Alkaline Trio - Remains [CD/DVD] (Cover Artwork)

Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio: Remains [CD/DVD]Remains [CD/DVD] (2007)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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Compilations, rarities, B-sides and other "extra content" albums are always something of a grab bag. You never fully expect something amazing, maybe a hidden treat or two, but mostly just a bunch of crap that wouldn't fit anywhere else. With this almost damning depiction in mind, throw in the x-fact.
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Compilations, rarities, B-sides and other "extra content" albums are always something of a grab bag. You never fully expect something amazing, maybe a hidden treat or two, but mostly just a bunch of crap that wouldn't fit anywhere else. With this almost damning depiction in mind, throw in the x-factor of releasing a second compilation album in a band's career, and you're just asking for constant chants of "obligatory contract fulfillment album," or simply being referred to as a cash whore.

But the Alkaline Trio have an ace up their collective sleeve. It's like playing blackjack, and each time you tell the dealer "hit me," you get ace, after ace, after ace. Their first B-sides record, the 2000 singles comp Alkaline Trio, is the best "album" of their catalog some would say (as would this reviewer). The material on Remains is some of the band's most beloved, fan-favorite material since, well, that album. Toss in a loaded DVD full of extras like live performances, a mini-documentary and some other goodies, and you've got something even better than a new full-length.

Remains combines, well, the remaining material and compilation material from the past several years. Favorites like "Jaked on Green Beers," "Warbrain" and "Queen of Pain" are all accounted for, along with their stellar cover of Hot Water Music's classic, "Rooftops." Other standouts include "Hell Yes," "Dead and Broken" and "Sadie." "Old School Reasons" provides the proverbial "old school vibe" that fans of the Trio's earlier years will smile from ear to ear about.

The only complaint about the CD portion of the Remains package would be the live tracks. As far as the performance goes, no complaints, but the recording quality really leaves something to be desired. The trait follows over to the DVD portion as well...

Speaking of which, the DVD itself is a great companion to the audio offering of Remains. The brief documentary, "Remains of 2004-2006" offers a glimpse of the band on the road, with several live performances spliced in between segments. The camera work for the live performances is great, but again it's the audio quality leaving something to be desired. Other than that, the mini-film offers an entertaining view into the road life of the group, including a interesting episode of déjà vu with guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba playing peacemaker in a Tempe, AZ skatepark.

The music video section includes the band's video catalog from their last three albums. Though widely available prior to the compilation's release, the videos offer an interesting view of the wide scope of endeavors and artistic exploration taken throughout recent years.

The artwork and packaging of Remains provides absolutely no disappointment. With a full-glossy booklet with complete liner notes from band members for each song, personal thoughts and reflections are provided for every track on the CD.

Overall, Remains is a great musical package for any fan of the genre. Rapid A3 admirers will love the complete attention to detail on the packaging and DVD, however, newer fans can easily use it as a starting point for a further look into the band's extensive catalog. As a casual listener of the Trio, I just enjoyed a well-compiled collection of great music and and perfect accompaniment with the DVD. Great release all around.


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filbunke (April 8, 2014)

Plenty of great songs on this one. "Jaked on Green Beers", "Oldschool Reasons", "Warbrain" and many others.

gdmeeshell (March 16, 2013)

So much magic on this album. Dead End Road *heart floaties*

killtaker (October 21, 2011)

Warbrain rules.

jy (February 17, 2007)

they are awesome with great vocals

Scruffy (February 7, 2007)

"Oh, I forgot about their cover of "Exploding Boy" by the Cure. That wasn't on the first singles comp, was it?"

Yes, it was.

andrethegiant (February 7, 2007)

the scene where skiba breaks up the fist fight makes this whole thing worth owning.

"there's nothing wrong with being gay, you crooked-ass little bastard."


Anonymous (February 7, 2007)

"HWM's Radio sucked."

Yeah, if you take Alkaline Trio's most overrated song & add energy & actual emotion to it, you know it's bound to suck.

maverick (February 6, 2007)

Oh, I forgot about their cover of "Exploding Boy" by the Cure. That wasn't on the first singles comp, was it?


