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Randy: Randy the BandRandy the Band (2006)
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The boys and me got some history, we're a mystery / We're still getting it on, writing our songs / And we still do everything that we can sticking it to the man - "Punk Rock High," Randy the Band These few lines from the opening track, "Punk Rock High," basically sum up the band and this album. The.
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The boys and me got some history, we're a mystery / We're still getting it on, writing our songs / And we still do everything that we can sticking it to the man
- "Punk Rock High," Randy the Band These few lines from the opening track, "Punk Rock High," basically sum up the band and this album. They seem to be in their own world of rock, and after past infections of "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Punk Rock Flu," they have returned on Randy the Band throwing "Molotov Rocktails." Anyone who has followed the career of this band knows they have consistently delivered hit album after hit album, and their newest work is no exception.

There is no doubt they have honed in on their melodic side this time around, as every track is catchy-as-can-be rock‚??n'roll. By now they have done plenty to establish themselves as Randy and should not need any comparison, and yet an allusion to the Clash seems unavoidable.

They adorn the cover in leather jackets, creating their own spotlights with light rays from behind their shades. The back of the album features neon pink vomit, as well. Another bonus is provided in the form of illustrations that compliment each track's lyrics.

Tracks like "Razorblade," "Evil," The Pretender," and "Going Out With the Dead," like most of the other tracks on the album, are unmatched, catchy punk-pop. However, most tracks on the album, aside from their catchy style, also hold important messages not far beneath the surface.

Another subtlety is the guitar work that accompanies the lyrical themes. Great guitar solos fill the gaps, providing a treat for the ear, while not drawing attention away from the melodies -- basically being awesome, while taking a backseat to the themes.

Randy the Band is another great album for the Swedish rockers. With nothing left to say, I'll leave you with the band's reassertion of their punk lifestyle in "I Raise My First:"

I'm still vegetarian, anti-America / I'm still socialist and I still raise my fist / I'm still anarchist / I'm still atheist / I'm still pissed, because some things they enlist / I raise my fist

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
NOFX - The DeclineRandy - Welfare ProblemsRandy - You Can't Keep a Good Band DownRandy - The Human Atom BombsRandy - The Rest is SilenceOff with Their Heads - HospitalsTeenage Bottlerocket - They Came from the ShadowsAlkaline Trio - GoddamnitPropagandhi - Today's Empires, Tomorrow's AshesDillinger Four - C I V I L W A R

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Sliced-T (November 3, 2010)

Randy have evolved on every album they've put out except this one. This one sounds like a combination of everything they've done since Can't Keep A Good Band Down on one album. Don't get me wrong! Still a fine release!

kylewagoner (January 17, 2009)

This album is really good and all...probably one of the better albums I own, but I don't think it can stick up to The Human Atom Bombs. That album is their best, in my opinion. Still, excellent, excellent album. I Raise My Fist is probably my favorite, but that's arguable since Evil and The Pretender and Red Banner Rockers are also on this album.

pliskin (September 9, 2006)

Great!

Anonymous (February 25, 2006)

I own the last 3 Randy albums and almost didn't buy this one. I just figured I had enough Randy albums. I regret thinking that. This band rules and so does this album.

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

picked this up about a week or so ago, and i haven't been able to stop listening to it since. it was my first exposure to randy, so i immediately went out and got "the rest is silence" and "you can't keep a good band down" .... what a whip ass band

Anonymous (February 10, 2006)

This album rox... imo its the 2nd best album of 2005 (first being warriors code by dkm). I'm really glad they found their own sound, cus they started being a shitty NOFX rip-off.
Call it pop-punk, punk n' roll, buzzcock-ish punk, or whatever, it just rules. I LOVE that oldie feeling they've got in the last couple of albums, including this one, of course.

