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Handsome Devil

Handsome Devil: Love and Kisses from the UnderLove and Kisses from the Under (2001)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: ChrisGorman2Chris Gorman
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At first I was really skeptical. Handsome Devil had two strikes against them in my book. Strike one: Unless I am misinformed, this band has ex-members of the band Wank in it. Wank were perhaps one of the worst bands I ever heard. Strike two is that Handsome Devil got their start thanks to help fro.


At first I was really skeptical. Handsome Devil had two strikes against them in my book. Strike one: Unless I am misinformed, this band has ex-members of the band Wank in it. Wank were perhaps one of the worst bands I ever heard. Strike two is that Handsome Devil got their start thanks to help from the band Lit. Now, I have no real problem with Lit, but their album "A Place In the Sun" was pretty much a piece of shit. So, I figured Handsome Devil was going to be a combination of two bands that I don't really care for, with less skill. I was wrong. Not dead wrong, like this album didn't change my life, but wrong nonetheless.

Handsome Devil definitely sound like many of their Orange County contemporaries. Their vocal delivery and content are a lot like that of Lit, but not in an annoying way. As for the music, it's good, just your basic pop-punk. Some of their songs border on kind of stupid, and at times, it's obvious that they are embracing mall punk culture, with songs like "Samurai" and the punkified power-ballad "Sorry Charlie". However, to their credit, you can hear definite influences from some of the best artists punk has ever produced, including Elvis Costello and The Jam.

I would call this album a crapshoot. Some songs like the satiric "Makin' Money" and the albums closer "Bring It On" are really good, while other songs like "Barbeque" and "Everything" are just bland. I would call this a good debut, but nothing to call the papers about yet.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (April 20, 2002)

i have this album and i like the video. there is alot of satire in the song "makin' money" doing get all crazy...no it's not hard core punk by any means. but it does have a market. if were to go to one of their shows you would see it. as for being a good charlotte rip-off... sorry dude! good charlotte hasn't got any edge at all. these guys atleast bring a full rock performance every single night. i like the album... it's fun and some of the songs have great displays of talent. is it the best album ever... no! but for a debut album... i think it's damn good! better tha alot of crap out there!

Anonymous (March 29, 2002)

to the guy two posts down, Fathead is the name of a Screeching Weasel song and fathead has said before that he is a pretty big fan of SW so thats where the name comes from I'm guessing. As for the band, they dont seem like they are into their own music very much, sorta bland i guess

pat41 (December 17, 2001)

Sounds like they could be an ok band. Ill check them out.. i like the new lit album.. its not as bad as "place in the sun" but not as good as some stuff out there. definitley not a great cd but average.. ill download some shit by this band.. woohoo new bands!

Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

Oldpunker! Don't yell at fathead! It's what he wants. He's just seeking attention, the name says it all, if he weren't looking for people to yell at him, why does he want us to all know him as fathead? All he is doing is provoking you. He was obviously ignored at home as a child. I bet his parents fought a lot or were never around. Don't encourage his behavior. He needs to learn somehow that you can get attention in more productive ways.

Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

I also did not mean to give this shite 5 stars, these guys suck---oldpunker

Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

Fathead, you made a comment a few spaces down about how the jam were not good and then went on to say that if you want some cred ,review the fuckin suck ass meat puppets????????????? Fathead, i normally agree with alot of what you say but come on. The jam were one of the best original punk bands their was, and paul weller continues to put out some very good solo work. Fathead, you sound as though you have some good taste in music and like i said i agree with you most of the time,but the fuckin meat puppets!

Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

Thanks Dr. Ed. I'll be at our appointment right on time tomorrow.

OedipusWrecks (December 13, 2001)

Hey Jimi, I dunno about Jurassic Five, but I heard that Outkast was at this party in Cali and they were sexually harrassing Gwen Stefani, I'm sorry man, but that does not rock the house. Sexual Harrassment is not a laughing matter. It should not be taken lightly. Results of sexual harrassment can range anywhere from being clinically depressed to being paranoid and compulsive. Always think before approaching anyone in a sexual matter. Just some food for thought, boys.

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

Yeah Chris! Outkast and Jurrasic Five rock the muthfuckin house...that new Outkast song is pretty damn good too...makes me move my ass...

Deltron 3030 is rockin too...check him out if you haven't...

Who ever it was that keeps replying to chris and doesn't post a name (not Fathead) your comments are full of shit...you just ASSUME this band goes home to a nice apartment and blah blah blah...SHUT UP! WHen you assume you make an ass of YOU and...well, just you...

and jesus christ...who cares if they buy their clothes from "somewhere else other than goodwill" god, i don't buy all my clothes at good will either...sorry i'm not as "punk" as you....

We all know Rancid is better...who cares...that's not the point...how many types of music do you listen to? I'm going to ASSUME just punk, because other wise you'd broader your horizens a little...whoops, there we go with the assuming again...

Jimi

AtomicGarden (December 12, 2001)

i like these guys because I saw them for a $1, and the opening bands were so awesome... and I owe it to these guys that I found about them. As for their music themselves, bland mainstream pop-punk. Not horrible, but definately about 2-3 stars.

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

But dude, look at the review, I didn't give it a glowing review. I gave it 3 stars out of 5, I called it a Crapshoot, and I said it didn't suck like Wank or Lit. How is that "glowing"? I mean yeh, I liked a lot of it, but I didn't like a lot of it. I called it Mall punk at one point. I mean jeez, I would not call that glowing.

