Bouncing Souls - How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Cover Artwork)

Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls: How I Spent My Summer VacationHow I Spent My Summer Vacation (2001)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: JohnBenjaminJohn Benjamin
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Last month I ran into a friend and relayed my anticiaption for the upcoming Bouncing Souls record. However, my excitement contrasted his boredom as he casually blew me off and said their last album, Hopeless Romantic, was mediocre, and their best album, Maniacal Laughter, is nearly six years old; .
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Last month I ran into a friend and relayed my anticiaption for the upcoming Bouncing Souls record. However, my excitement contrasted his boredom as he casually blew me off and said their last album, Hopeless Romantic, was mediocre, and their best album, Maniacal Laughter, is nearly six years old; a new album by the Bouncing Souls deserves no attention or hype.

Times like this make me wish I was a human taperecorder; I'll be rolling my eyes when he sings praise about How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation will shut-up any Bouning Souls critic and create an even larger fan base for the band. Believe the band when they say, "This is the best album we have recorded."

On the first track, That Song, Greg sings, "I put that record on just to make a sound The rythm hit it got my movement off the ground The soundtrack of what I want to be If I want to change the world, it's gotta start with me." Not only do the Bouncing Souls still have their lyric savy, but this song is a foreshadowing for the album: 35 minutes of rock with throbbing bass lines, insane guitar hooks, uncanny drumming, and Greg's voice doing everything from melodic to frantic.

My favorite song is Manthem. The last time I danced to a song until I was out of breath was Rancid's Old Friend. Manthem gets you jumping from the beginning with the bass line and the drum beat, and the guitar enters to make you crazy. The chorus will also put a smile on your face and get you chanting along as the band sings, "Oi, Oi, Oi, Oi, Oi!"

A lot of criticism for Hopeless Romantic was you could not listen to it from start to finish; it tapered off in substance towards the end. How I Spent My Summer Vacation can be listened from track 1 to 13, with the pace only stopping so you can catch your breath. Furthermore, the last song, Gone, is possibly the best song on the album.

As with their previous albums, the objective of the Bouncing Souls is to get the listener to forget their worries and hang-ups and to escape into a world where music instills independence and self reliance. Not only do the The Bouncing Souls stay true to themselves with How I Spent My Summer Vacation, they recorded their best album, and quite possibly, the best album of the year.

The Bouncing Souls spent last year's summer vacation recording this album, and I'll be spending my summer vacation listening to it.


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orgcorepunker (April 17, 2013)

One of the most important albums in my life growing up.

TSOL (March 21, 2010)

my feel good punk rock record

RobThePenguin (October 21, 2009)

This wasn't the first album of theirs I listened to. I heard Anchors Aweigh first, and though, "eh, they're alright". A friend later asked me if I had heard them, and I told him what I thought, and he asked me to listen to this album and then come back to him and say the same thing. I loved it so much I never saw him again.

iamthebat (December 26, 2007)

My favorite / most important to me / most loved CD ever created.

KP2183 (December 11, 2007)

"How I spent my summer vacation" was my first taste of the bouncing souls, and I‚??ve been hooked since. The album‚??s cheerful instrumentals are beautifully juxtaposed with meaningful lyrics that are, dare I say, POSITIVE. This combination takes them out of the clich√©d ‚??tormented punk rocker‚?Ě category, creating their own book in the library of genres. They prove that you can have something positive to say, and still be Bad Asses. P.S. see them live.


Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

The comment below is fuckin' retarded.

Anonymous (April 1, 2004)

this album is so shit, my ears bleed when my stupid friends listen to it

Anonymous (February 26, 2004)

Amazing album, definitely their best.

Does anyone have the Bouncing Souls DVD? I'd like to see a review of that.

devildog1507 (February 10, 2004)

it was not good..it was great

PoseursInc (February 5, 2004)

Meh. The record wasn't that good.

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

What can you say about this album? everything has been said its one of the best punk rock albums to date. the souls are one of the best bands out there with a strong fan base, then album fucking rules

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

This is a very VERY solid album from these guys. I can't wait to see what the new cd from these guys sounds like. True Believers is one of the best songs ever. These guys rock and will rock FOREVER.

