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Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake: Goodbye Blue & WhiteGoodbye Blue & White (2002)
Fueled By Ramen Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: DefineEmo4Me
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This album is about as useful as the appendix. Good ol' ska-punk poster boys Less than Jake return with a brand-new…oh, wait, it's just a re-release. The band has finally decided to put out their previously Internet fanclub-only giveaway album Goodbye Blue and White (a reference to LTJ's old b.



This album is about as useful as the appendix.

Good ol' ska-punk poster boys Less than Jake return with a brand-new…oh, wait, it's just a re-release. The band has finally decided to put out their previously Internet fanclub-only giveaway album Goodbye Blue and White (a reference to LTJ's old blue and white tour bus,) a hot seller on eBay and other online auctions for years. Now that the record is available to the mass public, you'd think it would lose it's once-majestic aura of specialty, as the heralded, rare gem has been degraded to Best Buy racks. But after actually listening to the album for which I'd been frantically scouring the Web for the last year, I found there wasn't much of an aura of specialty there to begin with.

Goodbye is all b-sides and vinyl-only tracks, but there isn't much here that hasn't appeared on various compilations in the past. Five of the tracks appeared on the Pez Collection import, one track resided on the Scream 2 soundtrack, one highlighted a Warped Tour compilation, and another appeared on the Metalliska metal tribute album.

Not only has this material been hashed over before, the recordings are horrible. Gone are the soaring harmonies, fun lyrics, ecstatic horn section, and hooks that stick better than Bubble Yum that were so prevalent in their last two albums. The release of this album does nothing but damage their increasing credibility in the alternative rock scene and bring back terrible memories of their infamous Grease remakes.

Most of tracks are the band simply messing around in the studio with different genres of music and pointless ditties. Every band does this, but most have the decency to keep it someplace secret, forgotten about in a heavy-duty vault somewhere, away from society. But alas, Less than Jake flaunt them here. "Evil Has No Boundaries" and "Antichrist" are the band's pathetic attempts at death metal….They might be covers, I don't know. The last three "songs," if you choose to grant them such a generous label, are all and inane less-than-a-minute-a vocal-only rant, an acoustic ad jingle, and a K-ROQ radio teaser. Do we really need to hear this? What's next, the band member's middle school talent show auditions?

There are also enough butcherings on this record to start a meat-packing plant. They try to do a straightforward version of the Jam's "Modern World," which is decent comapared to the other re-makes. Their covers of "Teenager In Love" and "We're Not Gonna Take It," with Chris' grovelly vocals screeching on top of basic chords and boring drums, remind me why I hate punk covers so much, such weak excuses for album space and recording time. These guys make the Ramones look like the most technical musicians on the planet. Worse yet, they didn't even include their best cover-the horn-laden take on Duran Duran classic "The Reflex."

Less than Jake also add alternative versions of "Cheez" and "Scott Farcas Takes it to the Chin," (from 1998's Hello Rockview,) "Rock 'n' Roll Pizzeria," (from 1996's Losing Streak,) and a version of "Dopeman" apparently remixed by the Beastie Boys. These are hardly different from the originals and they don't even do the major label-released versions justice. But hey-if hearing a couple of notes longer and more off-key, an occasional guitar riff slightly more discordant, and out-of-place turntabling is your bag, then go for it.

The only worthy material here are the songs I already knew, the ones that have been infiltrating LTJ's live sets for quite some time. "Mixology of Tom Collins" is just as good as anything from "Losing Streak," with all of the record's anthemic charisma and unstoppable energy. "I Think I Love You," and "Yo Yo Ninja Boy" are the most recent b-sides, and maintain the band's current melodies and polished vocals the rest of this piece of work is desperately in need of.

Unless you're a die-hard Less than Jake fan, don't bother with this. But even if you are a die-hard Less than Jake fan…you probably have all this material anyway.

