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The Transplants

The Transplants: Haunted CitiesHaunted Cities (2005)
Warner Music Group

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All you punker-than-thou scene kids can say what you want, but the Transplants have made some of the most enjoyable music in recent years. As most of you already know, the punk-rap trio features Rancid's Tim Armstrong, MC Rob Aston, and Travis Barker, possibly the most talented drummer around, from .

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All you punker-than-thou scene kids can say what you want, but the Transplants have made some of the most enjoyable music in recent years. As most of you already know, the punk-rap trio features Rancid's Tim Armstrong, MC Rob Aston, and Travis Barker, possibly the most talented drummer around, from the now-defunct (on hiatus?) blink-182. Although their style has elements of Rancid, and a bit of clichéd (but still fun) rap (more so on this album), it still can be pretty original at times. In fact, I can't think of one other band that sounds like them. But does this mean they're good? No. Are they? In my humble opinion, yes.

Haunted Cities is the group's second album, and while the first one was pretty good, it left a lot to be desired. This is louder, harder, more diverse, and much more fun. With plenty of guest musicians and different styles being explored, pretty much anybody can find something they like about it. Some tracks are basically the same kind of aggressive style as the debut, such as "Gangsters And Thugs" and "Hit The Fence," and yet they come out sounding different. Then there's the uncharted territory. A completely jazzed-out rap song with group vocals and a beat that will have you nodding your head whether you like it or not, "What I Can't Describe" is clearly a step up for the group, and my personal favorite on the album. "I Want It All" features a looped Ben Folds-like piano, handclaps, and rapping by Mr. Armstrong himself. It comes off sounding a bit like hip-hop from the wild west (no, not Will Smith). It's a fun song, and perfect for blasting while driving down the freeway in L.A. at 90 miles an hour. "Killafornia" (yes, another song about California, you can handle it), gets back to the more aggressive style, with its badass guitar riff, but is even better than say "Diamonds And Guns," which I still listen to, despite it inflicting images of hair products. "Madness" sounds a lot like a plain old Rancid song (which means it's good already), with rap verses from Rob. "Crash And Burn" loops a somewhat Latin dance beat, and gives us more of Tim's own rapping. Fun times. One of Haunted Cities' best songs, "Doomsday," is a great rockabilly ska-like number, proving that Tim's still got some Op Ivy left in him. The album as a whole is a huge melting pot of styles and explorations, and sometimes leaves the listener wondering if they're still listening to the same band.

I won't say the album's perfect, but it's damn near close in my mind. My only complaint is some of Rob's rapping isn't as good as you would expect. But he's at least better than an "artist" like 50 Cent. Either way, I can't remember being so entertained from track to track. This band is really coming into their own. Still, this is for open-minded fans only. Those expecting Rancid and/or straight up hardcore political punk will not find it here. This is simply a side project. A side project that sounds like it could someday be bigger than Tim's other band.

 

 
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kevinrules (May 18, 2008)

Reall y awesome album. I can not say which is better though, this one or the self titled one. Depends on what kind of mood i am in.

Anonymous (May 8, 2006)

Yo douche, are you serious? You consider the Casualties and the Exploited hardcore? Hardcore is Madball, Punishment, Shattered Realm, Hoods, etc... The Casualties and The Exploited are faggot punk rock bands that make people think it's cool to look like a schoolyard bitch. Of course, none of those bands listed have anything on Skrewdriver, Brutal Attack, and No Remorse..

To address the actual topic though, The Transplants are a really great band that take from so many genres and make it work.

Anonymous (March 21, 2006)

transplants were never hardcore. good, but not hardcore. the casualties are hardcore, same with the exploited.
the transplants aren't my favorite band, and never have been. when i think good punk, i think agnostic front, the vandals, link 80, the queers, circle jerks, us bombs, suicide machines, the buzzcocks, generation x, the dickies, crass, angelic upstarts, fear, the ramones, cock sparrer, tiger army, operation ivy, a global threat, bad religion, the business, dead kennedys, gbh, misfits, government issue, jfa, reagan youth, sham 69, tsol, uk subs, etc... NOT THE TRANSPLANTS.
but i do like the transplants. they are (were) a good band... and this is a great album.

----Bratty----

TheWise (March 1, 2006)

The transplants are the shittiest band that will ever walk the earth, thank fucking jesus they broke up, and saved the world from the musical diarrhea that would be a third album.
I like some Rancid songs, so my problem is not Tim, however it is Tim singing about Gangsters and Thugs. That's almost as bad as him writing shitty songs for Pink, a career low.
And Travis Barker? Fuck him. He's a total dick. I don't care how much you try to put Hip-Hop in punk it's not going to work.
Skinhead Rob sounds so constipated that he's going to explode. And if he does, I hope I am around. That guiy is fucking useless.
Rejoice for the breakup of the Transplants!!!

Anonymous (January 19, 2006)

"Bratty"

Do you think Transplants are some how "hardcore"? every band you just name dropped completely sucks dick, which is apparently whatt you do to the Transplants. This is corporate jock rock shit, just like everything Tim Armstrong touches. Get rid of the boner you have for these guys try listening to some real hardcore

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

this cd is really good

thejoshbennett (January 11, 2006)

this album fucking sucks, buy the self titled instead.

Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

You're all fucking morons. The Transplants are the greatest band since Rancid! Tim Armstrong is the best fucking musician of all time, and the next time I hear someone praise the Clash I'll puke. I un-mute those fucking shampoo commercials everytime, just so I can hear quality fucking music for a change. And Skinhead is THE SHIT!! No wonder punk is dying- all you jackasses would rather hear fucking Hawthorne Heights or fucking Thrice...shit bands, I swear... You're all just pissed because Rob took the easy road, and scored high. But he deserves it, and I think his clown graf is dope... And Brody is a fucking whore for leaving Tim for that fucking Queens wuss! You all fucking sicken me...How many times do the good bands have to get shit while Franz-fucking-Ferdinand gets praise, before someone finally recognizes their talent? Tim and Skin have two of the best fucking voices of all time (with the exceptions of Billie Joe Armstrong and Jorge of The Casualties), and Travis is the fucking shit as a drummer. Josh Freese is just a fucking free-loading opportunist, and although he's talented, he couldn't hold a fucking drumstick to Barker. Trav and Branden Steineckert take the cake...You all should get your ears checked, and then lock yourselves in your closets and listen to Fall Out Boy while you weep your beady little eyes out. Fuck pop/indie/alternative/shit/wuss music- SUPPORT THE TRANSPLANTS!!

----Bratty----

"remember brian deneke, a true punk soldier"

Anonymous (January 3, 2006)

a vocalist who can't sing to save his life, an over-rated drummer, and a wigger who raps. a wigger! hahahaha!!!
obviously this is not a good mix because this band is horrible...complete garbage.

Anonymous (December 29, 2005)

who the fuck gives a shit about your oppinions this is not rancid or blink 182 you decide if you want to listen to it or not i just read this whole thing and i realized most of you are complete and total ass hats and that is fine because you are simply following the norm. but when i saw that list i realized i have lost even more respect for the so called punk rockers. to all of you that have an open mind and can hear the transplants not as rancid or blink 182 good for you...

thejewvolta (December 21, 2005)

alright
you bastards
this record
this band
is horrible
and you're all sad human beings

Godfather (October 28, 2005)

what can you say about these guys that hasnt already been said about sum 41?

