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Good Riddance: The Phenomenon of CravingThe Phenomenon of Craving (2000)
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The Phenomenon of Craving is a good EP. It was released after the awesome Operation Phoenix in May 2000. The EP has 6 songs, here's a rundown: 1. Cages - the opening track, and a typical GR classic. It has the sound bite, then an Operation Phoenix style fast song ensues. It is great: short, melo.

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The Phenomenon of Craving is a good EP. It was released after the awesome Operation Phoenix in May 2000. The EP has 6 songs, here's a rundown:

1. Cages - the opening track, and a typical GR classic. It has the sound bite, then an Operation Phoenix style fast song ensues. It is great: short, melodic and hard hitting. You'll be singing along on the second listen

2. One for the braves - a truly awesome tune, and probably the best on the EP. It is one of those fast, melodic love songs that GR does so well. Russ sings about love without the cliché phrases and with sincerity. Something that anyone can relate to. Plus its got a sweet guitar part.

3. Uniontown - Probably my least favorite song, it is slower and I didn't get into it as much, however, it definitely grows on you

4. Calendar - Another fast, melodic song, good lyrics and similar to something you'd hear on ballads from the revolution

5. Start at Zero - this song also has great lyrics, that was the highlight of the song for me, it is an older sounding song

6. Undefeated - A good closer. Intense, fast and aggressive. Pretty much what you'd expect of Good Riddance. It hits hard, but is another really short song, just over 1 minute or so.

Overall, this EP was a strange mix, after the pure anger of Operation Phoenix, it has a different style and is a good taster for someone experiencing GR for the first time. It only clocks in at about 15 minutes, but it's worth buying just for the first two tracks. Both classics.

Good Riddance are an amazing band that never cease to release great music. Check out Ballads from the Revolution or their newest Bound By Ties of Blood and Affection.

 

 
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peebux (April 5, 2012)

Calander is what makes this EP great!

mikeinflames (March 9, 2004)

Well it's come to my attention that some people seriously can't read
Like you t-rav
If you had actually read what I posted that whole thing about my cred was a shot at someone elses post
So do us all a favour, pull your head out of your ass, open your eyes and learn to read
Thank you

t-rav (March 9, 2004)

Who is this Mikeinflames, and why is he such a flaming asshole.

Credibility? Fuck you.
Go pour your stupid ass logic on some AP reader....

SickBRAAAAH (March 8, 2004)

gimme a fucking break, this came out a long ass time ago, jeezus h

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

Everyone click this link and then the number it tells you to click.

My Army!

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

Hey since 94' way to give props to the colored vinyl attaboy. I honestly can listen to any GR and enjoy it. This ep is prolly at the bottom of my GR list. Symptoms, Operation Phoenix, the new one, THE SPLIT WITH KILL YOUR IDOLS RIPS, are my favs. The slapshot intro to this record with the props to Dave Lagwagon is funny shit. Plus Slapshot owns as a movie.

Barkley

Anonymous (March 8, 2004)

Russ could take a shit and i'd like it better than any rise against.

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

Bands like Rise Against and Strike Anywhere maybe Good Riddance rip-offs, but they're much better at doing the whole 'melodic hardcore' thing. Exit English and Revolutions Per Minute are 2 of my fav records of the year.

Anonymous (March 7, 2004)

"They should've called this "The Phenomenon of Sucking" instead. What do you see in these guys? They're not even Christian!

Mel Gibson"

Hahahahahaha thats perfect!

-c22

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

cant we just say you are all idiots and call it a day?

i12e

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

Heres a message to that emo hero a couple posts down. That was the stupidest bunch of garbage that ive ever read in my life, pavement is emo? archers of loaf is political emo? those are indie rock bands that were around before the word emo was even invented. You were still in diapers and I was in grade 9 so shut up. Next thing your gonna tell me is that your a LONG time pixies fan too, talk about the flavour of the month band right now. Good Riddance's last record was kinda weak.

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

i've said it before, and i'm going to keep saying it until it stops

STOP REVIEWING OLD ALBUMS

fucking assholes

poopypants (March 5, 2004)

to that other dude that posted a list, do yourself a huge favor and go buy any dillenger 4 album, i'd suggest starting with midwest songs of the americas'. i would put it in my top 20 punk albums of all time i think.their lyrics are not as political as propaghandi, but they are very socially conscious/commentary and i think are the strongest lyrics on the fat roster. and the cd has more energy than any of the bands.

