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MxPx: Teenage PoliticsTeenage Politics (1995)
Tooth & Nail Records

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In 1992, three guys in high school named Mike, Andy, and Yuri got together and formed a band called Magnified Plaid. By the time they graduated in 1995, the boys from Bremerton, WA (who eventually shortened their band name to MxPx) had already signed to a record label and recorded two albums -- Poki.
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In 1992, three guys in high school named Mike, Andy, and Yuri got together and formed a band called Magnified Plaid. By the time they graduated in 1995, the boys from Bremerton, WA (who eventually shortened their band name to MxPx) had already signed to a record label and recorded two albums -- Pokinatcha and Teenage Politics (Andy was replaced by Tom after Pokinatcha). The summer after graduation, they would go on their first U.S. tour and would explode in the pop-punk scene, recording the popular Life in General the following year. Life in General seems to be the favorite album among most MxPx fans, and over the years has overshadowed what, in my opinion, is an amazing album: Teenage Politics.

Most of you have probably made up your mind about MxPx by this point. They've been making solid pop-punk music for 13 years now, and I can always count on them when I'm in the mood for fast, positive pop-punk music. Their second album, Teenage Politics, put a heavier emphasis on the punk and less on the pop, and lyrically covered everything from life in high school and politics (go figure) to matters of faith. Yes, this would be the last MxPx album that would talk about God directly. Something tells me that Mike had a reality check after he left high school into the real world. But even so, only a few of the 19 tracks on this disc mention religion in any form or fashion. If you cannot handle hearing a song or two about someone's faith, then don't bother listening.

The songs on this album are blazing fast and each of the 19 songs have its own unique sound to it, so they don't sound all the same (which was the problem with their first album, Pokinatcha). It's the kind of music that you'd listen to on a sunny day with the windows rolled down, as you recollect the fun times you had growing up in high school. There isn't a dull moment on the entire CD; it is truly one that you can listen to all the way through without skipping a song.

The most popular song on this album, of course, is "Punk Rawk Show." While it is certainly not the best song on the disc, it has emerged as MxPx's most identifiable song (with the possible exception of "Chick Magnet") and has remained a fan favorite at their shows since. Other highlights include "Moneytree," where Mike explains why he won't be going off to college: "Four more years ain't right for me, I don't think so. Won't let them teach me how to be a moneytree." This is also the only MxPx album where Mike really shows his political views, such as in the song "Americanism:" "Would you die for your country? False freedom and liberty. They're lying when they tell us this is the home of the brave and land of the free."

If the only albums you have heard from MxPx are their later releases, you should consider giving this one a chance. While I still love their newer material, this album definitely has a rawer and faster feel to it. In fact, the only downside about this CD would be the fact that Mike's voice has not quite fully matured yet, and is not as strong as it is in the post-Life in General era. The fact that they recorded these classic songs while they were still in high school says a lot about this band and leads me to appreciate it even more.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

all of yall talk bad about jesus well be judge wen he comes back.

eno (December 13, 2005)

get the punk rock beat your life!! mxpx is cool man

boba_fett (October 26, 2005)

life in general is a 9. let it happen, for a bsides album, is amazing. SGTWOTB is pretty good. their new album might be ok, i havent given it a chance yet.

and c'mon, mikes lyrics arent that bad. SGTWOTB is full of lyrics with double meanings. LIG has simple but fun lyrics. his new stuff might not be amazing, but he did write some pretty godd stuff back in the day.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

Why the fuck do you review a record that's 10 years old and that everyone knows of ???

And by the way, quit listening to your shitty bands.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

who cares.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

Why is that brilliant, incisive, and cutting satirical comment "hella lame?"

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Yeah... I just don't get why people talk so much about the remarkably prominent religious aspect to the music. Why can't they just get over it and not focus on the lyrics? It's not like it matters that much. I'm Jewish and I happen to love Skrewdriver. What? It has a good beat and you can dance to it."

That's hella lame duder.

yayforapathy

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

For those that hold the band's faith over their heads, get a clue and be more open minded like you preach. Intolerance breeds hatred. So what if Christian kids liked this band, they had just as much right as anyone else did(do). Most of those same kids(Christians) probably listened to Bad Religion, Face to Face, Nofx, etc. at the time too. I know I did.

