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The Vandals: Live At The House Of Blues DVDLive At The House Of Blues DVD (2004)
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Another month, another installment of The Show Must Go Off!, this time featuring the band that started the whole thing - The Vandals. Live At The House Of Blues is the band's third video documentation, the first two being a DVD of their annual "Oi To The World" concert, and the second being the c.
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Another month, another installment of The Show Must Go Off!, this time featuring the band that started the whole thing - The Vandals.

Live At The House Of Blues is the band's third video documentation, the first two being a DVD of their annual "Oi To The World" concert, and the second being the classic film Sweatin' To The Oldies. This DVD serves as sort of the conclusion to the Vandals trilogy, as it covers all the ground the band has made since 1992, when Sweatin'... was originally released.

The band's 22-song set pretty much covers all their albums from Live Fast Diarrhea up to their newest, Internet Dating Superstuds. Only "Pizza Tran" is carried over from the band's set a decade ago. New[er] classics such as "43210-1," "Marry Me," "I've Got An Ape Drape," and "It's A Fact" are peppered throughout the DVD, and all sound remarkably tight, thanks to the masterful drumming of Josh Freese.

Which brings us to the special features, most notably the "Josh Freese Cam." If you posess one of the best drummers in the world, might as well showcase him, right? Right. On this DVD, you can watch the entire performance through a camera focused just on Josh's drumkit. Even better is the inclusion of a picture-in-picture box of *just* his bass drum. For those of us who are drumming geeks [or for those who get reaaaaaally sick of Warren's "zany antics" really quick], this is the way to watch this DVD.

The band commentary is pure comedic genius, and is much funnier than the band's onstage banter. When the Vandals finally hang it up - and frankly, that day should be nearing, since their schtick is getting painfully old - they could all go on a stand-up comedy tour together and make a killing. The only other special feature worth noting is when you press the "Subtitle" button on your remote, you can get lyrics for every Vandals song being played that night, in karaoke form. Dorky, but in a cool way.

The band has proclaimed that this is the longest set they've ever played before. Whether that is true or not, I can tell you that 22 songs is about a half songs too long for the Vandals. This DVD's song selection is spotty at times, with a few too many filler tracks and the exclusion of some gems - where's "Let The Bad Times Roll," "Stop Smiling," "Allah!," "(But Then) She Spoke", or "Go?" All would have been better choices than the six [!] songs off the disappointing Internet Dating Superstuds.

It is a well-filmed DVD, though, and it does complete the Vandals trilogy. It's not a perfect show by any means, but it's enjoyable and worth a view or two.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 31, 2005)

its just music you fucking retards

NoUse (February 10, 2004)

I didn't find The Vandals very funny

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

Radiohead's Bends, Kid A and Ok computer are all considered near perfect and classic albums. The Beatles pretty much released nothing but classics (sgt. peppers, white album, abbey road, rubber soul, revolver, hard days night, help!). The rolling stones have at least 3 classics, along with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen. Jay Z's the blueprint, black album and reasonable doubt are all considered hip hop classics. Tu Pac and Biggie released many classics, all 3 eminem albums are accalaimed. Led Zepplin 1,2,4, and houses of the holy are classic.

but anyway, yea , most punk bands dont' have more than one classic, cuz punk isnt exactly the most prestigious form of music....or the best.

the clash would be the best example for classic punk. its hard to argue a more influential or better punk album than london calling. and the s/t is just as important as the ramones or the sex pistols debut's, so thats 2 classics. sandanista is pushing it.

in a perfect world in my opinion, rancids and out come the wolves, life won't wait and indestructable will all be considered classic punk records, but everyone hates them now and everyone was too dumb to realize how good life won't wait was cuz they decided to start writing songs that werent 4 chord anthem punk songs.

Anonymous (February 8, 2004)

I meant productive talent... Hell, I like Wire and the Swell Maps, and they never were too orthodox with their guitars.

-BSD

Anonymous (February 8, 2004)

Of course, do the Vandals or NOFX have 1/10th the talent of any of those bands?

The Vandals? God no.