Analog_Boy (July 8, 2003)

I'd go with the last bunch of comments directed to the fact that its a little overrated. In my opinion, its a very solid bouncing souls ablum. The length and depth just don't give it a score much passed the 8 area. The songs are good.. and they grow on you a bit. Im sure any fan of the genre can't really put this down and say it sucks, since its good... :D

Anonymous (July 8, 2003)

This is good but Hopeless Romantic was thier finest hour! or 20 minutes :)

Pink_Robots (July 4, 2003)

OK first off.YEs this album is fucking good. Rory, you are an idiot..how is green day one of the first punk bands..i dont even think their punk..just cuz you cant classify theminto sum other category doesnt mean their punk..and green day wasnt even close to one of the first punk bands..! lets see.sex pistols, the clash. ramones. stiff little fingers. ecp. dead kennedys, the list goes on. green day is ok..bu theyre not punk

Anonymous (July 4, 2003)

I just bought this today. "Gone" is fading out as I write this. I would have to say "Hopeless Romantic" is still my favorite, but you never know after multiple listens of this. Great, great stuff. Bring on "Anchors Aweigh."

Anonymous (July 2, 2003)

East coast

Anonymous (July 2, 2003)

Fuck you

Manman (June 28, 2003)

I spent my summer rotting my ears out to crappy "punk" CDs that everyone said were so "punk." If I had listened to this record, maybe my eyes would not have bled as much as they did. These guys have a sound that makes Tele-tubbies seem glum. Their happy-go-lucky attitude pales the radiant sun. Or they are just plain substandard, you take your pick.

Anonymous (June 25, 2003)

yaaaaa the comment below me is most likely comming from someone who also said opivy was over-rated. idiot.

Anonymous (June 20, 2003)

good album





Anonymous (June 14, 2003)


Anonymous (May 30, 2003)

along with AND OUT COME THE WOLVES, this might be the best album ever...EVER.

(notice the period)

Le_MAD (May 25, 2003)


Anonymous (May 17, 2003)

hey rory werent the bouncing souls started in '87.1 year before greenday,were they not. and on completely opposite sides of the country,u douchebag

Anonymous (April 28, 2003)

Go to www. Punkcreations. Com now!!!!

Anonymous (April 15, 2003)

if your either a fan of the bouncing souls or a fan of music, you will like this album, hands down, its really good

dropkick (February 15, 2003)

this is some good sh!t,i think that all the people who dont like bouncing souls can eat their pown sh!t and t5hen screw my bulldog whose name is bill clinton

FortyMinutesWest (February 3, 2003)

egh...can't stand*

FortyMinutesWest (February 3, 2003)

I think Im the only one who can't this band, oh well.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

DVD coming out soon.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Sorry Mr. I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT GREEN DAY. Green Day was around before 1989. There first EPS and stuff was released on 1039 smoothed out slappy hours in 1989. They still are not the first punk band, but they are from before 1989.

evildeadalive (December 30, 2002)

Yeah, that dudes right. This album sucks, well except for every song.

Anonymous (December 24, 2002)

The only good tracks are all of them.

Anonymous (December 15, 2002)


evildeadalive (December 15, 2002)

OK... how did this get to number 1 so fast...?

Anonymous (December 6, 2002)

" greenday was one of the first punk bands ever."

Have you been having a green day yourself? Put down the pipe and listen to something PRE 1994!

Anonymous (October 30, 2002)

This is now my FAVOURITE album. I mean I love everything punk and this is my favourite album. and i'm not talking flavor of the month. this is my fav album.

Anonymous (September 19, 2002)

I got into The Bouncing Souls pretty recently and How I Spent MY Summer Vacation was the first (and only) album I got by them.

I have heard a lot of their old stuff though, and if you like their old stuff and are thinking of picking up this CD, do it.. NOW!!
This album I think is extremely good and very very original. You won't find another band like these guys! I like just about every song on the CD except maybe 1 or 2 of them.

You will fall in love with this CD, it's got some really loud and energetic tunes that you will just have to sing along with. True Believers and Manthem will probably have you the most hooked. Very strong, loud, and melodic. I suggest you quick go to CDNow and download some sample songs or get them off whatever Napster kinda program, you will want to buy this CD instantaly.

You will be listening to this CD for awhile!

harg (March 31, 2002)

Wow why such a big response to this album? This is a solid album with replay value and a good vibe but i wouldn't have thought it to be one of the top reviews! There are some cool songs on it but all retaining the same bouncing souls seal.

Anonymous (March 15, 2002)

i know this may seem weird but for some reason i think that Rory and Larry Lawrence are the same person. Well anyways, this album is great

Patch (February 22, 2002)

awesome album. some songs lack, but great.