Anonymous (March 5, 2004)

This band would be better if the guy on the EP cover played bass for them.

-BSD

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

"hey fuckers... how about u fuckers actually stop bitching about each of these bands and 1 guy h8s this band and then he also h8s this band cos they say fuck the government or sum shit. m8... when ur band is signed to fat wreck and ur fucking workin ur ass off touring all the fuckin time just to try to play music and then have sum bitch ass kid diss on them cos they say fuck the gov or ive got more cred cos im older so therefore i am the scene police so wat i say therefore goes.. this bnd officially sux!! NO u can all get fucked.... Good riddance are a bloody awsome band and "1 for the braves" was the song that got me into em... make sure u give every fickin band a chance b4 u diss them... just cos 1 guy says they say fuck the gov that means their shit.... hell its better whinging about how ur girlfriend just dumped ur sorry ass.. thats not punk.. thats pop.. its a pop culture..
"

Funny thing is...he said the exact opposite about himself and cleared up a lot of confusion.

And on the Emo stuff...what about Jawbreaker?

mikeinflames (March 4, 2004)

Hey ... how about you stop being such a dumbass and type out "ate" instead of using 8's
Fucking gidget can't even type
Your opinion is invaild until you pull your head out of your ass and learn how to type

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

All of you, stop being so close-minded! Emo is the best kind of music ever! Especially political emo, like Archers of Loaf and Pavement and Cursive and Jets To Brazil's Disgrace and Cindy Lauper and Maura Davis' pussy!!

Maura Davis' pussy!!
Maura Davis' pussy!!Maura Davis' pussy!!

Maura Davis' pussy!!

Maura Davis' pussy!!

Maura Davis' pussy!!

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

hey fuckers... how about u fuckers actually stop bitching about each of these bands and 1 guy h8s this band and then he also h8s this band cos they say fuck the government or sum shit. m8... when ur band is signed to fat wreck and ur fucking workin ur ass off touring all the fuckin time just to try to play music and then have sum bitch ass kid diss on them cos they say fuck the gov or ive got more cred cos im older so therefore i am the scene police so wat i say therefore goes.. this bnd officially sux!! NO u can all get fucked.... Good riddance are a bloody awsome band and "1 for the braves" was the song that got me into em... make sure u give every fickin band a chance b4 u diss them... just cos 1 guy says they say fuck the gov that means their shit.... hell its better whinging about how ur girlfriend just dumped ur sorry ass.. thats not punk.. thats pop.. its a pop culture..

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

Honestly I pretty much agree with your list, although I've grown a bit tired of NOFX, but that's mostly cuz I listened to them a shit load, I would rateTop ten like thist like this:
1.)Propagandhi(Read their bio on their site, it's hilarious, especially the part about lagwagon)
2.)Lawrence Arms
3.)Strung Out
4.) Lagwagon
5.)Good Riddance
6.)Sick Of It All
7.)D4(Only cuz I don't actually own any of their CDs, but I love what I've heard)
8.)None More Black(Only cuz they're new, well, the band members themselves aren't, but you know what I mean)
9.)Against Me!
10.)Rise Against

Now I love almost all of the bands on Fat, even A-F, and you all have to admit that New Talent-wise A-F Records has one of the strongest rosters out there.

mikeinflames (March 4, 2004)

My earlier comment kinda sounds like I would have voted for him if I lived in the US
So to clear things up I wouldn't have voted for him

I would have voted Ficus

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

"PS I didn't vote for Bush either
But that's mainly because I live in Canada"

Brilliant. Funniest thing I've read all day. I'm so turned off by political bands these days (it's just a phase), except maybe for this band. Who aren't always political. Nice to see all the GR haters acting like the argument here is the most important thing since sliced bread or porno (both very important, IMHO). Russ Rankin's in a great, well-known touring band. He has his own label and branches off into writing (I think he writes for AMP), as well as other bands (Only Crime). You don't, so suck it up little boys, it's no one's fault but your own that God hates you, but loves Good Riddance.

