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Descendents: SomerySomery (1991)
SST Records

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Descendents were one of the first bands to incorporate the sounds of pop into their punk-influenced skate music, and they were arguably the best at it. Over the past 20 years, they've gone through several breakups and hiatuses, but even when they aren't recording new music together, their records ar.
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Descendents were one of the first bands to incorporate the sounds of pop into their punk-influenced skate music, and they were arguably the best at it. Over the past 20 years, they've gone through several breakups and hiatuses, but even when they aren't recording new music together, their records are still being played constantly. The influential cloud this band cast over the punk community during the 80's (the prime years for SST) was and still is undeniable, but with the resurgence of pop-punk during the late 90's and beginning of the new millenium, having knowledge of the Descendents back catalog is more important than ever. And since a lot of new fans aren't really familiar with this band's music (some may be familiar with their side band All, who once upon a time featured Down by Law's vocalist and have recorded for nearly 15 years as well), there needs to be a set starting point for those looking to brush up on their history. And well, Somery is just that album.

Somery is the so-called 'best of' collection for the Descendents, even though the band didn't have any singles. It spans 28 tracks and runs a little under an hour and speaks as the perfect introductory piece to this wonderful and amazing band. While it is missing a bunch of their classics, it makes up for it by being the most consistent Descendents record in existence -- there isn't a drop of filler to be found on Somery. Tracks like "Silly Girl" and "My Dad Sucks" do a perfect job at starting off the record, showing this cult band at their best -- pumping out furiously fast skatepunk the way it was meant to be played. Well, almost. Descendents sing mostly about failed relationships, hating parents and school, and how society doesn't understand them, which is pretty much the same formula followed by the newest generation of pop-punkers who follow the blueprint laid down by this band right here.

The only problem with this release is that since it was released in 1991, it doesn't contain some of the band's best material. Tracks like "I'm the One" and "She Loves Me" (both from 1996's Everything Sucks are unfortunately absent), but there's no sense griping. Somery is a beautiful place to start building your Descendents collection if you haven't already, mostly because it sums up this cooky band's antics and compresses six hours worth of recorded material into less than one. After you've tackled this release, try Milo Goes to College.

 

 
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skarin66 (October 28, 2009)

Milo, sweet milo.

I love thee,

xxjohnnyrocketxx (December 29, 2006)

All of the best work that the Descendents have put out all in one album? this is a dream come true!

Really, if you don't have this album, and you like any of the music on this page, get this. The recordings are old and sometimes crappy, but this is the roots of all the music on here. It is timeless, this is music I will never get sick of.

miff (November 4, 2006)

"being the most consistent Descendents record in existence"

what were the inconsistent parts of milo goes to college?

Anonymous (December 29, 2004)

awesome cd. practically all of my favorite songs put onto one album. i like "suburban home". i can relate. heh. god help me. great music.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

Everything sucks was a decent record, but not nearly as good as the old stuff. Only Bad Religion can pull off the "we were a punk band 20 years ago and still rock your ass" thing. Damn you, damn the broccoli, and the damn the wright brothers!

soulbleed (January 21, 2004)

descendents. fucking. suck. next time try writing a review on the berlin project. oh wait, this site hates them for no fucking reason. forget it, just take this gay ass site down that doesn't give bands a chance for shit.

the berlin project suck my wang. why? because they aren't doing anything new, and they suck at ripping everyone off. learn your place, kiddo.

chimericalburst (January 20, 2004)

fair enough. i guess i wasn't sure if it was clear, though i'm well aware its not obscure

cburst

REALPUNX4LIFE (January 20, 2004)

Also, Family Guy. Duh. It wasn't an obscure reference or anything. Idiot.

REALPUNX4LIFE (January 20, 2004)

"No matter what happens, no one will like it, for one simple reason: It's New! New shit sucks! Blah blah blah!"

You're missing one small detail: Mass Nerder beats the shit out of both Everything Sucks and Enjoy. Eat it, nerd! (That's solid proof against the "ALL and Descendents are the same band, don't pick favorites" line. The records were written at the same time and ALL still managed to outdo Descendents. Word to your pops.

chimericalburst (January 20, 2004)

whoever can guess what that was a reference to gets a cookie

chimericalburst (January 20, 2004)

all sucks. down by law sucks. krypton sucks.

