Screeching Weasel - Television City Dream (Cover Artwork)

Screeching Weasel

Screeching Weasel: Television City DreamTelevision City Dream (1998)
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There are a few geniuses in punk rock and Ben Weasel is definitely one of them. Whether it's in Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, or his solo shit the man can write a kick ass tune and he has been doing it for years. Television City Dream is a bit of a change for Screeching Weasel. Gone are the D.
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There are a few geniuses in punk rock and Ben Weasel is definitely one of them. Whether it's in Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, or his solo shit the man can write a kick ass tune and he has been doing it for years. Television City Dream is a bit of a change for Screeching Weasel. Gone are the Dan's (Vapid and Panic) and on board are Mass Giorgini and Dan Lumley as well as some dude who has not been seen or heard from since. As a longtime Weasel fan I have to say I was a bit skeptical at first since the Dan's have been there for most of Screeching Weasel's best days... but the newcomers do a great job and TVCD is actually a pretty fantastic album.

Another bit of a change is TVCD is a total mix of punk compared to "Bark Like a Dog", their last full length album which was almost all straight up pop punk. With this album Screeching Weasel is back with their fast and furious songs which you will notice right away with the opener "Count to Three". There is also the sequence of "Plastic Bag", "I Don't Give a Fuck", and "Only a Test", all of which clock in at under a minute. But of course there is also the poppy punk that Screeching Weasel made famous. Gems on this album include "Outside of You", "Burn it Down" and one of the best Weasel tunes of all time "Speed of Mutation".

This album is a great mix of songs and has some great lyrics. It's good to see Screeching Weasel back with some bite and attitude which this album provides. While it might not be their best album it is certainly a great album and a solid release.


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sean021122 (February 26, 2012)

The ONLY sw record worth buying since "Wiggle". All others are pure pop sellout shit. Bu on this fleeting period of time used to record this stellar album, they actually remembered what it was to make music that stayed true to their roots and stayed as close to their pre-1993 sound as imaginabl possible. I don't know what the hell happened on "Anthem" and every record afterwards but these guys turned to pure crap and never recovered. Between the new 'fat mikeish" style whiny vocals to the silly childish lyrics, to the mtv hot topic poppy mainstream sound... Well at least on this one they hinjected some 'punk' uinto it and less pop. Even though it still sounds very glossy and polished, the thought counts and ideas f the past manifested as the stars aligned just right. Even if the primo-donna ben weasel couldn't leave his bedroom to record the vocals. Shows you where he was at then, now, and forever. His band, his rules. he is god, everyone else a peasant and he does what he wants. even if it means punching defenseles undeserving women and spits in the face of all the legacy he once had.

warningdevice (March 8, 2006)

not the best weasel record, but not the worst. i'm sad that the reviewer failed to mention "dummy up".

Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

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enjoifreedumb (December 12, 2004)

No one mentioned "crying in my beer"(wiggle)
"stab stab stab", "achtung",

1. don't turn off the lights (my brain hurts)
2. Soap Opera (kill the musicians)
3. Tightrope (thank you very little)
4. Political song for screeching weasel to sing (s/t re-release)
5. hey suburbia (s/t re-release, boogadax3, kill the musicians)
6. ashtray (s/t re-release, boogadax3)
7.speed of mutation (television city dreams)
8. I will always be there (bark like a dog)
9. The girl next door (kill the musicians)
10. A new tomorrow (Anthem for a new tomorrow)

Anonymous (January 29, 2004)

This was just recently reviewed. Cool. When I first listened to Sw I was in 7th grade and my buddy bought "Bark Like A Dog" cause we knew they were a punk band. We knew shit. He hated it (or maybe just didn't like it that much), but I fell in love.

Top Ten Tracks(in no order)

1. Every Night
2. Racist Society
3. Speed of Mutation
4. Celena
5. Science of the Myth
6. My Brain Hurts
7. I'll Always Be There
8. I Don't Care Anymore
9. I Wanna be a Homosexual
10. Girl Next Door

I dunno, they're all the fire.

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

i'm the fucking dali llama princess!

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)


Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

That was meant to read "TOP 1O PLUS 3" by the way...

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)


In No Particular Order:
7.HEY SUBURBIA (KTM version, can't beat that "Shut Up!" breakdown...)

Fuck, I'm still leaving out more...

sickboi (January 15, 2004)

Honestly, the production on this album steals it. "My Brain Hurts" and "Anthem for a New Tomorrow"are right there, but there is just something about this album thats almost, well, magical. Whenever I here 'Count to Three' lead into "Speed of Mutation' I get shivers. Every drum beat, ever chord, every snooty croon from Ben, man it all sounds soooo perfect. I have even referred to this as the best PRODUCTION I have ever heard on an album. And I'm not even a rabid SW fan.

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

My barin hurts is their best album BY FAR.
sickboi, you've dissapointed me.


TheOneTrueBill (January 15, 2004)

I saw the Methadones in september, and got 'Career Objectives' a few weeks ago. Even after a few months lay off, i still recognized about half the songs.

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)


Dan Vapid sings and plays guitar in the Methadones. THey are really good. Although they don't sound like screeching weasel, they are definitely worth checking out if you like sw, because you will probably like them. THeir two albums are really differenct from each, so just check them out

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

Great album, kind of has a "Major Label Debut" feel (which was only recorded a few months before TCD). I've always liked SW at their fastest and most clever, and this album has alot of thoes types of songs.

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

Mmm...good point - Wiggle...liking it.

