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Pickled Dick

Pickled Dick: Panda-MoaniumPanda-Moanium (2005)
Don't Rush Me / Killer

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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Go ahead and feed me the old adage about how you can't judge a book by its cover, but to say that I was hesitant to even listen to an album entitled Panda-Moanium from a band named Pickled Dick is an understatement. I expected simplistic songwriting and lyrical content that would make even Blink-182.
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Go ahead and feed me the old adage about how you can't judge a book by its cover, but to say that I was hesitant to even listen to an album entitled Panda-Moanium from a band named Pickled Dick is an understatement. I expected simplistic songwriting and lyrical content that would make even Blink-182's early output look mature. Instead, within the first minute of opener "Battleaxe," I was surprised to find a pop-punk band that bears a striking resemblance to Lookout! releases of the late 80's and early 90's. There's the energy of early Green Day in the upbeat tempo, the attitude of Screeching Weasel in the vocal delivery, and harmonies that would make even the Queers jealous.

Pickled Dick may be a three-piece from West Liss, England, but they are doing their damnedest to sound like they are from the East Bay. The drums are fast and make nods to 50's and surf rock, the guitars shy away from riffs in favor of three-chord progressions, the bass shows it can do more that just follow the root notes, and singer Domb sounds like a more pop version of John E. Trash from HomeGrown.

Maybe variation isn't Pickled Dick's forte, but when it comes to pop-punk, it doesn't necessarily have to be. You will recognize the chord progressions here, the songs don't shift out of a peppy mid-tempo too often, and plenty of the lyrics address the female sex, which might actually be a good thing considering that other topics covered, like jamming in the jungle and being pirates put the band on a one-way train to Cheeseville.

Luckily despite the repetitive songwriting the album doesn't really seem to drag thanks to short track lengths and melodies that just beg to be sung along to. Oh, and I did I mention harmonies? These guys can crank out some ridiculously sugar-sweet shit that will have even the biggest of cynics rediscovering their sweet tooth. For evidence, just check out the a cappella sections of "Jungle Jam" and "Salamander" or the anthemic breakdowns of "Go!" and "Ship Ahoy."

Some songs like "I'll Be Here Waiting" and "Runaway" do come off as just filler, and Panda-Moanium won't be winning Pickled Dick an award for innovation anytime soon, but that doesn't really seem to matter here. This album succeeds because it brings the sonically pleasing elements of memory clinging pop together with the youthful fervor of punk.

 

 
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kill_fftl (September 14, 2006)

pickle dick automactly sucks for having a retaded name

Anonymous (November 26, 2005)

You guys fucking rule, U were amazing last night and yay u signed my arm

Greaves

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

hey jhon x! dude i'm a huge fan! i've always wanted to tell you this but never found the right way!...GO FUCK YOURSELF!

Anonymous (August 20, 2005)

hey! jhon from Pickled Dick here! thanks for the review! very kind of you! if anyone is interested in hearing us, you can at www.myspace.com/pickleddick .... also the album is really cheap on interpunk! there is a link on the my space page....

cheers!

jhon x

Anonymous (August 18, 2005)

not in the least bit, no

Anonymous (August 18, 2005)

so the pickled dick album is pretty good then?

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

http://www.toothpastefordinner.com/081005/grammar-police-arrest- this-man.gif

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

dude my mom does not dress me funny

Dante3000 (August 15, 2005)

See anyone can be anyone if they post anonymously.
-Dante

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

Weight lifting guys scrotum is tiny and his mom probably dresses him funny.

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

Word Dante! That other guy is a chump!

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

Yah Dante's right!

Dante3000 (August 15, 2005)

Actually my Voltron power is making grilled cheese with veggie dogs on the inside. I'm doing that now. As for Mr. "I'm killing your dad" that was a hyperbole to explain how you can't get upset over what happens on the website. Then if I remember you said you'd beat me up and then I must have gotten "defensive" and said that nothing here should be taken seriously. You're right I totally went over the edge defensive there. You win
-Dante

stevejonestherealbones (August 15, 2005)

good one...but doesnt do anything but prove me right.

- jones

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

oooohhhhhh...the truth comes out that you are a fucking retard

stevejonestherealbones (August 15, 2005)

and dante always writes long retarded shit...thats kinda his voltron power

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- my power is to always leave my email address

- sickboi's power is to battle marlon with rhymes

stevejonestherealbones (August 15, 2005)

"Hahaha, dude, you don't think THIS guy got defensive?! He fucking wrote a whole paragraph about P.S.! haha AND he talked about making threats about killing me. Now if that's not defensive then you have your head up your own ass. Don't be a bitch because you're wrong."

ooohhhh...the truth comes out...first you were talking about the original poster in third person..as if you are some bystander watching as everything unfolds...but all of a sudden..."about killing ME"

dont be a bitch and pretend you represent more than just yourself

- jones

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

correction: about killing my DAD. right, he's a bigger fucktard than I thought he was

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

"*ahem* right. So your big. And obviously witty (and well read, I mean really mangina that takes smarts). Anyhow being that Jones, Sickboi and myself live miles apart (and across the country) I don't think the three on one will happen anytime soon. However if you're ever in the San Jose area feel free to swing on by and you can "take me", as you put it. I have no problem fighting, or losing. However if you think something on here (I mean anything from the pickled dick joke, to me making threats about raping your mom and making your dad watch before I slit his throat and let him drown face down in a pool of his own blood) is worth fighting over you must come from the kiddie pool end of the gene pool.
-Dante
P.S.: P.S. Stands for "post sript" meaning after what you wrote. Since you never put a name down I couldn't have known where you originally planed to stop writing. You including the P.S. just shows me that you thought about your own size well after you made that clever "mangina" comment. So if it took you long enough to consider that a "p.s." you're obviously quite slow and aren't even smart enough to mask it"

