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Nerf Herder: My EP [re-issue]My EP [re-issue] (2003)
Honest Don's

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Nerf Herder still holds a place dear to my heart, but this CD should not have been made twice, and perhaps not even once. Nerf Herder's first album, a self-titled disc full of fuzzy guitars, straight forward geek rock and hilarious lyrics, came out on Joey Cape's late My Records. It was later .
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Nerf Herder still holds a place dear to my heart, but this CD should not have been made twice, and perhaps not even once.

Nerf Herder's first album, a self-titled disc full of fuzzy guitars, straight forward geek rock and hilarious lyrics, came out on Joey Cape's late My Records. It was later released on Arista, but the band left the label by choice and joined up with Honest Don's to release "How to Meet Girls" a slightly less solid album, but still a good listen with a more cleaned-up sound and hits like "Vivian" and "Pantera Fans in Love." Last year they put out "American Cheese," another step down for them, but still a worthy purchase for fans with songs like "Welcome to My World" and " New Jersey Girl." But just as the later song hinted to the days of old with references to "The Cougar" a nickname for drummer Steve not used since their first record, I longed for those days. I still love the band, but their days may be numbered, and even I may be hesitant to buy their next record.

This EP originally came out on My Records in July of 2001, between the two latest full lengths. I didn't pick it up, having heard it already from my sister who is also a big fan. We both agreed it was a little too over the top lyrically, which is saying a lot for these guys. I had the mp3 of my favorite, "Bridge Under Troubled Water" and that was enough.

I was surprised when I got the rerelease to review, but decided to give it another chance. They fixed some things up on the CD: they remixed and remastered it (something I never noticed a problem with on the first run), added four more tracks (however taking away the secret track from the original) and added enhanced features. The CD does sound a bit better after comparing the two, the new being a little crisper and less muddy, and the levels are a little higher. Big deal. The enhanced feature is the video for "The Sportsman's Bar" which basically is them playing in the bar, but has some fancy split-screen work.

The four new tracks (three listed) just add to my problems with the original, because "I Want to Take You Out for Ice Cream" is pointless, short and not very funny, and the new secret track is not as good as the one they replaced from the original. However, the last track "Nikki Webster" is decent with its rockabilly intro and oldies style scat interlude. The other addition "Fight for Your Right to Masturbate" illustrates the biggest problem I had with this thing the first time around. It is another overly-sexual, somewhat disturbing song that these guys are too old to be singing. So add that to the list with the other tracks "Love Sandwich" and "I've Got a Boner for Christmas" (a song from their self-released Christmas EP) which contains the line "All year we've been in a rut / this time let's do it in the butt." Sexual humor has always been a staple of these guys, but they previously used it in moderation, contained in a song about some other topic, not writing songs revolving around sex acts.

This EP does has a few winners like "Hotel California," "High School" and the previously stated favorite "Bridge Under Troubled Water" with hilarious lines like "I know girls like you / Need someone to screw / ‚?¶Up your life/ and make you contemplate suicide." But even these are B-level tracks for the band. NH should have let this one rest. Only pick this up if you are still a die-hard fan, and everyone else get their first self-titled album. Trust me, that one is great.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
literamaniac (December 20, 2009)

"Boner for Christmas" is hilarious, and was also my introduction to this band. Loving this band now that I'm looking more into them

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

dude get some cock and balls the 'over the top' *insert whiney little girls voice..* lyrics are brilliant and funny, jesus man, what are you :P

Imposs1ble (August 19, 2003)

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I LIKE YOUR STYLE, IT'S FRESH.

Anonymous (August 18, 2003)

ahahah! Poor Spanky G!

i-type-poorly (August 17, 2003)

in related news, the new Bloodhound Gang dvd is out. I hear it's just one big beatdown and tourture montoge on their old drummer.

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

You haven't lived until you've seen & heard "Love Sandwich" live.

When I saw them in April, they asked 2 guys to go on stage, lie down, and then asked 4 girls to go on stage, and sit on the guys face & crotch.

Pure comedy!

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

No matter what your sister tells you, keep in mind that Nerf Herder rocks and you don't...

How can you call yourself a fan and be offended by their lyrics??? It's classic Nerf Herder, they always had sexual explicit lyrics, they always been the same. It's not like they did a split with Yanni!!

You managed to write a good review though (by good I mean well-written.)

To the guy below: "Love Sandwich" is a freakin classic!

-Lint07

Anonymous (August 16, 2003)

Chixdiggit are alright live, I guess, but overall, they pretty much suck the big one.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (August 16, 2003)

Chixdiggit fuckin' rules

FortyMinutesWest (August 16, 2003)

"if you had a choice there westy, would it be chixdiggit or nerf herder?"

That's like asking someone which eye they'd like to be poked in.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

how could you listen to these guys more than 3 times and not bury the cd in the corner of your room and never see it again

eyeball_kid (August 15, 2003)

This ain't so bad. So there's a crappy Christmas song, at least it isn't 'Santa has a Mullet.' Hotel California is my favourite track here by a couple of miles.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

Love Sandwich is a damn classic and how dare you say otherwise.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

Scott's review of When All Else Fails was by far the worst review I've ever read on this site...

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

for the record, i like bracket too, scott does not. if you had a choice there westy, would it be chixdiggit or nerf herder? remember the credentials, man, nerf herder = buffy the vampire slayer, chixdiggit = canada.

-el vaquero
i do not own records of any of those three bands

FortyMinutesWest (August 15, 2003)

Chixdiggit does suck.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

Neither does Bracket...

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

Hang up your christmas stockin
And let me put my cock in
I've got a boner for Christmas

that's what we call classic, folks. i've always thought of this band as chixdiggit if they decided to suck

-el vaquero
chixdiggit does not suck

greg0rb (August 15, 2003)

I own every one of their albums, how am I not a fan? I love them, and I think the s/t and How to Meet Girls are awesome. I think American Cheese is good, but havent gotten as huge into it as the others, and I think they are running a little low on ideas and that this Ep is some weak B sides. Just my opinions. I still think they kick ass.
-Greg

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

It sounds like you only enjoy 1 Nerf Herder album, yet you consider yourself a fan? It's not like they changed sounds or anything...Anyways, American Cheese was definately their best album, but I love thise EP too. The reason it was re-released was because My Records is going out of business...

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

I love Nerf Herder.

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

American Cheese was great.

...evildeadalive

i-type-poorly (August 15, 2003)

my bad, you did mention it kinda, sorry.
this score goes to my poor ass reponce from before.

i-type-poorly (August 15, 2003)

you forgot "Here comes Santa Claus"

da-dada-da-da

i like this cd a lot, but it looses two points for cutting out the acoustic secret track found in the original

Jon_the_Skafather (August 15, 2003)

i like this record myself but everyone has their own opinions. the reviewer did a good job stating their opinion and what they liked and didn't like. good review....different opinion from my own...but good review.

toma (August 15, 2003)

i love nerf herder and i don't get why people don't like this album. it's probably my #2 favorite after their self-titled. sure it's overly sexual, but they do it in (the butt *guffaw guffaw*) a way that no one else can. santa's got a mulet is their best christmas song tho, they should have used it!

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