NOFX? Hm. See, now that's different. They're not lyrically amazing, but instrumentally they've vastly improved. To say NOFX doesn't have 1/10th the talent of the Clash or the Ramones (especially) is kind of silly.

They may not make really mature music. But Fat Mike can write some really decent basslines, and El Hefe shouldn't even be in a punk band with that kind of skill (in fact, he originally played jazz). And live, they still pretty tight.

So here's what I'm trying to say.
Vandals = Trash.
NOFX = Although not groundbreaking, still really great musicians whose recordings do not reflect their actual skill.

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

And I heavily doubt that the Vandals would still be around had it not been for the pop-punk explosion... Staying together, being a "road crew" is worthy of respect, just churning out gambless pop shit for quick cash is not.

-BSD

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

The Ramones' first 3 are considered classic, the Clash had their S/T, "London Calling", and "Sandanista!", which is a classic because it was one the first (and last?) punk record to be that long. All of the Stooges' records (totalling 3) are considered classic, the Who has made probably 5 or 6 trully classic albums, PiL's first 3 records are excellent, Bob Marley's recorded output can also not be underestimated.

Of course, do the Vandals or NOFX have 1/10th the talent of any of those bands?

-BSD

Anonymous (February 7, 2004)

This is fucking ridiculous. Alright, I agree that some of these bands' latest albums weren't as good as their first ones, but does this mean they really have to retire? Isn't it really amazing that these people who are mostly in their 30's are still around? Doesn't that tell something about how much they love this thing they are doing? You can't convince me that these guys are just doing it for the money or something. They have every goddamn RIGHT to be around, after treating is with all these incredible releases that they have delivered us in the past. Personally I admire them for sticking close to a sound that never will grow old on me. Both Bad Religion and NOFX delivered one of their best albums in their discography recently. And it's quite normal that a band can't deliver the same superb album more than twice in their careers. Or could you name me one band that released 3 or more really CLASSIC releases?

Haggard (February 6, 2004)

"lets all face the facts
bad religion suck."

This is in fact 100% false.

-Justin

Anonymous (February 6, 2004)

lets all face the facts
bad religion suck.

dignin (February 5, 2004)

it's a shame, all those shitty old bands are still going meanwhile Fugazi is on "hiatus" after releasing easily one of their best.

Haggard (February 5, 2004)

"vandals, pennywise and bad religeon are long past expiration"

Yeah, "Bad Religeon" is long past expiration? They are better than your favorite band.

Oh wait, I'm sorry. I just remembered. Bands that are old aren't cool. Yeah.

-Justin

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

i saw no use for a name in 94 and am still confused as shit as to how the hell they are still around 10 years later. they were a boring generic cali pop punk band then and have managed to continue this boringness for such a long long time it's not even funny.

vandals need to quit soon.

and the descendents still rock hard tasty abs washerboard style.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

your not alone, if you read my post ( a few down with the list in it) youd see i thought blaze was a great cd, in my top 10 of the year

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

i thought lagwagon's last album was really good. am i alone? i'd have no problem with anyone else on that list retiring, though.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

less than jake will be awesome forever. you are a fool.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

Wotaboot Offspring. They need to go collect their pension and stop making shite ass records.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

i agree with the gentleman that named No Use For A Name the most boring band out there.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

face to face had the right idea

bands that should think about retiring:
vandals
nufan
lagwagon
nofx
bad religion
pennywise
less than jake
get up kids"

Couldn't agree with you more
With the exception of NOFX all os these bands last couple albums were pure shit!"

hmmm, yea as much as i liked face to face, another album would probably be a bit much. they never evolved their sound and when they tried on 'don't turn away' their fans shit on them. their other 5 albums sound the same, all of them are good but thats about all you can milk out of one style.

as for the rest of the list i agree with nofx, war on errorism is pretty bad, i think they could maybe do one more album thats it.
vandals, pennywise and bad religeon are long past expiration
Get up kids are still solid, anti flag never should have made music in the first place, lagwagons blaze is a great album, in my top 10 for the year and they could definately make another album, along with LTJ (anthem was great, both ltj and lagwagon topped their previous efforts)
i definately think no use could make another album and it be good, but the chances arent as good as say, lagwagon or ltj

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

Guttermouth Decendents = vandals. horrible equation right there, which sums up the vandals. horrible. god i hope i never have to sit through another 10 minute 'ive got a date' again.

