The story of how I procured this record is identical to that of the Fun Fun Attitude demo tape I posted 3 and a half years ago. In a nutshell, I sent some money to Polyvinyl Records, with note about “I’m not so into the emo records you’re putting out. Can you just load me up with some random poppy punk stuff you’ve received?” and a few weeks later, a box showed up with this thing in it.
Not much to say here about this that isn’t explained on the back cover art. Front cover art by Nørb himself. Shocking, I know.
Mulligan Stu are from Rockford, IL but if you told me this song was an early demo from a certain pop punk band from Lafayette, IN who put out several records on Lookout, I would not have questioned it. Yet, there’s no direct connection. What exactly was in the water in the midwest in the 90’s?
I’ll admit that I don’t know anything about the Sonic Dolls. I probably should. They (or this song, anyway) is pretty firmly seating well within the bounds of Midwest 90’s pop punk. Just looked them up. They’re from Germany. I wasn’t going to mention the slightly accented English singing, but in that context, it makes perfect sense. If you’re a regular reader of 1000 Yesterdays and/or the stuff I’ve been posting, you’ll likely dig them.
When I got this record in the mail, I was probably most excited to have a new Less Than Jake. My horizons have since been expanded, and I’m more into the Mulligan Stu and Boris songs now. Don’t get me wrong, this song is still pretty great. Less Than Jake just aren’t as high on my Bands I Want To Listen To Right Now list as they used to be.
Really? You’ve read this far and you expect me to tell you something about Boris The Sprinkler that you don’t already know? Reminds me of The Ramones. But not in the MTX “They kind of remind him of Green Day” way. Like in the “these sound like Ramones lyrics and delivery. Are you SURE this isn’t a Ramones cover? Really? Check again.” kind of way.