The Aquabats - Serious Awesomeness DVD (Cover Artwork)

The Aquabats

The Aquabats: Serious Awesomeness DVDSerious Awesomeness DVD (2003)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: maverickScott
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God bless the Aquabats. It's nice to know in this day and age with every band seeming to try and outdo the other in the "poor pitiful me" department that a group as wonderfully ridiculous as this can still exist, and can also have the presence of mind to document their zaniness via video camera ove.

God bless the Aquabats. It's nice to know in this day and age with every band seeming to try and outdo the other in the "poor pitiful me" department that a group as wonderfully ridiculous as this can still exist, and can also have the presence of mind to document their zaniness via video camera over the years. This double disc DVD set contains over three hours of live footage from shows spanning the band's whole career [and all 7 dozen or so of their members], and is a fun retrospective for a band that definitely exists to have fun.

The main part of disc one is a live show recorded in Pomona, CA earlier this year. The 12-song set covers all four of the band's studio albums [including their b-sides and rarities comp], and is well-recorded both video and soundwise. The crowd is rabid, and the band's antics are spot-on. The disc also contains a video history of the ska-pop group from 1996 to present, including footage from their very first show. It's a cool little documentary to include, although I wish it was slightly longer. Lastly, the disc has the music video for "Super Rad" as well as the previously unreleased music video for "CD Repo Man." More for completists than anything else, but it's still a fun watch.

Disc two is where all the real fun is - a smorgasboard of of clips from a number of different shows over the years. Each clip includes one performance as well as one of the comedy/fighting bits the Aquabats are known for live. The majority of the footage is of decent quality, considering that a lot of this stuff came from handheld cameras in the audience, not from a production crew. The bits and banter in-between songs had me bursting with laughter time and time again, and remembering just how much fun I used to have listening to the Aquabats.

Also, for those of you who are obsessed with all things Travis Barker, there are a number of clips on here from his time spent with the band, and they once again prove that this guy is superhuman when it comes to drumming ability.

He also looks really, really silly in an Aquabats uniform, but that's beside the point.

Probably the funniest - and simultaneously most disturbing - part of the entire DVD set is the easter egg on disc two. I won't tell you how to view it, as I seriously think it will damage the way you think, but I will say this - the easter egg is a video of three members of the Aquabats, presumably on a cable access show, singing "Music Of The Night" from Phantom Of The Opera with a grown man suffering from Down's Syndrome. Somehow, they keep a straight face for the 6+ minutes the song runs.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to hell for laughing at this, but anyway.

Serious Awesomeness should hopefully revive interest in this band's waning popularity, as this DVD shows they still have relavance. More importantly, this band is goddamn funny live, and people need to know that. A worthy buy if you're a fan or if you're looking to discover the Aquabats for the first time - all of their bests songs are on here in one form or another, and the Bat Commander is in rare form in these concert pieces.

In short, pick it up. Pick it up pick it up pick it up.


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ObeyYourParents (May 31, 2004)

One hilarious piece of plastic. The epic battle between the Aqua Bats and (The diabolical, scourge of the seven seas) Powdered Milkman is worth the price of admission alone.

Anonymous (December 3, 2003)

The Ultra (or Mysterious) Kyu quit the band after the first batch of Floating Eye tours to go to college.

And Catboy quit the band because he got bored with the band (This is the only thing I have heard on it. I got it from the offical forum more than a few times)

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

And does anyone know what happened to ultra kyu and catboy?

Anonymous (December 1, 2003)

Who are the mormons in the aquabats?

Anonymous (November 28, 2003)

I think more dvd's should have singing retards. They are funny.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

I agree. This dvd is awesome to watch when you are doing drugs.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

trust me this is a narly dvd and everyone should buy it and be really stoked.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

the gwar comparison made me remember when the two of them did the ska parade radio show and the aquabats had to fight gwar. Ever since then it has been my dream for them to do a tour (or even one show, I would fly anywhere to see) on a real big stage with both gwar and the aquabats set up on stage playing songs back and forth while fighting. it would be incredible. the only thing that worries me is the mingling of the fans. I've seen Gwar quite a few times and some real sketchy characters come out of the woodwork.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

who are the aquabats playing with for those four shows?

