The Vandals Hitler Bad, Vandals Good
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- Released: August 2, 1999
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Nitro Records
- $0.99 on iTunes1.People That Are Going to Hell
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Cafe 405
- $0.99 on iTunes3.My Girlfriend's Dead
- $0.99 on iTunes4.I Know, Huh?
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Money's Not an Issue
- $0.99 on iTunes6.I've Got an Ape Drape
- $0.99 on iTunes7.If the Gov't Could Read My Mind
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Too Much Drama
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Come Out Fighting
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Euro-Barge
- $0.99 on iTunes11.F'd up Girl
- $0.99 on iTunes12.Idea For a Movie, An
- $0.99 on iTunes13.OK
- $0.99 on iTunes14.So Long, Farewell
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Personnel: Dave Quackenbush (vocals); Jason Freese (saxophone); Gabrial McNair (trombone); Stan Freese (tuba); Josh Freese (drums, cymbals, background vocals); Adrian Young (bongos); Joe Escalante (background vocals).
Recording information: For the Record, Orange, CA; NRG, North Hollywood, CA; Ocean Way, Hollywood, CA; Planet OF The Tapes, L.A., CA.
Illustrator: Warren Fitzgerald .
Photographer: Lisa Johnson .
The Vandals are like a Tex Avery cartoon. They're wacky, their intentions are absurdly comedic, and their eyes pop out whenever they see a cute girl passing by. But one thing for sure is that the Vandals are way past their angst-filled "Suburbia" days; now they just want to make people laugh with their upteenth album Hitler Bad, Vandals Good. Normally, when a punk band -- or any band in general -- tries to be funny and musically inclined at the same time, they only succeed in one of the two efforts. Surprisingly, the Vandals have a nice balance of both with songs like "My Girlfriend's Dead," with the lyrics "My girlfriend's dead you see, it's a total lie -- but it's easier on me than having to admit that she likes someone else." Then there's "I've Got an Ape Drape," which throws out a plethora of adjectives for the short-on-top-long-in-back haircut "Hockey Hair, Mullet, Norco Neck Warmer." To top it off on a serious note, there's even a nice dedication to former Pennywise bassist Jason Matthew Thirsk, who committed suicide a year prior to this release. ~ Mike DaRonco