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I never really knew what to make of this record. There had been a lot of hype about this band, so when I came across this album in my local record shop I picked it up. I listened to it and instantly liked, but didn't love it. However, it stayed in my car for months (I was new to driving and spent as.
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I never really knew what to make of this record. There had been a lot of hype about this band, so when I came across this album in my local record shop I picked it up. I listened to it and instantly liked, but didn't love it. However, it stayed in my car for months (I was new to driving and spent as much time riding around listening to music as I could). There was just something about it I couldn't quite put my finger on at the time. All the elements were there: They covered pop-punk, ska-punk, and '90s-style skatepunk.

Now listening to this again years later, I get it. It's too damn polished and manufactured. It's almost a pretty record, but I don't necessarily mean that as a compliment. It takes all these great elements of '90s-style punk, takes the edge off and gives you what is ultimately an underwhelming album that you might listen to a few more times than it really deserves.

While they don't do anything especially technical, the musicianship on this record is solid. I especially enjoyed the drumming of Bob Herco--he puts in some interesting parts, especially the ride cymbal work on "Suffer." Adam Lohrbach and John Tran share vocal duties and both do fine. There are also some great vocal harmonies on this record.

Still, with all this intact, the songs never hit quite where they aim. The funny songs never make you laugh, the serious songs are hard to take too seriously and the snotty songs are just unconvincing.

There's really not much else to say other than when they announced Kings of Pop, I wasn't surprised and didn't bother to pick it up because even back then I could tell where these guys were heading. Just a couple of observations, though: (1) There was a lot of hype about this band and it went away after this album was released, and (2) I have yet to meet someone who was a big fan of Home Grown even at the time (although I'm sure there are and I'm sure that comment will piss someone off).

 

 
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bassxface (May 28, 2010)

Haha yeah, "Hoobustank" was pretty rad way back when they had a saxophonist (who actually played on Incubus's "Summer Romance").

JohneeDeformed (May 28, 2010)

I used to see Homegrown play all the time. Great live performances! They are one of my favorite bands. Hoobastank used to open for them back when they had a horn section and called themselves Hoobustank with a u.

bassxface (May 26, 2010)

I've never heard anything but "Surfer Girl", but that's got to be their best song. It's too kickass.

SilentStorms (May 25, 2010)

I remember loving this album. Haven't listened to it in probably 8 years, and if I do it'll probably ruin the memory.

slymer (May 25, 2010)

Does this album have the "Bad News Blair" song on it? That song was pretty bad. I loved their first album 'That's Business'. Face in the Crowd was a killer song. It's probably been over 10 years since I last listened to it.

i-type-poorly (May 25, 2010)

I liked this album when it was out, but I was 14. I'm not embarrassed about it or anything, but content to have it disappear into obscurity over the past ten years. Looking back it's just another Drive Thru style style pop-punk album. Good for its time, but irrelevant now. Seems odd to bother writing so much about it, especially considering you concluded it's quite mediocre yourself.

skolarx (May 25, 2010)

i think i saw these guys with Hagfish and Save Ferris (left before they played) in 97 or 98. they were pretty good back then, don't think i saw them after this album came out though.

this record wasn't bad, not as good as their first album but how often does any band pull that off? (yes i know it can be done, the ramones - leave home for one example)

88fingerstonytherevenge (May 25, 2010)

I remember being stoked to see these guys when they opened up for Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger and (ugh) Zebrahead. I also remember being heartbroken that they didnt play "Ubotherme"

eatdogs (May 25, 2010)

i absolutely loved this album. this is good pop punk from that era.

Dante3000 (May 25, 2010)

I went to a show in 2001 that was Homegrown, Yellowcard, Finch and Sugarcult. All to try and hook up with a girl. It was a failure on all accounts.

mclz (May 25, 2010)

one of the best pop punk records of the 90s.

notfeelingcreative (May 25, 2010)

If memory serves me correctly I bought this when it came out, listened to it three or four times and shelved it. Wasm't bad, nothing on it really stood out for me.

timorous_me (May 25, 2010)

Picked up this record for $1 at the pawn shop back during the height of their fame. I really liked it at the time, but I don't imagine it's held up well. The lyrics especially seemed pretty bad.

gabbagabbamike (May 25, 2010)

Loved this record then and now. The excellent musicality is apparent with time and shows more on their EP and split with Limbeck, in terms of all the quick stops and bass lines. Brings me back to middle school and buying this the same day as Thats Business. This band never got the respect and from the sound of their attitude at the time, didn't think they deserved it themselves.

hashbrowns (May 25, 2010)

and home grown was huge in the LA/OC areas during the late 90's and early 00's. Kings of Pop was an even bigger album among friends of mine and the people who used to go to shows i knew.

hashbrowns (May 25, 2010)

saying mark can sing is a bit of a stretch.

"when it all comes down" was a solid EP. songs off of it still get play.

paulrulzdood (May 25, 2010)

like red_eye_inc said, yea, they did the comedy thing on stage. and the dick and fart lryics about girls and boobs and hooking up. they were very akin to Blink182, sonically, lyrically, 2 singers, stage presence comedy routine, etc. except blink did it better. much better. and I don't even think blink are that great.

paul

paulrulzdood (May 25, 2010)

the only real good song on this is "all that you have". the main problem with these guys is that despite having 2 singers, neither of them had a good voice. Blink 182 came along and did essentially the same thing but with far greater success because their song writing was stronger and at least Hoppus could actually sing.

"kings of pop" was the best homegrown record, but even then they were nothing more than a second rate blink 182.

Paul

red_eye_inc (May 25, 2010)

I saw this band once, they thought they were comedy masters. They would not shut up. They also weren't funny.

leecorsoisapenis (May 25, 2010)

I loved this album when it came out. I listened to it again a couple months ago and cringed. What was I thinking?

quoteunquoterecords (May 25, 2010)

No way, glasspipemurder! That's Business killed it!!! At least when I was thirteen!

-- Jeff

insinceredave (May 25, 2010)

I must say i'm enjoying reading these mid to late 90's pop punk revews. Keep it up.

stevejonestherealbones (May 25, 2010)

big fan of homegrown then and still now

- jones the bones

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GlassPipeMurder (May 25, 2010)

good album. much much better than That's Business.

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