The Presidents of the United States of America Import
The Presidents of the United States of America scratch that itch that you can't reach. They do and say all those things that you'd like to, but fear what people might think of you. They are your inner-child, but stinking drunk on a half-case of cheap beer. And, with the youthful appeal of the Dead Milkmen, the off-kilter storytelling of Primus, and a razor-sharp sense of irony, they are utterly undeniable.
Try, if you will, not to sing along with "Lump." It sticks in your brain after the first chorus and won't leave until you hear something supremely catchy just to scrape the chorus out of heavy frontal lobe rotation. Musically, they keep everything very minimal (they have only five strings between bassist Chris Ballew and guitarist Dave Dederer) and use their incredibly twisted wit to engage the listener. From the punkish "Lump" and "We Are Not Gonna Make It" to the funky "Boll Weevil," the Presidents are the perfect antidote to the serious, heavy-handed rock perpetuated by their Seattle brethren. --Adem Tepedelen
If you already own this album, put it away, take it to a show someday and have them sign it, and buy this album to play, and for the DVD.
As a fan, this is a must have, and it's perfect if you're just coming to think 'damn the Presidents are good... maybe I should buy one of their albums'. You should. You should buy them all... Don't believe me, give a listen, and if they aren't the most fun you've ever heard... You work in an amusement park of awesomeness and glee and rock... and more awesomeness.