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

Oh. Yes. We should be afraid of a man with no job and clown tattoos. Only a forgiener could love Givehead Rob's rapping style, for you have no grasp of the American slang. Nobby is pencil neck. The only problem with the Transplants, is that they want to sellout, yet no one is buying.

GlassPipeMurder (September 25, 2005)

This album is pretty decent, but nowhere near as good as their self-titled release. Some of the better songs on this are American Guns, Doomsday, Gangsters and Thugs, and Not Today.

Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

Hey i'm from the Netherlands, i don't know where "Fresno" is and i don't give a damn 'bout it... I like the Transplants (although not all of their songs) and i don't give a shit whether some guy comes from some shittie town as long as he makes nice music... All you punk-ass bitches are all just whining pussies. If all you can do is shit on music, then best you can do is just shut the fuck up and let other people just enjoy that music!
-Peace

Anonymous (September 13, 2005)

poop!

Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

okay this album rocks ROB IS THE FUCKIN SHIT!! tim knows what hes doin give him some credit the man has been in music since before most punk kid today knew what punk was and whoever disses on my boy Skinhead Rob better be able to back that shit up cause rob could kill most of the little wannabe shithead "punks" so stop hatin cause the transplant kick ass and Rob is hott

Anonymous (July 19, 2005)

Foreskinhead Rob. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous (July 15, 2005)

This album make me fart

Anonymous (July 12, 2005)

fuckin retards

Anonymous (July 11, 2005)

Let's face the facts, No one likes Handjob Rob.
Tim,
If you have any sense left, drop the dead weight and find a new MC before you dreg your bands through the mud. Skinhasbeen Rob ruined Red Hot Moon and Switchblade. Does little Nobby have somethigng on you? Is he your drug dealer or something? Cut him loose.

Anonymous (July 8, 2005)

Don't forget Givehead Rob got dropped from Warner. No one sees that clowns "talent". You have to earn the respect of your audience to make them fans. So far, Mr. MC hasn't bought much to the table. Screw him. There's many kids with talent and drive that would love chance he's been given. He blew it.

Anonymous (July 8, 2005)

Skinhead Blob is from FRESNO. Have you seen Fresno? It's nothing. To be a gangbanger from Fresno is like being the tough guy at a private arts high school. Top thug alright.

I wanted to like Skinhead Rob, but he's given me no reason to like him. He hasn't proved himself to the fans. His rhymes aren't tight, he has a very limited vocabulary and his delivery blows. He's not witty, funny or entertaining. He's not a good storyteller, plain and simple. Maybe Tim should have spent more time coaching him before letting SR loose on the fans.

Anonymous (July 7, 2005)

I think this record is incredible. Rob has an awesome voice. It has a raw feeling to it. I think its stupid when all you kids complain about this record because musically it is incredible and you all couldn't do anybetter. All you guys who are hating Rob are idiots because he actually used to be a gangbanger guy and so his rhymes are relavant. He is better than 50 cent because 50 just makes the same songs a thousand times over. i.e. Candy Shop and Magic stick sounding identical. Although before I have hated rap I am getting into it more now but not the generic 50 cent like people. I am talking real rap like Run DMC. Another thing, why do you people care what Tim does live. He has always been like that. He is straight up punk and doesn't really care. Thats just him. Travis did phenomenal on this record as expected. He is extremely talented and it always shows. Overall I think this record was extremely good.

Anonymous (July 7, 2005)

The DJ guy looked a too small to be DJ Muggs. Go to Jimmy Kimmel's website to see the show.

Anonymous (July 7, 2005)

Could that DJ have been DJ Muggs???

Anonymous (July 6, 2005)

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel, The Transplants played live. And boy, did it suck. They had a DJ, but I couldn't hear him. I couldn't hear a sampler either. It was pretty lame. Tim spent a good deal of time "rapping", but barely touched his guitar. Lars appeared to be playing all the guitar bits.
The drum tracks sounded off compared to the album, Travis didn't seem as fast or tight. Skinhead Rob was really off key, he tried to sing the chorus. That guy has no delivery. Tim seemed a little wasted.

Anonymous (July 6, 2005)

So wait, if Tim is the only guitairst in this band does that mean that he'll actually PLAY his guitar at shows now??

Anonymous (July 5, 2005)

Givehead Rod can't freestyle or fight. The only thing that bitch can do is polish Tim's ass up nice and shiny and tell pretend stories about being a gangsta drug dealer in Fresno (a shitty farming/suburb college town)

Anonymous (July 5, 2005)

"They've been doing "White Riot" for a while now. They even played it on the Jimmy Kimmel show when they were promoting their debut CD. And Tim and Strummer were friends, so I don't see what the big deal is about them covering it."

The problem is that it sucks. Well, it wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for Skinhead Rob. Seriously dude. Worst. Voice. Ever.

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

All Rap MCs suck.. we all know that

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

" 'but he's at least better than an "artist" like 50 cent.'

HAHAHAH fucking awesome. there are 10 trillion MC's out there, including 50 cent, that would hand skin head rob his ass in any form of a battle.
-TOBB "
Skinhead Rob does suck huge but what does street fighting or battling it out have to do with this?

Psychoos231 (July 4, 2005)

They've been doing "White Riot" for a while now. They even played it on the Jimmy Kimmel show when they were promoting their debut CD. And Tim and Strummer were friends, so I don't see what the big deal is about them covering it.

I was there. I'll be going tomarrow as well.

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

Worst band ever

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

How cute! Skinhead Rob uses the word "nigga" when addressing others.
I dare you to go to the ghetto and talk like that.

See Skinhasbeen Rob, I am better than you. I don't kiss ass and sell my soul to shampoo companies to survive.

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

They've been doing "White Riot" for a while now. They even played it on the Jimmy Kimmel show when they were promoting their debut CD. And Tim and Strummer were friends, so I don't see what the big deal is about them covering it.

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

''While those other two guitarists are better than Ginn, it's mostly the case around here that no one understand's Ginn's solos. Most people my age think it's noise rock, when it is in fact, merely jazz.

-BSD''

You're so fuckin special.

lushj (July 4, 2005)

I've listened to this off & on for a day or two, and I don't see a reason for the level of hate some of you have for "Haunted Cities."

Sure, it's 'cool' to bag on Skinhead Rob, but once you get past the hip-to-hate factor, this record isn't bad at all. It's a lot more consistent than the first record. I'm stoked on the Boo Yaa Tribe song, since it's SO unlike anything these 3 (Tim, Travis, Rob) have done before. That Boo Yaa guy has the same flow as Bushwick... Better beats throughout than the first record too.

Lyrically the record lurches between boasts, laments, and some politics- I prefer the latter two. Too many of you are expecting this to be an amalgamation of their other bands. Face it, this record isn't a Rancid/Op Ivy record, it's not a Blink 182/Boxcar Racer record, it's a Transplants record.

P.S.- props for the Godzilla sample in #11!

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

"I heard that they originally wanted Slug from Atmosphere to be the MC in this crapfest. Good for him for telling tim and trav where to go."

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAA

Anonymous (July 4, 2005)

"Also if you haven't noticed rancid are on WB now. Indestructible has a WB barcode (9362)."

Who has that much time in their hands to find that out?

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

"Someone obviously wasn't a Rancid fan back in 94-95. Oh and that dude's rapping annoys the hell out of me."

