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Hot Water Music: Til the Wheels Fall OffTil the Wheels Fall Off (2008)
No Idea Records

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The title that adorns Hot Water Music's second rarities album is a bit of a misnomer, since the band's proverbial wheels have been reattached for sporadic reunion shows that have occurred over this past year or so. Does that really matter, though? Nope. What matters is that Til the Wheels Fall Off i.


The title that adorns Hot Water Music's second rarities album is a bit of a misnomer, since the band's proverbial wheels have been reattached for sporadic reunion shows that have occurred over this past year or so. Does that really matter, though? Nope. What matters is that Til the Wheels Fall Off is a very strong collection compiling EP, splits and rarity tracks in one gruff punk rock release į la Cocktails & Dreams.

The first five are all unreleased songs from the Epitaph era. You can hear why "Last Goodbye" didn't make The New What Next, due to a very shaky and abrupt transition from verse to chorus, but that chorus is dope; Chris Wollard can be found earnestly signing "Everyone has their hands over their hearts / giving all their best advice... / It's no quick flight." These songs overall aren't bad at all, but it's tough to admit that they are pretty forgettable overall, this coming from someone who ranks Caution and The New What Next atop the band's discography.

The production immediately then becomes a little more roughshod, as up next are the excellent songs off their split with Alkaline Trio, including the depressing and even more glass shard-laden cover of Alk3's "Radio." The strummed opening of "Russian Roulette" hints at Chuck Ragan's solo work to follow, then chugs along with the full band at a briskly mid-tempo shake.

Following is the older split with Leatherface as well as a bunch of compilation tracks, with the Moonpies for Misfits EP sandwiched somewhere in there. That bass-plucked "Moonpies" song still rules, and you'll probably recognize a few of the comp tracks -- "Wayfarer," for one, which means contributions to Punk-o-Ramas made it onto here as well. Their covers of Circle Jerks' "Wild in the Streets" and the Clash's "The Clampdown" stand out mighty, too, pulled off with a funny sense of reckless abandon that's not really apparent anywhere else on the CD.

There are tons of Hot Water Music fans who find their pre- or post-signing to Epitaph era vastly superior than the other. With Til the Wheels Off pulling together the lost and less-noticed songs of both times, what results is a very solid and surprisingly cohesive release that should please both crowds.

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Kill the Night
Last Goodbyes
Seein' Diamonds

 

 
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DrunkenThird (November 30, 2010)

Best Band, with some of their best work here. Couldn't believe that "Wafarer" might sound even more powerful anyway, but the demo-version on this record shows the antipode.

xshoutoutx (September 23, 2008)

I still say "A Jack Of All Trades" is the greatest HWM song.

"God Deciding"
"Rooftops"
"Southeast First"
"The Bitter End"

... are all very close contenders.

This cd is an awesome comp. of songs, even though most are easy to find.

misterspike (July 4, 2008)

Picked this up at their reunion show with Samiam in Orlando last January. I love b-side comps ... something about them always seems more Urgent to me. The only downside to them is for obsessive collectors (like yours truly), it's a purchase one makes to get Those Last Two Songs that you couldn't find anywhere. Nevertheless, a great collection.

And anyone who doesn't think "God Deciding" isn't among the greatest HWM songs Ever ... well, I don't think i want to know you.

Angiepants (July 3, 2008)

Moonpies is definitely the best HWM song ever.

wyzo (July 3, 2008)

who is where we belong about?

have about all of these songs already, or have had them at some point so no reason to buy this, but if you haven't, it is almost all very very good.

though if you don't have the leatherface split, not only is their another hwm song on their I hear is not on this one, but the leatherface side is equally good, if not in my humble opinion, better than HWM's, or the subsequent leatherface LPs that came after. altogether, it is one amazing split.

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soundforlanguage (July 2, 2008)

"moonpies for misfits" is the best HWM song...ever.

MN_punkmaster-skaman (July 2, 2008)

I had no idea B-side albums could be so damn good.

HOISTDATRAG (July 2, 2008)

I've been listening to this album pretty consistently for the past few weeks.. the Moonpies EP, the Turbonegro cover and Seein' Diamonds/Last Goodbye are all A .

smash_it_up (July 2, 2008)

To you who wondered how much was out of print:
-Moonpies for misfits (both the 7"s and the CD)
-The comp from which Jaded Eyes was taken
-The Clash Tribute with Clampdown
-That comp from which Wild In The Streets is taken
Otherwise you can get all the songs, except Home on other records quite easily (So Many Days is on the vinyl of A Flight And A Crash)

bwisott (July 2, 2008)

HWM is the best. Period.

theonetruebill (July 2, 2008)

So wait a minute, how much of this stuff is actually out of print then?

ChaosVCosmos (July 2, 2008)

great collection, i listen to it way too frequently.

amazing cover art as well

cuapunkradio (July 2, 2008)

Some of the b-sides and split songs are incredible but a few definetly blow. 'Diamonds' is a classic

baseball (July 2, 2008)

It's HWM.

paulrulzdood (July 2, 2008)

this is good, but not as good as their real albums, but it's been 4 years almost since "the new what next" so screw it, I'll take it, even if I already had about half the songs on their original releases.

smash_it_up (July 2, 2008)

They've left out three songs, actually, and that pisses me off severely. A cover of Authority Song from some obscure 80s cover album, "Dead End Streets" from their split with leatherface, and of course, where we belong. That last one they left off because of who it was about.
They could also have included the alternative version of The Bitter End from said leatherface split, simply because that song kicks so much ass it's almost too much to take.
And yes. So Many Days Home=naaaaah (at least not as good as the other Epitaph-era outtakes which were easier to get before this came out)

versus_god (July 2, 2008)

Awesome.

skitzo (July 2, 2008)

the midnight oil cover was unexpected and amazing

cronophrog (July 1, 2008)

Score's for Moonpies EP, Split with Alk3, and Seein' Diamonds all on one comp.

jamespastepunk (July 1, 2008)

Score's for the song Seein' Diamonds.

This disc is pretty awesome, too.

sweetsugarpezz (July 1, 2008)

what a fucking great bunch of songs.

thedude (July 1, 2008)

i've asked this before and i'll ask again, why exactly was where we belong left off this collection while the rest of the moonpies for misfits EP is on there?

because it's not the first or last song of that EP, and it's one of their standout tracks, it doesn't seem like it's just a "we couldn't fit everything on here" type of deal, so what gives?

scientistrock (July 1, 2008)

Garland Jeffereys sounds familiar

CCSummers (July 1, 2008)

I believe the man you are reffering to is Garland Jeffreys

inagreendase (July 1, 2008)

Yeah yeah yeah.

scientistrock (July 1, 2008)

You mean their cover of Circler Jerks' cover of "Wild in the Streets" by someone who's name I forgot.

facetofacereunion08 (July 1, 2008)

these guys are prob my second fav band of the moment behind jawbreaker. both bands i just finally got into about a year ago. I think "fuel for the hate game" is the best but love all their stuff.

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