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Fifteen: There's No Place Like HomeThere's No Place Like Home (1996)
Lookout Records

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As far as EPs go, it is rare to find one that doesn't become obsolete within a year after it's released. Too many bands put out EPs only to fill their next studio album with four or five songs that have already been released via said EP. That is not the case with Fifteen's There's No Place Like Home.
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As far as EPs go, it is rare to find one that doesn't become obsolete within a year after it's released. Too many bands put out EPs only to fill their next studio album with four or five songs that have already been released via said EP. That is not the case with Fifteen's There's No Place Like Home. Three of the songs, "Ain't Life A Drag," "All The Good Times," and "Hey Joe" came from the out-of-print 7-inch Ain't Life A Drag, which makes this EP even more special since it gives the listener three songs that otherwise would have become extinct.

For only about 6 dollars, There's No Place Like Home is an epic EP by any standards. It begins with the "I don't need it" anthem, "Sun Song," about the commodification of modern life. Of the companies and corporations listed, Preparation H is the one that seems to not quite fit, as it does have a certain medical value for those suffering from red, bumpy butts. Track two is the shout-along bouncer "Land Mine," forcing the listener to realize the brutality and inhumanity of land mines and conscription.

Although this reviewer is a child of the 80's and thus prone to varying levels of ADD, tracks three and four, "924," and "Ain't Life A Drag," charting in past the five-minute mark, are hardly intolerable. The eclectic slow punk/bluesy anthem complete with harmonica, "Ain't Life A Drag," is a promising reminder that money doesn't buy happiness (which makes it a lot easier for me to live with my cheap self).

Track five, "All The Good Times," is a tribute to life itself. Without ruining it for anyone, the song can be described as "cute," "powerful," "feel-good song of the decade," or pretty much any "positive" adjectives. Judging from Jeff Ott's past, it is either so bitterly sarcastic that it becomes believable, or he was actually able to find moments of life worth capturing and immortalizing.

The only reason this album is not a 10 is for the attempt at Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe," which is just not very listenable.

Complete with a full audio zine replaying the life and death of a young girl to a heroin overdose and a secret, unlisted acoustic song at the end, there are few better buys than Fifteen's There's No Place Like Home.

 

 
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bornagainstcrackhead (October 11, 2006)

great ep!! you cant go wrong with this

miniblindbandit (April 28, 2006)

I'd have to say that Land Mine is one of my favorite Fifteen songs.

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

I'm not pretending to know what actually happened back then. The fact that I openly admit to being 17 is kind of a testament to that. I'm saying that from the chronology of it all (at least to a teenager who has to go out of his way to learn about this crap), that was the first time their homophobia became an issue. I don't think people who previously accepted gays would stop because they "became Rasta", and that's my main issue. Most inner-city minorities are generally brought up to hide homosexuality or hate it, because it's honestly dismissed as "disgusting". Therefor, I think it's kind of dumb to assume that a bunch of guys from DC were going to buy into a utopian ideal (that I even support) is kind of stupid.

A lot of people my age absolutely hate Black Flag for the reason I like them better than the Bad Brains... The Bad Brains had really tight song structures and sound like machines at times.

-Will

lushj (August 31, 2005)

I didn't state that all actual Rastafarians were homophobic, nor did I state that all homophobes were Rastafarian.

P.S.- That's wonderful that you, as a 17 year old who wasn't born when all this happened, know all of the details of all of the Bad Brains interactions in 1979-1982. I assume that their beef with gays didn't magically appear one day on tour in Texas, considering the historical antipathy of the Rastafarian religion towards gays.

Personally, I'm less interested in dunning the band for being homophobes then than I am for them being homophobes, or at least allowing their singer to put a homophobic song on "Quickness", waaaaay after they had the exposure and opportunity to re-examine those beliefs. Really, I'm not interested at all in this issue, but you keep bringing it up with weird twists.

Early Black Flag is better (barely) than early Bad Brains. Later Black Flag is definitely better than later Bad Brains. (though a "Process of Weeding Out" versus "Quickness" match would probably go to Bad Brains)

"Slip It In" > "Quickness"
"Slip It In" = "I Against I"

Anonymous (August 30, 2005)

Most homophobes I know aren't rasta. Most rastas I know aren't homophobes. I think it has more to do with general ignorance and fear than religion. Case in point: The Bad Brains never preached homophobia before the incident with the Big Boys.

-Will

lushj (August 30, 2005)

"Like how, for some reason, the liberal punks expected a bunch of inner-city D.C. black guys to embrace homosexuality."

Uh, lots of inner city black guys don't actively preach homophobia- you know, hatred of gays. Has nothing to do with where they're from or the color of their skin, has everything to do with their religious beliefs.

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

Who remembers this?

http://www.gloom.org/albums/album19/jeffott_10.jpg

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

The problem lies in the fact that the "crust punk" scene Fifteen got popular in (yeah they were just standard 90's punk) is filled with double-standards and hypocrisy. In fact, the dude who "warned" me about how crazy Jeff Ott is and about how much Jello Biafra "sold out" is notorious for using girls (not women... I don't call 16 year olds women) for sex.