I guess not. The point is, they don't bitch about evil corporations on every one of their records, so it doesn't really bother me.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

"It's not like Rancid were ever anti-corporation anyway"
Someone obviously wasn't a Rancid fan back in 94-95. Oh and that dude's rapping annoys the hell out of me.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

"Also if you haven't noticed rancid are on WB now. Indestructible has a WB barcode (9362)."

So? It's not like Rancid were ever anti-corporation anyway. See, with Anti-Flag it's a problem, but I don't see one with Rancid.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

I'm still debating wheather or not I should buy this cd or just wait for the next generation of shampoo commercials.

Can you believe this that they have Tim Armstrong who may not be the greatest but the guy's a freakin' punk legend, Travis Barker who is by no means the greatest punk drummer, but he's up there, and then they grab some gangsta who thinks he's all that and he's so cool because he used to a fucking homeless roadie who has a trillion tatoos and used to sell chronic and he has so may bitches and his life sucks and how even though he has NO TALENT WHATSOEVER can still be in what should have been the best rock bands of all time. If Billie Joe were in this band and Matt Freeman, how much more would you respect them? Honestly?

Also if you haven't noticed rancid are on WB now. Indestructible has a WB barcode (9362).

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

common rider >>>>>>>>> rancid

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

It has to be Skinhead Rob, he can't spell. I bet Skinhead Rob can barely read too.

- Yeah i am Skinhead Rob.. what of it nigga? Wanna rassel?

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Shit. The guy below is me, and I really need to start reading previous posts before making one. =(

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Pretty good cd. It's starting to grow on me.

But more importantly, I hear that the Transplants are starting to cover "White Riot" on the Warped Tour. Thoughts?

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Want to hear something sickening?

At Warped today in San Francisco, they played a horrible cover of "White Riot." Yes, The Clash's "White Riot." Rob did a horrible job....

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Haunted Cities will be in the cut out bin by next month

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

This album is still crap.

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

When did all the punk rockers become authorites on what is good rap/hip hop/r&b. Oh yah, I forgot, becuase you like punk, you know about ALL kinds ofmusic. your the authority bitches lead the way. you fucking jack offs.

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Some Info for all:

While Barker, Aston and Armstrong cover many of the same subjects as Armstrong's other band, Rancid, the Transplants take a much different musical approach. Although both groups spend a lot of time talking tough about dead friends, hopeless junkies and other lost souls, the hip-hop flavored Transplants use loops, synthesizers and samplers. According to Barker and Aston, the whole point of forming the Transplants with Armstrong was to break away from Rancid's traditional old-school punk rock approach.

"Picture this," Barker says, taking a deep breath. "I grew up loving hip-hop and I still listen to it, even to this day. At the same time, I love punk rock. And the Transplants are all about loving different styles of music - hip-hop, reggae, drum 'n' bass, punk - and putting them together while keeping the chemistry right.

"The Transplants have no expectations to live up to, and we have no limitations either. Nobody can say, 'that doesn't sound like the Transplants' because nobody kn
ows what the fucking Transplants are supposed to sound like. The whole thing was an experiment, and we were allowed to be creative and not worry about what anyone thinks. I think that one song on the album, 'One Seventeen,' is an amazing punk rock song. But do I think the whole album is all punk rock? God, I would hate it if it were."

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

It has to be Skinhead Rob, he can't spell. I bet Skinhead Rob can barely read too.

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Is this Skinhead rob? Did I hurt your feelings? Poor baby.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

to the guy below here are your topics
1. Taking penis growth pills
2. Selling your barbie collection
3. Not having a crew
4. Bitching about being a loner
5. Not having cash
6. How much chicks laugh at you
7. How he's number 0 and everyone hate you
8. How pathetic you are
9. Toys n' you're wacking stick

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Geez will ReRun Rob quit?
Here's the only topics he'll cover in a song:
1. Taking Drugs
2. Selling Drugs
3. Having a crew
4. Being in a crew
5. Having cash
6. How much chicks dig him
7. How he's number 1 and everyone loves him
8. How tough he is
9. Guns n' weapons

He's not a sharp guy, so don't expect any big words or deep thoughts from any song he's on. He's just good at kissing ass. That's why he's gotten this far in life.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

This was just supposed to be a side project, but b/c of the huge response, it's now bigger than that.

That's what people here are forgetting. Tim's always been influenced by hip hop and wanted to fuck around with his pro-tools shit. That's what side projects are -- doing something totally different and possibly experimental.

It can't be that bad if it sells 500,000 copies and Rolling Stone rates Haunted Cities 3.5 stars

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

I picked this up yesterday. Track 4 is my favorite. It's weird though, some songs are really good, and some songs are really sh#tty.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Wow this stuff is good, glad to see it was reviewed here

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

Was this review written by the same jerkoff who wrote the Goldfinger review? The kid seems like he doesn't really know that much about punk.

I was glad to hear that Skenhead Rob got dropped from Warner. Alot of the scraps from his record are on Haunted Cities. That explains "What I Can't Describe"

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

This band is fucking awful.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

gangtas and thugs has to be the worst fucking song ever. shitty ass beat, tim can't fucking rap, he sounds half-retarded. and that rob guy cant stop talking about smoking the dro and getting the bitches..ya dude..just what we need a punk rock rapper. fuck this shit, travis can drum the hell out of this shit, but no matter what THESE GUYS CANT RAP.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

like i said, whether you like it or not is up to you, but what give you the fucking right to come and bad mouth it.
the review was good, it was positive, if you dont agree with it, dont read it and move on to something else.
does it make you feel better to belittle someone elses work and efforts?
if anything it just makes you look like an idiot.
-c.p.

notfeelingcreative (July 1, 2005)

"Yeah. I bet these guys would get over huge opening for Dead Prez. Idiotic poser punk-hop is the new thing. Tell everyone."

I love dead prez, but their fan base confuses me. Most DPZ fans I've met have been suburban white boys (not unlike myself). Most of my black friends listen to main steam hip-hop Jay-Z, Kanye West etc. I actually introduced most of them to Dead Prez, the Coup, Paris, Son of Nun etc.

swingline (June 30, 2005)

oh so being a side project just completely dismisses the fact that it sounds like shit? duane peters has side projects yet i hear no white boy rap. what gives?

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

It's not Rancid, it's not Operation Ivy, what it IS, is a freaking SIDE PROJECT! That means, to the morons out there, doing something DIFFERENT from what they usualy do. Get it?
Who the fuck are any of you to judge these people for writting this album? Did YOU spend countless hours in a studio trying to make songs? I didn't fucking think so.
Whether you like it or not is all you, but you don't have to come and bad mouth them.
If you wanted a Rancid album, a Blink 182 album or whatever the shit retard rob does album, go listen to one, this is definitly not one of those. You know the fact that the bands name is different, means they are doing something different.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

Travis Barker be havng many talents may niggas. He has avoided black people for his whole life and now wants to be ghetto. That be sum talent

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

This album is amazing, they managed to fit a Taco Bell stall worth of poo on to a shiny compact disc. Mad props Tim, for you have figured out how to spread your fecal matter across our fine nation. But it was easy for Tim to think about poo, he got work with the 2 biggest forms of animated crap,
Travis and Handjob Rob.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

What the fuck? Go get some taste in music and then come back, because Rancid fucking suck.

