Mustard Plug - Masterpieces: 1991-2002 (Cover Artwork)

Mustard Plug

Mustard Plug: Masterpieces: 1991-2002Masterpieces: 1991-2002 (2005)
Hopeless Records

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Try and remember back in the late 90's, junior high, or high school for most of us; what were you listening to? Reel Big Fish's "Beer," Catch 22's "9mm and a Three Piece Suit," or was it Mustard Plug's "We're Gonna Take on the World?" Ska was hot property in the late 90's, with the Mighty Mighty Bos.
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Try and remember back in the late 90's, junior high, or high school for most of us; what were you listening to? Reel Big Fish's "Beer," Catch 22's "9mm and a Three Piece Suit," or was it Mustard Plug's "We're Gonna Take on the World?" Ska was hot property in the late 90's, with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake, and others proudly parading the third wave. It seems like Mustard Plug often get lost amongst the others, however, but their retrospective Masterpieces: 1991-2002 is giving the kids one more chance to listen.

Spanning eleven years, thirteen different members, and 19 tracks, this really is the complete history of Mustard Plug, with tracks being contributed from Yellow #5, Skapocalypse Now, Big Daddy Multitude, Evildoers Beware, and finally, Pray for Mojo. Every album is at least somewhat represented, with comments from the band members on each individual song in the liner notes as well as a host of pictures and the story of how the band started in the first place. The booklet is impressive, but how's the music? Well, if you're at all familiar with Mustard Plug, you already know just what you should be expecting.

A whole lot of fun. The album exhibits a good amount of continuity, considering the band has had two different drummers, two different trombonists, two tenor saxophonists, and two bassists. Dave Kirchgessner, however, has been the singer throughout the band's entire career, and he sounds just as fresh and lively in the old recordings as the new. The catchy, rock'n'roll singalongs, such as "Throw a Bomb" are represented just as well as the more horn-oriented tracks, like "You" and "Just a Minute." Mustard Plug know when to turn the amps up, and when to turn them down and let the horns do the talkin', which is admirable if nothing else. "You" is a rousing track stuck right in the middle of the album, in perfect placement for the infectious grooves and vocals.

Normally, I'd complain about a ska record closing in on an hour's duration, but I was having so damn much fun that I can't bring myself to bitch.

The latter half keeps the hits coming with fan favorites "Box," "Skank By Numbers," and the aforementioned "We're Gonna Take on the World," which captures the Plug's youthful spirit better than just about any other song. The guitar and horn combination on "Safe" is terrific and "Mendoza," despite slowing things down, keeps the flow going nicely. There's not really a whole lot to say; chances are, you've made up your mind about Mustard Plug by this point in your life, and for any fan, this collection is a must-have. For those not previously acquainted with the boys of Mustard Plug, why not start right now?


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MattHomeslice (October 13, 2005)

Mustard Plug is one of those guilty pleasure bands for me. I don't want to like them, I don't admit to my friends I like them, but damnit, I can't help it. They're just too catchy and fun

greg0rb (October 9, 2005)

My old band used to cover "Mr Smiley" way back near the beginning of our existence... i think 96/97. Those were the days... music could be fun and silly.

Anonymous (October 8, 2005)

all i listened to in jr. high was SNFU

Anonymous (October 8, 2005)

ska..oh no..

darkstarm (October 8, 2005)

p.s. all i listened to in jr. high was millencolin. that is all.

darkstarm (October 8, 2005)

The two years I was into the third wave thing I was able to see Mustard Plug seven times. Maybe it's Chicago's closeness to grand rapids but damn.

This is a fun band, however I never listen to their music anymore it's really just the same record over and over. Great starter band if you want to get into third wave, plus their live show is fun as all hell.

go bearvsshark and go cardinals

pasha (October 8, 2005)

great band, great songs, great record.....long live ska!

superdude (October 8, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. I have some friends who have a clogged sink and it's full of bits of food anf gross smells.

2. I bet there's some mustard in there.


4. I would like to know more about how they got Warhol to do the coverart.

5. Andy's a sellout.

6. Did the reviewer skank, alone, in his room, whilst listening to this record?

wehavecomeforyourchildren (October 7, 2005)

in a package i got from no idea, instead of styrofoam "peanuts" or newspaper, the box was stuffed with crumpled up mustard plug masterpieces posters.

i'm glad to see this album's release was able to serve a purpose.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

"Thigh High Nylons" is a great fucking song. Also, Jones the Bones never got any pussy (unless he counts when he fucks himself).

