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Crimpshrine: Duct Tape SoupDuct Tape Soup (1998)
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: Nick_VNick_V
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Now that Green Day is once again a household name and millions of young and old Suburban Jesuses are getting their first taste of what they consider to be punk rock, I've taken it upon myself to try to familiarize a few of these American Idiot enthusiasts with the musical protoplasm of the East Bay .
Now that Green Day is once again a household name and millions of young and old Suburban Jesuses are getting their first taste of what they consider to be punk rock, I've taken it upon myself to try to familiarize a few of these American Idiot enthusiasts with the musical protoplasm of the East Bay melodic punk sound which their beloved Green Day would ride to fame and multiplatinum success. Far from the million dollar mixing sessions and sugary studio glaze of Green Day's latest chartbuster is a merry band of scruffy outcasts with crummy instruments who released some of the most crucial, woefully overlooked, ruggedly honest punk music ever recorded, a band called Crimpshrine.
You're just a fucked up kid / And no one ever gives you a break / Just a fucked up kid / But how much more can you take / Of the day to day frustration / Filling out job applications / But no one will hire you / It's pretty hard to survive / When no one knows that you're alive / Think no one cares about you / But I do.After allowing Crimpshrine's work to grow on me until it became a body of music that my collection feels naked without, I felt the urge to fire off a spiteful e-mail to the people who wrote negative reviews about it, castigating them for their fruit fly attention spans and their ignorance of this band's tremendous importance and influence, but I chose not to. Instead, I wrote this review in hopes that a few people will seek out this band's albums and the various 7-inch records and comps that they contributed to, and that the music will affect them as strongly as it affected me. If you don't own this album, I'm not going to revoke your punk license, I'm just going to feel sorry that you're missing out on "the heart and soul of the East Bay," and one of the best kept secrets in punk rock.
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