- What taste would that be? shit?

md40_07 (June 30, 2005)

haven't heard the whole CD, but Barker needs to stick to rock instead of rock with a mix of cheap rap

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

transplants >>>> rancid
blink 182 >>>> transplants
pink >>>> blink 182

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

"Oh yeah, no one noticed Greg Ginn's style at all. Nope. They totally missed that Johnny Thunders guy and that Johnny Ramone fellow also. Please help spread the word about these other two geniuses also, future generations of punk fans will thank you and record love songs about your unique and discerning ears!"

While those other two guitarists are better than Ginn, it's mostly the case around here that no one understand's Ginn's solos. Most people my age think it's noise rock, when it is in fact, merely jazz.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

"There is no wonder as to why this transplants cd came out in the summer. People don't want to think when it's hot outside, they just want to have a good time. That's what these guys provide."

He's exactly right, this is no "pack up the cats" but its good album to just be brainless to and rock out while your getting wasted and stoned on a summer day.

-Not-To-Regret

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

1. the ramones- no
2. the clash -yes
3. stiff little fingers -yes
4. descendents - no
5. black flag - yno
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy - no
7. fugazi - no
8. at the drive-in -no
9. hot water music - no
10. the bronx - no

What the fuck? Go get some taste in music and then come back, because Rancid fucking suck.

swingline (June 30, 2005)

they're the biggest secret in the world!!!

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

Stop kidding yourselves. You have no idea who stiff little fingers were.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

I want to hold a tele-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for "Make-A-Disc Foundation'. Can you help?

Tim Armstrong was kind enough to take in a special fella. His name was Bobby Aston. Tim took him under his wing and gave Bobby a new nickname and a new personia. Tim molded him into a gangsta rap superstar! And even helped him win a contract with Warner!

Image, a kid with special needs from a cowtown with no ghetto or black people with help becomes a gangsta rap sensation with help from the "Make-A-Disc Foundation" and the kindness of Tim Armstrong.

Please help folks, contact us at www.makeadiscfoundation.org

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

1. the ramones- no
2. the clash -yes
3. stiff little fingers -yes
4. descendents - no
5. black flag - no
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy - no
7. fugazi - no
8. at the drive-in -no
9. hot water music - no
10. the bronx - no"

Hold the fuck what's with the only the bands from the UK released better albums than Rancid don't you know Punkl was born and bred in the oh so inbred U.S. the Stooges the Ramones the whoke New York CbGbs scene. I'll be the first to say though the last three definitly did not release any thing on the level or impact of Rancids earlier stuff.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

oi oi rancid punx oi oi

hilarious

i am

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

HA! FUCKIN' HA! Skinhasbeen Rob has been dropped by Warner. That's right, to be a real sellout someone has to buy your shit, now Givehead Rob is just plain a sorry chump.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

Yeah no Westside, Ice Cube still had about 3 solo records pre Westside at this point. How do white kids like me get exposed to political hip hop in the stix anyways? I also listened to alot of Black Moon, Big Daddy Kane, 3rd Bass, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, The Chronic (got it on cassette the day it came out) Ice Cube Amerikkka's, Bdp, epmd, yeah I've always been a music geek, even when I was 6 I had a mad cassette collection

Barkley

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

"I heard that they originally wanted Slug from Atmosphere to be the MC in this crapfest. Good for him for telling tim and trav where to go."

I heard this too, good for Slug.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

rancid has one album

and to tell the truth

the distillers>rancid

lushj (June 30, 2005)

"Then again, no one realizes Greg Ginn was a guitar genius. They just think he makes funny noises."

Oh yeah, no one noticed Greg Ginn's style at all. Nope. They totally missed that Johnny Thunders guy and that Johnny Ramone fellow also. Please help spread the word about these other two geniuses also, future generations of punk fans will thank you and record love songs about your unique and discerning ears!

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

What's the status of your solo record? Can you tell us anything about it and when it's coming out?

Yeah, actually I ended up getting dropped by Warner Brothers and I said OK, f**k it. Let's put some of these songs on our record. They quote-unquote didn't get it. Didn't understand it. Of course, like anything else, I was bummed in the beginning but I guess everything happens for a reason. And it turned out to be a f**kin' blessing. I don't want to be somewhere you doesn't understand me. Who doesn't get me or what I'm doing or what I'm talking about, you know what I'm saying? So we ended up using like, six songs forHaunted Cities.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

honestly how does a faggoty whigga wannabe gangster straight from the merch stand end up being the front man of a band alongside someone as great as Tim Armstrong.

I think Tim is losing his mind a bit, you'd think that as he gets older he'd get past the whole "I'm a tough gangster" attitude.... instead the reverse seems to be happening with him and Lars.... doesnt wisdom come with age..... this is a clear example that it doesnt.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

first 7 mostly yes. as for the rest

8. at the drive-in - no (dont mix it up as much)

9. hot water music - no fucken way

10. the bronx - no (even though the bronx are awesome but they dont mix it up nowhere near as much as Rancid)

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

don't compare this trife to PE, "fear of a black planet" opened this then 11 year old's eyes to A BOATLOAD of great music.

Barkley

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Westside!

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

don't compare this trife to PE, "fear of a black planet" opened this then 11 year old's eyes to A BOATLOAD of great music.

Barkley

psychoos231 (June 30, 2005)

ahha he is a machine

jamespastepunk (June 30, 2005)

"And Out Come the Wolves..." is quite possibly the best album ever recorded.

This is almost too easy...

jamespastepunk (June 30, 2005)

A direct comparison of Public Enemy to the Transplants is misguided. The Transplants are a side project. Public Enemy is/was a full time group, therefore your arguments are pointless. That said, I'll bite.

Chuck D is a better emcee. I'm incredibly shocked by that, perhaps because that's his job. Tim is a better guitar player than Chuck D, which is Tim's main gig.

Flava Flav against Skinhead Rob? Your decision is unquestionably correct.

Terminator X against Travis Barker? Well, one guy uses a drum machine and the other is one.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

"1. the ramones- no
2. the clash -yes
3. stiff little fingers -yes
4. descendents - no
5. black flag - no
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy - no
7. fugazi - no
8. at the drive-in -no
9. hot water music - no
10. the bronx - no"

Wow, so the only punk bands better than Rancid are the ones they directly copy? That's awesome. The rest of the bands on that list (including Op Ivy) had/have more creativity and originality in their excrement than Rancid's best album (their first one).

Saying Black Flag isn't as good as Rancid is absolutely ridiculous. Then again, no one realizes Greg Ginn was a guitar genius. They just think he makes funny noises.

-BSD

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The list were of bands that ARE better than Rancid not as good... whoever started this "whos better" thing stated it. BSD must defind Black Flag at all cost i guess.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

"1. the ramones- no
2. the clash -yes
3. stiff little fingers -yes
4. descendents - no
5. black flag - yno
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy - no
7. fugazi - no
8. at the drive-in -no
9. hot water music - no
10. the bronx - no"

Wow, so the only punk bands better than Rancid are the ones they directly copy? That's awesome. The rest of the bands on that list (including Op Ivy) had/have more creativity and originality in their excrement than Rancid's best album (their first one).

Saying Black Flag isn't as good as Rancid is absolutely ridiculous. Then again, no one realizes Greg Ginn was a guitar genius. They just think he makes funny noises.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

Josh Freese?

Does Stewart Copeland mean anything to you? Keith Moon?

Whatever. Travis is a good drummer. Maybe not the best, but he's good. Although, not as good as Chris Tsagaskis from RxB.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I love this album, maybe i should say i hate it. i want to be punx

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Gangsta posturing from grown white men that live in luxury. No Thank you

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I'd put a firecracker in my ass before I buy this album

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Does Tim get a tax break for adopting that retard Givenhead Rod?

