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The Living End

The Living End: The Living EndThe Living End (1998)
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Contributed by: kamataccikamatacci
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The Living End are easily one of Australia's greatest punk bands ever. However, they aren't too big in the U.S.A. Sure, they have a few songs hit the radio every once in a while and maybe a commerical or two (that's where I first heard of them), but overall, they are fairly unkown. I feel sorry for .
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The Living End are easily one of Australia's greatest punk bands ever. However, they aren't too big in the U.S.A. Sure, they have a few songs hit the radio every once in a while and maybe a commerical or two (that's where I first heard of them), but overall, they are fairly unkown. I feel sorry for those who haven't experienced them yet.

They have a new album hitting early 2006, but if you haven't heard them yet, you definitely need to check out their first, self-titled full-length, which is easily one of the best albums ever.

The Living End are a three-piece with Chris being simply amazing on the guitar, Scotty playing (and doing cool tricks) on his standup bass, and Trav hitting the drums. While they have the standup bass, they shouldn't be classified as psychobilly, but they do have plenty of influnce from that genre as well as touches of ska mixed in with a bit of old Ramones-ish pop-punk.

The album starts out with their classic single "Prisoner of Society," which can pretty much be a theme song for anyone. It's a great start to such a classic album, and then they never let down with the remaining thirteen tracks.

The thing I like most about the Living End is their upbeat, happy aproach to their music. They sound happy even when singing about serious subjects, like "Monday," which is about a school shooting and is probably the best song on the album.

But the Living End do take their music really seriously. As I mentioned, Chris is just amazing on his guitar and it really shows during his various ripping solos. The opening to "All Torn Down" may be one of music's greatest moments.

I've heard people compare these guys to Green Day, Rancid, U2, and the Clash. I really don't like any of those bands, but the Living End is my favorite band, so go figure. I know taste in music is very selective, but trust me on this: The Living End are one of the best groups out there. Go pick up this CD. It's their best, but their others are great too. And if you like them, go to their site and tell them how much you do. They kick major ass live, so hopefully, we can get them to come over here again.

 

 
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Wastachuck (March 3, 2007)

perfect cd

Anonymous (February 26, 2006)

I loved it i was listening it 24/7
my fave song is Prisoner of Society
but then again ive grown up listening to punk/rock music wif my sisters and Brothers and they loved it to sooo i dont no what people are talking about when they say it sucked

Signed Chucky :)

Anonymous (February 6, 2006)

I don't really know how people can compare The Living End to the majority of the punk bands on this site. The best thing about them is they have created their own sound, you can tell a living end song straight away. I've seen them live and they are amongst the most talented bands you could ever see. Chris dominates the guitar and vocals. This album is their best. Monday, Save the Day, and Second Solution are the songs that stand out for me. All you americans should get into them! Don't be ignorant and bag aussie music when you probably haven't heard any. And they don't sound a thing like Fall Out Boy.

Anonymous (October 15, 2005)

"But then the oldschool psychos say it was Tiger Army"

Its called the fucking CRAMPS, okay?

Anonymous (October 14, 2005)

" But then the oldschool psychos say it was Tiger Army."

Hahaha! Oh my...

SilentStorms (October 12, 2005)

I hate this style of music. Deal with it. Thanks!

Anonymous (October 12, 2005)

What the fuck is up with this total lack of knowledge about psychobilly? Everyone acts like the Horrorpops invented it. But then the oldschool psychos say it was Tiger Army. Now, I'm not one to say who did it, but fuck, this stuff has been developing forever. Look to the 80s with Stray Cats. And more importantly, NO ONE ever mentions The Reverend Horton Heat? WTF? All these new bands would kiss his ass hardcore given the chance.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

how can you compare TLE to Simple Plan or Fall Out Boy?! first off, TLE is actually talented... chris & scott can actually sing, and you know what? they are all REAL musicians, they can ACTUALLY PLAY MUSIC! i've been a fan of them 8 years now... if they're drawing comparisons, it should be more to the clash and rev. horton heat mixed together... not those two cheesetastic bands... geez... moving on... TLE is an awesome band... this album is awesome and so are all their other ones....

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

Great album. Monday and trapped rule!!