Anonymous (February 5, 2004)

i love the descendents and do not even consider the vandals anything to brag about. yeah they came out with a few good songs but they are no descendents.

plutocracy (February 5, 2004)

Wow, I'm a true Vandals fan, don't even know the name of their records.

plutocracy (February 5, 2004)

My personal Vandals preference from good (1) to not so good (9):

1. The Quickening
2. Live Fast, Diarrhea
3. Fear Thru Vandalism
4. Look What I Almost Stepped In
5. Hitler Bad, Vandals Good
6. Fear Of A Punk Planet
7. When In Rome, Do As The Vandals
8. Internet Dating Superstuds
9. Slippery When Ill (does that one even count?)

I'd be totally interested in this DVD if they played more from 1, 2, 3 and the really good stuff on 4 ("Go", "You're Not The Boss Of Me" ). Now I'm only moderately interested.

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

Can't believe they're still a band.

wick wick wack!

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

And the Vandals are great. Just listen to "I Have A Date."

that song is originally by the simpletones. check them out for some good silly punk.

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

"please dont mention the vandals in the same sentence as The Descendants.

Thanks. They are 2 worlds apart."

they're really not that different:

-both started in the early, early 80s
-they lived only 40 minutes away from eachother
-each of their debuts came out in 1982
-the vandals have only one original member, the descendents have only two original members
-they were both pioneers in the "skate punk" genre...the descendents on the poppier, melodic side, the vandals on the goofier side of things

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

rising tide > diary

what?? rising tide is < diary

but why would you say that in this thread??

and antiflag is still going pretty strong, but i dont think they have anything new to say and the terror state is definitly not their best album...at all

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

please dont mention the vandals in the same sentence as The Descendants.

Thanks. They are 2 worlds apart.

notfeelingcreative (February 4, 2004)

Yeah well DC also had a history of better music than we do in Florida!

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

why should anti-flag retire?
Terror state is the best record thay have ever made

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

while i hear you florida chumps complaining, we here in dc get great shows all the time. black cat, 930, and once in a while nation.

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

rising tide > diary

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

Less Than Jake's anthem had some good songs on it (short fuse burning, screw's fall out), but overall a weak record. They did an entire fuckin US tour, and only played 2 radio shows in Florida. So yes, Florida sucks. We get something corporate and yellowcard every 2 months. And whenever there's a decent punk show its in Tampa anyways. And the Vandals are great. Just listen to "I Have A Date."

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

fuck these decipit old geriatrics. they need to go retire.

HEY! youre about 20 years too old to be making "funny punk." grow up assholes. anyone who likes this band is immature and delusional.

Anonymous (February 4, 2004)

Florida sucks cock and smokes rock while Georgia takes a dump on its mommy.

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

I don't know what part of the state edgie lives in but bad religion has played Orlando numerous times, i've never acutally caught them (other than warped tour one year) but they've played HOB, the Embassy, The Edge (a bunch of times), some club in Melbourne with DHC, played tampa on the blink tour....

Edgie (February 3, 2004)

"Proof, once again, that 90% of bands are wise to not even tour Flordia because they are cheap bastards who don't buy shit. What a miserable fucking place!"

We buy items of quality. We don't buy shit. Thanks. We actually get a good number of bands that come down here. Just some.. decide against it. I don't ever remember Bad Religion playing at a club here. Same with The Vandals. It's not like we don't have our share of good music. Against Me!, New Mexican Disaster Squad, Hot Water Music, Less Than Jake, Against All Authority. Oh well.

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

The person like 4 posts down makes a good point, i wouldn't care if all of those bands stopped recording new records, but it would suck if they stopped playing shows. Circle Jerks decided they weren't going to do any more records last I heard but they still tour once in a while. THe old bands are fun to see live, that's what I enjoyed about Face to Face their live shows.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

I hope i can form an embarrassing Adam Sandler pop-punk band when I'm 40 fucking years old. I can then tell witty jokes and pretend my balding ass isn't thinking about buying that station wagon and condo in florida.