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Wanksters and Duds
This criminally not good
Some of my friends wear leather
Some of my friends wack putz

All My life
I've been attacted to you (you)
You know I'd go down on you (you)
Tie me up and whip me black and blue (blue)
black and blue
I'd give head to you

psychoos231 (June 29, 2005)

5. black flag - yno
woops

psychoos231 (June 29, 2005)

1. the ramones- no
2. the clash -yes
3. stiff little fingers -yes
4. descendents - no
5. black flag - yno
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy - no
7. fugazi - no
8. at the drive-in -no
9. hot water music - no
10. the bronx - no

Thats the way it should be

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

WTF is the post below me about?

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Wanksters and Duds
This criminally not good
Some of my friends wear leather
Some of my friends wack putz

All My life
I've been attacted to you (you)
You know I'd go down on you (you)
Tie me up and whip me black and blue (blue)
black and blue
I'd give head to you

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

another shitty band

another buddyhead quote

The Transplants - The Transplants
Just when you thought the mall punk community was safe from "I got more money than you / Our crew is deeper than yours / We can kick your ass if we want to" hip-hop, The Transplants make the idea of suburban Rancid fans speaking like Ja Rule a reality. Kudos to The Transplants for inventing the rap / punk genre. These guys are pioneers! Expect that gutter punk asking you for change in front of every show to be saying, "Holla!" in about two weeks.

ElVaquero (June 29, 2005)

1. the ramones- no
2. the clash - yes
3. stiff little fingers - no
4. descendents - yes
5. black flag - no
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy - yes
7. fugazi - yes
8. at the drive-in - yes
9. hot water music - yes
10. the bronx - no

That would be my list. Saying that the bronx's debut is better than rancids second self-titled is just competely preposterous

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

anyone who thinks that anything rancid ever did is better than the descendents

makes me even more dissapointed with the state of the world

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Does Tim get a tax break for adopting that retard Givenhead Rod?

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Yeah. I bet these guys would get over huge opening for Dead Prez. Idiotic poser punk-hop is the new thing. Tell everyone.

-Ken

swingline (June 29, 2005)

1. the ramones- yes
2. the clash -yes
3. stiff little fingers -yes
4. descendents - no
5. black flag - yes
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy - no
7. fugazi - yes
8. at the drive-in -no
9. hot water music - no
10. the bronx - no

anyways, the point is rancid doesn't suck. they're not the greatest thing that ever happened but they're pretty fucking good. or were...

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Take a look around baby, yeah my whole crews ugly
But we still got the most game, the most money
The most hoes, the most honeys, it's so funny
How you hate my fuckin' guts but at the same time love me

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

This album blows, I listened to the MTV Leak, Tim wants to sell out soooo bad it hurts. Tim Armstrong has jumped the shark. It happened when Brody dumped him, he hasn't been the same since. It's all pimps, hookers, bling, drug dealers and thug bullshit.

I do agree with the earlier posting call Skinhead Rob a charity case. The guy has no talent, no delivery and his voice isn't that great either. And Travis Barker is just a jock in new clothes.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

There are like 10 other songs that are better than Maxwell Murder on AOCTW.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

dude below

i started this whole thing saying that tim is a great songwriter, but that rancid still kind of sucks

and out come the wolves stops being good after matt freeman's solo in maxwell murder

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Rancid is, and always will be, a punk rock legend. "And Out Come the Wolves..." is quite possibly the best album ever recorded. Anyone who knows anything about writing music can recognize that Tim is one of the most talented guys around.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I liked rancid when I was in 6th grade like everyone did but has anyone gone back to that lately? All you need to hear is Tim Armstrong's voice on any cd, its TERRIBLE. he sounds awful and the guy who does the yell rapping crap sounds just as awful. My friend makes better rap cds fucking around in his basement with Reason. Oh and i saw them open for Foo Fighters a while back, seriously, its not even describable in words how awful these guys sound live.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Rancid is, and always will be, a punk rock legend. "And Out Come the Wolves..." is quite possibly the best album ever recorded. Anyone who knows anything about writing music can recognize that Tim is one of the most talented guys around.

psychoos231 (June 29, 2005)

hah The Only band i agree with below is The Clash.

Kenjamin (June 29, 2005)

Talib Kweli played my school but I forgot to go. Oh well.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

10 bands that made (at least one) album(s) that are better than lets go or anything else rancid ever did

(i'll stick with punk rock and change styles and decades for ya too

1. the ramones
2. the clash
3. stiff little fingers
4. descendents
5. black flag
6. (just for the hell of it) operation ivy
7. fugazi
8. at the drive-in
9. hot water music
10. the bronx

was that so hard?

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

travis barker is best drummer?

does, josh freese mean anything to you

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Oh sugar-pie, I'm not a homophobe! I just went to the parade yesterday!
I could swear I saw Skinhead Rob dancing to "It's Raining Men!" by the Weather Girls on Folsom street saturday night. He play a tough guy on MTV but he's raging queen, like me!

- I take it back sir, please don't "hurt" me

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

The world is a very unfair place. Givehead Rob should be collecting food stamps, not placed as a charity case on Tim's albums. Tim will get sick of him one day and can his ass.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

No one here has mentioned the best part about this Haunted Cities, they have samples on the songs that tell you when to dance.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Oh sugar-pie, I'm not a homophobe! I just went to the parade yesterday!
I could swear I saw Skinhead Rob dancing to "It's Raining Men!" by the Weather Girls on Folsom street saturday night. He play a tough guy on MTV but he's raging queen, like me!

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

The kid who posted beneath me is a flaming homophobe

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Oh boy! It's time for the ever so homo-erotic posturing of Skinhead Rob, one time at the Fresno A&W Root Beer Float Shoppe, I saw him behind the condiment stand offering to mayonaise Tim's hot dog!

Skinhead Rob then turned to me to tell me that he keeps his pants down that low so the men he meets at the Highway Interstate Rest Stop Bathrooms could find easy access to his meat selection.

He tried to cover up his gayness by porking the 4-H Blue Ribbon Pig Champion Kelly Osborne. But it only seemed to make him gay-er!We all know you love the chorizio Bobby!

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

tim's voice is beautiful.. similar to clash and dire straits and even better.. tattoos aren't music but rancid's music is ok

swingline (June 29, 2005)

"i have lots of friends who love them, people who's opinions i respect, but i think they're pretty fucking horrible

just becuase you have a bad voice and some skull tattoos doesn't mean you're band is any good"

if you think "let's go" is horrible then what do you listen to that is sooo much better?

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I really don't like The Transplants so I guess I'm not "PunX" or "punXX0rz" or whatever the word is this week. I'll stick with 13 & God thank you.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

just becuase you have a bad voice and some skull tattoos doesn't mean you're band is any good

-- Not a valid reason for dissing a band. Its sad how the kids here at PN.org can't back what they say.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

yes, i honestly believe that rancid is a fucking horrible band

i have lots of friends who love them, people who's opinions i respect, but i think they're pretty fucking horrible

just becuase you have a bad voice and some skull tattoos doesn't mean you're band is any good

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I hope Tim is drinking and doing drugs again, or is he just posing in the video? I see why Brody left him, I'd leave too if my other half decided to act like thug-gangsta moron and have Givehead Rob hanging at your home.