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

oh, and "go boy!" off of telegraph's "switched on" cd, is one of the best songs ever written.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

i always liked the parka kings and telegraph better as well. their cds still find their way into my cd player. mustard plug...not so much.

speaking of telegraph...whatever happened to that petition about the dvd of their last show?...is it still around?...if it is people should go fill it out. that would be awesome.

also, on the telegraph topic, has anybody heard live til you die or the thieve's agreement?...both have ex-members, and thieve's agreement also has a former member of mycomplex. i've seen live til you die live once, and they were ok. but, i'm quite interested in thieve's agreement.

Timis (October 7, 2005)

speaking of the good times....how about the parka kings and telegraph (skolars)???

mustard plug got old and real quick....i liked the other two bands far better

stevejonestherealbones (October 7, 2005)

in the last half of the nineties i was in high school making love to a hot pinay and going to reel big fish and mealticket shows.

other than that i listened to alot of dfl afi and atari teenage riot and other cool stuff, but none of that stuff ever got me pussy

this is a pretty decent release though

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

...my favorite bands of late junior high / early high school...

- Brian

That was like last week.

- Kirby

GlassPipeMurder (October 7, 2005)

score is for Mustard Plug's consistency over the years. never the flashiest or most technical, but always wrote great songs.

poopypants (October 7, 2005)

""im one of those heard of but never heard these guys guys. wheres the best place to start?"

evildoers beware...really thats all you need."

agreed...but pray for mojo is really good too. but id' say evildoers is #1...box, you, go, miss michigan, beer. nuff said.

none of the others are worth owning except pray for mojo

oh...and i had a mustard plug shirt back in 98 too


Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

I was the only kid in my hgh school who wore a Mustard Plug shirt back in 98 and lets say I stuck out like a sore thumb with that shirt on. Reading this review got me in the mood to take out their records and listen to them again. They were one of the few Ska bands that I got into back then. Back then if you were into Punk chances are you all probably listened to Op Ivy, Rancid, Screeching Weasel, The Queers, and The Casualties(at least I was listening to them back then). Needless to say I still listen to all those bands today. I miss those days.

Timis (October 7, 2005)

"im one of those heard of but never heard these guys guys. wheres the best place to start?"

evildoers beware...really thats all you need.

boba_fett (October 7, 2005)

im one of those heard of but never heard these guys guys. wheres the best place to start?

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

i've never undestood this sites hard on for shitty mid-nineties ska.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

more like disaster pieces ho, ho, ho.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

Mustard Plug are by no means the BEST ska band, but they're really consistant, and definatly a solid band.

I think they're quintessential third-wave ska.

poopypants (October 7, 2005)

nah pittsburgh warped tour...they got half an hour but i don't really count warped tour side stage shows as seeing a band do a real live set. i guess that was warped 2002? i think the last time i saw them in a club was either winter of 2000 or 2001...w/ mu330


Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

"great live show too...saw them at least 3 times that i can think of off the top of my head. 4 if you count warped tour.


...the warped tour where they only played like three and a half songs in detroit?

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

junior high for me was '95-'97 and i listened almost exclusively to led zeppelin and pink floyd.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

This score is for some real fuckin ska or shall i say the slackers, oh , hepcat too- oldpunker-

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

you guys make me feel old

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

I agree, dkm always good- i will be in baltimore for social d, i dont understand the whole mest thing either but alas, seeing mike is worth the 25 bucks alone -oldpunker-

sickboi (October 7, 2005)

Fucking Tom Jones tickets the 9:30 Club are $75!!! Holy shit.

There are some decent shows coming there. I may come up for the DKM show, I haven't seen them in about 2 years, I always dug their live show.

sickboi (October 7, 2005)

I haven't been checking the dates...

I just looked and the DC date is sold out, plus fucking MEST is opening....yeah, I'm gonna have to pass on that shit.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

Hey sickboi, you hitting the social d show in dc or baltimore? -oldpunker-

poopypants (October 7, 2005)

junior high for me was 93-95....i was mostly listening to the whole mainstream grunge thing (stp, nirvana, soundgarden, pearl jam) and green day (dookie was HUGE). I didnt really get into punk until 1996 when i was turned on to rancid, the bosstones, nofx and op ivy.

as for 97-99 i was in late highschool and was rocking a lot of mxpx-life in general, blink182-dude ranch, less than jake, the suicide machines, hepcat, bosstones, pennywise-full circle, rancid-life won't wait and shitloads of Pantera!


poopypants (October 7, 2005)

I loved these guys 'way back when'. Ever since I got the 'cinema beer nuts' compilation back in the summer of 97 (same day I picked up sick of it all's - built to last...damn how do i remember this?) the one track that stood out the most was mustard plug's 'you'.

