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The PoPo

The PoPo: The PoPoThe PoPo (2007)
Buddyhead Records

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Has Buddyhead jumped the shark? Some years ago, Arthur Fonzarelli jumped a literal and proverbial shark on "Happy Days," and all signs point to the label doing the same with the PoPo's self-titled release. This time, however, the man waterskiing in a leather jacket has been supplanted by a dance-pun.
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Has Buddyhead jumped the shark? Some years ago, Arthur Fonzarelli jumped a literal and proverbial shark on "Happy Days," and all signs point to the label doing the same with the PoPo's self-titled release. This time, however, the man waterskiing in a leather jacket has been supplanted by a dance-punk band, that just a few years ago, would have been unceremoniously lambasted just as the Faint and Hot Hot Heat were before them.

So, what gives?

This self-titled effort is in effect a much less memorable endeavor than anything undertaken by the Faint, Moving Units, or the like, and only in a parallel universe where annoyance sells at a premium could this be considered anything worthwhile. The opening track, "Apples & Rings" is all too telling, as the repetitive dissonance and droning vocals are almost drowned out by cartoon-esque lazer sounds and an overbearing synth line.

The first track is supposed to be where a band makes an impression, where the band ropes in the listener for the rest of the album. What it's not supposed to do, is make said listener want eject the disc and throw it in the oven, and let me tell you, I'm not far from doing just that. Had they exercised more tact on that first track, people might be more inclined to listen to the followup -- the marginally better "I Feel Mysterious Today." Here too though, at a lesser extent, there's a constant annoyance propagated by the band, one that makes focusing on what they could be doing right completely impossible. A shrill bleep is consistently worked in with the frenetic rhythm, and it's almost as loud and noticeable as the hollow vocals from which it's almost impossible to discern a single word.

I wish I could say it got better, I do, but each of the eight songs is so plagued by at least one poor artistic decision from the band, that none stick out for a reason other than that which makes them annoying in the first place. If that's all the attention the band was looking for, surely they've now got it.

Buddyhead should have stuck to making a mockery of bands like this.

 


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Anonymous (July 18, 2007)

awsome band!

Anonymous (July 16, 2007)

saw them perform the other night an it was friggin sweet... def did not remind me of the faint or hothotheat.. 3 giant pakistani brothers?? these dudes are punk.. apparently too punk for punknews....dot org

Anonymous (July 13, 2007)

THe faint? Hothot HEAT?? are you serious??Fonzarelli?. WORST REVIEW EVER.

stevejonestherealbones (July 7, 2007)

The album art is a ripoff of some schizo artist's work.

wow, he must be a great artist if thats how hes known...who gives a shit

- jones the bones

- stevejone8777000@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 7, 2007)

The album art is a ripoff of some schizo artist's work.

Anonymous (July 6, 2007)

is I feel Mysterious Today a Wire cover? If so, then shame on the reviewer for failing to note it.

Dante3000 (July 6, 2007)

Oh no! the popo!!! i cant do another nickle!!
Garbage disposal, what a way to go.
-Dante

glasspipemurder (July 6, 2007)

I actually like small doses of The Faint, but the legions of imitators have driven this genre into the dirt.

boba_fett (July 6, 2007)

Oh no! the popo!!! i cant do another nickle!!

wallofyouth (July 6, 2007)

i like the musics

Ianw (July 6, 2007)

anchors why do you hate arabs

Anonymous (July 6, 2007)

this guy shows a complete misunderstanding of what he was listening to, wether or not he liked it or not he categorized it in the wrong genre of music with bands like the faint.. this band is nothing like the faint, more of a disco/noise punk like the band numbers.

Dante3000 (July 6, 2007)

Bu..but, Buddyhead makes fun of P.O.D., how can they make a bad decision?!
-Dante

Anonymous (July 6, 2007)

This shit is pretty bad

Ianw (July 6, 2007)

This shit is pretty rad

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