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The Bouncing Souls have never been in the New Yorker. The NJ band that has been kicking their singular brand of angular punk-anthems for upwards of 15 years now, are not necessarily what you would classify as critical darlings, but they have something more tangible. The boys have an arsenal of songs that no one in the North East corridor can deny, tracks like Sing Along Forever, Kate Is Great, ... Read more in Amazon's Bouncing Souls Store

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B00005J9YX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. That Song
2. Private Radio
3. True Believers
4. Better Life
5. The Something Special
6. Broken Record
7. Lifetime
8. Manthem
9. Break-Up Song
10. Streetlight Serenade (To No One)
11. Late Bloomer
12. No Comply
13. Gone

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As the third track on How I Spent My Summer Vacation makes abundantly clear, the Bouncing Souls are "True Believers," utterly uncompromising stalwarts of punk. By "punk," they do not mean the art-school flamboyance or anarcho-posturings of the Sex Pistols, or the heartfelt, in-your-face raging of Henry Rollins and Black Flag. Rather, this is the simple peacetime punk of kids with energy to spare. It's about sunny days, pretty girls, BMX bikes, and playful pogoing. It's about loneliness, alienation, and the desperate conviction of teenage love. And, above all, it's about music as a force for good. The Bouncing Souls deliver a positivist, anthemic pop that's specifically designed to raise depressed spirits, as evinced lyrically by the two openers, "That Song" and "Private Radio," and the closing tune, "Gone." In this respect, they have much in common with Green Day and the Offspring, but they carefully avoid the deliberate frivolity of those bands, evidently aiming to reflect the lives and feelings of their fans instead of becoming rock & roll personalities themselves. Unfortunately, this realism makes How I Spent My Summer Vacation increasingly inconsequential as the tracks pass. But, in short bursts, it is what it intends to be--great fun. --Dominic Wills

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The songs on this album demonstrate this very well.
Motorcycleboy
"True Believers" may be the best song in the Souls catalogue simply because it portrays who they are and gives us something from each member of the band.
Large Marge
So buy this album, I know its one of the best decisions I've ever made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Large Marge on September 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ventura, circa 2004. My first experience with the Souls was an unexpected one after hearing a set of theirs at Warped. The songs they sang sounded breathtaking and uplifting... the kind of songs that make your heart beat faster and get you excited. The first thing I did after witnessing this spectacle was to rush over to their booth and buy a cd. I chose this. Now, a couple years later and having heard everything they have released... this remains the best. It is more polished then anything prior and just plain better than their latest two (which are also great).

The album starts out with a bang with the punk classic "That Song" which is really cool because it is like you are the one they are singing about... putting the needle on the record and playing that song again.

The second song "Private Radio" is one of the best songs to sing along to with its simple yet catchy chorus and great verses... just a great song about music in general.

"True Believers" may be the best song in the Souls catalogue simply because it portrays who they are and gives us something from each member of the band. Amazing drums, guitar and vocals make this an instant classic about friendship.

"Better Life" is one of those songs that gets your emotions ivolved. Not because its sad but because it is SO uplifting. Outstanding song.

"The Something Special" is a slower song that portrays Greg's voice the best out of any song I've heard. It starts out slower than picks up speed resulting in one of those choruses you can't help but scream out.

"Broken Record" is a classic Souls sounding song and another one that shows their love for what they do.

"Lifetime" is a favorite of mine particularly for the instrumentation involved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By myveryownflag on May 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I believe that this is by far the band's best work. The album is full of catchy and upbeat anthems. Yes, anthems. These are songs that you will sing out in your room or chant along with in your car. From beginning to end, this album delivers a surge of positive energy that never lets you down. This cd will lift your spirits as well as your heart rate. Greg's voice carries beautifully, while still staying true to their punk rock sound. The Pete's guitarwork is fairly simple, but holds the songs up, nonetheless. Bryan's bassage is innovative and catchy, and rolls on flawlessly through every track. And Michael's drumming is spot-on and aggressive, and it totally keeps you movin'. One of my favorite things about the Bouncing Souls is their lyrics, which are real and easy to relate to. They sing of good and bad times, old friends and new ones, love lost and love found, and about reconnecting with the things that make you happy. "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" will get you through the day floating on a cloud of pure liveliness and bliss. Who wouldn't love that? It's hard to narrow down my favorites on this album, but they'd have to be "Private Radio", "Lifetime", "Broken Record", "Late Bloomer", and "The Something Special". It's great stuff so go buy it!! And also, if you get the chance to see these guys live, go for it! Their live show is just as promising if not more than this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By davey on April 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
this album is one of those few.
i'll start with a few reviewers' clichés: i've heard a lot of nouveau punk bands and i have bought very few of their albums but... this one's worth it. not only one of the best punk albums i've heard but one of the best all round albums. at least in my all time top twenty.
there's not one track you'd want to bother getting up to skip past and almost every one sounds like it deserves to be a top ten single. a great voice, great basslines, a very simple and winning formula to the songs. good lyrics! not one line that makes you cringe and some that are well worth remembering: "i'm no good, you're no better, wouldn't we be perfect together?"
one of the reviews said that the down to earth nature of this album renders it somewhat inconsequential. i disagree with this i think it makes it all the more real and emotional and inspirational to a regular person (or anyone else for that matter). even the title 'how i spent my summer vacation' just makes you think of what fantastic things human beings are capable of.
my faourite tracks: true believers, the something special, late bloomer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg on July 14, 2001
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...this cd is great to hear when there is so much poser punk out there. apparently, legit punk rock bands have been laying low with new material and i got tired of hearing the same stuff over and over. if youve been leaning away from punk lately, listen to this album. it'll bring back the memories and trap you in the state of mind once again! this cd is a great diversion from the normal mold. thats the bouncing souls way. this album is great. i recommend picking it up because it is blatant, in-your-face, fun punk rock. the world needed a charge of this kind of energy in the punk scene (for me at least). i definitly give the band credit. their style has matured without a loss of quality - thats a good thing. no more "throwing toilets". this ranks up with the great "maniacal laughter". the world is a better place now that this cd is released. no seriously, buy it. you will not be disappointed.
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