 

 
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Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

Buy the vinyl version on No Idea to hear "The Reflex" and
"Grandma Got Run Over By a Raindeer"

AWESOME

Anonymous (April 28, 2002)

I heard so many bad things about this album that I didnt bother buying it. I don't know a tremendous amount about the band but I do know a few things. I know bad ska is BAD.. but if you can actually find a good ska band they are GOOD. and Less Than Jake is good... Hello rockview is a great cd. Ska doesnt deserve all the shit you guys have been giving it. Yea so there arent many good ska bands but have you ever thought of how hard it is to use horns with a punk song and still make it so you uptight, "i hate everything that isnt minor threat or soemthing like it" punks will like it. I hate you all.. open your mind and not your wallets for more spikes and studs and patches. Fuckers

Anonymous (April 27, 2002)

I really enjoy listening to this album because you can see the progress the band has made. It is fun to hear the early recordings from when they were just starting out. Sure it is not the best, most polished thing in the world, but it is not supposed to be. It should give young bands starting out hope that you can too make a living selling records and touring even if your first stuff isn't spectacular.

Anonymous (April 22, 2002)

i got the "old" version in a promo for this one in the contest and i like my old one for the the live tracks i like this except yeah (i dont like hamburger hop, mississippi mud, kroq song) yeah im wondering about the goodburger song too i like that one a lot, id get this on the vinyl tho, just to look at

Anonymous (April 22, 2002)

I wasn't knocking "shite." I want to use it. Maybe girls will make out with me then. I ain't got no herpes or nothing.

Less Than Jake really showcases no musical intelligence or progression. Musical trends are fickle indeed, but ska needs to die.

Anonymous (April 22, 2002)

There was no reason to put this album out except to earn Fueled by Ramen a little money. They're just saving their ass. I agree, it's not the best LTJ, but any LTJ is better than Voodoo Glow Skulls. :P

Anonymous (April 21, 2002)

I love LTJ, but I hate this album. Worst $10 I ever spent. If you really....really care, the Dopeman Remix is a new remix that wasn't the one from the music video or the remix single CD....I know, I have that single CD, and it sounds a helluva lot better than whatever is on Goodbye Blue and White....

Anonymous (April 19, 2002)

Are you kidding me the slayer songs are the best!!! slayer for life!!

Anonymous (April 19, 2002)

The Pete from Slapstick isn't in LTJ anymore. He left a little while ago.

Anonymous (April 19, 2002)

Whendovescry: What's wrong with the word shite??! I can't believe that Americans can say 'Bad ass dude' without laughing. Where I come from an ass is a donkey/horse hybrid.Having thought about it, this album is worth downloading I suppose, but I wouldn't pay over about £4 ($6.50? i dunno)

Anonymous (April 19, 2002)

Ooyeah ska is totally eighth grade. lets all be adults and listen to radiohead and the anniversary. then lets get jobs at starbucks and put on our favorite designer "indie" clothes. psssh...

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

No, I haven't posted here before, just this and the Vermont review. They were both originally printed in an independent newspaper in Central Florida. I mostly review indie stuff...Neutral Milk Hotel, Mountain Goats, Dressy Bessy, Imperial Teen, etc. But occasionally I'll review a punk album...If you want my other reviews so you can tear them apart, I'll be more than happy to oblige. :)

And yes, I know this wasn't meant to be taken as a full-length. But it's being promoted in record stores up the ass...the week it came out, Virgin had a whole display of these things, when the material is, for the most part, embrassing. Their major-label releases are profoundly better than "Losers" and this. On another note, I caught Less than Jake last Saturday. I had the railing and got to talk to Roger for like 40 mins. They rocked my socks off and it was the first time I'd ever heard Liquor Store live.

DefineEmo4Me

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

less than jake is just horrible 3rd wave skapunk. i can not stand the lead vocals, they are annoying. and the horns are quite weak. the only reason why i give this a two is because one of the horn players from slapstick is in this band.

