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O'Doyle Rules

O'Doyle Rules: No Place Else To GoNo Place Else To Go (2004)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: JiveSideJiveSide
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With a name like O'Doyle Rules, some goofy costumes, and a website entitled stoplookingatmeswan.com, one would expect anything other than dime a dozen love songs for sad bastards, but unfortunately with No Place Else to Go, that's all the listener gets from this Houston, TX trio, and lots of it at a.
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With a name like O'Doyle Rules, some goofy costumes, and a website entitled stoplookingatmeswan.com, one would expect anything other than dime a dozen love songs for sad bastards, but unfortunately with No Place Else to Go, that's all the listener gets from this Houston, TX trio, and lots of it at a medium pace for about an hourÔ?Žouch. So where's the funny? Where are the Adam Sandler references? Where's the freakin' "O'Doyle Rules" chant?! MIA my friends, and for this reason, in addition to limp-wristed temper tantrums about lost lust, this project is DOA. The few moments when Scott Doyle (vocals, guitar), Matt Hone (bass, vocals) and Denny Rasberry (drums) flex their funny bones it's not exactly that funny, but just, well, lame. This is a prime example of how an artist's work is only as interesting as the artist; that being said, this is straight-up as middle of the road in a gray area as it gets.

The musicians never appear to leave a comfort level above reclining, and comfort is most certainly the mantra of this band. There is not one risk taken anywhere, which leads me to ask: what is it that they've taken away from Billy Madison except a tagline as their moniker? I ask this question because what makes that movie work is the complete dedication to the bit; it can be stupid, nonsensical, irrelevant, or even cheesy but you have to attempt and follow through all the way. Charm, dear readers, comes out of the idea, the effort, and the commitment; suffice it to say, the most charming are the most daring and not the most sanitary. Adam Sandler took what he thinks is funny and kept the integrity of the idea and followed through. He has his voice, and he tried it out, and was successful because of that. In rock and roll it is almost always about the charm, not the skill, but if one tries to rock without standing and without stretching out of bounds, it's just boring and boring ain't charming. Even a cover of the foolproof "Punk Rock Girl" in the hands of O'Doyle and company comes out bland. Is there a voice to O'Doyle Rules? There has to be, but as of now, No Place Else to Go is a familiar cry that we've all heard before, and if the record title is any indication, this trio will continue to deliver more of the same (just in a slightly duller atmosphere).

This band does not play poorly and they seem to know the pop song formula, but guys, try for once to speak with your voices; think about the penguins, get wild, and please stop being dull unless of course that is y'all's speaking tone, and if so, then maybe rock and roll isn't the career path for y'all. Stop looking at me swan and get to work, that's my challenge as a listener. I hope O'Doyle Rules can step up and be daring, the other alternative is for them to continue peddling a cheap product on people and I don't wish that on anybody.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 17, 2006)

yes you're so on. That's why Adam Sandler listened to the cd, and put the song "NEVER KNOWN" in the movie BENCHWARMERS. Get some pubes. O'Doyle Rules is getting paid thousands for thier songs-- How much are you getting paid for your crappy reivews?

Anonymous (March 13, 2005)

I think you need to give this bad a new review. Since they
aquired the new drummer, Bill McGraw, they totally rock.
They are becoming very successful and have a huge following.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

Get a life. What a fag.

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

this is from the site:

"We signed a licensing deal with RUMBLEFISH. What they do is get our music in commercials, movies, tv shows, extreme sports videos - Things like that. It rocks. So if you hear our songs in some underware commercial or something let us know. Now were waiting on a huge label to sign us. It won't be long. or yes it will. or no it wont. were going to be famous. "

Not spelling well is funny. They should change their name to apostrophe absent

Anonymous (December 7, 2004)

They look like a bunch of douchebags to me. There is already a band that writes silly punk songs and makes funny faces. They are called Blink 182.

Anonymous (December 6, 2004)

whoever wrote this article is a dick. if you knew the guys you would think twice about this 'dullness.' suck it. bye

Anonymous (December 6, 2004)

whoever wrote this article is a dick. if you knew the guys you would think twice about this 'dullness.' suck it. bye

Anonymous (December 6, 2004)

Maybe if you new anything about O'Doyle Rules you would know this was thier sad joke cd. They have lots of retarded ass songs, and im sure they will write many more.

Anonymous (December 5, 2004)

This is a great CD and a great band... talk all the shit you want these guys are the nicest youll ever meet, their live show is amazingly fun and their music is unique, go ahead and catoragize them but you show me one band that sounds just like them. Afraid of change?

Anonymous (December 3, 2004)

Someone confirm this:

Upon reading the name of this band, i thought "Gee, Assorted Jellybeans is gone, they must have a new band...."

Is this record at all similar?

lushj (December 2, 2004)

Okay, I get it.

JiveSide (December 2, 2004)

"If you didn't like the record, why did it get so many stars?"

First of all, two and a half ain't that many stars, and second, the score is not based on whether or not I liked it but how good it is. The quality of this product, No Place Else to Go, is two and a half stars. It's organized and clean, but it's also dull with a low degree of difficulty, I mean, just cause you got a guitar doesn't mean you can write songs or sell records, y'dig? That's that, thanks fr reading folks! Peace AouT.

Anonymous (December 2, 2004)

houston still has Dover Drive, lol.

lushj (December 2, 2004)

If you didn't like the record, why did it get so many stars?

This score is for bands taking neat concepts/phrases and not following through on them. I haven't heard this band so I don't know if the reviewer's right or not about them.

Anonymous (December 2, 2004)

The price is wrong, bitch!!

Anonymous (December 2, 2004)

He's gonna shit when he sees it's shit.

Anonymous (December 2, 2004)

yeah, that would be sick a billy madison/ happy gilmore dvd set.

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

he called the shit 'poop'

maverick (December 1, 2004)

Who's excited for the Billy Madison/Happy Gilmore DVD set? I know I am.

-Scott

tahoejeff (December 1, 2004)

Diesel Boy already covered Punk Rock Girl...and they did a hell of a better job. Score is for taking using a kick ass line from a movie and ruining it for eternity. Somebody should leave a burning bag of dog crap on their porch....fucking bastards

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

Kill yourself Jesse.
- god

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

Houston is in serious need of a good ass kicking, and I can say that because I live there. Everywhere you look there's mediocrity. Where's the damn Los Skarnales review?!?

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

Dude, worst review ever, you should've just given it a perfect 10 with the only comment being "O'DOYLE RULES"!

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

houston punk is fantastic. check out bickley, 30footfall, nonstop bombers, donosaur salad, or latch key kids. those bands were awesome when i lived there back in 1996.
southpaw954

Anonymous (December 1, 2004)

Scores for the cover and name. Its just rife with douchebaggery

JiveSide (November 30, 2004)

Exactly...

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

Car crash?

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

I have a feeling one of these days this whole band is going down.

Anonymous (November 30, 2004)

FIRST!
The score is for the bandname.

O'DOYLE RULES!

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