This band jumped the shark when most of you kids were still playing Tee-Ball.

Give it up!

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

I am a big fan of The Vandals I admit, and I will get this as soon as I can mostly because I hope this is better then the Oi to the World DVD (I thought that was a great show filmed badly) but...I have some thoughts.

The Vandals live are still excellent. Anyone who is and has ever been into them, and has seen them live knows they are STILL a great live band. Really entertaining and extremely talented at their instruments. I always have fun and it always looks like others are too.

I agree that compared to some of the older releases, the newer albums are not as good. (WRITE MORE SONGS JOE, THAT MIGHT HELP- its funny to note that most everyone's older favorites from the Vandals catalog were written by Joe with newer ones being written by Warren) Still though there have been fun songs on every album. So even the newer albums have great songs.

I think that they shouldn't retire...actually I would like to see them tour more. I think it would be good for them if they were out there more rather then just wait for Warped Tours to ride on. As long as they have a great show and solid songs....they should keep going as long as people care. People do so there you go. Maybe they should spend a BIT more time on the next album though. Really make it amazing. Just my hope.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

Everyone here drinks doo-doo milkshakes spiked with my mommy's douche.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

Hmm, all those bands have released an album that doesn't live quite up to their old quality, but if they retired, we wouldn't get to see them live, and then we'd never hear all their awesome old stuff, and then we'd all be miserable.

so i don't think its at all correct that they should retire.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

honk honk your ska

since94 (February 3, 2004)

Warren from the vandals isn't very tanned

Icapped2pac (February 3, 2004)

Only 2 words come to mind when I think of the Vandals: "Anarchy Burger". Fuck yeah.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

Flaming Mike -

Lagwagon's and Bad Religion's last albums were great, period. If you think otherwise, then yes, you are dumb.
The Vandals are legends, remember that.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

hitlar bad, vandals good is the best vandals cd.

its fast and funny

mikeinflames (February 3, 2004)

"face to face had the right idea

bands that should think about retiring:
vandals
nufan
lagwagon
nofx
bad religion
pennywise
less than jake
get up kids"

Couldn't agree with you more
With the exception of NOFX all os these bands last couple albums were pure shit!

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

The Vandals have played here (in florida) a few time. They opened for the offspring in like '95 they played with No Doubt in '96 and played the warped tour in 2002!

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

"The only Vandals CD I enjoy is Live Fast, Diarrea. Funny songs that work cause they're played so fast. Their newer shit just sucks. I wouldn't even waste my money on seeing the Vandals live - not that I've ever heard of them coming to Florida before, but still.."

Proof, once again, that 90% of bands are wise to not even tour Flordia because they are cheap bastards who don't buy shit. What a miserable fucking place!

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

i like some old vandals albums, but it's really lame that they dissed agent orange. "living in darkness" is better than anything the vandals or most bands will ever do.

Edgie (February 3, 2004)

The only Vandals CD I enjoy is Live Fast, Diarrea. Funny songs that work cause they're played so fast. Their newer shit just sucks. I wouldn't even waste my money on seeing the Vandals live - not that I've ever heard of them coming to Florida before, but still..

lieutenant (February 3, 2004)

If it hasn't been mentioned, don't forget that you can either purchase the DVD and get a free CD version, or purchase the CD for the free DVD. I don't work for Kung Fu, but it's a pretty good deal.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

"I'm Palm Palm head - and I wrote one good song - But that was almost 20 years ago - I tried and I tried to follow it up - But you know how those sophomore jinxes go - So I became quite bitter - as sales dropped like flies - No one likes these dumb songs - of racing cars and spies - Maybe it's my ape drape - or hippies in my band - But now we only tour in Arizona - or Japan - So after much thought - and a panel of experts - I came up with a brilliant little plan - I'll take out my frustrations - on one of these ungrateful new punk rock bands - Cuz I invented socks - and I invented gravy - I made up the cotton gin - but no one ever paid me - Why beat a dead horse - with a career that is cursed?"

the vandals wrote this song almost 8 years ago

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

It wouldn't be dumb to retire... If you are going to be around for more than five years, your band should eventually grow its sound.