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

This is not a casual fan's album, it's really just for the die hards, and counting myself as one of them, I like this CD a lot. Yeah, I already had all the songs, but if nothing else it's good to have all the songs I'd burned off of the internet over the years collected onto one disc. I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as this reviewer claims, but he did argue his point well so I wouldn't argue with him. One question though: Where the hell is "We're All Dudes" from the Good Burger soundtrack?! Granted, the lyrics to that song are some ass, but the music is good, and I have to guess the band thinks the same as I've heard them use the horn break down to that song live numerous times. I've always been perplexed by this though, because NO ONE, including the band, ever mentions the song, and this would have been a good place to stick it as it's not like some of the other material isn't equally embarassing.....krowdsurf

linuxpunkr (April 18, 2002)

To that guy that says punknews.org should "stop reviewing shite," I totally disagree. I'm already cynical towards reviewers (most people are) and it's even more questionable if every record reviewed gets a good rating.

Then again, some people like Less Than Jake (I do!), and wouldn't consider a release by them shit...and possibly good. Hell, I would have expected this to be good before I saw the track listing...

-linuxpunkr...

whendovescry (April 18, 2002)

ps...

DefineEmo4me,

Did you ever review under a different name? Also, advice: stop reviewing shite (is that cool guys? can I do that?) and review good stuff.

Like cassette versions of Wallflower singles... yeah...

"One headlight..."

Don't say you don't like that song!

whendovescry (April 18, 2002)

Man, that's crazy! English people really say "shite" as an adjective! That kills me!

But seriously, ska is so eighth grade.

File next to MXPX and Dude Ranch.

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

Hey, does anyone else think "Losing Streak" should have gone on the album? That tune is awesome...in any case, I have the original mail-order only version of Goodbye Blue and White and I like it a lot. Sure, the recording quality isn't great but there are some really cool songs on here. It isn't meant to be taken as a full length, just a way to get a bunch of limited release stuff on one cd. More power to LTJ!

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

I just think it's funny that you HATE punk covers...

and yet one of your two favorites on the album is "I think I love you.." which is, afterall, a cover song...

and Roger plays guitar on it as well...

plus, you're a little hard on the album...it's not supposed to work like a full length....if you are a fan of the band, you'll like this...

not as good as their last b-side/comp/cover album (losers, Kings...) but still not bad...

What we really need is some new material...

Jimi

eyeball_kid (April 18, 2002)

Ditto: 10.99 in my local HMV for years now! This is England, of course. Y'all should've asked, i would have sent you a copy straight away! Not that it's worth the postage. Also, I find it hard to believe that (seeing as the rest of the band has improved 100%) Vinnie is still as shite on the drums as he was back when this was recorded.

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

you used to be able to get this in my local HMV for £10. i dont know what the 'limited edition' stuff is all about

Josip (April 18, 2002)

i like this album, it's a must have for every less than jake fan and has a lot of cool songs (the 2 losingstreak-b-sides, i think i love you, your love, the covers), ok, the death metal-songs aren't that essential...and i think you made a mistake, the older versions of scott farcas..., rocknroll pizzeria, etc. ARE DEFINITELY different than the newer ones...

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

I haven't heard this album and I don't even really like LTJ, but just so you know; "Evil has no boundaries" and "Antichrist" are Slayer songs back from '83. Now you know.

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

the greaced cd was wonderful you human paraquat

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

Tell me, "anonymous"...where did I not do my research? I've been a Less than Jake nut for years, but tell me were I went wrong in this article. Don't say the facts are off without explaining yourself. I don't say an album is bad without explaining why.

DefineEmo4Me

wyzo (April 18, 2002)

I often wonder if the one comment under my strung out review that just says "idiot" was written by the same guy below me.

Now if he stays anonymous, we'll never know.

But he knows we're onto him. Right now he's going, "Fuck, they found out, what am I GONNA DO?!! I'm the idiot guy, its what I do. I say 'idiot'. Nothing more, nothing less. I write "idiot", its what makes me unique, it makes me "me", its my schtick, my thing, I'm the idiot guy. What if someone else takes credit for it...okay okay, calm down, I got it, I am now the 'fuckface' guy....haha, sweet, thought they had me, wait till they get a taste of 'fuckface', its a whole new ballgame now....yeah...."

I mean maybe I think about it too often and too much. But one has alot of time when your a person who uses 'one' as a pronoun more than once. Makes one really wonder if your ones time.

sigh.

wyzo

Anonymous (April 18, 2002)

That review was well written but at the same time it was wrong on so many levels. How about you do some research next time?

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