Various - Fat Music Volume VI: Uncontrollable Fatulence (Cover Artwork)


Fat Music Volume VI: Uncontrollable Fatulence (2002)

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While I was off frantically searching for the new Raised Fist the other day, I stumbled upon the latest Fat Wreck compilation and thought, what the hell, its only five bucks. One thing I like about compilations is that they are cheap, and generally, I usually end up buying a CD because of a completion. However, I am not sure this will be the case with Uncontrollable Fatulence. The latest Fat Wreck comp boasts unreleased songs from the likes of Strung Out, Mad Caddies, Lagwagon, Anti-Flag, and of course NOFX (just to name a few). All in all, 11 of the 18 tracks are brand new. I have no problems with that, in fact that is one of my biggest beefs with the Punk ‘O Rama series is their lack of unreleased tracks, however, I would've really liked to see new tracks from Propagandhi and Good Riddance rather than Back to the Motor League and Yesterday's Headlines, respectively. It's been a while since they each released full length cds, so, it would've been nice. Other than that, let's get down to business.

Mad Caddies have a song called "Leavin" which is brand new. I think its pretty good, not Duck and Cover good, but still good. Towards the end of the song, there is a great trumpet solo with a mute (something that the Mad Caddies seemed to start to fade away from). A couple tracks later is Lagwagon, and they sound great as always. If this is any indication to what we can expect in the future, then I don't think they will disappoint anyone.

Strung Out has another good song, like always, but it seems to be a song that didn't make the cut for American Paradox, which would make sense. Since American Paradox has been my bar for Strung Out recently, I was a little disappointed in "Your Worst Mistake." I was a little disappointed in the Anti-Flag song. I have always been a fan of most of what they put out, but the chorus of "Federation" really started to get on my nerves after awhile. I always thought these guys were a little better song writers than "federation, federation, federation, hey hey hey." For those who aren't fans of Justin Sane's voice, they are in luck as it is another #2 sung song.

The NOFX song "Mattersville" is NOFX. I don't know how to explain how these guys get away with what they do, but it's NOFX, nothing new from the likes of them.

In the end, Fat Wreck's 6th installment is worth the five or six bucks it costs to get them. It isn't the greatest in the series, but one can never hold compilations to the highest of standards.