Yeah... I just don't get why people talk so much about the remarkably prominent religious aspect to the music. Why can't they just get over it and not focus on the lyrics? It's not like it matters that much. I'm Jewish and I happen to love Skrewdriver. What? It has a good beat and you can dance to it.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Nothing about the Bush agenda has changed one iota since he took office

Ummm... that's just patently false.

TheCaptain (October 25, 2005)

"Wasn't Bush's approval rating actually 90% after 9-11? Shows you how fucking retarded people are in this country."

Or perhaps you're retarded and ignorant to the truth?

After the original attacks on the towers, Clinton had an opportunity to take action and did absolutely nothing. This gave terrorists the green light to plan another, more devastating attack. Had Clinton done something to retaliate.....9/11 likely would have never happened.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"no1 cares about mxpx's new cd."

speak for yourself, I think their new cd is awesome -- their best one since Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

no1 cares about mxpx's new cd. no1 cares about their upcoming cd. they are past their prime.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

This WAS a classic album, considering it was recorded by High School kids. For those that hold the band's faith over their heads, get a clue and be more open minded like you preach. Intolerance breeds hatred. So what if Christian kids liked this band, they had just as much right as anyone else did(do). Most of those same kids(Christians) probably listened to Bad Religion, Face to Face, Nofx, etc. at the time too. I know I did.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

Wasn't Bush's approval rating actually 90% after 9-11? Shows you how fucking retarded people are in this country. Nothing about the Bush agenda has changed one iota since he took office, yet since 9-11 peoples' opinions have seen a change of a full 53 percentage points. Fuck the 90% of Americans who mindlessly rallied behind the flag. It's funny how people suddenly turn in to flocks of mindless drones every time a "war" rolls around.

pabstboy (October 24, 2005)

I 'd say this isn't their best or wors tbut one that got me into then. Life in General is better but this isn't as bad as Before Everything and After. All in all an alright pop punk album.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

As for Moneytree... maybe if Herrera had spent more time in school he'd be able to write semi-interesting lyrics... or at least rip off better people.

Because his shit is LAME.

Definitely one of the Top 5 worst lyricists to be in a "big" punk band.

BlackSheepBoy (October 24, 2005)

As a former dedicated listener of MxPx I can safely say "Teenage Politics" is their least listenable album. The 19 songs within this disc are marked by memorably corny lines ("Never wanna be a money tree...a money tree!") and loathsome, cringe inducing backup vocals. That said, "Slowly Going the Way of The Buffalo" and "Life in General" were staples in my CD rotation throughout my "middle-teens" and a few of those songs still sneak their way on to my iPod for nostalgic listening purposes.

Dante3000 (October 24, 2005)

"You don't know anything about Christianity!"
"I know enough to exploit it."
-Dante

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

poopypants... the first line was well-put.

this is just crap.

poopypants (October 24, 2005)

this album is so fucking bad, and i consider myself an mxpx fan (been listening since i got 'life in general' in 97, one of my fav pop punk albums ever) but this is just immature shit w/ stupid religeous songs.

this sums the whole album up 'politics shmolitics...too confusing'

paul

superdude (October 24, 2005)

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

1. TYPO! you must mean xMPx. Right?

2. Crap! I'm late for taking a poo.

aahhhh (October 24, 2005)

this album doesnt deserve a 10. actually, none of their cds do. slowly going... is the best, but even that has at least 5 filler songs that were completely unnecessary.

mxpx was fun when i was in middle school, but most of their songs just dont hold up anymore.

TheCaptain (October 24, 2005)

"The Ever Passing Moment was hated too when it first came out, but a lot of MxPx fans now think it was their most mature and all-around best effort."

No one thinks this, and if they do....I'll gut them like fish.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

They had some hooks and some fast drums.

That's it.

Sure, an enjoyable live show if you're running around and not really listening.

Mundane pithy lyrics, bad vocals, irritating banter, etc. etc.

This is not the canonical band that some people are trying to make them out as.

the_other_scott (October 24, 2005)

yeah the kids that i knew that liked MxPx liked them for playing pop punk

that was in junior high, when nobody really cared about religion and politics

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

Yea its funny because a lot of MxPx fans HATED Life In General when it first came out (for reasons varying from the lyrical content to the style change).... now almost every single one of them say its their best album.