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

their best album is Wiggle, and then Bogada.... in a close second. Kill the Musicians is still a classic.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

Is there anyone here who's favourite SW record is Bark Like A Dog?
Just curious.
I don't think it's a bad album--I wasn't even bothered by the fact that 9o% of it is drum-driven pop. But everytime I pop it in, I end up cracking back open the CD player and throwing in Teen Punks or Emo instead.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

my 'best of SW' vote is for "my brain hurts"

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

IS on the brat, sorry...anyway i guess you didn't misquote me, but rather mis-inferred what my meaning was or something.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

"Now I recognize and respect that your opinion says BOOGADAx3 should be SW's most-mentioned record, but to say that it was their best is to say anything they did after was crap."

Um, i don't believe i said anything they did after was crap - did i??
Anyway, the other post I put something like SW=Love...All their records are wonderful - I even love their BEAT ON THE BRAT LP. Awesome. I just like Boogada because it's pretty hardcore. But again, so i'm not unclear - i love the Ramones-influenced pop-punk too. Riverdales=Love too.
Please don't misquote me in the future. Cheers!

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

16, really? i never knew that.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

"what the hell is with the lyrics to Nicaragua?"

Sure the lyrics may reek of apathy and shit, but you're talking about a song on a CD that's only one track away from another one called "I Wanna Be Naked". Or howwa 'bout the classic "Mad At The Paper Boy", or "I Love To Hate", and better yet "Used Cars"?
Point is, don't take to heart everything you hear in a stupid punk song. I seriously doubt Ben Weasel stands by these lyrics today, and wouldn't care if Nicaragua was blown to bits tonight. It's just a song about being fed up with hearing about Nicaragua. Keep in mind, Ben Weasel was about 16 when he wrote most of these lyrics. Nothing to worry about here. File this one next to DESCENDENTS' "I Wanna Be A Bear". Gotta love those stupid punk tunes.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

what the hell is with the lyrics to Nicaragua? from what i remember, there was crap like "i dont give a fuck about nicaragua" and "i dont give a shit" about this and that...those lyrics have always pissed me off... "suburban white kids trying to show theyve got compassion", i mean, thats funny, but if you think about the attack in any depth its fucking stupid.

Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

"if you're gonna shoot up, don't use dirty needles". this is a great album.


Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

Does anybody know exactly what the cover art for this disc is?


Anonymous (January 14, 2004)

Teen Punks in Heat as your fav album eh? Thats an interesting choice.

"I can make the sun come out at will
I can make the rain stop" Ben Weasel


Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

"...noticed the lack of praise for BOOGADABOOGADABOOGADA!

It's because BOOGADAx3 isn't Screeching Weasel.
Sure, the tunes were written by Ben Weasel. And yes, it's a good record. But to say it was their best--come on, now. Screeching Weasel wrote Ramones-inspired tunes, and they were better off doing just that. Even before reforming after their first break-up, Ben told SW that:
(paraphrased)"The only way we get back together is if we all promise to stick to the RAMONES-inspired tunes."
Boogada wasn't Ramones-inspired.
Now I recognize and respect that your opinion says BOOGADAx3 should be SW's most-mentioned record, but to say that it was their best is to say anything they did after was crap. Why? Because BOOGADAx3 would have been easily passed off with another band's name on the cover.
"Teen Punks In Heat" was their best.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

i didn't read all the comments, but noticed the lack of praise for BOOGADABOOGADABOOGADA!

"I wanna be naked", "psychiatrist", "hunter", fuckin "DINGBAT"! People, let's get with it!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

ah...screeching weasel, my love...

any band that has a song with my name is ok in my book (born against - fuckin most awesome song, queers, bratmobile) but SW are god-like.

PetroBPettson (January 13, 2004)

I like the cover art a lot. Vindictives' Many Moods is a better album in the rehashed-ramones style of punk, though.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

the "anonymous dude who disappeared, named Zak" was also the singer/guitarist of the bands Zoinks!, who were very very awesome

Icapped2pac (January 13, 2004)

This album is decent, but I would have to rate "Wiggle" as my favorite and "My Brain Hurts" a close #2. I like both bands, but Blink owes these guys everything. Also, the "Boogada" album cover T-shirt is probably one of the best I ever owned. It was plain, but that weasel face with the leather jacket fucking ruled.

TheOneTrueBill (January 13, 2004)

This album wasn't great, but still pretty nice. I need more.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

"Anthem for a New Tomorrow" is one of the best punk albums ever. And if you think it's only for kids, then maybe your tastes aren't that mature anyways!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

i think its illegal to listen to this cd after you turn 20. funny for an old school laugh, like the queers or pennywise

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

S.W. is the best Street/Raw Pop-Punk band ever!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

"it's the best album they've done since 1993's "Our Bodies Ourselves," and that's saying a lot." - Ben Weasel on the new MTV (via Weasel Manor)

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

kill the musicians and my brain hurts are essential, this album isn't but it's still better than your favorite album.

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

ughhh, definately the most overrated punk band of all time

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

score's for the intelectual content of mtx's lyrics.


fakesmile (January 13, 2004)

I love the new MTX!

Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

the dude that hasn't been seen or heard from since actually put out an album on Honest Don's under the band name "Big in Japan" his name is Zach if I recall correctly.


Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

HOLY FUCKING SHIT AS IF YOU REVIEWED THIS RECORD. Their best produced album and it is in my opinion only behind "My Brain Hurts" in overall greatness


Anonymous (January 13, 2004)

Best Screeching Weasel album ever.

I really think this is also one of the best produced albums, ever. Everything is so fucking clean, yet not over-produced. One of my top 10 albums ever.


i-type-poorly (January 13, 2004)

Speaking of Screeching Weasel, i wonder what Ben Weasel thinks of the new MTX album. Speaking of the new MTX album, wheres that review!?!

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