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Showoff

Showoff: ShowoffShowoff (1999)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: ChrisGorman2Chris Gorman
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Showoff...Im not sure who they rip-off more, Green Day or Goldfinger. Prolly a bit of both. Either way, this band gets slagged a lot, and I can see why. They, like Sum-41 and Good Charlotte, seem to have jumped to the top of the heap without paying much in the way of dues. However, I can say this .
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Showoff...Im not sure who they rip-off more, Green Day or Goldfinger. Prolly a bit of both. Either way, this band gets slagged a lot, and I can see why. They, like Sum-41 and Good Charlotte, seem to have jumped to the top of the heap without paying much in the way of dues. However, I can say this honestly. It was back in '97 when I saw this band for the first time, opening for the Pilfers and Goldfinger. I thought they sucked then, but I think it proves one thing, and that is this band has been at if for a while.

I have a definite soft spot for this band. I remember working at my old job, a record store one afternoon, and a couple of the guys in the band came through my line. They were in town on tour opening for Citizen King. I didn't realize who they were, but once I did, I was pretty stunned. I told them about the first time I saw them w/Goldfinger, and they remembered the show. They were good guys, and they even got me on the guest list, if I remember correctly. Either way, they put on a hell of a show then, and it prompted me to get their S/T disc

This CD has its ups and downs to be sure. Some of the songs are pure pop-punk (I think just started a debate!), such as "Backstab", "Coalition" and "Anti-Song". The latter is a great song about how people in the scene slag on this band for being "un-punk". It has fairly humorous lyrics, showing that this band could really give a flying fuck what people say. Some of the songs are a little too poppy for my taste, though I cant deny I have hummed them to myself as I slave away at work. Songs like "Falling Star", "Someone", and "Unspoken Words" pack about as much punch as N'Sync. These are the songs to get the young girls to fuck them backstage, but I have to say, they do it better then Blink-182 and Unwritten Law.

Overall, I would recommend listening to some Mp3's before you buy this disc. I think that if you like bands like Green or Goldfinger, you should probably like this. On the other hand, if your tastes run towards the harder, more serious end of the spectrum, avoid this band.

 

 
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Anonymous (February 20, 2006)

Great album. Ralphie, Coalition, Hey, and the slower ones are good too. This album brings back the memories. Wow, the good old days.

Anonymous (August 17, 2004)

didn't these guys get dropped for mest?

funkisdead (July 27, 2003)

man, there's some weird ass shit posted here... the real question is, why did i come to read this review in the first place?

martin (September 16, 2002)

Man I suck cos I like this album.

That rape thing sounds pretty crazy - I know nothing about it but what is posted here is definately some weird shite.

Anonymous (October 31, 2001)

this albim has reel god vocal melodies on it. but if the best song is the secret track u gotta wunder

Anonymous (October 30, 2001)

this cd blows.showoff peaked with their first cassette release "around the corner..." The release has some songs off S/T, including "backstab", and "ralphie". The versions on this release, though, are slower,poppier, more generic versions of those original fucking great songs. In my opinion, meeting John Feldman is what killed this band.

JimmyArndt (October 30, 2001)

ps, i give these guys a one.
10 should most definetely not be the default album score.
oops.

JimmyArndt (October 30, 2001)

I back whoever brought up the rape thing... one time me and a couple guys got on showoffs guestbook and really pissed them off by calling them out on the rape thing.

coldjuly (October 30, 2001)

I agree, This is generic and boring as you can possibly get. the last 2 songs are decent, but the rest put me to sleep.

Anonymous (October 30, 2001)

love that last song("the Anti-Song") about Brendan Kelly[ex Slapstick/Broadways - currently: Lawrence Arms]...about how he slagged them from stage because one the ###k's in Showoff jokingly said he was going to rape a girl in the crowd.
Well, rape wasn't funny then. It still isn't. And never will be.
I'll leave you to make up your mind on whether you should continue supporting this band.
this is a true story it happenned at the Fireside Bowl...I can't remember when exactly but the other bands on the bill were Luke Skawalker and Four on the Floor.

PS besides all that this album is as generic crap as you can get. Goldfinger at least has catchy songs.

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