-CG

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

its funny that you're incredulous because I criticize the fact that you gave this a good review, when, like it or not, YOU GAVE THIS A GOOD REVIEW. That's like reviewing, well, for instance, sr-71, and giving them a better score than Rancid. Yeah, I know you may like some of the bits and pieces throughout this album, and there might be something every ten minutes on this CD that would make any of us tap our toe, but nonetheless, that does not in and of itself prevent this CD, which you reviewed almost glowingly (even including an "i didnt like their previous band, but this won me over" anecdote), from being the steaming hunk of four month old elephant dung that it is.

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

Incidently Fathead, if you don't like the Jam, how can you shit on what I like?

-CG

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

Why would I review Bad Religon and whatnot? Its all been done on here! You know that 14 people are going to review "Process Of Belief", so there is no point really. I think I have reviewed some great shit on this site. Samiam, The Clash, Rancid, Flogging Molly. The Blue Meanies, Dinosaur Jr.! I think you people just skip the good reviews I do, perhaps because you dont have a clue who someone like Dinosaur Jr. is, and you just rag on these reviews becasue you have something to prove. So you think this band sucks! Does that make me a bad person for liking some of their songs? If so, I guess Im a bad guy. I think they have a couple catchy songs. I also own Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jurassic 5 and and uh oh, Outkast! I just like music. Good music. Punk happens to be a passion of mine. I own everything from Amen to The Hippos, from the Clash to Less Than Jake, From Fugazi to Lets Go Bowling. If you dont like a band, dont read the review, or at least shit on the album, and not the reviewer.

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

I have to wonder why Chris reviews on here. He has given this a better score than "Life Won't Wait"! No matter what, Rancid will always deserve a better score than some little girly-band trying to sound tough by rapping in their songs (I saw them do their single on Craig Kilborne, they tried to act soooooo hardcore...ha ha). I just think that no matter how bad, real punk will always deserve a better score than this shitty "glamour-punk".

-Sr. Potpourri

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

1. the Jam is not good.

2. i haven't heard this band yet, but if they rip-off good charlotte, i'm gonna have to hunt them down and kill them, because the last thing we need is another good charlotte.

3. why don't you review the Meat Puppets or Bad Religion if you want some cred? shit like handsome devil will get you NONE.- fathead

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

Right...I called them mall punk in my review. Its like your attacking something I didn't even say. And sorry if you dont like me reviewing this, but well, sometimes, things happen that we dont like. You'll just have to pull your collar up and face the cold. It only gets worse from here. Brace yourself, in case someone reviews No Doubt or SR-71 or something.

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

oh, im so sorry to attack your cred, but after reviewing this CD well, YOU HAVE NONE LEFT. This CD is terrible. If you want good pop-punk with a little bit of a ska feel, try goldfinger. This band is the definition of terrible. They are a blight on the face of punk. I'm not judging them on their looks because "if a band doesnt look cool theyre not cool", but simply because you can tell by how a band looks whether or not they live like theire style shows. These guys dress all punk rock and act it, but i would bet they go home to nice apartments, buy clothes somewhere other than a thrift store, and altogether live nothing like the punk bands youll find on even a label like epitaph, and there's nothing wrong with that, except that they try to look that way. theyre mallpunk, and 13 yr old girls who wanna be "edgy" will like this.

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

I kinda liked wank..they had a few good songs...

allen thick is cool..the video can't be that bad...

well, it CAN, but i haven't seen it, so I wouldn't know...

Jimi

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

I saw their video on college telvision network, and I almost threw up right then and there. The comment about them ripping off Good Charlotte seems about right. UGH!

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

Come on dude. This is seriously very close to the worst album ever. I really can't fathom how you can like this better than anything Lit has ever done. "Making Money" has the most idiotic lyrics ever. "Cool like an easter bunny"? fuck that noise...

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

Listen fuck-stick, I gave this album 3 stars, and I called it a crapshoot. Besides that, I have never seen the video, and I have only heard this band a couple times on the radio. I dont judge a band by their appearance. This isn't a great album by any means, I just said that some of it was pretty decent. As for attacking my cred, well, you could look at my other reviews and decide for yourself I guess. Or you could come on over, and go through my Mission Of Burma, Bad Relgion, Descendents, Clash and Meat Puppets CD's. I might even let you touch my Clash, Descendents and Dead Kennedys posters. I dont have to prove my "cred" to anyone, but dont make stupid judgements about me because I like a few songs on some dumb CD.

-CG

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

i'm sorry, but "Makin Money", both the video and the song itself, has got to be the biggest disgrace to punk EVER. This band actually sounds like they are pruposely trying to rip off Good Charlotte! Have you seen the video?! These are not punkers in it for fun. They're lame songwriting is trying to cash in on what the "disenfrachised"(ie, not rich enough to buy their own car) youth of America wants to hear, and they're doing a terrible job of it. C'mon, Alan Thicke is ACTUALLY in their viedo and he speaks OVER top of the song.
I'd actually try and say how much this band sucks a little more, but then again, if you actually gave it that review, you probably already like Good Charlotte and Sum41 a bit too much to even remember the Descendents, Bad Religion, The Replacements, or The Clash anyway. At lkeast you probably like Green Day. PLEASE, don't tell anyone to buy this, seriously, no matter how much you people hate emo, buy NFG or The Getup Kids before this, at least they have some dignity. well, possibly not NFG.

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