The Dead Milkmen

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Cream Of The Crop: The Best Of The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen - Cream Of The Crop: The Best Of The Dead Milkmen ©1998 BMG Special Products
1. Bitchin' Camaro
2. Punk Rock Girl
3. The Thing That Only Eats Hippies
4. Surfin' Cow
5. Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance To Anything)
6. Smokin' Banana Peels
7. Stuart
8. Beach Song
9. Dean's Dream
10. Laundromat Song

The Dead Milkmen, love 'em or hate 'em, have been one of the longer running novelty joke punk rock bands. Having released a slew of snotty, braindead surfer dude records over the course of a decade, the band was always a hit or miss outfit who either succeeded in delivering silly jokes with a bent towards pop culture or completely annoying the listener with overtly stupid humor. This ten track compilation takes some of their better known "hits" and puts them on one short, chintzy disc. Considering the liner notes are entirely devoid of information and the CD lasts less than a half hour, there's the feeling that this disc is entirely unnecessary for anyone's well being in life. However, it does save the casual listener of having to suffer through some of the band's worst tendencies found on their full length releases. Singer Rodney Anonymous frankly has one of the most obnoxious voices ever found in punk rock, being fully tuneless, nasally and snotty all at once. Perhaps he has the most punk rock voice in existence, by the same standard. Meanwhile, the band itself played a rowdy brand of surf blended punk that wasn't too terribly bad.

This compilation, as stated earlier, does contain ten of their best known songs, including the perennial "Punk Rock Girl", for which the band may forever be remembered. It also includes the exceptionally silly "Bitchin' Camaro", which rags on various aspects of pop culture as well as giving the Doors a jab in the ribs and then begging them not to sue for copyright infringements. The final notable track is "Stuart", in which the title's hero is subjected to the paranoid rantings of his neighbor in the trailer park. The other seven songs are either somewhat amusing or fully tepid reminders that humor isn't very easy to translate through music.

In summation, the Dead Milkmen weren't exactly the most important of bands to play punk music. Their scant few hilarious numbers may make a case for the popularity of Napster since they simply aren't good enough or showed enough cleverness to their jokes to warrant purchasing all their full length releases. Cream of the Crop, were it any longer, would definitely be too much Milkmen to go around yet it's so short that you can't help but feel ripped off if you pay more than a couple bucks for it.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2001

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