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

i can garuntee "Australians want nothing to do with this band. They're the Australian equivalent to Simple Plan." is not the case, this guys just an idiot.

living end have a massive following in australia, and fair enough too - they are an amazing band, even if you dont like their music most people can appreciate how talented they are.

Nap (October 11, 2005)

The Room >>> Jesus Of Suburbia

lushj (October 11, 2005)

I don't know, it's not surprising. They're helluv poppy, they've been on a major for years, and they're a much bigger band there than they are here. I still think they rock, but I understand why he doesn't.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

that kid below is fuckin lame.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

Australians want nothing to do with this band. They're the Australian equivalent to Simple Plan.

localh (October 10, 2005)

You had better include the biscuits and mashed potatoes in your KFC review

kamatacci (October 10, 2005)

Thank You

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT THE LIVING END AND FALL OUT BOY!

The person who said it already said it was in THE WRONG FUCKING REVIEW SO JUST FUCKING LET IT FUCKING GO YOU FUCKS

joeg (October 10, 2005)

"How can you say that this doesn't sound like Fall Out Boy? The first two songs are the same style of song of anything FOB has done, you could put them in the middle of any FOB and I wouldn't second guess it. "

i suggest seeing an ENT doc because the living end sounds nothing like fob.....oh wait, they're both melodic, how remiss of me.

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

trav was with them from this album

Andy is the drummer now

Anonymous (October 10, 2005)

ok, off the topic of the living end for a couple of seconds, i was browsing purevolume.com, and i discovered the shittiest band in the history of music...

http://www.purevolume.com/redlipstickletter

...any body else out there discovered any laughable purevolume.com bands?

RondoMondo (October 10, 2005)

People who compare Living End to FOB make me absolutely hate this site.

TahoeJeff (October 10, 2005)

Great album, not too good of a review though. Trav aint on the drums anymore.

lushj (October 10, 2005)

This score is for the review. Pretty useless as a review, but useful to build a resume to join their US street team. People've already mentioned why ("easily one of the best albums ever"), but let me add one more. On this site, a band who's toured opening for Green Day, headlined over Flogging Molly, played Warped (on the main stage, if I remember right), had songs in tv commercials, and had songs in major motion pictures, is NOT "fairly unknown." If this was People Magazine dot com, fine. Even dinosaur rags like Rolling Stone love this band.

That bitchiness aside, The Living End are an absolutely rad band. I really think this record and "Roll On" are incredible pop-rockabilly-ska-punk records that combine the best of Green Day with the best of the Stray Cats. So yeah, their influences are really obvious, but they write such undeniable singalong tunes that it's not a problem.

kamatacci (October 10, 2005)

IMO, the albums go like this:

S/T
It's For Your Own Good
Modern ARTillery
Roll On
Hellbound

all of them are great though. Roll On is for sure one of my favorite songs by them, but I think overall, MA is a bit better album.

kenfuggit (October 9, 2005)

Wait, how have people not heard of this band? They toured with the frigging Offspring when I was in High School. I saw them at warped tour twice. I figured they kept putting out albums after that, right?

blinkrules (October 9, 2005)

"The first two songs are the same style of song of anything FOB has done"

yup Prisoner of Society sounds just like Grand Theft Autumn.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

The guy is a good guitar player but a lot of the songs are waaaaay too long. This is not a 5 star album.

I've said this before to friends and I'll say it again here: If they had just signed to Fat, they would have had a steady fan base and a much longer career. New punk bands signing to majors in 1998 (or so) = huge backlash. I tried to explain to so many kids how good this album was back in the day but no one would hear of it because it was on the radio.

--Cos

William_David (October 9, 2005)

I really love the Living End, but I've never heard this entire album. A perfect score seems questionable though. I'm not saying you are wrong, because I haven't heard it all, but Roll On was a phenomenal album. Is it better than that? Please tell me yes and I will buy a copy immeadiately.

danielxedge (October 9, 2005)

i saw these guys back in 98 when this great record came out and they totally ruled

superdude (October 9, 2005)

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

1. Is there any argyle in the artwork?

2. Argyle is the new pink is the new black is the new black

3. What three-piece is better, the living-end, or KFC 3 piece combo?

4. Keep in mind you can choose your pieces with KFC, not with TLE

5. How come there are no KFC reviews?

6. I'm going to write one

ElVaquero (October 9, 2005)

this album is awful

kamatacci (October 9, 2005)

Wow, I'm suprised this got this good of response. It seems there's always a few people who post "I've never heard of them so they blow" posts. But not here.