Hahaha, dude, you don't think THIS guy got defensive?! He fucking wrote a whole paragraph about P.S.! haha AND he talked about making threats about killing me. Now if that's not defensive then you have your head up your own ass. Don't be a bitch because you're wrong.

stevejonestherealbones (August 15, 2005)

"boo yah, that guy was weird but funny nonetheless. he's probably some kid just messing with dante, jones and sickboi...but the funny thing is, look how defensive they got! hahaha wow..."C'mon guys!! We can't let this guy anonymously outpost us on Punknews.org and get away with it!" "Let's try and degrade him and beat him at his own game!" hahahaha yall crack me up. Well done guys, well. done."

yeah, we got really riled up and defensive down there...

like when i said, "they'll eFuck your shit up, pussy" that was in all seriousness...yeah...eFuck

and then when dante said, "The three of us combine like members of Voltron (or a circle jerk) ..." he was serious too. we can really do that as a defense mechanism.

he really got to us. and when we get defensiv..we get circle jerky

- jones the bones

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

boo yah, that guy was weird but funny nonetheless. he's probably some kid just messing with dante, jones and sickboi...but the funny thing is, look how defensive they got! hahaha wow..."C'mon guys!! We can't let this guy anonymously outpost us on Punknews.org and get away with it!" "Let's try and degrade him and beat him at his own game!" hahahaha yall crack me up. Well done guys, well. done.

Anonymous (August 13, 2005)

dante, jones and sickboi...the new "demolition" or "legion of doom" or maybe something new like the Alliegience of Evil...every good tag team has to have a good name.

Straight_On_View (August 13, 2005)

Best poster of the year is the weight lifting fighting guy.

Dante3000 (August 12, 2005)

This has got to be some other dude. who on earth actaully means they'll beat you up online? Seriously, I'll look out for some dude named Anonymous.
-Dante

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

dude don't be a Tate-r Hater

Anchors (August 12, 2005)

Yo Tate, you forgot to sign the post below me.

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

just shut up already! sheesh, i don't have time for you losers anymore. i'm going to go lift weights. and i meant the statement about beating you guys up so be on the lookout. assholes

Dante3000 (August 12, 2005)

"the 3 of you combine into one gigantic mangina and have the biggest gay orgy ever! p.s. i'm 6'4 265 and i can take you 3 at the same time anytime, anywhere!"

HAHA! Oh lordy...Oh god make it stop. I'm at work right now their totally going to come over here and read this if I don't stop laughing.

*ahem* right. So your big. And obviously witty (and well read, I mean really mangina that takes smarts). Anyhow being that Jones, Sickboi and myself live miles apart (and across the country) I don't think the three on one will happen anytime soon. However if you're ever in the San Jose area feel free to swing on by and you can "take me", as you put it. I have no problem fighting, or losing. However if you think something on here (I mean anything from the pickled dick joke, to me making threats about raping your mom and making your dad watch before I slit his throat and let him drown face down in a pool of his own blood) is worth fighting over you must come from the kiddie pool end of the gene pool.
-Dante
P.S.: P.S. Stands for "post sript" meaning after what you wrote. Since you never put a name down I couldn't have known where you originally planed to stop writing. You including the P.S. just shows me that you thought about your own size well after you made that clever "mangina" comment. So if it took you long enough to consider that a "p.s." you're obviously quite slow and aren't even smart enough to mask it.

AlmostPunkEnough (August 12, 2005)

"the 3 of you combine into one gigantic mangina and have the biggest gay orgy ever! p.s. i'm 6'4 265 and i can take you 3 at the same time anytime, anywhere"

who are you, tate??

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (August 12, 2005)

Great band!

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

the 3 of you combine into one gigantic mangina and have the biggest gay orgy ever! p.s. i'm 6'4 265 and i can take you 3 at the same time anytime, anywhere!

Dante3000 (August 12, 2005)

For real on what Jones said. The three of us combine like members of Voltron (or a circle jerk) and e-destroy chumps like you all the time.
-Dante
P.S. I'm not a douchebag, I'm an illiterate asshole.

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2005)

"Sickboi, I'd rather have a "Kick you in the fuckin face"..you dumbshit"

"Dante, shut the fuck up you douchebag"

they'll eFuck your shit up, pussy

dont front

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

Dante, shut the fuck up you douchebag

Dante3000 (August 12, 2005)

Why the hate towards Sickboi? That was slightly uncalled for. No sit in the time out zone and wear the "angry" hat till you've learned your leason.
-Dante

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

Sickboi, I'd rather have a "Kick you in the fuckin face"..you dumbshit

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

Now that's a fuckin band name

Dante3000 (August 12, 2005)

I could totally see why pandas don't have sex. If I were a panda and they put me in a cage with a female panda I'd be like, "Oh great, she looks just like me".
-Dante

sickboi (August 12, 2005)

Would you rather have a"Pickled Dick" or a "Feable Weiner"?

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

I like this band theyr'e silly and dorky and good fun pop punk (avoiding the dumb pitfalls that other bands fall into such as many of the corporate bands on MTV) they're early shows started out in my town in the UK. People should also check out a band called Encyclopedia, they tour with Pickled Dick a lot and are for fans of, Atom and His Package and Ozma and the like, would be into this http://www.purevolume.com/encyclopedia
go get it.

AlmostPunkEnough (August 12, 2005)

i really like the MP3's they have on purevolume, this shit is a lot of fun and definitley has a Lookout! feel to it. it's only $8.25 on interpunk, i think i'll pick it up the next time i order stuff. score is for the songs on purevolume.

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2005)

haha..panda-monium..nice. now that is funny, since they got a panda on the cover

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

XmeepX (August 12, 2005)

I would like to hear this

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