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

I heard the "Razorblade" sample from Fat Wreck, and, while it's a neat song, it's so IDENTICAL to The Clash, that looks like a rip off. I mean, it employs the same kind of guitar melodies and harmonics as The Clash circa Give'em Enough rope, or Super Black Market Clash, i mean 1978 Clash. I like my music with a bigger dose of personality. But as i said, Randy can play, yes they can.

siropsycho (January 23, 2006)

first Randy cd i've bought....really really enjoy it

Anonymous (January 20, 2006)

Great on CD, great live. Randy is fucking good!

Randy the Band is a very, very good CD, enough said.

Anonymous (January 18, 2006)

God I love this band

SilentStorms (January 17, 2006)

I miss their old shit.

lol_omg_wtf_nambla (January 16, 2006)

Yeah, I remember a while back there was an international spotlight on Blind Pigs. They were really cool, what's up with them now? Portugese I guess, but the same idea.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

I agree with the guy below. I mean, I don't know anything about spanish bands or anything, but I dislike how on this site if it doesn't happen in North America... it doesn't happen at all.
The only exposure I get of music from abroad on this site is a couple of downloads every couple of weeks from the "International Spotlight" posted by some guy who has different tastes than me.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

It's strange too that the CD have arrived to the U.S 4 months later then his european release by Burning Heart. Well, we all know that the most people on Fat Wreck they are fucking lazy xDDD

I think too that this page it could makes reports about Spanish punk/HxC/metal/EMO bands, cuz the level is amazing, they could compite with the most bands reported here.

darkstarm (January 15, 2006)

P.S. The Dreamcast was a fucking amazing system.

darkstarm (January 15, 2006)

People who are vegetarian's for anything other than dietary reasons are stupid. If you're not gonna eat meat because of how they treat the animals you better fucking be vegan too. End of fucking story.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

For some reason, like this much less than their previous works.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

""Since they are vegetarian they don't kill animals to eat them, but on the cover they wear Leather Jackets. So killing to eat animals wrong, but killing animals for fashion ok? Fucking practice what you preach assholes.""

LOL. There's fake leather just like fake fur you fucking idiot.

Anarcho Crust-Street Punk bands wear the fake leather jackets too.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

Maybe it's fake leather.

-Will

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

haven't seen the damned album back cover, but it also looks very similar to the ramones "pleasant dreams".

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

Since they are vegetarian they don't kill animals to eat them, but on the cover they wear Leather Jackets. So killing to eat animals wrong, but killing animals for fashion ok? Fucking practice what you preach assholes.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

Isn't the artwork a take-off on "Damned Damned Damned"? Especially the back cover, if anyone's seen it.

BTown (January 14, 2006)

I think these guys were on a Boucning Souls, Hot Water Music tour that I saw.
When HWM came on they said that the night before Randy had all of their equipment stolen in Dallas. Or something like that and they didn't play.
Can anyone confirm this? I'm not sure if this was the band or if those details were even right.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

Randy must be admired only for his change to better, from a simple skate-core band they have arrived to be one of the best punk bands, almost in Europe, and his music based on the 70's brittish punk like The Clash but with obviously differences is one of the most original mix that I have seen in my short life. Although I prefer The Human Atom Bombs, more nearer to his orginal style, this new release is fucking shit too, it is addictive, the riffs, the lyrics, all are great too
Well, finally, I like yo recommend this CD to all the people that, like me, it likes an autentical punk.

The spanish boy ;)

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

There was this porky little fucker named Randy on my baseball team one year. Of course he got picked on miserably for being fat and all, but this one time he had his shirt off and he was seriously trying to manipulate his man-boob into a sucking position. Some of us saw him trying and we like bent his head down so he could reach. Once he finally got his sweaty nipple in his mouth he sat there and sucked on it for like 5 minutes.

THAT is the reason I can never ever ever ever listen to this band. It reminds me of a fat sweaty kid sucking his nipple in utter ectasy.

-Ken

blade-runner (January 14, 2006)

"punknews is lame"

yo' mama

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

Great album, even more so in the current climate of utterly appalling "punk rock" bands that are played these days.

Now all we need is the new D4 album, and hell, why not the new Queers. Show these tools how it's done properly.