-BSD

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

Some of those bands have only been around for a few years, retiring would be stupid! Some of them were never any good to begin with. As for Bad Religion, they are still better than 98 percent of the crap out there! Just because bands make a crappy record or two (and I was not a fan of any of those band's last records) doesn't mean they should retire if that's the case you missed rancid on your list.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

the guy 3 posts down made a good point. all these bands have been putting out albums that are mediocre compared to what they've done in the past. maybe they shouldn't retire. but they definitely need to do something different. i mean i like the new get up and alkaline albums but don't consider them even half as good as their first couple few.

heelturn (February 3, 2004)

the guy two posts down should think about retiring...to HELL!

heelturn (February 3, 2004)

where's the war? UP YOUR ASS!

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

face to face had the right idea

bands that should think about retiring:
vandals
nufan
lagwagon
nofx
antiflag
bad religion
millencolin
pennywise
less than jake
alkaline trio
get up kids
saves the day

their latest releases just keep getting worse, or are just the same thing over and over, mundane

also braid, jawbreaker, and refused should reform

dignin (February 3, 2004)

"yah,josh.freese.is.good.but.travis.
barker.is.better.
yah,my,spacebar,is,broke."

Then for the love of God fix it or don't comment.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

"Vandals> The Descendants. The Vandals are the originators of pop-punk."

What are you, on dope? Seriously, that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

vandals > than the descendents??? what the fuck is that guy smoking? the vandals are a second rate novelty punk band at their best. granted the descendents have some stupid songs (no fb for instance) but nothing the vandals ever did could hold up to songs like sour grapes, cheer, pep talk, myage, etc etc etc

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

wow, this review is really attracting the stupid comments, first nufan were "greater than the vandals" now the vandals are greater than the descendents? Gimme a break. Oh and "the originators of pop punk? Wait, did I miss a joke?

8dollarclarinetsolo (February 3, 2004)

anyone have a song list for this?

Smashed_Into_Pieces (February 3, 2004)

Vandals> The Descendants. The Vandals are the originators of pop-punk.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

yeah, there's only one original member, but that argument's 13 years old, get over it

TheOneTrueBill (February 3, 2004)

Oh yeah. And I love Internet Dating Superstuds. Love it.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

can you even call this band the vandals? there's what? one original member?

TheOneTrueBill (February 3, 2004)

I haven't found this yet. Really want to.

On another note, why is the Oi to the World DVD always so much more than the other ones?

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

I think the songs they chose were good but they could have gotten rid of Behind the music. I hate that song.

eyeball_kid (February 3, 2004)

Also surely the Josh Freese cam is a bit of a waste. I mean basically all he plays in the Vandals is the classic Doot-dat dootdoot dat beat with the occasional pish.

eyeball_kid (February 3, 2004)

People are unnecessarily harsh on the Vandals. They write catchy tunes and play fast punk. What's not to like? Don't trust my opinion though, I really enjoyed Internet Dating Superstuds. Bad Religion and NOFX should give up before these guys.

I award No Use For A Name the title of Most Boring Band Ever.

greg6711 (February 3, 2004)

like death, this band around for ages, and it's something we all fear.

it may even take your soul.

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

Is the comment below a declaration of fondness for NUFAN or was it meant to read like "the vandals suck so much that even NUFAN is better!"? Either way you should probably cut down to smoking only three rocks a day.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

yah,josh.freese.is.good.but.travis.
barker.is.better.
yah,my,s pacebar,is,broke.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

no use for a name > vandals

notfeelingcreative (February 3, 2004)

Hmm, I feel a strong need to buy this.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

The 3 posts before me were all from the same guy - the I.P. address is the same for all of them.

But anyways, The Vandals are a fun live band and this dvd is great.

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

time to pack it in guys

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

Worst pop-punk band ever?

Anonymous (February 3, 2004)

ass. pure ass.

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