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Filthy Thieving Bastards - A Melody of Retreads and Broke (Cover Artwork)

Filthy Thieving Bastards

Filthy Thieving Bastards: A Melody of Retreads and BrokeA Melody of Retreads and Broke (2001)
BYO Records

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Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski are at it again, this time with Spike Slawson on bass. Their second album, MRBQ isn't a lot different from Our Fathers Sent Us, with a few exceptions, the first and most obvious is that the lineup has changed. Although MRBQ doesn't hold the emotional weight of its pr.


Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski are at it again, this time with Spike Slawson on bass. Their second album, MRBQ isn't a lot different from Our Fathers Sent Us, with a few exceptions, the first and most obvious is that the lineup has changed.

Although MRBQ doesn't hold the emotional weight of its predecessor, it makes up for it by possessing more complex compositions. Though there are some songs that bear a few Swingin' Utters trademarks, the most remarkable thing about this album is that it successfully casts off a lot of components that make the Swingin' Utters the band they are. The addition of the steel guitar has an immense affect on the sound, in that it places the band closer to a Greg Leisz project than it does to the Pogues. Still, Johnny Bonnel's lyrics possess their typically astute flavor of desolation, this time with a little irony (e.g. "Counterfeit Cassius Clay"). The hardcore fan will get a long awaited taste of Darius's classical training that's always talked about, as he takes up the violin on a number of tracks; he shines in "Aberfan", a slow tempo song about the world's detriments caused by human desires. Other highlights include "Gene and Jean" and "Trolly's Sum."

I can't see this album holding up for the casual listener, but for the devoted Swingin' Utters fan, it is a must have. My only complaint is that the vinyl doesn't come with a lyric sheet. Musically, MRBQ is a great effort. Now if only they'd play live...

 

 
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GlassPipeMurder (March 12, 2009)

Perfection!! even better than ...And I'm a Son of a Gun

Anonymous (June 5, 2002)

such a great album, you can never say enough about a record like this.

Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

this gets such a low score when shit like Goldfinger gets a 10?

sickboi (June 4, 2002)

One of the best band names...ever.

wyzo (June 4, 2002)

good music, and with the exception of certain key songs the lyrics could have been better. The one where the lyrics are from some grandfathers poem about the buried schoolchildren is brutally poignant though.

wyzo

Vien (June 4, 2002)

Fuck bitch...I'd love to see filthy thieving bastards play live. I always perfered the slow tempo acoustic tunes of the swingin' utters, and that's why this is such a great album to have. Punk or not, these guys are good musicians and songwriters no matter what. The melodies in this album are great.

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