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

"Oh buddy ... Canadians are way better than Americans ... on so many levels
Don't really need to get into it here"

Wow, you forgot to tack on the "you should be riding the short bus with a helmet" remark!


Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Canada is a lot better than the US, and I live in the US.

Yeah, I know... "If you don't like it, leave!"

One day, fools. One day...

FearlessRecords (November 26, 2003)

There aren't to many copies of the DVD available in Canada. Your best bet is to get it at www.fearlessrecords.com. If you really really want to buy it from a store, Sonic Union is distributing the DVD in Canada

Current Tour dates
12.11.03 - Minneapolis, MN @ Ascot Room at The Quest
12.12.03 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro
12.13.03 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
12.20.03 - Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater

Possible album and full US tour in the works for next year.

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

I've never seen the Aquabats, but their live show sounds a lot like GWAR, only they play ska and are probably a lot less offensive.
Nice review, makes me want to check out the dvd

mikeinflames (November 25, 2003)

Oh buddy ... Canadians are way better than Americans ... on so many levels
Don't really need to get into it here

gutterhippo (November 25, 2003)

i dont like shopping there because theyre fucking assholes

losingstreakca (November 24, 2003)

"why does everyone act like its so bad to buy something at best buy? They have a pretty wide selection for cheap prices. Who gives a fuck if it's some large chain store?"

for reals dawg!

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

Canadians are Snow Mexicans

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

The Aquabats rock because they are not from Canada.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

I bought an indie CD at Rotate This (Granted it was hip hop - Sole) and it was $21.99. And Chain Of Strength was $18.99 which seemed a little up there for me... but i still bought it.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

why does everyone act like its so bad to buy something at best buy? They have a pretty wide selection for cheap prices. Who gives a fuck if it's some large chain store?

GregSka (November 24, 2003)

I've never been to rotate but I have been to indy stores all over quebec and ontario, and I deffinately agree that prices for indy cds are terrible. Big stores like hmv can be even worse. As much as I hate to say it, best buy probably has the best prices if you can find what you're looking for

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

Rotate is a really good store, but I mean its hard to get to living an hour away.

mikeinflames (November 23, 2003)

Do you listen to metal as well?
Cause I was mainly talking about metal cds
And most punk cds around town are $22 or more

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

You guys are crazy. I also live in Toronto and have never had to pay more than 15-20 dollars for a cd. That goes for stuff on labels as small as Uprising, all the way up to Bridge Nine, Fearless, Jade Tree, Fat, Epitaph, etc. Just go to Rotate This (620 Queen St. West), nothing is over 20 dollars. It's the best indie store in town.

mikeinflames (November 23, 2003)

There are some great indie record shops around town (in Toronto) and in most cities in Ontario as well
But you do have to pay for your music
Must cds I pick up ... unless they are on Fat or Epitaph cost anywhere between $21.99 to $32.99
I checked the Best Buy and they didn't have it in stock
I ran into the same problem when the Bouncing Souls DVD came out
It took me forever to actually find it ... and when I did it was something like $59.99
9 times out of 10 I just order from the labels website ... it's still not exactly cheap ... but it's a lot less than what most of the stores are charging

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

yes... last time i checked an american dollar was worth something like $1.47 canadian, but i am sure that has changed significantly since 2001.

i too believe that bigwig is done with fearless. they aren't under contract and neither side is showing the other any love. rumors about their new label? i have heard fat and jade tree more than any other name dropped. mostly because of strung out and fat connections and then with the pesky shevchuck fella and strike anywhere. but who knows.

maverick (November 23, 2003)

But isn't that Canadian dollars, which is significantly less than US dollars?


Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

Canada has got squat in regards to indie selection.

Plus, it's the only country where indie releases cost twice as much as major label stuff.

True story: MxPx's live record was once for sale at $34,99.

This score is for the Aquabats.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

does anyone know when a new cd will be released?

NoUse (November 23, 2003)


That is insane... but if you are a hardcore fan then I guess it is worth the $$$.

Don't you have Best Buy's in Canada? Or would a local record store order it for you? Maybe try The Aquabats web-site or the Fearless Records web-site...