WalterSobchek (February 6, 2007)

Jesus, has anyone else noticed how this band used to make music that was fun to listen to? Compare Hell Yes and Dead End Road to the new album. It is just tragic that these guys have decided they prefer writing morbid dance pop over well crafted pop-punk.

klonny (February 5, 2007)

HWM's Radio sucked.

Anonymous (February 5, 2007)

"...Hot Water Music did Alkaline Trio songs better than the Alkaline Trio."


Anonymous (February 5, 2007)

So true that their B-Side records are just as good as the actual full lengths, if not better.

maverick (February 5, 2007)

"-bootlegs from 97 Warped Tour
Armageddon, Hell Yes, I Lied My Face Off, Stupid Kid, Tuck Me In"

You're definitely thinking of the wrong year, since Alkaline Trio didn't exist in 1997. 2002, perhaps?


ilikepunkrock (February 4, 2007)

You got a tattoo of this band and you were not drunk, awesome. I think the Social D skele has to be one of the tops for punk rock tattoos, I have seen it a bunch.

Anonymous (February 4, 2007)

I just got an alkaline trio tattoo last night on a dare. Whoops.

Anonymous (February 4, 2007)

Vagrant Records: ca$h in while you can!

I read another post a few weeks ago where someone implied the same thing. Bottom line...this didn't happen without the band's involvement and consent. They got paid too. If you're gonna bash Vagrant for "cashing in", then bash the band too.

andburntherest (February 4, 2007)

In addition to the songs Scott listed I've also found mp3's from

Occult Roots in Philly
Acoustic in London
Live at the Vic Theatre
Live in Green Bay '99
(ripped from blood-pact)

-bootlegs from 97 Warped Tour
Armageddon, Hell Yes, I Lied My Face Off, Stupid Kid, Tuck Me In
- Private Eye Acoustic
-Fuck You Aurora Acoustic
-This Could Be Love Demo

cantsitstill (February 4, 2007)

Vagrant Records: ca$h in while you can!

Anonymous (February 3, 2007)

15 bucks for this at FYE. if you ordered it off best buy with shipping it would of been a few bucks cheaper.

klonny (February 3, 2007)


Anonymous (February 3, 2007)

Only thing I think sucks about this release is that half of the songs are of the HWM split and the One Man Army split, so for anyone that owns these disc is shit out of luck when purchasing this.

leecorsoisapenis (February 3, 2007)

"totally essential for any fan or anyone who was a fan up until Crimson and it became un cool to be a fan anymore.:

It became uncool to like them when they started to suck. It's their own damn fault.

Also, what was the name of the Dan song on the demo's of "Good Mourning" that never made it on the final album? That song was great, and probably the best song they recorded for good mourning.


Scruffy (February 3, 2007)

I don't see why everyone complains about what was left off of here. All the tracks Scott listed, save maybe one, are covers, acoustic versions of already released songs and remixes. I don't want to hear any of those.
I wanted an album with all of their best stuff in one place, and that's what this is.

insinceredave (February 3, 2007)

Hell Yes it one of the best songs the trio have written.

This is a really good comp.

Anonymous (February 3, 2007)

Thanks, Maverick!

maverick (February 3, 2007)

Okay, so I believe these are all the official recordings that are missing from this. I'm sure it would get longer if you included demo/live tracks:

-"Snake Oil Tanker (acoustic)" from A Very Milky Christmas comp
-"Heaven" from Another Year On The Streets Vol. 3 comp
-"Lucretia My Reflection" from Black Heart Retrospective comp
-"Fine Without You (Carmen Rizzo/Jed Smith Indian Summer Mix)" from Cursed soundtrack
-"Bye Bye Love" from the Blue Meanies/Trio split 7-inch
-"Over At The Frankenstein Place" from The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show comp
-"Wash Away" from Tony Hawk's American Wasteland soundtrack
-"Burn (Alleged remix)" from Underworld: Evolution soundtrack
-"11:11 (Weak Week)" from their cassette demo
-"Song For Julie"
-"Halloween" and "Children In Heat" from the Halloween 7-inch
-"Off My Mind" from the New Years Eve 7-inch

Am I missing anything? And does anyone have MP3s of the Misfits covers? I have the 7-inch but no way of ripping vinyl.


Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

I wish Weak Week was included on this. And their cover of Heaven should be on this too.

Besdies that though, good release.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

why wouldn't a review of a b-sides album even mention the songs that were harder to come by then the split and comp songs most of us have heard?

