Dillinger Four - Situationist Comedy (Cover Artwork)

Dillinger Four

Dillinger Four: Situationist ComedySituationist Comedy (2002)
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After bouncing around at Hopeless for a while and releasing a slew of seven inches, Dillinger 4 has come to rest in the Fat stable. And what a great signing they have turned out to be. Like the recent Larry Arms release, this D4 album really changes the complexion of the Fat roster. The album kic.
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After bouncing around at Hopeless for a while and releasing a slew of seven inches, Dillinger 4 has come to rest in the Fat stable. And what a great signing they have turned out to be. Like the recent Larry Arms release, this D4 album really changes the complexion of the Fat roster.

The album kicks off with what I can only guess is a Japanese radio broadcast of the coming robot-human war. From there the midwestern punk rock lifts you up on its back and carries you for 34 minutes of pop-punk glory. Now, don't think pop-punk like Blink or Homegrown. This is more challenging. It's catchy and hook filled, but sometimes you have to clean away some of the grime to find it. When you do, you'll be singing along and this album will be permanently entrenched in your CD player or glued to your turntable.

Like every D4 album, the song titles themselves are almost worth the price of a CD itself. Take "A Floater Left With Pleasure In The Executive Washroom" or "The Father, The Son, And The Homosexual/Single Parent". Apparently they have some kind of tie to the lyrics of the song, but I have no idea what the connection might be.

This release is neither groundbreaking nor a display of technical wizardry. It is a group of well written and well executed punk songs that doesn't really sound like anything else out there. But if you did need some comparison in order to go out there and buy it, try the aforementioned Lawrence Arms. D4 puts a little more energy, fun and variety into their shit, though. Not much else to say, except I have a new favourite release this year and it's Situationist Comedy.


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arejaypunx (October 22, 2010)

goddamn. dat album. This is probably my favourite thing this band produced. Near-on perfect execution of pop punk.

AnArchaeologist (January 31, 2009)

"Like the recent Larry Arms release, this D4 album really changes the complexion of the Fat roster."

Man, I remember thinking the same thing 7 years ago. I feel old.

kylewagoner (January 20, 2009)

tralalala. Effortlessly perfect.

Anonymous (March 25, 2007)

"I just got this CD tonight and I'm FUCKING PISSSING MY MYSELF.
fuck it is so good, I am slapping myself in the face.

I can't wait to tell my friend tomorrow. fuck this is good."

i liked how they said friend not friends

Anonymous (June 3, 2006)

never heard this band but just heard the rock against bush song from them (wheelchair something) and I almost creamed my pants

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

Holy crap. Thank you everyone who opened m eyes. This cd is amazing. It's a breath of fresh air. Dillinger Four is my new favorite band.

Anonymous (March 27, 2005)

Yeah this band is my favorite, I've been so blind, thank you jesus and d4


well maybe not jesus

Anonymous (February 17, 2005)

Any person that doesn't love this band must be eradicated.


Anonymous (July 12, 2004)

This album is so great, but I will admit that Dillinger Four are an aquired taste.

"The Father, The Son..." is one of my favorite songs of all time now. So fuck all of you.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

cool straight punk rock

Anonymous (August 26, 2003)

God I fucking love this band, sooo fucking good. And also, the person below me could't be more right, I love ltj as much as D4.


Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

To the person below me, D4 is quite possible the best band going right now, next to ltj, so go die you fucker.

Anonymous (April 21, 2003)

I have no fucking clue why i bought this album. Simply selling it to a used music store, or giving it away to someone else wouldn't even have been satisfying enough... I HAD to smash this fucking CD with a golf club. Definitely one of the worst albums put out in the last few years.
And even with their previous releases, i ask... What do people see in these guys?

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

This is a great CD from a great band. The one thing that D4 has done that very few bands have done is never put out a bad CD. This is not their best CD, but it is still awesome. Get Midwestern Songs and Vs. God first, just 'cause they are both classics. Also, you don't understand Dillinger 4 until you've seen 'em live, that's really what it's all about. Also, what's with this shitty band calling themselves D4 huh? What a bunch of Ass-Gaskets. D4 always has been, is, and always will be Dillinger 4. And Dillinger is not a pickle, it is a bank robber from the 30's who was betrayed by the Lady in Red outside of a movie theater in Chicago. I think it was Chicago.