Anonymous (February 2, 2002)

Definitely pick this one up...

evildeadalive (January 9, 2002)

Woo - hoo!! I got to be viewer number 5000!
Is it just me or should this review be read more than the Sum 41 one?

SundayDrive (December 19, 2001)

I finally got this, and like everyone else says ROCK!

Anonymous (December 3, 2001)

don't sign my name to comments i didn't write you unorginal bastard.- the real fathead

Anonymous (December 1, 2001)

Have you guys ever thought about how clever the Sesame Street character "The Count" was? He teaches kids to cout and he's named the count!!!! FUCKING GREAT!!! Good times. The only downside is that if anyone else wanted to relate vampires to counting everyone would say that they are copying Sesame Street. It really is a connection that should be made more often. Oh well...-fathead

Anonymous (November 28, 2001)

I still get chills whenever I listen to this album. God damn its good!!!


Anonymous (November 22, 2001)

" i dont want to die,i dont want to kill. I dont want to kill i dont want to die. We are all human...it's time to prove it" - ANTI FLAG 911 for peace

Anonymous (November 14, 2001)

Every fucking one of snoop dogg's songs can be called "smacking my ho's and smoking weed"

put some fucking content into rap please!

rappers learn how to sing! learn how to play an instrument! if you like shit like snoop dogg you should become one of his "ho's" ha ha ha

OedipusWrecks (November 10, 2001)

Kizzy- While SnoopDogg maybe be the "shiznit" I beg to differ on your opinion of Green Day. I happen to believe that they are quite "true playas", quite true indeed. Kizzy, I think you might need to temporarily refrain from your "pimpin' " and get your act together. Do you play water polo?

-Eddie W.

SnoopDoggRulz (November 3, 2001)

Shiot, foolz, I ain't even finished up in this cabbie. Green Day ain't no true playas, they be fakin' the funk like Jeff Ott on pain killers; straight to video for that ho-popper. Plus, if y'all foolz be diggin' This Bouncing Day.F.I shit, then check out Snoop. He keeps it real as steel.

Neva quit the pimpin'

SnoopDoggRulz (November 3, 2001)

Sheeeiiit, beotches, all y'all punk-ass posies gotta face up and reco'nize that Snoop's da Shiznit. And da bouncing souls sound like AFI, if Davey was a little more thuggish. Kinda like Snoop, all laid back, sippin' on a martini, and tellin' dem hoes where to be at, and what to touch. Sheeeiiit. Ain't no AFI gonna tell me what to do with my women!! They best step off b'fo I bust a cap in Larry Lawrence's assHOLE! Shooziwiznit.

I'm outta heeeeeeeere,
peace in the middle east,


Anonymous (November 2, 2001)

Larry Lawrence is an idiot, this album is great. Green Day and AFI are awsome too. And i still don't see how AFI is a copy of Bouncing Souls.

Anonymous (November 2, 2001)

Larry Lawrence, what the hell are you smoking? I'm not creating Green Day hype; responding to what Rory wrote below. I'm also the one that wrote this review. Fuck off.

-John B

Larry_Lawrence (November 2, 2001)

This is a good one. However, I don't see why John B. is creating all this green day hype. We're here to talk about the bouncing souls, john. Maybe you should be the one getting serious.... serious about the bouncing souls. Do you like AFI, John? I heard that Davey worships the bouncing souls. Why don't you, john. Why do you always bring green day into everything. Maybe they don't want to be the center of attention right now, John. Is that okay with you, John? John, did you even listen to this album, John? You're killing your family, John. They're so embarassed, John. Oh, and John, AFI is a half assed attempt at overshadowing the bouncing souls. You and I are smarter than that, John. We both know that AFI doesn't have a chance in the world at doing anything worthwhile. To be completely honest John, I think the real reason why you can't seem to take the bouncing souls seriously is that you went through puberty at a later age than most of your peers, john. I'm just trying to help you, John. I'm just telling it like it is. This whole green day complex is a complicated thing, I'm sure. You have to WANT to do better. Do you, John? We all back you 100%. If you need anything at all, you know where to find us.
Yes John, I know what you're feeling. It's okay, John. It's okay. You can let the tears flow. It'll be okay. AFI is the antichrist and so am I. So how do you explain my dislike for AFI, John? Davey and I are straight edge, one and alike. I don't eat beer brats because It's doubly bad. Just like AFI, John. So you just go on picking on AFI like the piece of shit that you are John B. I'll be watching.