"Buried", "Don't say you won't", and "We can never break up" are only available, I believe, with cd-singles for crimson, and are pretty great songs to have been cut.

Anyway, this isn't the s/t compilation, but if you haven't heard a majority of these songs, they're solid.


Fuzzy (February 2, 2007)

I believe that Vagrant may have (maaay have) bought out the rights to a lot of these songs so expect the splits to go out of print soon.

lostandclowned (February 2, 2007)

dead end road is pretty awesome.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

And I like the cover art. I used to clean fish/seafood and often looked like that after a days work.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

I think this is a superb package. Me and my friend made a run to today to pick it up. 15 bucks at FYE, nice. On the way home we listened to it and sang along while it snowed all around. It was a special moment.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

Bye Bye Love from The Blue Meanies split isn't here either.

nocontrol (February 2, 2007)

as a person who never heard most of these songs before, i think it awesome. the cover of metro was awesome, and dead end road is such a great song.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

anyone ever see urethra chornicles(blink-182)?The dvd portion of this is just like it,and that is a good thing.good stuff

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

Even though most of these songs can be found other places
(I already have most of these songs and I have heard every one) Its nice to have them all in one place. I think "Old School Reasons" "Warbrain" and "Dead End Road" are some of my favorite jams ever done by this band.

sickboi (February 2, 2007)

btw has the reviewer ever played black jack?
i would never want to hit that many aces

I'll confess, it was a little bit of an inside joke. Two weeks ago in Vegas, Adam, Brian, Scott and I are sitting at a 6-deck blackjack table. Adam gets an Ace and something else. Hits, gets another Ace. Then 3 more times in a row. 4 Aces of Hearts in a row. It was some really creepy shit. But the mood lightened when someone at another table asked the dealer if Scott was Jack Black.

maverick (February 2, 2007)

"btw has the reviewer ever played black jack?
i would never want to hit that many aces"

In Vegas, a bunch of us were playing blackjack. Adam was dealt (I believe) an ace/four. He then proceeded to hit it four straight times and get four aces in a row.

In. A. Row.

Even creepier: They were all aces of hearts!

The dealer hit 21, though, so all his hard work was for nothing.


Bowen (February 2, 2007)

I really hate it when people are too lazy to even write Alk3 and write A3 instead. A3 is a different band.

Godfather (February 2, 2007)

good stuff

rinjonjori (February 2, 2007)

Anything that contributes to the demise of Heavens is fine by me...

SuperRad (February 2, 2007)

That cover...it's...terrible.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

best fucking band EVER..a must have for any true Trio fan, the album art is amazing..better than any shit anyone here has prolly ever seen..FUCK anyone who rates this album anything lowere than a 5 star..matter a fact FUCK ALL OF YOU

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

this cd/dvd is awesome

btw has the reviewer ever played black jack?
i would never want to hit that many aces

dolorbrigand (February 2, 2007)

please announce your indef hiatus already

misterspike (February 2, 2007)

The inclusion of "Sadie" on this release is completely unnecessary. I was also somewhat disappointed with the DVD portion. I expected the "tour documentary" portion to go a little more in-depth, as well as include more live footage. Maybe one day we'll get a full "Story of" type DVD from the Trio in the future.

Those complaints aside, this is a great relase. It's a great way for newer fans to get so many fan-favorites in one package. Worth picking up for the acoustic version of "Standard Break From Life" alone.

Oh, and the liner notes are great. I love when bands go back and talk about each particulary song on releases like this. Good job, guysl.

dropkickmurphy01 (February 2, 2007)

Alot of great trio songs are on this release. The DVD footage was good too, not very long but still amusing.

danperrone (February 2, 2007)

this rating is a TOTAL SHOCKER!!!!

baseball (February 2, 2007)

i had this in my hand to buy at the record store yesterday before deciding the 6 cds i already was holding was enough

some of the best ALK3 songs on here by far, and will probably pick this up sometime soon

wallofyouth (February 2, 2007)

baaahhh i hate you band of the moment!!


m-oo (February 2, 2007)

So is this worth buying for the dvd or not? On the U.K releases of FHTI you get Standard Break and Hell Yes on the disc...I am still schocked you guys didnt get those songs on it. Then on GM there is Old School Reasons and Dead End Road bonus. Basically I have all the songs but wouldnt mind checking out the dvd, worth my time?