PoseursInc (January 19, 2004)

I'm pretty sure I gave a better reason than that. Not every criticism is just a cliche, you know.

Anonymous (January 19, 2004)

Man, I can't believe some of you people think Everything Sucks is essential Descendents listening material. It doesn't have the same feel as any of the others, really. I think it may be the fact that it sounds too modern. But by the time Everything Sucks came out in 1996, all the bands that were influenced by the Descendents were out and doing their thing. So Milo and his buddies didn't look unique at all.

But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Everything Sucks was bad. But it's not the greatest thing in the world. It leans more towards mediocre than anything. Let's hope that doesn't happen with their Fat Wreck release coming up.

No matter what happens, no one will like it, for one simple reason: It's New! New shit sucks! Blah blah blah!

Sad mentality really...

- Hayato

PoseursInc (January 19, 2004)

Man, I can't believe some of you people think Everything Sucks is essential Descendents listening material. It doesn't have the same feel as any of the others, really. I think it may be the fact that it sounds too modern. But by the time Everything Sucks came out in 1996, all the bands that were influenced by the Descendents were out and doing their thing. So Milo and his buddies didn't look unique at all.

But don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Everything Sucks was bad. But it's not the greatest thing in the world. It leans more towards mediocre than anything. Let's hope that doesn't happen with their Fat Wreck release coming up.

Anonymous (January 19, 2004)

how come no one mentioned their live album "hallraker". (pep talk, christmas vacation, good good things, cheer, kabuki girl) put that and livage together have all the descendents tracks you'll ever need.

and dissing everything sux? what's with you people?!?!

Anonymous (January 19, 2004)

yeah, yeah..that guy who just said the stuff he said...that man's a frickin genius.

Anonymous (January 19, 2004)

i can't believe there is even a debate about this. the descendents rule all of your worthless asses. don't like it? go eat a bowl of dick!

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

Good CD, simply put they influenced alot of bands today ( primary infleunce to all 3 blink memebers) , and I'm excited to hear their new stuff

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

descendents. fucking. suck. next time try writing a review on the berlin project. oh wait, this site hates them for no fucking reason. forget it, just take this gay ass site down that doesn't give bands a chance for shit.

some1 (January 18, 2004)

Milo went to UC San Diego and majored in biology.

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

one of my favorite bands, but there were (at least) 2 things wrong with this review:

1. The Ramones were the first band to incorporate pop sounds into harder/punk style music

2. you shouldn't review greatest hits albums

notfeelingcreative (January 18, 2004)

And I only like the ALK3 songs that Matt Skiba sings!! With a couple of exceptions!

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

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

1. Damn that band Descendre is good!

2. Which college did Milo go to?

3. What was his major?

4. I don't wanna grow up.

5. That'd mean I'd have to leave my mom's house and she makes good fried chicken. Mmm!

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

I cannot tell who is better, but there's a fact: the more you say ALL is worst the less you have appreciated/understood Descendents. And vice versa, of course.

That said, here's my ranking:

1. Milo Goes to College.
2. I Don't Want to Grow Up
3. Allroy Saves
4. Allroy's Revenge
5. ALL
6. Enjoy
7. Pummel
8. Breaking Things
9. Percolater
10. New Girl, Old Story
11. Allroy For Prez
12. Problematic
13. Mass Nerder
14. Everything Sucks
15. Allroy Sez

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

i think All is really quite horrible, while Descendents are one of my favorite bands, the musical and vocal changes are enough to piss me off. All is waaaay too poppy, but milos voice has a nice growl to keep it from sounding like hes whining.

I think Everything sucks was a pretty good release considering, and i loved the title track (i dont like the poppy stuff as much) but it kept the old descendents while adding a new dynamic and making the songs more involving.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

There is a vast differance between ALL and Descendents musically, not just vocally.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

dude, like the only difference between ALL and the descendents is a singer. it is like saying you only like the Alkaline Trio songs that Skiba sings. don't be dummy heads, dummy heads. ESAD

REALPUNX4LIFE (January 17, 2004)

"Allroy Saves" is probably the best record to come out of either camp. Then "Revenge." Then "Milo Goes to College." Then "All." This is fact, not opinion.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

to anyone that says descendents are better than ALL: have you heard anything other than the epitaph albums (mass nerder and problematic)? because those are their weakest. but allroy's revenge and pummel honestly DESTROY the descendent's best work. i think it's funny that it's trendy and you sound "cool" if you go "descendents are better than ALL." but sorry, it's just not true.