Anonymous (March 10, 2003)

fuck em!

Anonymous (March 2, 2003)

Man, i was expecting so much from this album. it had been talked up so much that i felt sure i'd like it. i don't. it sucks. it is awful. i can't even listen to it.
Get LA's apathy and exhaustion instead. similar sound but it's actually good. well, better at any rate.
what a waste of money. a 24 dollar coaster.

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

I just got this CD tonight and I'm FUCKING PISSSING MY MYSELF.
fuck it is so good, I am slapping myself in the face.

I can't wait to tell my friend tomorrow. fuck this is good.

TenderBransonX (August 10, 2002)

Dillenger fucking rocks. Buy this cd and you will listen to it everyday. It's that good.

cawknocker (August 5, 2002)

the production is worse than their first album, despite being on fat. it bugs me. good album though. their lyrics and catchyness are their strongest points. the produciotn and music is the lows.good, but not as good as the larry arms. maybe if they finally god dec. production it would be.

Anonymous (July 31, 2002)

This is a great record, and absolutely destroys most of the garbage that passes for "punk" these days. Maybe the best test for a good album is whether it makes you feel like you stuck a paper clip in the light socket; this album makes me want to run around my house like a mental patient who forgot to take his medication. Plus they have a good sense of humor and thoughtful lyrics. The song structures are not that original (my primary complaint) but the execution is perfect, and the harmonizing of the two guitar parts is used well.

Crooky (July 19, 2002)

Dillinger Four Rule! This record only proves that. every song better than the last and saving the best for last in New Punk Fashions For the Spring Formal
D4 are only getting better, although its really hard to top let them eat thomas paine.

Anonymous (June 20, 2002)

In the words of Consumed: Fuckin ace!


Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

The song is !!Noble Stabbings!!! (of course you need the exclamation points) Its an awsesome song, and thats the E-card for the new album that pops up.

Anonymous (June 17, 2002)

whats the song that plays in the punkhardcore.com pop up?

JOE_MOMMA (June 15, 2002)

Isnt dillinger a kind of pickle? ! what are they for pickles? !? !? ! thats like gay ska.

waste_elite (June 15, 2002)

the vocals are obviously mixed low on purpose. i kinda like it. you can't hear the the vocals as well but it gives the guitars a blaring, out of control quality.

Anonymous (June 15, 2002)

dillinger four is one of my favorite bands, but the thing nobody ever seems to mention in the reviews (with the exception of the allmusic guide) is the fact that the production fucking blows. i haven't heard the new album in its entirety yet, but i heard the mp3 from fatwreck.com, and the vocal mix sounds even worse than "midwestern..." it sounds like they recorded their album in a tin can. i thought for sure that once they signed to fat they would finally hook it up with some decent production values. i just don't get it. they have so much to say, but nobody can hear any of it. and the one guy on this board that said the production sounded good? sup with that? i mean, damn. they're on fat, they have the budget now -- the only logical conclusion at which i can arrive is that they intentionally mix the vocals low, which i think is a HUGE mistake. is shitty production supposed to make you more "punk" or something? fuck some of that.

JOE_MOMMA (June 13, 2002)

Haha thats funny no its not its gay

Anonymous (June 13, 2002)

No, what's really gay is to call yourself "Joe_Momma".

Ska is good (but not all of it).

Mad Caddies rule!!