And about the All Torn Down part, ok, I went a little over board, but it's still a good opening.

the_other_scott (October 9, 2005)

maybe someone already posted on this

but "easily one of the best albums ever" !!!

i used to listen to this a lot, if i could find it i'd listen again, its decent, got some fun catchy stuff on it

definetly not one of the best ever

gladimnotemo (October 9, 2005)

I like this band, but they are a band that you can really burn out on quickly. The CD I have is a bit too flashy at times; it got boring after too many listens. Oh well.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

To the guy who said this sounds like Fall Out Boy: I hate your existance.

localh (October 9, 2005)

ha ha you paid money to see fall out boy

threechordsandthetruth (October 9, 2005)

"The Living End are a three-piece with Chris being simply amazing on the guitar, Scotty playing (and doing cool tricks) on his standup bass, and Trav hitting the drums."

Hitting the drums? That's some revolutionary shit right there.

CallingLondon (October 9, 2005)

these bands need to stop making everything in flash and hire some programmers that actually know what their doing. believe it or not, html does still exist.

CallingLondon (October 9, 2005)

thier site totally blows. nothing will load.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

oops, wrong album review for the comment 2 down, The Living End is amazing.

CallingLondon (October 9, 2005)

their latest was pretty damn overpolished, and the band's edge was considerably rounded (parts that would normally be gang vocals became chris multitracked) and some of the songs relied less on guitar hooks and more on pop melody hooks, but it was a good album nonetheless. the room might be the best song of their career.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

what the hell are you talking about? this band was around way before fall out boy. by the way, fall out boy = worst live band ever!

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

How can you say that this doesn't sound like Fall Out Boy? The first two songs are the same style of song of anything FOB has done, you could put them in the middle of any FOB and I wouldn't second guess it. After the intermission the album is a lot better, much more inventive and different. The last song reminds me much more of Gatsby's American Dream than FOB.

burntorangepeel (October 9, 2005)

This is one of my top 5 favorite albums. They're awesome (in the true sense of the word) live, such great energy and they're all really friendly guys.
I saw them for the second time last year, in Louisville KY and there was only about 100 or 200 people there. They played at least one song from every album, including the EPs. Here's how I'd rate their albums:
1. Self-Titled
2. Hellbound
3. It's For Your Own Good
4. Modern ARTillery
5. Roll On

Dante3000 (October 9, 2005)

I'm really suprised people like this band. I thought their latest effort "Modern Artillery (sp?)" kinda sucked but their other releases have been fucking spot on.
I remember seeing these guys play at The Fillmore with Flogging Molly opening. That show was the shit! Best part is when the dude in the pit got his facial ring of some sort ripped out. That looked mighty painful (but he was alright so it was kinda funny).
Then i remember they opened for Jet...That probably sucked.
This album isn't a 10, but it's damn good.
-Dante

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Didn't Chris get in some sort of auto accident awhile back? Great album none the less.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

This is one of the best records of the 90's!!
I also suggest you to check out their last 2003 effort!
simply cool

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

I love this album, and I think it probably is their most solid release.

But the review bothered me. C'mon "one of musics best moments ever"? psh. Don't make offhand comments like that, because music is all about taste. Just review the cd and tell how well done it is, you don't need to say anything more.

That being said, I agree that you must have a problem if you visit this site at all and you don't like the Living End, because they're just that likable. And they are incredible live. And really nice guys.

