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They're just Super RAD
on August 24, 2000
I can't think of anything to say here that hasn't been said already. The A-Bats ROCK, they've got awesome, upbeat tunes, and they're not afraid to romp around onstage in spandex. Of all the CDs I own, this is the only one that is guaranteed to cheer me up. Who can't smile while listening to "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates"?
A little background on the Aquabats, they're from Southern California, a wasteland from which spurned the likes of No Doubt, Sublime, Sugar Ray, countless other punk and ska bands, and yours truly. They've got about 8 (or nine, as said before) guys recruited "on a full global assault to take over the world through music," one of them being none other than Travis Barker, of Blink-182. His drum work is excellent, very fast-paced and won't fail to get your foot tapping.
My favorite songs would have to be "Super Rad," [a good song to get pumped up to] "Red Sweater," [an ode to a girl who "wore a red sweater with an alligator,"] "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates," [a really funny tale about Captain Jim Hampton and his quest to "pillage the pillagers" and conquer "the fierce midget pirates of Willygoat." Great drumming, and humorous use of vocals] "Martian Girl," [an ode to another girl from the planet V, who likes to eat people meat; this song is also originally on the "Return" album, although it's a different version] and "My Skateboard." [this is, again, an ode to another girl.]
The A-bats' music will most likely have either one of two effectso n the listener; either a) you will find yourself singing along to the likes of "Lobster Bucket!" and becoming an Aquacadet [for a mere fee of $10, plus you get a spiffy ID card and other rad stuff], or b) You could listen to the first 2 songs, sneer, call it nonsense and turn away from the world of the ever-so-lovable Aquabats. You cynical jerk.
So why not give it a try?