That goes for any band - it always takes a few years before it really sinks in with fans and becomes a classic. The Ever Passing Moment was hated too when it first came out, but a lot of MxPx fans now think it was their most mature and all-around best effort.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

the fact that they stood for shit they believed in, regardless of how it differentiated them from their peers was always impressive to me

Yeah, but they toned it way down and changed when they started to get really popular and, if you are old enough to remember, got a ton of shit from the Christian kids when "Life in General" came out for abandoning the gospel, which probably wasn't entirely fair. Going to an MxPx show back then, you could count on kids stopping you and asking if you had "found God." I saw them years later in the fall of 1999 (not the first time I saw them, but an anecdote ...) and there were kids with backpacks of those little handheld bibles handing them out to everyone. I even got hit with some with I was in the pit (people throwing them up into the air).

What else did MxPx write about back then? Come on... their lyrics were always super super primitive 9th grade poetry in terms of quality, sophistication, and depth of thought. That doesn't mean that you couldn't jump around to them, but there wasn't a lot going on there.

the_other_scott (October 24, 2005)

in a sort-of backwards way, i always thought the fact that they were christian was the most "punk" thing about them

the fact that they stood for shit they believed in, regardless of how it differentiated them from their peers was always impressive to me

that being said, i always thought of them as pretty mediocre, and i always felt weird listening to mxpx and bad religion at the same time

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

This wasn't the end of Mike's Christian Lyrics...

On the next few records there were references, although not as blatant...

Even on the ever passing moment mike quotes scripture...

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"However, it's too small of an aspect of their music to be the only thing anyone comments on anytime anything about MXPX is posted, though"

no kidding... people need to get over it

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

yayforapathy did post below. Signing on is for the birds.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"it is practically cooler to support bush now that everyone 12 year old has a not my president shirt and you can't go to any show with out hearing fuck george bush blah blah it is soo cliche.. I remember yellowcard was saying it at wapred 2004 even ha ha."

I actually completly agree with you. A lot of bands, such as yellowcard, hate George Bush because it is the "punk" thing to do. I hate uniteeligent criticism, but I also don't like hypocricsy. If you like Bush, so be it, but then don't put out an ati- Bush album the following year to boost sales. Maybe I'm being too critical, but this is a message board so I could care less.

localh (October 23, 2005)

it is practically cooler to support bush now that everyone 12 year old has a not my president shirt and you can't go to any show with out hearing fuck george bush blah blah it is soo cliche.. I remember yellowcard was saying it at wapred 2004 even ha ha.

dazed (October 23, 2005)

I have a soft spot for "Life in General", but I'm not really sure if any MXPX songs could be considered all that classic.

Also it's weird to hear pro-Jesus parts in punk songs, however poppy and non-hardcore they may be. However, it's too small of an aspect of their music to be the only thing anyone comments on anytime anything about MXPX is posted, though.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

this album's ok, but can anyone who enjoys good pop-punk not say that "Life In General" is a great album from start to finish?

yayforapathy (October 23, 2005)

That being said, Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo is a great CD, as is this CD to an extent.

yayforapathy (October 23, 2005)

""they openly supported Bush back when it was popular."

1) there is no truth to that statement whatsoever

2) when was it ever popular to openly support Bush?? on the contrary, it was popular to bash Bush (the whole Rock Against Bush comp)

while they don't share their political views in their music (with the exception of this album), the guys in MxPx are from a working-class, blue-collar background and support liberal ideas."

Uh, I seem to remeber them talking to MTV reporters about how Dubya was really great for this country and that punks should respect him more. Then after the explosion of the Rock Against Bush comp. they put out Panic. They are hypocrites.

And wered you completly stoned out of your mind during the post 911 hysteria? Back when he had an approval rating of 87%? Wake up.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"they openly supported Bush back when it was popular."

1) there is no truth to that statement whatsoever

2) when was it ever popular to openly support Bush?? on the contrary, it was popular to bash Bush (the whole Rock Against Bush comp)

while they don't share their political views in their music (with the exception of this album), the guys in MxPx are from a working-class, blue-collar background and support liberal ideas.

yayforapathy (October 23, 2005)

This CD was alright, I really loved it a couple of years ago, but since I've realized that the lyrics are mundane and childish. Still, it's a fun CD. MXPX is nothing more than a fun band, and their politics should never be taken seriously, as they openly supported Bush back when it was popular.

LMChc (October 23, 2005)

this is an alright record. i listened to it a lot when i was 15.

but it doesn't make it a ten. solid record yes; boner inducing no.