Also, Why dont The Aquabats tour more?

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

this score is for the use of "zaniness" in the review.

mikeinflames (November 23, 2003)

I've been looking for this since it came out ... I too live up in Canada (Toronto) and have found it pretty hard to find
So far I saw it in a Sunrise ... but it was $52.99

xnotsorryx (November 23, 2003)

serious awesomeness indeed. i cant wait to get home and buy this.

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

dude, im pretty sure bigwig is done with fearless now. They don't have anyrhing undercontract and they are exploring their options, someone will pick them up for sure.

Edgie (November 23, 2003)


Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

hmm... pretty good.

but i am resolved to not support anything from fearless until bigwig makes a new album.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

There are only 2 Mormons in the band right now.

And their religion has nothing to do with their music. They don't do crappy religious music.

This is a great DVD. It's fun to watch and well worth 14-16 dollars for the double disc DVD set of Serious Awesomness!

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Second disc, at the main menu, press the button to go to the left. The bicep should highlight. Press. Enjoy, or cringe

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Im glad to see you embrace the whole open minded spirit of punkrock. good on you.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Whats worse than ska? Anything? Mormons playing ska. Goddamn this shit makes me want to kill myself. Because in my heaven ska never existed. I wouldnn't be walking around thinking, "man ska fucking sucks" because it never existed. Mormons make me want to do lots of drugs and get chicks pregnant. FUCK

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

"Is it because I live in Canada?"

I'm sorry.

NoUse (November 22, 2003)

None of my local stores had The Aquabats DVD either... so I settled for Best Buy.

Best Buy has it for 14.99

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Does anyone know where to get it?
I went to my local record shops and they knew nothing about it. Is it because I live in Canada?

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Nice ending. Now if only they would get off their ass and make an album or two

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

"singing "Music Of The Night" from Phantom Of The Opera with a grown man suffering from Down's Syndrome. Somehow, they keep a straight face for the 6 minutes the song runs."

This score is for that.

(And this DVD is seriously awesome)

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

now all we need is a Dismemberment Plan DVD and an At The Drive In DVD and were all set

Barkley (November 22, 2003)

I gotta see this thing, good review, whatever label put this out should hire you to do pr

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

The live show on the 1st disc is amazing. Chainsaw and The Robot really shine with their performances on guitar and sax/keys.

The funniest thing is on the 2nd disc. When The Ultra Kyu is singing that old Savage Garden song (I want to stand with you on a mountain. I want to bathe with you in the sea...) Then he starts playing crazy cool solos with the rest of The Aquabats background dancing.

It lives up to the name so buy it.

Jon_the_Skafather (November 21, 2003)

"So was Travis Barker a mormon back when he played with these guys?"

not the whole band is mormon but some key members of the band are.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

I'm definitely going to check this out. I haven't seen them play since sometime in mid-High School, but I always remember having a good time the half dozen or so times I saw them play.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

So was Travis Barker a mormon back when he played with these guys?

GregSka (November 21, 2003)

Good review, I gotta check this thing out!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

I already pre-ordered it. is it available now??

I guess so, I'll receive soon then.


Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

the dvd is simply amazing, highlights: Bat commander flipping onto his neck, prince adams monster ballad, the commercials during the live set and the horribly funny easter egg

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

I was lucky enough to see these guys for free a year and half ago at a school fair (the only good thing about my high school). It was one of the best shows I have seen to date. It was extremely entertaining. In retrospect, I'd go even if they charged $1,000 per person. it was that much fun.

I'm exaggerating, but still...

maverick (November 21, 2003)

Yes, the Commander does backflips. They're very entertaining.


Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

god bless these mormons

superdude (November 21, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. More like, Make it Butter.

2. Or, I can't Believe it's not Better

3. At zoo, if you ask to see the aquabats, the zoo keeper will look at you weird

4. The guys on the DVD cover don't even see that thing coming at them

5. DUCK!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

the aquabats are the greatest thing to happen to the "punk" seen in the last decade. let's hope they sign a deal and release their new record next year. "when i was a boy i used to live in corduroy, o.p. shirts and slip-on vans"

BeaArthur (November 21, 2003)

I can't wait to pick this up. Does it show the commander doing back flips?

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