RondoMondo (January 17, 2004)

Descendant does beat ALL pretty badly. I do disagree with the "Everything Sucks" comment. While the title tracked sucked, I think that was a very solid cd. Albeit more poppy, the songs were catchier making it more enjoyable than previous releases.

notfeelingcreative (January 17, 2004)

Come on Descendents are so much better than All! Milo is just more pissed off than Chad!

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

Silly Girl and Cheer me up are 2 of the best Descendents songs ever.
These guys rock, cooler than you!!!

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

"Everything sucks" is a great album REALPUNX4LIFE. Reason, it doesn't contain as many of those annoying filler tracks where Milo just yells over crazy music which lasts for barely a minute (ie half of "I don't wanna grow up"). "Milo goes to college" is their best though, with songs like Bikeage, Hope and Myage you can't go wrong.
The new album will be a typical Decendents record, just like everything else they have released. Some good tunes, some shorts tunes, and almost every tune will be about love/girls.

-bemused-

REALPUNX4LIFE (January 17, 2004)

You guys are CRAZY! While I'm a bigger fan of ALL than Descendents, I can say without any fear that "Everything Sucks" is most definitely the worst thing to come out of either camp. It's even worse than "Problematic" and no one will quesion me when I say that that record is bad. "Milo Goes to College" and "All" are the two best Descendents records. Then "I Don't Want To Grow Up" with "Enjoy" hanging around the bottom of the barrel with "Everything Sucks." It seems as though I'm forgetting something, other than "Bonus Fat," live records, other rarities and the inevitably awful upcoming records. Boy, I am not looking forward to those! (Maybe if my expectations are low enough, I'll actually like them. Maybe. But Christ, have you listened to "Everything Sucks"? Milo is an awful singer these days and things are only getting worse with that new mp3. Fuck your Milo worship, dorks.)

8dollarclarinetsolo (January 17, 2004)

i have to agree, get two things, then everything sucks.. then maybe all then the rest... this was my first descendents cd, its fucking great. where is kabuki girl?

notfeelingcreative (January 16, 2004)

I second scott's comment, Everything sucks and two things at once are the only essentials, but they are in fact ESSENTIAL!

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

i actually find that liveage serves as a beter overview of the band, as i think a lot of the band's studio material suffered from poor recording that softened the impact of the songs. however, the live versions are power-packed. also, ALL's self-titled best of CD is freaking amazing, and should silence all the doubters that say ALL is no good.

unconcerned (January 16, 2004)

Wow scott thinks everything sucks is better than I don't wanna grow up, Enjoy, and All... that is INSANE

Arguably milo is the best and two things at once also has the bonus fat ep BUT all of the albums that are incorporated into this 'greatest hits' album are far more essential than anything to come post break up.

Do yourselves a favor and get everything from ALL and before... there are 4 essential albums and none of them happen to reside on epitaph

PetroBPettson (January 16, 2004)

Some Descendents songs are really good.....some not so much. This album has lots of both. But greatest hits albums are for housewives and little girls.....

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

just to clarify what someone said below-their record 'two things at once' is basically 'milo goes to college' some extra tracks. so yea, buy that and skip this record.

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

down by law is fucking terrible.

maverick (January 16, 2004)

I bought this without realizing it was a best-of at first, and I already owned Two Things At Once. There was no point in keeping this, simply because the songs weren't in the order I was used to hearing them in and it drove me nuts.

All you really need from this band is Two Things At Once and Everything Sucks. Everything else is good, but nothing comes close to those two.

-Scott

lushj (January 16, 2004)

Doesn't this have some the clunkers from Descendents "All" on it too? I concur with the person below- just get the full originals: "Milo Goes To College" "I Don't Want To Grow Up" and "Enjoy". You'll end up buying these anyways, so ya might as well save the money for "Somery" and put it towards "Milo Goes To College" or "I Don't Want To Grow Up".

TheOneTrueBill (January 16, 2004)

I'd rather listen to the actual albums

ilikebandssuchasopivy (January 16, 2004)

way to break my streak asshole

Analog_Boy (January 16, 2004)

first. good cd. woo!

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