P.S. Virtua Boy was great. It gave you headaches after 20 minutes.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

punknews is lame

off_the_fucken_map (January 14, 2006)

ok i was wrong. two dudes mentioned it.

off_the_fucken_map (January 14, 2006)

how come no one's mentioning "can't keep a good band down." now thats a fucking good album. its my favorite by them. and im not just sayin that cause its on G7.

benz (January 14, 2006)

To the kid way down who posted that mentioned explosive bear, I would like to say, "thanks". And you are very cool.
I don't mention it because I am above spamming any sort of message board.

-benz

but it's cool that people know about it.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Much better than their last album(Welfare Problems) but I don't like it as much as Human Atom Bombs.

They keep changing their style. On Human Atom Bombs they had a lot of rock'n'rollish activist songs(my favorites being "Karl Marx and History" and "If We Unite.")

Then on Welfare Problems they sounded like all those new British trendy bands with no melody.

Now with this album they go for more of a pop-punk approach from start to finish but it's a little too bubble gum poppy for me and some of the lyrics are disgusting. It's not nearly as catchy as people are saying.

lushj (January 13, 2006)

'Nuff said.

GlassPipeMurder (January 13, 2006)

I never thought I would like Randy after seeing one of their videos on an Epitaph DVD, but this record is fantastic.

gregs (January 13, 2006)

I thought their last two albums were way better than this one, but I still love this band. They have said they are touring the States and I can't wait to finally see them after all the previous cancellations. This time I think they'll come through. Last time they complained of no tour support from the label, and since Fat Mike loves 'em...

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

This album is amazing. Randy continues to be one of the most underrated bands in punk rock. It may not be quite as good as The Human Atom Bombs but it is an improvment from their Welfare Problems. I can't believe that here wasn't a review up for this album on the day it was released.

I just hope Fat brings them to North America and doesn't get cheap like Epitaph. I've been waiting to see this band live for years.

Does anybody know what happened with Randy and Epitaph? This album was originally going to be released on Epitaph and then suddenly it moved to Fat.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

this album is okay but there are some weak tracks. example razorblade. cmon that song just sucks.

nothing can compare to human atom bombs and you cant keep a good band down

this band needs to get back to their old sound

danielsan (January 13, 2006)

In grade 5 I won a Turbographix16 from a classmate after being on the triumphant side of a bet on a Broncos game. Good thing, too, because I wagered my hampster

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Turbografx 16 was the best. I used to play military madness and that demon pinball game for hours.

Since94 (January 13, 2006)

Are you guys too young to remember TurboGraphix 16!

niveK82 (January 13, 2006)

"Sega's not flapping their yapper so far as we can tell, but German gaming site Gamefront.de is claiming they're going to be re-releasing the frickin' Dreamcast bundled with Radilgy and some limited edition telephone card or something. But our wish come true from the Ghost of Hackable Consoles Past will probably be Japan-only though, distributed through Sega Direct for ¬•10,000 (about $83 US) ‚?? still, could this be the triumphant return of Sega hardware, even if only just nostalgia-gear? Apparently we'll find out February 16th (or sooner)."

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

goddamnit, buy this robert. no more epic sparta crap....BUY THIS!!!!!

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

I'm at school, and our library won't allow that site to go through. What's it about?

David Arquette

niveK82 (January 13, 2006)

Dreamcast is getting a second lease on life in japan
http://www.engadget.com/2005/12/11/segas-re-releasing-the- dreamcast-in-japan/

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Anyone noticed how the cover looks like the one on that horrible Goldfinger album?

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Also, Nomad's worth it, even if it does kill 6 AA's in three hours.

-David Arquette (that was me below, too)

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

I just want a 32x to play Knuckles Chaotix. It's also a cool novelty item anyways. And yeah, it's a real shame about Sega. They lost their touch after Sonic went 3D. Dreamcast was way ahead of its time, though. A bunch of good ideas, but poor implementation.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Very few bands are better than the Ramones.

