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The Queers: Don't Back DownDon't Back Down (1996)
Lookout Records

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New Hampshire's own gross-out, dumbed down punk heroes, Joe Queer, B-Face & Hugh O'Neill, a.k.a. the Queers, oddly enough actually reach a musical pinnacle with the release of "Don't Back Down," their seventh with Lookout Records. (On a sad note, "Don't Back Down" marks the Queers' last effort with .
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New Hampshire's own gross-out, dumbed down punk heroes, Joe Queer, B-Face & Hugh O'Neill, a.k.a. the Queers, oddly enough actually reach a musical pinnacle with the release of "Don't Back Down," their seventh with Lookout Records. (On a sad note, "Don't Back Down" marks the Queers' last effort with drummer Hugh O'Neill, who died of brain cancer on January 21, 1999.)

In my humbled opinion (yep, it's gotta be humbled if I must admit that I listen to the Queers) "Don't Back Down" encapsulates everything musically good about the Queers, even if some of these songs sound pretty much the same.

Musically, the Queers are a blend of the Ramones and the Beach Boys, but probably much more ornery, sloppy and banal. Imagine if Green Day got more sloppy with their songs and inserted lyrics like "Shut your stupid fat mouth and hang up those guitars, Quit beating off every night and smoking those cigars." Then you'd be somewhat closer to understanding.

You get the snotty, sardonic, biting, witless humor found on most Queers albums from fast screeds like "No Tit" and "I'm O.K. You're Fucked." Yup, words like "She's flat as a board but I just don't care, No Tit, No Tit..." are self-explanatory. But some of that dark humor could serve some purpose: If you're ever just pissed beyond reason and sarcasm, you might relate to words like: "You go mental and you suck, I'm O.K. You're fucked!" Finally, "Brush Your Teeth" is the Queers at their ornery angiest, bursting with laughable-to-near pathetic vituperatives: "I'd love to punch you in the face, I'd love to beat the brat, I'd really like to fuck you, but your ass is fat."

Aside from the dark humor, "Don't Back Down" also sports some tender moments, to take it down a notch for the ladies. Their fun-in-the-sun cover of Brian Wilson's "Don't Back Down" takes you to the Queers' "happy place." Another musical gem, "I Can't Get Over You," a cute, poppy duet featuring Joe Queer with Lisa Marr, mixes sugarly, "la la la" vocals with toned-down guitars. Also Joe Queer puts out a few more tender love ballads such as "I Always Knew" and Hondells cover "Sidewalk Surfin' Girl."

Nonetheless, the Ramones influence, while noticable pretty much everywhere on "Don't Back Down," reflects most brilliantly on such Queers songs like "I Only Drink Bud," and the cutesy "Punk Rock Girls." "I Only Drink Bud," (a song title seemingly self-explanatory of what you'd expect) churns out a moderately sloppy, clap-along, chug-along, sing-along.

So in summation, you get the dare-to-be-stupid punk songs that make you want to buy and listen to a Queers album, and you get the more musically poppy (and possibly more stylistically pronounced) songs that might actually make you want to continue listening to a Queers album.

Oh, the convenient amalgamation! Or simply "The Shit-acular!" Strongly Recommended.

 

 
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-Strewtho- (November 11, 2005)

"I don't see why people seem to grow out of the Queers.
some of their songs are juvinile, but for example "Punk Rock Girls" contains some of the best songwriting in punk rock. These guys rule. And No Tit is classic"

Agreed, it's fun music no matter what age you are. I saw them live a few days ago and it was excellent, they played for an hour and a half then took requests for a further 15 - 20 minutes, well worth the cheap cover charge. The Queers rock.

Anonymous (March 18, 2004)

Dare to be stupid indeed.

That's something we should all take to heart. Every so often, I'll bust out some Queers material, and just make an ass of myself singing and dancing along. How can you not?

looczar (March 16, 2004)

I agree with the people who picked "Love Songs for the Retarded"... Definitely my favorite Queers album... I really didn't like "Day Late..." but I didn't have it for long before it got swiped at a party... "Beat Off" rules too! "Ben Weasel" is classic...

fakesmile (March 16, 2004)

i don't see why people seem to grow out of the Queers.

some of their songs are juvinile, but for example "Punk Rock Girls" contains some of the best songwriting in punk rock.

These guys rule. And No Tit is classic

poopypants (March 15, 2004)

"aren't the guys in Anti-flag in theirs early 20s? Hasen't Strike Anywhere been around for only a few years? What a retarded comment. Anyway, I'd rather just listen to "Pet Sounds" by The Beachboys than this crap!"

actually chris #2 is in his mid 20's, the drummer is like 30 or so as is justin sane. late 20's to early 30's. no clue how old the other dude is. they're all over 23 though, cuz that how old i am and i remember them being older than me 8 years or so ago when they were still local in pittsburgh palyin shows.