It has something to do with the obvious contradictions... I have no problem with ideals, but their "standards" are unrealistic.

Like how, for some reason, the liberal punks expected a bunch of inner-city D.C. black guys to embrace homosexuality.

Yeah... right.

-Will

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

i know nothing about this band, ive heard them a few times... but their lead singer might be the ugliest man alive

notfeelingcreative (August 29, 2005)

"I still say Lucky is the best pop/punk cd ever created."

Are you serious? I like that album alot too, but best pop/punk cd ever?

notfeelingcreative (August 29, 2005)

I've always loved fifteen, as for Jeff Ott's personal faults, I don't really care, I've heard many people call him a hippocrite, I've also heard people say that he sincerely cares about what he does, and agrees with the messages in his music. I don't know. WHen I saw them on the Take Action TOur he sure as fuck rambled alot about racism, sexism, food not bombs etc.

notfeelingcreative (August 29, 2005)

"And I thought www.skatedork.org/fifteen was their official site?"

Nah, that sight was put together by a dude named steve, the majority of the site pertains to skating, there's a small fifteen section with a discocraphy, updates (up to and including the breakup etc." but it's not official it's a fan-run site.

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

Ahh Fifteen. I still say Lucky is the best pop/punk cd ever created. And to all the people who push the whole 'rapist' deal, Jeff Ott did a zine a while back (i think about 8-9 issues) where he explains everything, and talks about a bunch of other important things. Sure ive never met the guy, but from reading what he wrote, he comes off as a very understandable guy. But hey, as ive said, ive never met him.

-opivy

(if i can find the site that hosts the zine, ill post it)

hubitcherkokov (August 29, 2005)

That last one was me, by the by. And I thought www.skatedork.org/fifteen was their official site?

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

I wouldn't say incoherent thoughts or ideas. All of his written material is really well thought out. I admit some of his "bonus" tracks (like the last track on "Lucky") aren't exactly poetry, but it seems as if its all stream of conscious.

With that said, I think "Petroleum Distillation" or "Survivor" is their best song and "Lucky" is their best album.

Also, did East Bay Mud ever release any material?

Dante3000 (August 28, 2005)

For the people leaving the Ott comments I appreciate the ones who have something to say. I'm just stating what I've heard. I've never met the guy and am currently in question of if I should see him live or hear him speak somewhere. While I do enjoy a good ammount of his work I have no urge to see a man speak or perform who has nothing but incoherent thoughts and strange ideals. I'm just trying to see if those are actually his bag.
-Dante

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

Yeah, Jeff Ott is a scumbag rapist.

But you'd never know it when you're raping him.

-HR

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

then again, i dont know him personally and cant say anything about that. but just as a one time thing he seemed like a nice enough guy

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

i met the guy recently and he seemed to be very approahable and i talked to him along with everyone else that was present for as long as we wanted.

he was just hanging out with everyone else before the show, we were crushing pennies and nickels on the train tracks with all the trains that passed, making small talk to him. i was pretty intimated at first, but realized i had no reason to be, hes just a dude.

the impression i left of Jeff Ott was a very postive one. he's just a man trying to do what he can with his life living it in a punk way- more power to him.

lushj (August 28, 2005)

Jeff can be very difficult to deal with. His rigid ideas about what's right and wrong leave no room for gray areas, at least not in my dealings with him over the years. We haven't spoken for years, but I haven't heard any different from people who have spoken to him more recently. Less diplomatic people would say he's a nutjob.

That said, "Swain's First Bike Ride" has always been the most enjoyable, quickly followed by "Choice of a New Generation." Best song in the comedy category = "Jux".

corpseofmymotivation (August 28, 2005)

I can't listen to this band anymore after seeing that crazy fuck do his spoken word.

kenfuggit (August 28, 2005)

Wow, sounds like that Jeff Ott guy should join the River City Rebels, where he can joke about his rapist follies with some sympathetic friends.

-Ken

Dante3000 (August 28, 2005)

Don't know about this EP (never hearing it), but I can say I have liked a good handful of Fifteens work. That being said I must ask does anyone know if Jeff Ott is actually an asshole? I don't mean a rapist (that's been talked about and is now a moot point), but I've heard he's hard to talk to and can be very abrasive sometimes for no reason.
That being said I still like some fifteen tracks because you need to seperate the message from the messanger.
-Dante

Cos (August 28, 2005)

Soon to be reissued on Asian Man or Fat Wreck...
--Cos

Crookedsuperhero (August 28, 2005)

Definetly not amazing, but ok.

But First Bike Ride was pretty great.

crossfiyaaa (August 28, 2005)

I care about rape.

But Fifteen are amazing.

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

Amazing album.

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

Jeff Ott and Fifteen fucking rock.

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

I heard that Jeff Ott guy admitted to being a rapist. Who cares?

-Will

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