shining most on opening track "Backstabber"], and their patented male/female triple harmonies don't really make much of an impression on me, save "Clueless." The energy seems to be there from the band, but the songwriting just isn't there anymore. I'm not saying writing a song about mopping up bodily fluids at an adult video store is worth a songwriting grammy, but the new stuff just doesn't have any kick to it at all. Many of the album's tracks also contain one of my biggest musical pet peeves, as well - tracks that fade out instead of just ending. That shit is annoying, yo.

I don't mean to hate on the Teen Idols, especially now that they're broken up. I guess my intentions with this review are to let people know that the Teen Idols at one point used to be the kings of the pogo-punk heap, and their self-titled disc is a worthy buy. Consider this album for fans only.

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Left_On_Red (August 13, 2003)

not that great of a cd, but the band was awesome. I miss them already. At least well always have thoose nights of crazy rampant poop

TahoeJeff (August 11, 2003)

And here I always thought people has X's on their hands because they liked porn...thanks for explaining what it REALLY meant

krowdsurf (August 11, 2003)

This score is for not liking songs that fade out. Bands don't fade out live, and the ones I've seen try it always sound terrible doing so. Knock that shit off.

vien (August 11, 2003)

"Backstabber" is a fantastic song though. That was the tune that got me wet for this new album, but it just turned out as a big dissapointment. It's just not the Teen Idols that I knew.

fraser (August 11, 2003)

im going to have to disagree with the majority of you here. i really like nothing to prove and would probably rate it as my favourite of their releases. id also have to rate another time as one of my all time favourite songs too

Anonymous (August 11, 2003)

Yeah, I always thought the name rip off was kinda lame. Plus the 99 Red Balloons cover they used to play live was already done by 7 Seconds. Then Goldfinger decided to do it too... How about bands at least try to cover songs that haven't already been covered a million times?
But anyways, Teen Idols ruled back in the day. Rip... Now Heather can just marry me and not have to worry about being on the road all the time...


Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

www.street-dogs.com there new record savin hill is out september 23

Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

"eat a fat cummy dick you pile of dogshit fucker"

i bet it only took you 3 minutes to come up with that. so, how are the community college applications going?

Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

okay....i bet less than half the people who think they are punk or whatever even knew this...or knew the origin of XXX...they all think it is some kind of trend...oh yeah, eat a fat cummy dick you pile of dogshit fucker

burstandbloom (August 10, 2003)

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

Yeah, Ian Macaye started that whole XXX thing just from a song and then people ran with it and made it hostile, violent, and plain out rediculous...Oh yeah, those X's are from when kids under 21 had to get a X on their hand to show they can't drink at clubs back in the 80's matey!

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

Yeah, except they spelled the name Teen Idles.

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

Wasnt that the name of Ian Mycayes (thats wrong) band way back in the early 80's before he formed Minor Threat??

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

perfect review, exactly what i would say. i too got into the teen idols 6 yrs ago from getting the honest dons sampler at warped tour 97, i too love the comp. i ordered teh self titled album, and to this day i'd put it in my top, well lets say 30 punk albums, it would come in around 25. it is nearly perfect, its so catchy, great harmonies, short songs, the energy just grabs any fan. and the whole old school vibe to them is great.

i disagree with one thing u said, i thought full metal jacket was better than pucker up, but this new one is definately 'meh'. the new singer is just as good as the old one, but the songs are just slower and not nearly as catchy. the first half of the cd is pretty fucking solid, tracks 2-6 are gold. the second half pretty much sux. and now they just broke up. oh well. at least i saw them live twice, and they were great both times, i even snaked the set lists from them. and one time phil drank in my apt. after plea for peace with teh lawrence arms, but no one probably believes that anyway. he ate a whole pizza by himself to. well lata's, sad news for teen idol fans, this album is a weak last chapter in their cateloge.

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

am i the only person who finds their name to be shockingly irritating?

"what will we call our band?"

"oh, i don't know, why don't we just rip off ian mackaye's first band, the teen idles, only we'll rip the pun right out of the name!"

thus making it not just uncreative, but stupid and self indulgent as well.

vien (August 9, 2003)

I was actually going to sacrifice myself to buy Audio Karate tickets just to see the Teen Idols at the Chain Reaction. But since you said they didn't showed up, Thank goodness I didn't. Seriously, this break up sucks.

TahoeJeff (August 9, 2003)

This album is ok...pucker up is still my favorite...so far away is a bad ass song

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

Oh man, i thought this was another warped tour review! don't have enough of them!

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

Hmm... That would explain why they didn't show up at the Audio Karate show last night at Chain Reaction. I was really looking forward to see them live, but no luck. Too bad, it might have made up for River City Retards insulting and spitting on the crowd.

Anonymous (August 9, 2003)

i like the 20 line intro for an average cd.

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

great fuckin band! i hope they don't break up or...aww fuck

maverick (August 8, 2003)

"20 Below" is the only song I can remember off Pucker Up!, except for the title track. It's really not too memorable.

Regardless of my lukewarm feelings about the band's current music, I will still always have a huge crush on their bassist. Heather is beautiful.


vien (August 8, 2003)

I've heard the Teen Idols through thier first release, but I really thought "Pucker Up!" was a way more kick ass album than the S/T. I thought that record showed thier true talent in vocalization, like "Test Tube Babies", "Now And Then", and "20 Below"....those songs were great.

i-type-poorly (August 8, 2003)

NO WAY! Where'd you hear that!?

Anonymous (August 8, 2003)

Too bad they fucking broke up.

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