Anchors (June 29, 2005)

Score is for Venn Diagrams, and Talib Kweli, because it just happens to be who I'm listening to at the moment, and he slays everyone in this band.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I heard that they originally wanted Slug from Atmosphere to be the MC in this crapfest. Good for him for telling tim and trav where to go.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

rancid is (or was?) a great band and the transplants are great. but now i cant wait for the new lars & the bastards record.

Kenjamin (June 29, 2005)

that's some fine work sfbarker. I'd recommend using ven diagram to make things simpler.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

is doomsday a mephiskapheles cover?

sfbarker (June 29, 2005)

Since I just read an article on a celebration of the 16th anniversary of Public Enemy releasing "It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back," I will use it as the benchmark for a perfect 10 album and then base what the Transplants bring with Haunted Cities. Let's begin:

Chuck D v. Tim Armstrong: Chuck D was a 27 year old educated man who wrote lyrics to empower an entire community and delivered them with clarity and power that, at the time, was unseen in rap or hip-hop. He shunned the drug lifestyle that plagued the neighborhood he grew up in to be a positive role model and still shake the system at the core. Tim Armstrong is an ex-junkie (possibly still a junkie) who watched too many Master P movies and thought since he has a little group of devoted nutjobs following him around that he could come off as being "gangsta." He got so into his gangsta lifestyle that he got overbearing on his wife and she left him right when the first album was released and now he's got more dumb lyrics about friends who make records or sell drugs. Way to help the kids find the way to do something right Timmy. WINNER: Chuck D.

Skinhead Rob v. Flavor Flav: Skinhead Rob is some weird guy Tim found on the street and had scream some half-assed rhymes over shitty samples. Flavor Flav weaved in and out of Chuck's rhetoric with skill and precision, never stepping on the message. Plus, Flavor wrote "911 Is a Joke" sure, that was on Fear of a Black Planet, but boss nonetheless. WINNER: Flavor Flav

Terminator X v. Travis Barker: Travis Barker is a killer drummer who could pretty much fit in any format. Even though the songs and lyrics are weak, he still slays behind the kid. Terminator X is a forboding presence on the stage, but he is just a DJ scratching records...sure, he finds the beats, but Hank Shocklee was the one behind those...WINNER: Travis Barker

S1W's v. Lars: Ex-Military patrolling the stage looking all hardcore and keeping everything in order OR an old man with tattoos on his face going on diatribes about how if Tim would want it, he'd give his asshole up to him. WINNER: S1Ws

Timelessness: Haunted Cities is already boring to me after a couple of listens. It does nothing groundbreaking, exposes nothing...it's just some tattooed up white dudes trying to come off as "gangsta." Nation still has impact and meaning after 16 years. Loud as a Bomb still finds it's way back onto the video shows because it slays anything out there today. WINNER: Nation

With this, it is clear that The Transplants new album receives a 2.

Thank you.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I'm disappointed. Only one shampoo commercial comment so far.

You guys are slipping...

lushj (June 29, 2005)

Oh boy, am I going to get kicked off the org if I post that I think Pink's "Try This" cd is pretty rad? The hidden track is ace "you ain't nothing but a hooker, selling your fucking soul", although there's a couple of double ungood slow tunes on there also.

Haven't heard anything from "Haunted Cities" besides the 2 tracks posted here, so this score is for Pink "Try This"!

swingline (June 29, 2005)

"this cd, like anything tim armstrong and travis barker touches is pretty fucking horrible (see. rancid, pink, blink 182, boxcar racer etc.)"

have you heard "let's go"? it's better than your favorite album, assclown.

lou (June 29, 2005)

for the record i'm fairly certain he wasn't comparing them, but rather including the other projects in which either one of the two has taken part.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

"this cd, like anything tim armstrong and travis barker touches is pretty fucking horrible (see. rancid, pink, blink 182, boxcar racer etc.)"

Honestly, someone should slap you in the face for saying such things about Rancid ... and comparing Ranicd to Boxcar Racer/Pink doesn`t make you look smarter you retard ... sorry for being so harsh! Nothing personal!

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

this cd, like anything tim armstrong and travis barker touches is pretty fucking horrible (see. rancid, pink, blink 182, boxcar racer etc.)

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You honestly believe that Rancid is "fucking horrible"l? or are you just saying that to be UP DA PUNX with the PN crew?

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Most talented drummer? There are plenty of more talented drummers out there in rock music. Hell, even Max Weinburg. Or Dave Grohl. And within punk music, Josh Freese is easily one of the most talented.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

"the real mcs is underground"

i think that's referring to the beginning of a talib kweli song

this cd, like anything tim armstrong and travis barker touches is pretty fucking horrible (see. rancid, pink, blink 182, boxcar racer etc.)

they're both incredible musicians, and tim is a decent songwriter (see op. ivy) but has a terrible voice (see rancid, transplants)

and i HONESTLY believe that if i tried i could come up with better, more orignal, and more substance filled rapping than this dude

Xine (June 29, 2005)

Very nice review.
The album is excellent. The beats are amazing.
A lot of vocals from Tim.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

side note: i dont give a shit who reviews it.. if i dont like it .. then i dont like it.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

"But Crazy Town covered Refused's New Noise they are so PUNX!"

I thought I was out of the loop but... you're fucking kidding me right? RIGHT?!

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

side note: Rolling Stone gave this 3.5 / 5 stars and most other music mags gave it near perfect ratings - I really enjoy it

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

meh.. id rather listen to old Jedi Mind Tricks

ElVaquero (June 28, 2005)

Bad band, bad review. Sorry.

rkl (June 28, 2005)

for the record, paul wall is the worst rapper ever. score is for even trying to use that as a selling point for anything. you should be ashamed of yourself, ANN. ashamed enough to rip out your uterus and sling it at a random passerby. that ashamed.

CellarDoor (June 28, 2005)

Papoose > Your favorite rapper.

lou (June 28, 2005)

not trying to bash the content of your review, but if you're going to review multiple songs individually perhaps you'd consider splitting it up a bit more. the second paragraph lost me a few times.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Regardless of your dislike to them; people will still buy the cd. It only cost 30,000.00 to make and they'll make a million off it. Good turn around for them."

Wow, yeah, that's awesome, I really love this band now!!!! I love any music artist because of how well they sell!!!!

You're talking about this record like it's a rap record. If I'm not mistaken, rap artists are the only ones dumb enough to think it's awesome to make "a million off of" a thousand dollar product.

Once, again, fuck this, fuck gangstas, and fuck ho's.

The real MC's is underground!

The last time I checked it was refered as a rap/punk compalation of music. In my recent readings I have learned that Paul Wall(who happens to be a rapper), is mixing this cd to his own style which has never been done before. Look on your cd and see who are special guest artists---rappers. The Transplants have come together to give a different flavor to music.You think that only rappers use a thousand dollars to produce a cd, I feel for you because anyone that tries or has made "big"or a "sell out"" has a budget to produce a record including your "underground MC's".Also, for what I said about the cost of making this cd... guess what, Travis Barker was quoted there. Like all bands that have made it "big" look for a turn-around profit, its called capitalism Welcome to America! As regards to "The real MC's is underground" many have stepped forward i.e. AFI, Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones used to be "underground"; what happened there....they sold out , right??? If you didn't care about "MC's above ground" you wouldn't even have made a comment on this site. your in the closet.