(Cue someone saying the Ramones were overrated)

gladimnotemo (January 13, 2006)

"Strike Anyhere, Good Riddance, Avail, The Lawrence Arms, None More Black, THE DESCENDENTS, The Soviettes and Smoke or Fire aren't real bands?"

Yeah, they're real bands, but they're not really my thing. Descendents' best material is on SST and Epitaph; Smoke or Fire and Avail are essentially the same band; None More Black, Strike Anywhere, Good Riddance...I'm sure all these bands have good politics and everything, but the music is just atypical and boring. I forgot the Soviettes, though. They're good pop punk, I suppose.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

I just got in an immature messageboard argument with some dude who said The Dils were better than the Ramones... (Yeah, some band that released like 2 singles totally owns the Ramones).

What a dork.

-Will

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Go to www.explosivebear.com. They're a rap group that sounds like Atom and His Package meets 80s hip hop.

Go to their media/music page and you can download their whole last album. The song "TGIF" mentions 32X and other Sega platforms.

the_other_scott (January 13, 2006)

"Randy, Propagandhi, and D4 are the only real bands on Fat"

what does tha even mean?

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

as for the asshole that said that D4, Propagandhi, and Randy are the only real punk bands on Fat, you should clarify...lots of 'real' punk bands have resided on Fat at one time or another. Case and point: Screeching Weasel

KirbyPuckett (January 13, 2006)

Who cares...my XBOX360 rules!

- Kirby

niveK82 (January 13, 2006)

32x was stupid, i got one becasue it was $10. I only remember a few fun games for it: Doom, Knuckles Chaotix, Star Wars

GreenVandal (January 13, 2006)

The nomad is pretty cool, even with the short battery life, because yo can hook it up to your TV at home to play it like a regular Genesis. I would love to play that thing in public though! Its fucking huge!

I also wouldnt mind having people on the bus stare at me funny while I played my virtual boy on the go.

The 32X is a waste friends. I dont think any good games came out on it. Sega seriously lost their minds around 94 and didnt recover them until the dreamcast was already half dead.

niveK82 (January 13, 2006)

I was looking into a Nomad off ebay so i could play Gunstar Heroes whereever i was but was turned off by the uber short batter life. That thing sucked AA dry in 3 hours

niveK82 (January 13, 2006)

I got a 32x for cheap when stores were tryin to get rid of them and i didnt really notice a difference.

VB's biggest downfall was when all the optomatrists came out and said that if it was played too much you could go blind. That and every was a shallow minigame. Cell phone games have more depth.

sickboi (January 13, 2006)

GLADIMNOTEMO:

So Strike Anyhere, Good Riddance, Avail, The Lawrence Arms, None More Black, THE DESCENDENTS, The Soviettes and Smoke or Fire aren't real bands?

Shit, they sure pulled a fast one on me.

gladimnotemo (January 13, 2006)

Randy, Propagandhi, and D4 are the only real bands on Fat. They're also some of the only "major punk label" bands with anything to say...A .

adam (January 13, 2006)

I love Randy, am enjoying this record (but not as much as Atom Bombs yet), and would like to chime in that this cover art is AWESOME.

-adam

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Duck hunt

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Their best record so far...the perfect merger of my til now favourites Human Atom Bomb and You Can't Keep A Good Band Down.

Catchy as hell, great lyrics, cool Swedish accent as usual, and the attitude hasn't changed from their first record till now.

Randy does what they like doing (and I like it!) and that deserves most respect in a world full of turncoats.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Oh shit, I remember that thing! That was a monster. I was always more of a Nintendo man myself, though.

david_arquette (January 13, 2006)

Oh, my bad. I kind of want to buy a 32x to hook up to my Genesis. I still play that thing all the time, but I never experienced the 32x.

Does anyone here have Sega Nomad? It was a portable version of a Genesis (no, not a Gamegear; it actually played Genesis games), and it was about the size of a brick.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Nah man, the Activator came out. It didn't sell at all and they pulled it pretty soon after that.

psychoos231 (January 13, 2006)

‚??Going Out With the Dead‚?Ě is my fav Randy track

david_arquette (January 13, 2006)

While we're on the subject, who remembers the Sega Activator? And who actually has one?