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

pretty sure it was "uncool" to like this band after From Here to Infirmary, as that, and every album since, has been complete garbage, including this one.

sickboi (February 2, 2007)


With a full-glossy booklet with complete liner notes from band members for each song, personal thoughts and reflections are provided for every track on the CD


Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

oh yea, my score


Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

totally essential for any fan or anyone who was a fan up until Crimson and it became un cool to be a fan anymore.

how 'green beers' and 'hell yes' got left off 'infirmiry is beyond me'

i also havent heard anyone talking about the awesome linear notes??? there's interviews with all 3 members of the band for each song and some of the notes are quite extensive and I learned quite a few interesting things , like where the title of 'jaked on green beers' came from, how dan thinks 'queen of pain' is one of their best songs, etc.

definitely worth the 9.99 and I haven't even taken a look at the bonus dvd. the linear notes, lyrics and songs make it more than worth it, especially for anyone who doesnt have both splits (which I do and I still found this worth it, to have all those ntoes and have everything on one disc)

almost as aswesome as cocktails and dreams. I forgot how much I used to love this band til I popped this in.


jamespastepunk (February 2, 2007)

This is the trio's best CD.

Also, my hope is that the earlier unreleased tracks will end up on the Asian Man reissues of Goddamnit and Maybe I'll Catch Fire.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

yeah what is this cover? seriously? anyone?

i was kind of disapointed with the DVD. yeah it has some cool shit like old school reasons live, and some funny parts. but its nothing really of substance. just short clips of random shit.

LaredoKid (February 2, 2007)

ewwwwwe! I'll be sure to stay away from this.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

i was going to make almost the same exact post as superscrabo. where are those songs?? i don't need the splits repeated, I need Heaven and Frankenstein, etc.

superskabro (February 2, 2007)

Sheesh. This shit is good, just not as definitive as it could've been. No "Wash Away", no "Over At The Frankenstein Place", no "Halloween", no "Children in Heat", no alternate "Blue in the Face", no alternate "Fatally Yours", no accoustic "Snake Oil Tanker" and no "Heaven". The Live tracks are nice but not neccesary. The HWM and OMA split tracks are all still in print too. Better start working on a 3rd b-sides disc boys, and throw on that Smoking Popes cover while you're at it.

hubitcherkokov (February 2, 2007)

I don't really see the point in including the Hot Water Music and One Man Army splits (especially considering that there's approximately 2.5 decent Alkaline Trio songs on the two of them combined) because they're still in print. I'd rather have their Halloween 7", their acoustic version of "Snake Oil Tanker," and I thought they released another special "covers" 7" recently, but I'm probably wrong.

Also, all-time disagreeing on "Rooftops" - that cover huffs some thick, veiny dongs. Hot Water Music did Alkaline Trio songs better than the Alkaline Trio.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)

score is for the new Youth Group-oldpunker-

punk_rawk_show (February 2, 2007)

"Anyone else find Matt Skiba as a balding Skater disturbing?"

Nope, good on him, keep it real

riversmonkey (February 2, 2007)

Anyone else find Matt Skiba as a balding Skater disturbing?

SloaneDaley (February 2, 2007)

mmmmmmmmm tasty

ConsolationPrizefighter (February 2, 2007)

Barring the fact that I don't agree with some of the content they placed on here in lieu of other songs, well, I still think this is a very solid compilation of A3 music.

GlassPipeMurder (February 2, 2007)

Don't Say You Won't, My Standard Break From Life, Jaked on Green Beers are all amazing, as are all the tracks from the One Man Army split. i wish they hadn't included those and the hwm songs though and included other rarities like from the rocky horror punk show.

ryanbolger (February 2, 2007)

this album is not complete without the "blue in the face" demo.

not-to-regret (February 2, 2007)

That cover art bothers me, take if away from the ads on this site.

david_arquette (February 2, 2007)

He tells that story about the skatepark everytime he comes to Arizona.

Holy_Balls (February 2, 2007)

I didnt bother with the review. I dont feel like reading right now. I feel like snacking. Someone bring me some white cheddar cheez-its. This band is good. white cheddar cheez-its.

Anonymous (February 2, 2007)


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