--ANN

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

This album is far better than the previous album. Love the beats

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

This is frat music for jocks, strippers and white people . It'll sell great,and that's really all that matters anymore isn't it?

piratasmuertas (June 28, 2005)

"MC Rob Aston"? Rigghhhhhht...

Does that by any chance stand for Master of Crappiness?

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

CcccRAP!

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

yo yo yo, bizeye this g or yo mom is phat.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Very good album -- I would rate it higher but some of Rob's lyrics are just too cheesy

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Score is for putting "MC" in front of Rob's name. I don't care if that's what he's calling himself nowadays, but he's not an MC and he probably never will be.

I second the Inspectah Deck statement, though Ghostface is my personal favorite rapper.

I can see Transplants becoming bigger than Rancid, see where Rancid went wrong was never selling any of their songs to shampoo commericials.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

But Crazy Town covered Refused's New Noise they are so PUNX!

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

the first wu tang album was amaizing, as was the 1st onyx.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

ahh the tired call of the transplants fan "You're totally not open minded enough to appreciate this". whatever, sure. im also too close minded to appreciate limp bizkit, linkin park and crazy town.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

lol at previous comment

paul

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

The only rapping Tim Armstrong should ever do is the end of sound system, which is hilarious because apparently he has marbles actually growing in his face.

Timuh ge-in tuffa nah it timuh star wunnin.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

I enjoyed their previous effort, but this is just bad.

- kirby

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

I think the key to this group is Tim/guest vocalist doiing the hooks. The top songs on this album like doomsday and Gangstas and Thugs have Tim. The good songs on the last album have that as well. I think they did a better job with Rob on this album, but because of the Killafornia song, I gotta take the first album as being better. This one is growing on me though.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

"Regardless of your dislike to them; people will still buy the cd. It only cost 30,000.00 to make and they'll make a million off it. Good turn around for them."

Wow, yeah, that's awesome, I really love this band now!!!! I love any music artist because of how well they sell!!!!

You're talking about this record like it's a rap record. If I'm not mistaken, rap artists are the only ones dumb enough to think it's awesome to make "a million off of" a thousand dollar product.

Once, again, fuck this, fuck gangstas, and fuck ho's.

The real MC's is underground!

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

I don't really get why people think Travis Barker is the greatest drummer in the world. Sure he's pretty good, but come on, the best drummer around? No fucking way.

sickboi (June 28, 2005)

Can anyone imagine if Eric O was in Transplants full-time, to replace Rob.

Salivation.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

I believe this cd to be just a fun release of stresses and an" in your face" to all those that dislike them, because they don't give a fu*k! Bottom line... you are where you are and they are on the top... so to speak. Regardless of your dislike to them; people will still buy the cd. It only cost 30,000.00 to make and they'll make a million off it. Good turn around for them. As for review.....it speaks greatly about the cd's diversity of music KEEP IT COMING!!!

Anchors (June 28, 2005)

Inspectah Deck >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Any member of this band.

And Paul's right, Common's new shit is good too.

swingline (June 28, 2005)

everyone be giving skinhead rob too much shit. tha man's straight outta the merch booth and mothafucker be kinda crazy after slanging couple hundred fruit of the looms.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

The first album admittedly had some decent songs on it - this is just unbearable.

Joe

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

"but he's at least better than an "artist" like 50 cent".

HAHAHAH fucking awesome. there are 10 trillion MC's out there, including 50 cent, that would hand skin head rob his ass in any form of a battle.
-TOBB

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

The album is pretty good. Although I don't know why Rob Aston is whispering all the time. And the "I'm a gangsta. I'm a thug." schtick gets old real quick.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

And another fucking thing. There is no way in hell these fuckers will ever mean more or put out better music than Rancid.

Mr. Kenzington

P.S. The new Unseen album is fantastic.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Skinhead Rob sure did a lot of street hustling and drug selling in his time. Not to mention blasting people with his 9mm. At least that's what he wants people to believe. What I don't understand is this: When did he find time to do all that the past couple of years? I thought he was selling AFI and Rancid shirts when he was working their fucking merch table and being a roadie for them.

It's only speculation, but I think good old Skinhead Rob is like a thousand guys I went to highschool with. Middle of the road dudes who reinvented themselves halfway through or after highschool into make believe ganster toughguys. Either way it's fucking lame.

Guns don't impress me. Pimping bitches doesn't impress me. Neither does selling dope. Grow the fuck up and sing about something relevant.

The Transplants would be 1000x better if they dropped that fucker and picked up a real MC. Not a 2005 Marky Mark.

Mr. Kenzington

rkl (June 28, 2005)

Go, go, go, go
Go, go, go shorty
It's your birthday
We gon' party like it's yo birthday
We gon' sip Bacardi like it's yo birthday
'Cause you know we don't give a fuck
It's not your birthday!

[Chorus (2x)]
You can find me in the club, bottle full of Bud
Mama, I got that X, if you into takin' drugs
I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love
So come give me a hug if you into getting rubbed

[Verse]
When I pull out up front, you see the Benz on dubs
When I roll 20 deep, it's 20 knives in the club
Niggas heard I fuck with Dre, now they wanna show me love
When you sell like Eminem, and the hoes they wanna fuck
But homie ain't nothing change ho's down, G's up
I see Xzibit in the Cutt that nigga roll that weed up
If you watch how I move you'll mistake me for a playa or pimp
Been hit wit a few shells but I dont walk wit a limp
In the hood, in L.A. they saying "50 you hot"
They like me, I want them to love me like they love 'Pac....

i dont care how bad skinhead rob is(and yes, he does suck) how is 50 cent any better? if dr dre wasnt producing him, this argument wouldnt even be going on.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Early punks had Sid and Nancy. Kurt and Courtney belonged to Generation X. And now, today's youth will soon have their own punk — poppy, but still punk — rock couple to warmly embrace: Avril and Deryck.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

This is utter crap. I'd rather listen to some metalcore.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

"They couldn't even think of anything to ryhme about besides their street cred and how "some of their friends sell girls". Yeah, pimps are really cool, Tim Armstrong. Paying girls to use themselves on the street is really punk rock and I'm sure you're 'hip to the street' as they say.

Oh wait, you're a 40-something year old creep trying to sell records.

As I said,

this is garbage.

-BSD"

At least get the lyrics right if you're going to bitch about them. The line is "some of my friends sell drugs", not girls.

Pimps may not be cool, but drug dealers sure are...

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

crap band. crap album.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

their first album was fun/entertaining for like a month then i never touched it again. no way i'm wasting cash on this shit. talk about 3 assholes making asshole white boy rap about drugs/guns/being punk as fuck. blah. doest help that rob cna't rap for shit. Tim is amazing...when he's writing rancid songs. Travis is amazing...when he's not just creating drum loops for rap songs. this is just a waste of 2/3 guys talents

go get the new Common album. now thats good hip hop.

paul

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

i don't know.. I listen to it a few times.... Some song are interesting,. american guns, doomsday, not today.. more hip hop, less punk but... who care.. In the forst album they were not punk at all.. and who care.. they're cool.. maybe I preder the first album... rob is better than 50 cent with attitude, as rap talent, sorry, but 50 is better.. sorry for the english but I'm italian

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

How can a person say that the transplants might one day be bigger than Rancid. That is absurd and sacreligous. For the record I like both bands however I still think that Rob takes away from the music, and the band as a whole. You have two amazingly talented musicians (Tim, Travis) and then there is Rob sitting around with his thumb up his ass along for the ride on someone else's coattails. Hell, he was supposed to put a solo album out like a year or two ago and still nothing. Warner Bros. even signed him yet nothing. While some of the tracks from both albums with him rapping are not bad I still think that he would make a better hardcore singer than a rapper. JMO.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

I wasn't really feeling the first CD until I saw the band play live. My whole opinion changed. I'll have to check this album out. Good review.

