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The Mr. T Experience

The Mr. T Experience: Milk, Milk, LemonadeMilk, Milk, Lemonade (1992)
Lookout Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


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"Milk, Milk, Lemonade" marks MTX's departure from pop-punk obscurity, a sound they have redefined with every other release. Before this album, their pop punk sound was basically a fucked up Partridge Family raised view on punk rock. While every other band were bashing beer bottles over their heads.
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"Milk, Milk, Lemonade" marks MTX's departure from pop-punk obscurity, a sound they have redefined with every other release. Before this album, their pop punk sound was basically a fucked up Partridge Family raised view on punk rock. While every other band were bashing beer bottles over their heads and dropping f bombs on stage, MTX were singing songs about cheese and doing kid sing along covers. A cute shtick, but it had to end sometime…

This album distances itself from the past right off the bat with "Book of Revelation", building with a kind of minstrel tune you'd hear at a renaissance fair. From then on it's a band reborn. Anyone who owns any later MTX albums can hear the subtle beginnings of Dr. Frank's twisted witticisms, "Book of Revelation" has that cryptic pop sensibility found in later tunes ("Big Strange Beautiful Hammer" "Dustbin of History"). "There's Something Wrong With Me" is an introduction to the grim-humored, Prozac-induced tunes, which would later get less broad and more pessimistic ("My Stupid Life" "Fucked Up On Life"). "Make Up" and "Last Time I Listened To You" showcase the stalemate that is a doomed relationship, with the male as clumsy as Jonathan Richman (see "Lawnmower of Love" and "Now That You Are Gone").

Most noticeably, this is the first album to showcase MTX's eventual claim to (moderate) fame, love songs. "I Love You, But You're Standing On My Foot" is a ballad about a couple that spends more time goofing on each other than making out. Dr. Frank has always had a knack for pairing up outcasts ever since then ("Population: Us" "We're Not No One"). Also take note of the acoustic guitar (a then punk rock no-no). "Love American Style" is a love song smothered with satire, and a song that nearly ostracized the band from the scene. Punk was a very different thing a short decade ago… who would've thought the kinds of songs they were satirizing would become a mainstay in punk by now?

The album yet isn't without faults. The version of "Last Time I Listened To You" on this record is horrible, and doesn't do the pre-Love Is Dead tune justice. The demo version on "Big Black Bugs…" is far superior. "What Difference Does It Make?" is a pointless cover. And the subtle humor in songs like "Two Minute Itch" and "What Do You Want?" may only stand out to long time MTX fans. The other songs require repeated listens, but grow on you and become trapped in your head like TV commercial jingles. The only tune that doesn't stick to the wall is the slogging "See It Now", ending the album on a sour note.

In short, this is the only pre-"…And The Women" MTX album worth paying full price for, rather than searching the used bin for or skipping altogether. It's catchy, witty, and fun as hell. The band is still shaking off some dust off at this point, but you can see Dr. Frank is really on to something fresh and his own. For fans, it's a nice little slice of humble beginnings to the MTX we love; and for someone new to the sound it's a peek at what pop punk was once was labeled as. Ben Weasel must have been smoking crack when he listened to this…

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (May 4, 2004)

Sorry, folks. "Christine Bactine" is their greatest song ever.

Anonymous (May 4, 2004)

MTX went to shit after their first record...Imagine that.. 18 years of putting out crap..They should have hung it up a LONG time ago...

-=B=-

Anonymous (May 3, 2004)

'mr t are mint. period'

urinal mints

Anonymous (May 3, 2004)

Ben Weasel said it, so it must be true! One Star!

PS- I'm a fucking tool

Anonymous (May 2, 2004)

Dammit! You can't have two favorites! Only one can be your favorite!

thenightprowler (May 1, 2004)

This is my favorite MTX album along with "...And The Women Who Love Them: Special Edition."

This album is just flat out top notch stuff.

Anonymous (May 1, 2004)

mr t are mint. period

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

Didn't Ben Weasel say that this was the worse album he ever heard.

Romeo (April 30, 2004)

HAHAHHAHAAH this score is for that post.... fucking quote of the day.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

This score is for Jet, fucking terrible.

-Strewtho

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

What about young boys and the guys that want to get with them?

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

this band is for girls and the guys that want to get with them. fuck this shit.

slippy (April 30, 2004)

download "she's coming (over tonight)" and see if that song doesnt get you rocking.

thefunkybrother (April 30, 2004)

Hanson just made her that much worse.

-TFB
(The Rednecks are all around me. Fuck!

Fuzzy (April 30, 2004)

MTX doesn't do anything for me.

Steve_Buscemi (April 30, 2004)

she also liked hanson...better?

scores for that bitch living a horrible life.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

"score is for her liking bands like this, jet, and the hives"

The Hives don't suck. Good rock'n'roll, much better than most anyone else on the review list.

-BSD

thefunkybrother (April 30, 2004)

I guess it is a good thing you got rid of her ass if she liked Jet. God that shit sucks donkey balls.

-TFB
(Lives In Redneck Country Where Donkey Ball Sucking Is For Some Reason Aceptable)

Steve_Buscemi (April 30, 2004)

my ex-girlfriend liked them. she also likes a ton of bullshit because she's got HPV.

score is for her liking bands like this, jet, and the hives.

sickboi (April 30, 2004)

Around the corner fudge is made!

StayOnTarget (April 30, 2004)

I had this album for a few years and I really didn't like it much aside from 'Book of Revelation.' I gave it a listen again earlier this year and now I think it's absolutely great. I don't really agree with 'Last Time I Listened To You' being horrible on this record. I actually prefer it to the single version slightly, although I think they sound pretty similar.

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