Was that the thing that used laser technology to detect where you were stepping and shit? The huge ring that you stand in? I'm pretty sure that was just a prototype that never actually came out. Maybe I'm wrong.

ramo (January 13, 2006)

Along with the throwback cover art, the album is a throwback to the old days of punk.

I really liked this record. It's a notch better than their last effort, sans the Virtual Boys in the inside jacket art.

Ramo
(Virtual Boy > Nintendo DS)

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

While we're on the subject, who remembers the Sega Activator? And who actually has one?

david_arquette (January 13, 2006)

Darkstarm - Virtual Boy is definitely way up there. Tiger's R-Zone was another horrible failure in the world of VR consoles

I could talk about videogames all day long. In fact, I wish this website had a real forum section so I could talk about videogames and punk with all of you.

Score's for Nintendo's effort with the Virtual Boy, despite its ultimate failure.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Swedish people are odd. That's all I have to say about this.

inagreendase (January 13, 2006)

This definitely sounds like the Clash, but meeting Pink & Black styled pop-punk. If we want to get specific, it's more the choruses of the first half.

However, whoever sings in "Losing My Mind" does an awful good Biafra impression.

darkstarm (January 13, 2006)

Virtual Boy - Biggest flop in video game history?

I try to only include releases from the heavy hitters by the way. Yes, the Jaguar was god awful and 3DO was stupid.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Foiled again! Just remove the trailing slash. Man I suck.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Sorry, that link is busted. It should be http://www.myspace.com/theratchets/

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

Hey BizzleBrizzle,

Have you ever heard the Ratchets? (http://www.myspace.com/theratchets/) If they don't sound like the Clash, nobody does.

TahoeJeff (January 13, 2006)

I love this album. Its a lot of fun. I don't think there are any bad tracks here. Its catchy as hell. "Evil" reminds me of the Misfits, "Nothing on Me " feels like it could be a Dead Kennedys song. Favorite tracks are Bahnhof Zoo, Red Banner Rockers, Teenage Tiger, anf Punk Rock High.

niveK82 (January 13, 2006)

The Virtual Boy head sets they were wearing in the liner notes of Welfare Problems are much better than the spotlight spewing glasses sported on this cover.

niveK82 (January 13, 2006)

Why wasnt this up on Tuesday? My guess is the reviewer is a jerkstore and doesn't understand deadlines =P

BizzleBrizzle (January 13, 2006)

I've sitll yet to hear a band that people compare to the clash actually sound like the clash.

This band sounds more like The Buzzcocks.

KirbyPuckett (January 13, 2006)

Paddy posted this on the D4 Myspace account, didn't know where else to put it:

"Thanks to those who sent me nice messages while I hallucinated and threw up everywhere. To anybody who wrote wondering where I was, I was here. I had a gastral/intesinal flu that morphed into a virus that soundly kicked my ass from Christmas to early this week. I'm feeling better now. And handsomer, in fact so handsome that you might not want to look at me cuz you might do something weird. If you happened to have seen D4 in Philly last weekend, I wasn't drunk. I was hallucinating. Sorry if I threw up on or around you. I was doing my best. We willbe back soon to bring a true ruckus. Greg promises "monster truck style partying"! Think of last weekend as our "EMO '06" show and the next one shall be the "CUSTOM VAN BY THE RIVER 1976 in '06" show. Seriously though, thanks to everyone that was of help, I really appreciate it. Now who wants to go snow-tubing?"

ncarlber (January 13, 2006)

people from Sweden are stupid

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

This band confuses me, their early stuff is horrible, then they made two fantastic records, and now they've made too more bad ones. Hrmph.

KirbyPuckett (January 13, 2006)

Solid band, but the artwork makes me want to kick Indianapolis Colts' fans in the faces...wait, that's just normal.

- Kirby

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