I went out and got 'evildoers beward' shortly after...that same summer I got less than jakes-losing streak and RBF's 'turn the radio off'. ska was indeed booming and quality albums were everywhere (also got the suicide machines-d by d that summer...oh and hepcat-out of nowhere...oh shit! and buck o nine-28 teeth!)

great band, but i never held the in the same esteem as RBF and definately not less than jake (who to this day i think is fucking awesome...couldnt tell ya the last time i busted out the plug though)

beer, box, miss michigan, lolita, throw a bomb, mr. smiley...all classics.

great live show too...saw them at least 3 times that i can think of off the top of my head. 4 if you count warped tour.


sickboi (October 7, 2005)

I don't like this band. When they opened for Youth Brigade, they were assholes.

Most overrated ska band ever.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

Jr. high for me, 80-84.....real fuckin punk, all of it-oldpunker-

AlmostPunkEnough (October 7, 2005)

some great songs on here. a couple of my all time favortie ska tunes.

Jet (October 7, 2005)

RBF's Beer vs. Mustard Plug's Beer, go!

Or not.

Flowbee (October 7, 2005)

Middle school was like 93-95 for me. I listened to a shitload of Green Day, Screeching Weasel, Nofx and Operation Ivy (and pretty much the entire Lookout! Catalog at the time)

Ska didn't hit until high school, but boy did I love Mustard Plug. I still check them out every time they come to town, always a fun show.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

"junior high was 96-99. bad religion - the gray race, goldfinger - s/t, lifetime - jersey's best dancers, pennywise - full circle"

Goddman, that's pretty much dead on for me too

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

I'm 4 years old and the only record I listen to is Raw Power

You guys wouldn't know rock music if it shit on your chest

bobbett (October 7, 2005)

junior high was 96-99. bad religion - the gray race, goldfinger - s/t, lifetime - jersey's best dancers, pennywise - full circle.

theundergroundscene (October 7, 2005)

does this have "the freshmen" on it?

man that song kicks ass

joeg (October 7, 2005)

my turn. junior high for me was 91-94. i was listening to nirvana, smashing pumpkins, stone temple pilots, weezer, green day, offspring and hole. -10 scene points for the pumpkins and stp thing.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

Jeez I feel old. Junior high for me was 94-97. However this was one of my favorite High School bands.

kenfuggit (October 7, 2005)

Mustard Plug, being the band I have seen live most often (like, we're talking double digits) always reminded me of bouncing souls when they play. They are just so goddamn fun to watch. I used to love getting hacked to pieces with the meat cleaver when they played mr. smiley.


localh (October 7, 2005)

Great review..
Mustard Plug is fucking sweet in concert. I think the best cd is Evildoers beware with Big Daddy Multitude coming a close second. While Bomb off of pray for mojo is my favorite plug song. I won't buy this because I have all of their cd's already but it sounds like it has a good selection.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

im glad to see that while listing fav bands of the late 90s no one is listing ska bands. ska has always been gay and always will be.

Anonymous (October 7, 2005)

late 90's....blink, green day, offspring, rancid, nirvana, bloodhound gang, mxpx, anti flag, dropkick, us bombs, murphys law, goldfinger, weezer, sex pistols, nofx

TheOneTrueBill (October 7, 2005)

In Jr. High I was all over Pennywise, the Sex Pistols, and slowly buying all the punk-o-ramas.

psychoos231 (October 7, 2005)

Jr. High for me was 97-99. Great years for ska.

joeg (October 7, 2005)

best ska band of the late 90s was smash mouth. oh how you all forget.

fallingupwards84 (October 7, 2005)

this band's ok.. but when i'm in the mood for some ska, there are other better bands to listen to

inagreendase (October 7, 2005)

If this thread's heading that way...my favorite bands of late junior high / early high school had to be Less Than Jake, Blink, Green Day, the Suicide Machines, Limp, NOFX, the Ataris, Lagwagon, Millencolin, RX Bandits, Catch 22, No Motiv, Autopilot Off, Saves the Day, and Alkaline Trio off the top of my head. It's nice to know I'd still consider a few of these all-time favorites. That and I'm really not that old / far removed.

corpseofmymotivation (October 7, 2005)

Junior high was the early 2000's, and I was way into Lagwagon, NOFX, and Good Riddance. Ah, the good old days.

fallingupwards84 (October 7, 2005)

"Try and remember back in the late 90's, junior high, or high school for most of us; what were you listening to?"

Blink 182

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