Stereotyperider - Under The Influence (Cover Artwork)


Stereotyperider: Under The InfluenceUnder The Influence (2004)
Suburban Home Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Whole albums of cover songs can be a dangerous thing. Most people can only put up with so many songs in a row that aren't original, unless they're being done humorously [see Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, or to a lesser extent Richard Cheese]. Suburban Home Records found a solution to the boredom .
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Whole albums of cover songs can be a dangerous thing. Most people can only put up with so many songs in a row that aren't original, unless they're being done humorously [see Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, or to a lesser extent Richard Cheese]. Suburban Home Records found a solution to the boredom of full cover albums - just do an EP's worth! Seems simple, really. So Stereotyperider has the honors of kicking off the label's Under The Influence covers EP series, and they kick it off with a bang.

The Arizona quartet takes on some pretty influential bands - The Cure, Archers Of Loaf, Fugazi, The Pixies, Seaweed, Descendents, and Quicksand. That's a smorgasboard of talent and creativity right there, and it's definitely a lot to live up to. Stereotyperider performs rather admirably, considering the weight of the songs they are tackling.

The EP opens with the group's version of the Cure's first ever single released in 1979, "Jumping Someone Else's Train." I've always loved this song but felt it never got it's proper recognizance due to poor recording. Stereotyperider plays it virtually note-for-note [which becomes the theme throughout the EP], and just beefs the song up. It's a great rendition.

The EP's other standouts are the versions of 'Where Is My Mind?" [which sounds like it was one of those covers the band busts out when they're playing a very poorly-attended bar in the middle of nowhere when they've all knocked a few back] and a valiant attempt at Seaweed's "Crush Us All." Musically they're both solid, but vocally they leave something to be desired. Although that's kind of why they're the standouts - theyr'e not perfect and they're not trying to be. It's just the band paying homage to groups that helped get them to where they are today artistically.

The packaging is also quite endearing, too, featuring the album covers that four of the songs came from, redesigned to say Stereotyperider - Under The Influence. It's a fitting tribute, and is done with all sincerity. As a whole, the EP is definitely worth a listen.

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Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

Kirby just shut the fuck up. You're a fuckin pansy ass idiot with nothing good to say. Kill yourself.

Manman (April 27, 2004)

Ghost Writer was the coolest show ever on Television history. The kids always had to trust the little floaty light to tell them how to solve the crime and they would do it like little troopers! Then it eventually was brought to our senses through the awesome invention of stereo sound. Ghost Writer in Stereo was truly a great moment in human development.

Stereotyperider, on the other hand, was chuck full of grammatical errors which typically revolved about the syntax. When will the world be rid of the ignorance perpetuated by the demeaning lyrics of Stereotyperider?

hein (April 26, 2004)

Scott, about the coverart... you can fold the booklet 4 ways, so you can have any of the 4 covers on the front.
Great cover-EP indeed, and you're right about the fact that cover-ALBUMS usually aren't good. If you want more details about what I thought about it: http://www.punkupdates.com/reviews.php?id=771

Anonymous (April 26, 2004)

This band's bassist ... looks exactly like Our Lord Jesus Christ. Seeing them play is like going to see The Passion.

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

Go find a copy of Ghoti Hook's last self-titled EP. It was on Velvet Blue Music. It blows away anything else they did. Amazing.

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

"Ghoti Hook does the best cover of "Where is My Mind" ever. EVER.

- Kirby"

That is a good version...but the Nada Surf version blows it away.

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

this shit sucks. eddie's a faggot. ben kweller bloz.

Icapped2pac (April 24, 2004)

Damn, the Quicksand cover ("Lie and Wait" off Slip) is dead on. This dude even sounds quite a bit like Walter. This score is for both of Quicksand's LPs, fucking masterpieces.

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

Ghoti Hook FUCKING RULES!!! I fucking love their cd "Sumo Surprise." This score is for that cd.

-c22 (yes, Ghoti Hook seriously kicks ass)

maverick (April 24, 2004)

The cover art is slightly misleading - the actual cover of the CD is the Archers Of Loaf cover. The other three covers pictured are all printed inside the booklet. It's still cool, though.


Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

the fourth one would be archers of loaf with "Vee Vee"

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

Anyone who has the balls to cover Quicksand better be good!

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

SHIT, little did I notice that they bit Seaweed's "Spanaway" artwork in the top left corner of their own cover. Fugazi, the Pixies, Seaweed, and who is the fourth one?


Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

Seaweed in my opinion is up there with Jawbreaker in terms of bands that people "just didn't get" when they were active touring bands. Now you can't go to a local show without seeing a band influenced by the sounds of these two bands.


kirbypuckett (April 23, 2004)

Ghoti Hook does the best cover of "Where is My Mind" ever. EVER.

- Kirby

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

Isnt this band like Common Rider?


CrankWillDestroy (April 23, 2004)

This is a strong ep in my opinion. I also can't wait for the gamits and planesmistakenforstars 'under the influence' cds. And any band that was influenced by Seaweed rules in my book.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

one of the best records released so far this year...this band straight rules it regardless, but this record is like your own personal mix tape...come one, they cover fucking seaweed! how hot it that!

pastepunk (April 23, 2004)

this release is really strong - STEREOTYPERIDER just have that honest, scruffiness to their sound that makes it feel so alive, and they treat this amazing songs with a huge amount of respect.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

they covered "lowest part is free" by the archers, and it is very very nice on the ears. score is for that cover.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

im looking forward to the planesmistakenforstars "under the influence"

Jesse (April 23, 2004)

Archers of Loaf comptelely own. White Trash Heroes was such an amazing disc. Yeah, which Archers song did they cover?

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

wow, archers of loaf? that band owns if none of you have heard them (they broke up 5 years ago, i was lucky enough to see them twice), go listen to them now....btw, what loaf song do they cover?

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