-phdecontrol

joeg (October 9, 2005)

"wow, suprised by all the love for these guys here, i thought they'd be hated"

-nah. the living end is probably in that small group of bands almost everybody enjoys or at least doesn't hate. great record. great band. tour america more dammit and the warped tour doesn't count.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

For the best book on the Ramones read,
"On The Road With The Ramones"
http://hometown.aol.com/ramonesontheroad/myhomepage/boo ks.html

This is a MUST-HAVE book for all Ramones fans. It's an inside look from the people who were actually there witnessing and experiencing all the extreme highs and lows one of rock's greatest bands. It's such a fascinating read, I had a hard time putting it down, and I think you will too. Buy it, read it, and then revisit their albums. You'll never look at the Ramones in the same light.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Id rather listen to The Living End by Hüsker Dü.

AlmostPunkEnough (October 9, 2005)

wow, suprised by all the love for these guys here, i thought they'd be hated.

this isn't as good as 'Roll On', but that's hard to top. i'm pretty sick of "Prisoner of Society", but other than that, i still listen to this from time to time. and i loved it back in the day.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Roll On was pretty sweet. I guess I should listen to this one.

greenerton (October 9, 2005)

I love this album, but what's with this reviewer?

"The opening to "All Torn Down" may be one of music's greatest moments."

"I've heard people compare these guys to Green Day, Rancid, U2, and the Clash. I really don't like any of those bands, but the Living End is my favorite band, so go figure."

Good 'ol fanboi reviews.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

I totally agree with Modern Artillery having to grow on you. I was really disappointed with it at first but I really love it for what it is now. Hold Up and The Room are especially incredible.

TheOneTrueBill (October 9, 2005)

I can't believe, that in retrospect, that "Prisoner of Society" was a big radio hit when it was out. The song is too good and too fast for mainstream radio. And this was back in 1998 too!

I always forget how much I love this band every time I listen to them. Roll On was one of my favorites when it came out, I wasn't too into Modern ARTillery when it first came out but it definitly grew on me.

They need to do another US tour and tour with some good bands. I saw them twice the summer after Roll On came out, once with Green Day and once at Warped. So great. I'm listening to this while I fall asleep tonight.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

The concept of the Monday song sounds a whole lot like the original Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays": http://www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php?lid=38484

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Fucking solid album, all the way through. All of the Living End's albums are excellent.

Even their newer one, though it strays away from their normal punk-abilly sound, still has a fucking ripping almost psychobilly song, a few fast punk songs, and the rest is totally solid pop punk.

mikeshitter (October 9, 2005)

I still prefer Roll On to this, but all their albums are solid. Can't wait for the new one.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Incredibly underrated band, still hasn't gotten the credit they deserve here in America.

This record is still one of my all-time favorites. The songs sound even better live.

localh (October 9, 2005)

roll on is a great song....
I saw these guys opening up the last time I saw Green Day and they were killer. The stand up bass player was rocking the fuck out and kept jumping up on his bass then jumping off.
Hell yes they are awesome!

CallingLondon (October 9, 2005)

i seriously doubt they had never heard punk rock before.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

I heard this band on a commerical for the X Games a few years ago. I kept messing up the lyrics so I never realized who it was. Then after a year of searching I found it on the Van Wilder DVD which had previews of songs in the movie. Now I really like this band. The song was Roll On. Probably my favorite one by them.

psychoos231 (October 9, 2005)

Also check out " It's for Your Own Good"

I rememer talking to someone about TLE and they said they knew about the band saying "They are a one hit wonder band right?"
How can anyone call Living End a "ONE HIT WONDER band?" sad

inagreendase (October 9, 2005)

Not my favorite of theirs, but a pretty solid album from front to back regardless.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

I could spend all my time talking about this band.
I knew their music in 2003, and since it I felt in love. This is my favorite punk rock band! Why? Because it's not simply punk rock... it's a great mix of everything. Just think... this is a band formed of guys that never listened to punk rock, they all spent their lives listening to Duran Duran, Beatles, Police, and more.
Some people compare them to Green Day.
Living End >>>>>>>> Green Day.

swingline (October 9, 2005)

this is a fucking sweet record. FUCKING SWEET.

jamalxbearings (October 9, 2005)

Amazing band, can't wait for the new record.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

Trapped (Trapt?) is an awesome song, gotta love the ska-flavour. Used to rock that song many times, I also really like the song "Hold-up" (solo anyone?) from Modern Artillery.

-Not-To-Regret

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

I dont know what happened to the Living End. But this album, damn. Dude can shred.

-sirens

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