Much respect,

Anonymous (November 1, 2001)

Bouncing Souls copying Green Day? Green Day: one of the first punk bands EVER? Fuck the Bouncing Souls? Sometimes I wonder about the people that visit this site. I would like to believe they intentionally write stuff like this to be funny: it's too silly to be taken seriously. Maybe people like to joke by making themselves look absurd. However, sometimes I just wonder...

-John B

Anonymous (November 1, 2001)

Yo Rory, stop being an idiot, please.- fathead

Anonymous (October 31, 2001)

This isn't as good as greenday. greenday was one of the first punk bands ever. the bouncing souls are just copying off of greenday. fuck them.


Anonymous (October 27, 2001)

I like Maniacal and S/T much better than this, but anything the Souls do is good. I dont know how oi got brought up, but I guess you could say it's a whole other sub-genre of punk, if you want to label a bunch of bands by one word. Sham 69, The Business, Cockney Rejects, Angelic Upstarts, Last Resort etc. Some of those bands are pretty damn good.

Anonymous (October 26, 2001)

"True Believers" is one of my favorite songs by the Souls. Also, what's the obsession with "Oi" in punk?

-Sr. Potpourri

Anonymous (September 20, 2001)

I've known about the souls for a long time, but i never was into them enough to buy their cds. Reading your posts made me try this cd, and i was completely blown away. Awsome cd!

Eddie (August 26, 2001)

I just downloaded some clips from a few of the songs, and man, they rock! I can't wait to get the actual CD!

JukeboxBully (August 16, 2001)

awww...i really loved hopeless romantic! (i mean, check the nick name) I could play it from start to finish. I think its a great album. But...this one kicks ass as well!

Anonymous (August 15, 2001)

best release of the year right up there with Saves the Day- Stay what you are. im not kidding. but get this album incredible. most improved band of the year by far

Anonymous (July 19, 2001)

the souls just rocked my ass at warped tour. that was the first time i had seen them. there most definitely will be a second time.their new songs were awesome, along with greats like argyle and say anything.- fathead

Anonymous (July 1, 2001)

Some people always say Greg sucks at singing well suck it..he's friggin great...No one seems to know more than him how much shit life throws at you and this album encompasses it all..girls...friends...and partying....good stuff........peace

Anonymous (June 29, 2001)

I think this is definetly an improvement over their last record.

coldjuly (June 26, 2001)

Awesome record! the souls are one of the best punk bands to come out of the NYC area or the east coast. "how i spent my summer vacation" is the best souls record by far! if you have $20 just lying around hit the record store and buy this!

Anonymous (June 19, 2001)

my life is complete. this album rocks

Anonymous (May 28, 2001)

This album is is great none the less.I really enjoy it.It's worth the 16 bucks, so do yourself a favor an buy it.

oldpunker (May 24, 2001)

Coming from the time when punk was actually punk (1978 iwas a young 12 year old punk ) the bouncing souls new disc takes me back there like no other release has in a few years. Now dont get me wrong there has been some good stuff coming out,but this is thhe best bouncing souls album ever. Period.

Anonymous (May 23, 2001)

Good, but not great. Its actually hard for me to read criticism here about "Hopeless Romantic" because I think that's the album where it all came together. I was hoping to have the happy songs and sad, sappy songs tempered with some silly goofy and insanely-fast ones ("You're So Rad" and "BMX Mags") but none were found. Its still the Bouncing Souls and I love this stupid little band to death. "True Believers" and "Gone" send shivers down my spine. But I don't think anything can live up to "Hopeless Romantic".

Anonymous (May 23, 2001)

Best f***ing album in years! The songs hit you one after the other after the other...straight to the heart! It reminds you about all the good things in a punks life. Streetlight Serenade into Late Bloomer into No Comply then Gone is simply incredible! What a way to finish an oustanding effort! It'll be my pleasure to see them this Sumer, that's how I'm spendin my F***ing Summer vacation...listening to the Bouncing Souls!!!

Anonymous (May 23, 2001)

A solid, solid release. This is probably their best release ever and fun from beginning to end. Don't be surprised if you hear the last track gone on commercial radio though, they sent the single out to all modern rock stations.

sickboi (May 22, 2001)

I just picked this up today and can't stop listening. I can honestly agree with the review, this is the best Souls' album, ever! Hopeless Romantic made me question what Epitaph would do to their sound but this album only proved it has only gotten better. Aubin, you need to have a score of "unmeasureable" for this one...

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