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tommy_jarvis (June 28, 2005)

I'm glad someone mentioned Liquid Swords. That and return to the 36 chambers were what I listened to for two straight summers when I was like 13 and 14. As for the transplants, take them for what they are: extremely hilarious "punk-rap" with interesting beats. Anytime I need to laugh, I pull out the first transplants record. There is no wonder as to why this transplants cd came out in the summer. People don't want to think when it's hot outside, they just want to have a good time. That's what these guys provide.

Karasu (June 28, 2005)

Whack has a million different meanings, mainly '' That shit is whack. '' - which means '' That is really messed up. '' Thats just one of many differeny uses.

Transplants not diggin it at all, I dont like them. But im glad some people do. Maybe if that rapper guy wasnt in it and Danzig was.

crackpotdemagogue (June 28, 2005)

I think that's a fuckin' great review there. Couldnt have put it better myself.

By the way, what the fuck does 'whack' mean? And why is it always by people posting about the Transplants? Sorry...i'm from the UK!

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

The risk involved with the first album helped make it interesting. Now that they know there's money in the sound, it's a little harder to swallow.

Josiah (June 28, 2005)

i am certainly not punk and by no means am i punker than thou, but this shit is god awful.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

There,s a lot of morons outthere trying to get cooler than they actually are. This album is one of the most original shit that cames out since 2000...and at least they are not trying to follow the shitty emo trance (yep..emo sucks). If you are not able to understand that you gotta judge the music itself for what it really is instead of arguing about how punk it is, or about how punk are the lyrics or whatever, then just shut the f$$k up please!!! Go back to the kidygarden and go proove yourself that you are cooler than everyone outthere! Kids will never understand anything about the music itself...they are only imitating what they see/hear....be unique & go buy yourself a personality!!sucker$$$$!!!!

bloodbrothersburnpiano (June 28, 2005)

this band needs to quit making music. immediately.

threechordsandthetruth (June 28, 2005)

I have to disagree with this:

" but the Transplants have made some of the most enjoyable music in recent years. As most of you already know, the punk-rap trio..."

The most enjoyable music in recent years? Dude, is this the only record you've listened to since 2000? Even then it wouldn't get that title.

Punk/rap? They're neither.

psychoos231 (June 28, 2005)

I don't think anyone has seen "White Boys"

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Yeah, explain to me the great skill it takes to write kindergarten poetry about yourself and how cool and street you are.

I respect good hip hop, but shit that the Transplants take after in their wannabe attitudes is strictly to the curb. Anyone ever seen the movie "White Boys"?

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

BSD is a moron, whines like a lil bitch.

Heres a common BSD comment:

"ah this band is lame, they're not hardcore, music today sucks. im cooler than you cause im gay"

BSD.. SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Also, I have to note that 50 Cent will always be complete and utter crap and that Eminem is a fucking wigger moron.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

This project and everyone involved with it is trash. Total garbage.

They couldn't even think of anything to ryhme about besides their street cred and how "some of their friends sell girls". Yeah, pimps are really cool, Tim Armstrong. Paying girls to use themselves on the street is really punk rock and I'm sure you're 'hip to the street' as they say.

Oh wait, you're a 40-something year old creep trying to sell records.

As I said,

this is garbage.

-BSD

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Is that Travis Barkers ride on the cover there? Or, is it "whip" now?

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

It was cool on the last album to at least have a mixture of rappers and punk vocalists to make the punk/rap thing work a little better, but are there any guys like Ozenne on this? Plus, what the fuck happened to Tim Armstrong's voice? Dude sounds narcaleptic. Sound a little more into it, son. Damn, I wish Ozenne was doing something...anything :(

Cos (June 28, 2005)

Holy shit, Rob is better than 50 Cent? Rob is the most laughable rapper I've ever heard. This is the best flamebait I've seen on this site in quite awhile...

--Cos

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

To the dude who mentioned Wu Tang, fuck yeah to that! Some of the best damn albums stem from the group, GZA's Liquid Swords & Raekwon's Only Built For Cuban Linx is the shit. Can't forget to mention ODB's Return to the 36 Chambers as well.

It's definately better then a skinhead rapping!

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

"Skinhead Rob is definitely the "weakest link.""

Oh yeah...I'd like them a lot more without Rob...

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Wait, wait wait. Eric Ozenne was on the last album? That sucks.

Score's for whoever had the bright idea to start this crap factory.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

I don't know if he reviewed the same album i listened too because this cd sucked bad. their first disc had a few decent songs, but thats because of their punk influence. Like 'Quick Death,' 'Romper Stomper,' Diamonds and Guns,' and 'Tall Cans.' to call this album good and to give Rob Aston credit is rediculous. Sure, they are doing something different, i'll give them credit for that, but they are reaching out for a very different fan base. i.e. hot topic sluts and backdoor punks. there is no redeeming value to this cd whatsoever. all the songs sound the same and that sound is bad. you can say that im generalizing, but i really did not like this cd one bit. and no there is no Eric Ozenne, theres no punk guests at all, just fucking Cypress Hill. fuck this cd.

TheOneTrueBill (June 28, 2005)

I'm willing to bet a million bucks that Eric Ozenne isn't on this one, and it makes me sad.

Anchors (June 28, 2005)

50 Cent is a talentless clown.

Listen to, and Jesse will back me on this, the motha fuckin Wu-Tang Clan. Or if you want solo shit, Inspectah Deck and Ghostface Killah both have amazing stuff out.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Whack.

The album is just a more slick, produced sounding copy of the first one, only without any freshness or surprise to it. I dug the first album, but I'm not feeling this at all.

By the way, 50 Cent sucks, but to say that Skinhead Rob is a better MC is quite frankly laughable. Listen to some real Hip Hop.
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Ha that comment was comedy ...ahem "not feeling this" damn i sound white saying thatt

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Whack.

The album is just a more slick, produced sounding copy of the first one, only without any freshness or surprise to it. I dug the first album, but I'm not feeling this at all.

By the way, 50 Cent sucks, but to say that Skinhead Rob is a better MC is quite frankly laughable. Listen to some real Hip Hop.

cdogg (June 28, 2005)

The album's opener - "Not Today" - is my favorite. Tim's verse on that song has been stuck in my head for a week. "What I Can't Describe" was the most surprising departure from their first album; it reminds me of OutKast. Overall, a pretty good cd.

Rob is not better than 50 Cent. No where near better. At best, he's on par with one of the less talented members of G-Unit.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Transplants surprised me by making a second album. I figured they would flame out after the first one. They won't be bigger than Rancid. Ever. But fine for those who like them. Skinhead Rob is definitely the "weakest link."

psychoos231 (June 28, 2005)

"1,2,3,4,5,6,7" Is an awesome track but i think its only exclusive when you buy the album at Best Buy.

tylerdurden8136 (June 28, 2005)

after hearing gangsters and thugs, i didn't have much hope for this album...but damnit, this cd is actually good. more hip hop sound this time around, but still surprisingly good. give it a try.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

GOT THIS ALBUM LAST WEEK AND THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY GOOD. Interesting how they have many diffrent styles all in the same song.

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