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

i meant i agree with the dumb kids comment you had. i don't agree with dumb kids.....ahhh fuck it

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

hey notfeelingcreative, lower your voice. i just thought the whole "you don't like political bands!" was pretty hilarious. like your shouting it in my face.

and mikeinflames, i agree with dumb kids, but hey they have to start somewhere. maybe after a few years they'll grow up, go to college and get smarter about politics. at least their hearts are in the right place when they say fuck the government. its better than saying i love bush. and throwing your wagon cd's out the windo was a waste you coulda got money for them, like i did my propaghandi cd's.

notfeelingcreative (March 4, 2004)

FYI to everyone that reads the crap I post on here: my exclamation points are a habit and not an expression of anger or strong emotional attachment to a subject! Therefore, if I reply to someone's post and use exclamation points at the end of every sentence, I am not neccesarily pissed off, it's not really a conscious thing!

mikeinflames (March 4, 2004)

PS I didn't vote for Bush either
But that's mainly because I live in Canada

mikeinflames (March 4, 2004)

I used to own that Lagwagon album
Actually I used to own a couple
And they all suffered the same fate ... thrown out the window of my car on the highway because they are rubbish
And that comment wasn't 100% directed at you
It was directed to anyone who has ripped on them before
Cause these little kids rip on a band like Propagandhi then they go throw on thier AFI wristbands and thier NOFX shirt and throw in an Anti-Flag cd and think it's cool cause they say fuck the government
All the time they don't even understand why they are telling the government or authority to go fuck themselves
They just like saying the F word
Stupid fucking marketing and teenagers
I'm so happy punk rock was good when I was growing up

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

jesus there mike, ok, yea they have good lyrics i agree, so does D4, i'd say D4 is on their level. propaghandi do have much better lyrics than most political bands, they are educated, its just not my thing. i didnt vote for bush but i did vote, so i'm not politically devoid, i was one of the few 20 year olds in the contry to vote. i also do own tomorrows empires and have read the lyrics. christ just calm down. go read lagwagon lyrics, i feel just as passioately about them as you do propaghandi. no i read propaghandi's lrycs, do yourself a favor and buy hoss by lagwagon and read the lyrics. they are sick.

mikeinflames (March 4, 2004)

I'm sick of people rippin on propaghandi
Do yourself a favour and get educated
Go pick up Todays Empires Tomorrows Ashes and actaully listen to the lyrics
These guys know what the fuck they are talking about
They aren't just saying fuck the government or fuck authority
Anyone can simply throw that into a song to sound cool
Visit thier web page too
What do you see?
Stories and articles about what is happening in the world
Not links to buy thier newest t-shirt or wristbands
Thier unique blend of punk and trash might not be your taste
I can understand that
But on a lycially there are few other bands around today that match up to them

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

" you don't have to agree but say what you mean! You don't like political bands!"

ok, i don't really like political bands, thats not to say i dislike political songs totally. i just don't want to listen to 14 tracks of politcal arguments. i like to have fun. D4 have some very political songs, as do lagwagon and nofx.

"I happen to think lagwagon and NUFAN are boring as hell, I really am not to big on bands that have nothing to say."

I also think no use can be boring at times and but their lyrics are pretty good, and lagwagons lyrics are sick. to say they have nothing to say obviously means you have never read their lyrics.

""But, don't pretend that just because you have a problem with politics in music that means that certain bands suck!" i don't have a problem w/ politics in music, i just prefer more variety in lyrics than songs over and over again why the country sucks etc. andi never said those bands suck. well anti flag sucks, but propaghandi, rise against and good riddance are all ok, just not a huge fan.

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

whoaaaaaa dudes!! first off i wasnt saying being older means you have more cred, i meant that i'm 23, so don't start the normal 'oh another 15 year old making an uneducated list', i trying to say i've been listening to fat wreck bands since '97 , '94 if you count nofx, so i'm not some moron kid. second, i never said good riddance or propaghandi suck. i think they're ok, i'm just not much for politcal punk, however, d4 have outstanding socially conscious lyrics and are political. i own propaghandi and good riddance albums. i don't think age matters with cred, i was just saying, i've been down with fat punk long enough to have an educated opinion. so fuck off. my list is my list.

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

"as for propaghandi, insulting and condescending to the listener."

only if you're the type of person they're insulting.