Dante3000 (October 23, 2005)

No MXPX album should ever be a 10. I loved this CD back in the day, I still get the old "memory Boner" when I listen to this and Life in General. I mean I recorded that shit to tape so I could listen to it in my tape deck before I had a protable cd-player. It was so good at the time.
However, I also had never seen real boobs, driven a car, had a beer, or listened to Black Flag. I still think this is a good pop punk album and I love the memories but a 7 at best.
-Dante

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Quite simply, Herrera's lyrics are terrible.

He doesn't sound like a cruel or mean guy, but he certainly comes off as an asshole.

AlmostPunkEnough (October 23, 2005)

bah, i'll admit it's a little annoying with all the jesus talk, but i don't hold it against satanic bands, so i won't hold it against them. i'm glad they toned it down a lot in their recent attempts to sell out.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

I really like the breakdown on track 10 or 11 on this disc. I don't remember, but it sort of stops for a second and Mike sings:

"And I look to you.... Jesus, Yes I do!!!"

HILARIOUS!!!

God is mentioned on Track 2 of Buffalo and a bunch in the back half of The Ever-Passing Moment.

AlmostPunkEnough (October 23, 2005)

this is the first MxPx i ever heard. so i'm probably biased. i can see that LiG and SGtWotB are much better and more 'mature' (as if that matters), but i have a soft spot for this album just becuase of nostalgia.

wannabepunktony (October 23, 2005)

Ya, I dunno about this 5-star stuff either - and I bought this CD a couple years after it came out when I was into MxPx. Life in General and MAYBE Going the Way... are the only MxPx albums one could consider 5-star. There is still too much growing as a band on this album to be worth more than 4 stars, especially in a day and age where a million people have done it better since.

Fight the hype.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

5 stars????? are you kidding me? this cd is awful

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

It explains a lot that boba_fett is Canadian, though...

-Will

AlmostPunkEnough (October 23, 2005)

i guess im in the minority on this site.

who cares dude? most people on here are just trying to pretend thier dick is too big to like stuff like this anyway.

boba_fett (October 23, 2005)

i still like this album and i still like seeing mxpx live. i guess im in the minority on this site.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Im not religious or nothing but i had to take a class on Jesus he seemed like a pretty cool dude. He boozed and partied all the time and it was possible that he had a bunch of kids.

TheCaptain (October 23, 2005)

People need to seriously quit being so biased in these reviews. Seems like every album reviewed gets a 9 or 10.

This album is nothing amazing. Pretty generic and basic, but some catchy stuff. Life in General is much better, as is Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

this was a shitty band 10 years ago too. good to see some things don't change. and for some reason, when i think mxpx, i don't think one of the most essential punk records of all time. now this review would've been perfect on ap.net

Timis (October 23, 2005)

this band has only one good album - life in the general

the rest of their shit is just that UTTER SHIT

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

pokinatcha

Crookedsuperhero (October 23, 2005)

MxPx made a shitty album.

Then jesus did some stuff..

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

you guys are crazy if you don't think this album is as good as Damaged. If Damaged was a man and this album a woman, they would have created a love child known as Scared Stoopid.

elliot (October 23, 2005)

a 10 is pretty ridiculous. especially considering that life in general is easily better.

Godfather (October 23, 2005)

it was the bass line in chick magnet that got me into these guys

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

got tate?

LevitateMe (October 23, 2005)

10? Cha right, dude

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

This score is out of control. This review is crap.

AlmostPunkEnough (October 23, 2005)

couldn't you ahve posted all those jokes as one comment? or at least post some that i haven't heard a hundred times?

anyway, this album was awesome back in the day. probably second only to "Life in General", though, "Slowly Going..." comes very close. gonna have to break this out now.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Jesus is coming, but he pulled out.

Whammy!

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Why can't Jesus eat M&M's?

They keep falling through his hands.

Jajajaja

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

What did Jesus say before he died?

What a shitty way to spend Easter.

Oaaaahhh

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Jesus walks into a motel, throws a bag of nails on the counter and says, "Can you put me up for the night?"

Harrrr!!!!

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

why doesn't jesus play hockey?

because he'd get nailed to the boards!

WOAH!

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

what's the difference between jesus and a picture?

it only takes one nail to hang up a picture.

ZING!

ps. this band sucks

pps. so do shitty pop-punk god bands.

colin (October 23, 2005)

i always loved this album

but "move to bremerton" and "gsf" are by far my favorite songs

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