The Queers - Don't Back Down
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-03-12 11:19:30
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yet another band that needs to give it up. i'll add it to the list!

nufan- i think they can do 1 or 2 more
nofx -see nufan, but they could tour forever
lagwagon -fuck you, blaze is sick as is bad astronaut
unwritten law - well they always sucked
pennywise -i agree
bigwig -what? these dudes are in their 20's and still kick ass
strike anywhere - see bigwig
antiflag - they always sucked but are relatively young
the queers - i agree

you can add the vandals to this list and guttermouth. and the 'misfits' or whatever they are these days.

poopypants (March 15, 2004)

i love that born to do dishes song off this cd, but i was never much of a fan of these guys. i got into them too late, i was like 20 or something when i first heard one of their full albums, by that time i was kinda past this type of punk rock

Anonymous (March 15, 2004)

just to follow up on post below, im not saying that these bands "make punk" its just that it seems that someone who just blanketly disses bands that have been represention a good portion of the punk scene for years mustnt have been around for very long

Anonymous (March 15, 2004)

Some of the queers stuff is awesome... this is no different.

just to the guy with the list, what sort of music do you actually like?

is it just that ur new to the scene and have no sense of what makes punk or is just that u like emo/oi/ or some other genre that none of the bands on that list are overly representative of??

look forward to answer :)

Anonymous (March 15, 2004)

I'm glad everyone (well mostly) seems to be liking the Queers. Ther've been a lotta shittalkers on other reviews of theirs. This band is great.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (March 14, 2004)

Yeah, so probably the 2nd best (modern) queers record...but i gotta say "Beyond The Valley..." is the epitome of dysfunctional punkitry. I put that fucker on at parties and it can offend almost everyone in the room.

But like Janelle said, the shit with Wimpy on vocals is beyond fucking killer. "Day Late..." is THE best Queers record.

-Ken

Anonymous (March 14, 2004)

Huntingtons pull off the i wanna be a ramone thing pretty well to even this kinda stuff blows.

Anonymous (March 14, 2004)

What kind of dumb fuck puts strike anywhere on that list?

SickBRAAAAH (March 13, 2004)

that dudes list would be good if he took off nofx and strike anywhere. you know you couldnt live w/out fat mike brah

fakesmile (March 13, 2004)

this record is not sloppy, but extremely tight. the songwriting on songs like "Janelle, Janelle" and "Punk Rock Girls" is stunning.

This album is a classic and deserves 5 stars since is an album that gives you the feeling of summer in the winter.

My favorite pop-punk album ever.

Anonymous (March 13, 2004)

I proudly sport a Queers button every where I go. That's saying a lot--I'm not much of a button bastard.
Oh, and in my eyes the Queers have released nothing but brilliant records. From the immature rawness of Love Songs... all the way to the immature poppy goodness of "Pleasant Screams"--it's all good.
-MATEO D'CAY
PS
Joey Ramone was no fool--Love Love Love IS a great tune.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

This album is not sloppy at all. But a badass record. I really like them all.

slippy (March 12, 2004)

scott, you gotta hear this one if you've heard beat off. This is the only Queers cd I feel glad that I own anymore.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

i actually have a special fondness for LOVE SONGS FOR THE RETARDED - that was my first taste of The Queers...

But I love love love the stuff with Wimpy, man, and to see him sing with The Queers at CB's was nuts early last year! It was like they played almost the same set as that radio show-thing at the end of A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT - one of the most memorable shows!
-Janelle

maverick (March 12, 2004)

I love Beat Off, that was one of the first punk records I ever bought. So many memories of being 13 and singing "drop the attitude fucker, drop the attitude dude..."

I haven't heard this one, but maybe I will now.

-Scott

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

"Janelle likes anything that mentions her name...

I love the Queers, my favourite being Beat Off, but this one is definately up there."

Yay! Though this is true, the bands who do it are awesome...
I mean just look at who does it - and does it well -
Born Against, Screeching Weasel, The Queers, Bratmobile...yeah, they all know it.
-Janelle

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

Janelle likes anything that mentions her name...

I love the Queers, my favourite being Beat Off, but this one is definately up there.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

NICE...
Janelle Janelle - brilliant stuff i say.
-Janelle

MattHomeslice (March 12, 2004)

Fun album. This is one of those bands I loved as a kid, but just kind of outgrew. The Queers really do the ramones-wannabe thing well, though.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

aren't the guys in Anti-flag in theirs early 20s? Hasen't Strike Anywhere been around for only a few years? What a retarded comment. Anyway, I'd rather just listen to "Pet Sounds" by The Beachboys than this crap!

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

yet another band that needs to give it up. i'll add it to the list!

nufan
nofx
lagwagon
unwritten law
pennywise
bigwig
strike anywhere
antiflag
the queers

and any other band full of geizers that think they still have a shot at doing something with their careers. give it up you hacks! your unoriginal music sucks dick!

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

great album. why did it take so long to get reviewed?

Aubin (March 12, 2004)

I'd say that it's a toss up between Punk Rock Confidential and this record as their most essential.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

love this cd. i also think "Punk Rock Confidential" is an awesome cd.

but on this cd, dont back down, i love the song with lisa marr. she is great.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

one of the most fun live acts of the mid 90's. i must have seen these guys 20 times when i was in high school... there was one month alone were we saw them about 3 times. great energy. fun fun stuff. things really went downhill for them after this album. joe, b-face, and hugh were definitely the best lineup this band had. this isn't they're best offering though... i'm a bit partial to love songs for the retarded, suck this live, and grow up over this one. but still good shit.

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

second!

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