-ty

mikeinflames (March 4, 2004)

HA!
I'm older than poopypants
Thus ... according to his train of thought I have more "cred" than him

With that being said ... Lagwagon and D4 smoke pole compaired to GR and RA

I remain supreme hardcore master!
My cred rips out your eye then skull fucks you!

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

This EP turned me completely off of Good Riddance. Overall I thought it was a really weak release with no stand out tracks. I loved Operation Phenoix and then this came out and I haven't bothered to even listen to a Good Riddance album since.

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

To the 23 year old cunt you're just a jaded bitch go to hell. Honestly almost all Fat bands are good, it just depends on what mood you're in.

notfeelingcreative (March 4, 2004)

Okay Poppypants, you're 23 so? If you equate age with validiity, I'm older than you. what's your point? Everyone has the right to state their political opinions whether it be on a cd or in a book, blog whatever, you don't have to agree but say what you mean! You don't like political bands! I happen to think lagwagon and NUFAN are boring as hell, I really am not to big on bands that have nothing to say. But, don't pretend that just because you have a problem with politics in music that means that certain bands suck!

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

That's like Dan Brown *saying* is superior to Faulkner because he discusses religious issues while Faulkner writes about niggers.

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

I have to say, out of all the bands on Fat, Strung Out and Dillinger Four have the best lyrics. And NUFAN isn't too far behind.

So what if they're not blatantly political?

That's like Dan Brown is superior to Faulkner because he discusses religion while Faulkner writes about niggers.

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

bad list........

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

Does Russ still consider himself straight edge? To be over the legal drinking age & still walk around with x's on your hands calling yourself straigh edge is silly. When you get to adulthood it's just a choice not to do drugs, drink or anything else you don't want to do. You're not in high school anymore, it no longer needs a name.

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

"to put good riddance at the bottom and leave off propagandhi kills your credibility!"

kills my cred? why because i didnt put the 'political' bands higher? if political bands are the measure of punk cred, count me out. i find their lyrics to be incredibly one sided, often uneducated and as for propaghandi, insulting and condescending to the listener. now i had more rock less talk when it was a new release, and im 23 so don't think i don't know my shit. i went to anti flag shows back in 98 before they were signed. opinions bitch! everyone has one

Anonymous (March 4, 2004)

What's wrong with you you stupid cunt?

Don't like Good Riddance or Propagandhi? I can understand not liking Anti-Flag, some people find em annoying I know, but Good Riddance and Propagandhi actually know what you're talking about.

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

ok, sorry i left off propaghandi and swinging utters , i'll revise my list for you to further piss you off

1.lawrence arms
2.d4
3.lagwagon
4.nofx
5.strung out
6.no use
7mad caddies
8.swingin utters
9.against me
10.rise against
11none more black, this would be the last band i like on my list.
12.good riddance
13.propaghandi
14.anti flag, and i'm even from pittsburg, man i hate them. you can tie them with propaghandi really. at least propaghandi don't have sophmoric political lyrics

poopypants (March 4, 2004)

"So Lagwagon are lyrically better than Rise Against?"

actually, yea they are. rise against have decent lyrics but they're just typical straight forward positive socially aware lyrics ala strike anywhere and good riddance. lagwagon have much more poetic lyrics and much more varied subject matter. go read the lyrics to the album hoss, they're amazing, violins is prob. the best break up song ever. or listen to 'never stops' better political lyrics than anything rise against has written. now i like rise against, i'm just telling hyou why i like lagwagon better. its just my opinion, i understand they're not for everyone.

dazed (March 4, 2004)

I like Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit the best, this is solid but just doesn't ever quite get to the level of their best stuff. You should own it anyway, cause Good Riddance is fucking awesome.

since94 (March 3, 2004)

Comprehensive Guide is their best by far. And I like my blue vinyl 10" of this release, it makes me all warm inside...

mikeinflames (March 3, 2004)

Against Me! suck balls
I'm so old skool hating Against Me! too
Thier music has been rubbish since the first day I heard them
Score one hardcore point for me!

t-rav (March 3, 2004)

It's become cool for the kids to like Against me! now. Goddammit, you should have been around when fat was still new....Glory days no more.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

They should've called this "The Phenomenon of Sucking" instead. What do you see in these guys? They're not even Christian!