JOE_MOMMA (June 13, 2002)

No ska is gay

Anonymous (June 13, 2002)

i dont think anyone has to comment on the kid below me. Last i checked a type of music didn't have a sexual prefrence. D4 is fucking incredible

JOE_MOMMA (June 12, 2002)

This is probably the gayest thing ever maybe since ska

this is probably the gayest thing ever maybe since ska

ska is gay
ska is gay yes

Anonymous (June 12, 2002)

The songs may not be as instantly catchy as the band's earlier stuff but they are still chockfull of the quality you've come to expect from Dillinger Four. Give it a few more spins if you're not convinced at first.
And while you're at it, check out the Dillinger Four beer review in Fat City Magazine #4 on stands in July. Erik, Paddy, Paddy and Lane sit down and critique four beers like only they can. Contact fatcitymag@hotmail.com for more details.

CallingLondon (June 12, 2002)

this disc rocks my world. basically loud Snuff-like guitars with NoFX hooks. the first song is incredible, and the rest of the CD is equally as great, it just takes a few listens to fully appreciate it. this is a really good year for music, isn't it?

JOE_MOMMA (June 12, 2002)

Im here to save punk rock from going to the homosexuals cuz they just want to have sex with it.

waste_elite (June 12, 2002)

alright i've given these guys a second chance. i've heard a few D4 songs from some friends and thought they were good but nothing spectacular. so after hearing everyone shit themselves over these guys i went out and bought this disc. i must say i am impressed. a bunch of hooks and melodies buried under a mess of vicious, noisy guitars. this will take a while to digest but i really like it.

fat is on the right track.

Anonymous (June 11, 2002)

since when did punk need saving?
they are just an awesome band

seek (June 8, 2002)

I just really started finding out about these guys, and I must say, I like what I hear. It is pop punk, very raw pop punk, the kind I like. The person below who said they draw an obvious influence from the current Brit pop punk bands is right, the two bands he cited (Leatherface and Snuff) are both rockin, too. I definitely want to get this album, because I don't have anything by them yet.

Anonymous (June 8, 2002)

Dillinger Four kicks ass. This is how a good punk rock records should sound like. Too bad so many "so-called" punk bands are too concerned about what their fans might think....

D4 doesn't give a fuck what people think, and that's why they tune up their guitars a tad too loud, adding a metallish charm to this perfect record.

Buy this!!

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

this is my opinion, but i think in a scene were bands like anti flag, AFI,and Saves the Day are extremley poplular for not really doing anything new, i think it's a little unfair to call D4 of all other bands overratted, but thats just me. Not that D4 is incredibly Unique, but no one else REALLY sounds like them, and there lyrics are incredible, but again, thats just my opinion, ok, thats all.

Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

Fuck you all D4 puts the cock back in rock! For me:
1. This Shit is Genious
2. Situationist
3. Midwestern
4. Vs GOd

But on and all they are all #1

And yes, they will save punk rock and your puny little asses.
Thank you and good night

waste_elite (June 6, 2002)

D4 is an awesome band but come on guys, they aren't going to "save punk". good but overrated.

Anonymous (June 6, 2002)

I hope Dillinger Four "sells out" so that people can stop saying they're gonna save punk. This is alright, but come on. It's definitely not the life changing record you guys are building it up to be.

fish (June 6, 2002)

while i don't particularly like this band, i can see why people are saying that they are going to save punk. they have some real talent.
i can definitely appreciate their uniqueness. i hear them and kind of want to call them pop punk, but then i don't at the same time.
hopefully, this is the kind of music that will become the popular type of punk, rather than the current crap.

adam (June 5, 2002)

evildeadalive: I think it officially has been released here... But I'd be damned if I could find it. Oh well... Fat Wreck has pretty fast mailorder and even with the exchange its cheaper then a mall-store.

plummy (June 5, 2002)

this is the only dillinger four full length i have...it's great...i love their throughty, dry vocals mixed with their other big burly guy deep warm air from your stomache ones...i also have just about every compilation they've been on and they all rock...i'm so glad their on fat wreck now...

evildeadalive (June 5, 2002)

Has this been released in Canada yet? I went to two different places today, and neither oof them had it.

You are absolutely correct sickboi.

sickboi (June 4, 2002)

D4 is here to save punk. All these pseudo-gutterpunk bands, whiny emo bands, corporate pop-punk bands and so on don't have a fucking clue.

Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

Incredible, every full length, comp song and 7 inch they've ever put out is incredible, and this is no diffrent. Not to mention they put on the best show i've ever seen. Best punk band going right now in my mind.

wyzo (June 4, 2002)

I like Vs God just from habit of listening to it so I think this is a step down, but I'm waiting on it since Ive only heard mp3s and I think their sound is dense enough that the CD quality will actually be noticeable.

Ive liked paddys songs so far but I think I liked it better with eriks songs outweighing his.

I'm waiting on the 11 song EP (?) of theres thats been planned for no idea records since last summer. I'd like to know whether the 8 originals on that were written after this batch or before. So im looking forward to that more than this LP.

The sound of D4 and Larry arms is a music of tension between the rawness and ugliness of punk rock and the beauty of the more conventional forms of music so its a nice conflict and balance of opposing forces. Theres the melody with the edge.

Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

Who decided Midwestern Songs was their best effort, I for one thought Vs. God blew it out of the fucking water with superior melodies and song structures. This release is pretty good too, but I have to listen to it more to fully make my opinion on it.


Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

This shit is killer-oldpunker-

adam (June 4, 2002)

From what I've heard of it, this release is absolutely fantastic and easily one of the years best...

It'd be nice if it was in the damn record store today...

Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

I think the link that ties all those bands together isn't geography, rather a love of modern English pop-punk bands like Leatherface and Snuff. If you've ever heard Leatherface's Mush you'll see where D4 and all these other bands get a lot of their tricks.

Personally I think the sound is brilliant, though. I can't get enough of bands like this.

Deep Fry Bonanza

Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

FORGET dashboard jesus, and saves the day, and Poision the fake metal. this is punk no bullshit. fuck the punk scene and its trendy circus.

Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

Funny that the "midwestern sound" includes a band from Chicago, one from Baltimore and one from Tokyo. Hey, one out of three ain't bad. But I do know what you're saying and I've tried to come up with a name for it myself. Nothing works.

Anyways, I've heard this record and agree that it's better than Vs. God but nowhere near Midwestern Songs... I rarely listen to Vs. God anymore, but Midwestern Songs... still sees heavy rotation. I'm afraid Situationist Comedy will follow the same path as Vs. God. But I'm still going to pick it up tonight. I've got one of the songs stuck in my head right now, so it won't let me get away with not buying the record.

Anonymous (June 4, 2002)

Hmm. "Situationalist Comedy" is a step up from "Versus God" as far as I'm concerned, but still can't match "Midwestern Songs..." The production is leaning towards the Midwestern Songs sound, and finally, Erik's voice sounds slightly normal -- aka, there's not a whole lot of effects put on it (anyone who has seen them live will vouch for the fact that Erik's voice is not that high live, even from the get-go).
Some pretty good songs here, but some of Paddy's songs are sort of choppy, and that second track (with a terrible name if you ask me...) is really a departure from anything they've done -- but maybe they're trying to do that whole "Number 51 Dick Butkus" thing.
A lot of bands are doing a similiar thing these days. It's kind of the midwestern sound. Lawrence Arms, the Thumbs, the Urchin, and a few others are all trying a similiar approach. Drinking, vague songs and poppy, yet edgy punk rock. I enjoy the formula, but I think it could wear quickly.
So, basically, this is kinda mid-range for D4. It's cliched to say their first full-length was the best, but it was. Production was dead-on, most was mid-tempo, and fewer moshy break-downs (which they seem to wear as a badge on this album).
Let's just say this is far better than I was expecting. But after the Lawrence Arms Fat Wreck release and the latest D4 album, I think maybe they're looking to improve on their bad rep.

CallingLondon (June 4, 2002)

sounds incredible. can't wait to get this disk.

Wyld_Stallyns_Rule (June 4, 2002)

Actually the guy at the beginning is from the band Sweet JAP, who actually opened for 'em at their cd release party. That was pretty tight, 'cause the guy did it here, too. Fucking sweet show, Patrick was getting trashed . . .and naked. that was pretty nasty, I was right in front of him. great album, though.

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