Mel Gibson

lunk (March 3, 2004)

good riddance rule. this EP is their greatest release to date in terms of bang for buck. it has their two best songs on it. of course, true to form, i hated this EP when i first bought it. but you know what? now i love it.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

What about the Swingin' Utters? Your list is shit.

notfeelingcreative (March 3, 2004)

That list is ridiculous. Granted that I like anti-flag (not as much as I used to, but better than nufan!) You put lagwagon and no use close to the top and good riddance at the bottom, propagandhi didn't even rank high enough to make your stupid list, whatever you're smoking don't share it with anyone!I understand why most of you hate a-f but to put good riddance at the bottom and leave off propagandhi kills your credibility!

mikeinflames (March 3, 2004)

So Lagwagon are lyrically better than Rise Against?
Lagwagon blow ass ... each album they have released has sounded the exact same
As with NUFAN
My comments still stand!

poopypants (March 3, 2004)

oh yea i read my post, it doesnt make sense. the end of it is directed towards good riddance only, rise against and against me are great. i meant good riddance is just about as bad as fat gets, next to anti flag.
1.lawrence arms
2.d4
3.lagwagon
4.nofx
5.strung out
6.no use
mad caddies
7.against me
8.rise against
9none more black
10.good riddance
11.anti flag

poopypants (March 3, 2004)

"poopypants mom had diarehha when she gave birth to him
that's why he's so full of shit"
OH snap!

"GR are decent but nothing great "
yea, i agreed didnt i? i was the one who said they're the weakest band on fat, or close to it.

"Rise Against fucking own!
They rip the head off and shit down the throat of any other band out there today"

yea and i said they're good too. i think you misread my post.

mikeinflames (March 3, 2004)

poopypants mom had diarehha when she gave birth to him
that's why he's so full of shit

GR are decent but nothing great

Rise Against fucking own!
They rip the head off and shit down the throat of any other band out there today

poopypants (March 3, 2004)

ok. first off, the lawrence arms and D4 write circles around these guys lyrically and musically. you listen to 5 goodriddance songs, youve heard them all. they are either the poppy ones, like one for the braves and that 2 steps back song or the minute and a half quick tempo rise against sounding hardcore song. you can add rise against to that list too. and against me. they stand for something positive, but their lyrics are pathetic when they try to be political, almost as bad as anti-flag. thats one fat band you can put them ahead of.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

You suck pooopypants, to call GR weaker than the bands you listed is simply idiotic.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

how dare you not mention that Dave Raun played drums on this EP?!?!?! When they lost Sean, i didn't think anyone could fill his shoes, but those 2 tours with dave we're just about as good.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

shitty band

poopypants (March 3, 2004)

yea this is decent, i think this is probably one of fats weakest bands though, sorry. i'll take strung out, lagwagon, nofx, lawrence arms, d4, mad caddies, no use over these guys any day. their albums just seem so inconsistent, the songs are either real good or just a minute of fat punk hardcore whatever that just sounds played out.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

She wasn't hot anyway, and one for the braves is GR's worst song.

Operation Phoenix and Bound by Ties... are their best albums.

Hubitcherkokov (March 3, 2004)

No, Russ and Rachel divorced.

Anonymous (March 3, 2004)

punk

notfeelingcreative (March 3, 2004)

Yes, this is where "is the answer jesus?" was used!

hungryjoe (March 2, 2004)

Is this the one where they used the Slapshot quote?

"Is the answer Jesus?"

greg0rb (March 2, 2004)

Yeah Dave was filling in on drums at this point and is on this EP. Another reason to get it!
-Greg

lieutenant (March 2, 2004)

Ha, is Russ Rankin still with former Much Music VJ Rachel Perry?

Or more importantly, why do I care?

Incredible band, and a very solid EP. Just makes you feel giddy all over with punk sensations, in a very non-punk wave of sentiment.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

didn't dave raun play drums on this?

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

His wife is hot!

notfeelingcreative (March 2, 2004)

I love this fucking ep, i've had three copies, and coinceidentally just ordered a fourth (the third is skipping) yesterday! "One for the braves" "calendar" are two of my favorite GR songs!

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

god, i love good riddance (: !!!!!!

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

"One For The Braves" is a great song, good video too. GR rock, no matter what.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

no true. love the album perfect balance between their hardcore and "pop" leanings

FortyMinutesWest (March 2, 2004)

This is probably their worst release, still solid though.

Anonymous (March 2, 2004)

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