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Milo Goes to College

  • 1. Myage
    2. I Wanna Be a Bear
    3. I'm Not a Loser
    4. Parents
    5. Tony Age
    6. M-16
    7. I'm Not a Punk
    8. Catalina
    9. Suburban Home
    10. Statue of Liberty
    11. Kabuki Girl
    12. Marriage
    13. Hope
    14. Bikeage
    15. Jean Is Dead
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 142

  • Credits

    Descendents: Tony Lombardo (bass guitar); Frank Navetta, Milo Aukerman, Bill Stevenson.
    Personnel: Milo Aukerman (vocals); Frank Navetta (guitar); Bill Stevenson (drums).
    Recording information: Total Access, Redondo Beach.
    With 15 tracks in 22 minutes, the Descendents about brevity in a big way. The Southern California punk rock that the band defined was funny, snotty, fast, and distinctly un-subtle (see "I Wanna Be a Bear" for proof). Interestingly, the Descendents sound less "tinny" than many of their contemporaries and this makes their music seem much less dated than one might expect--it also may be one reason for the lasting interest in the band. Eventually Descendents-style punk mutated into the pop-punk popularized by Green Day and their ilk, but the original stuff stills rocks the house.
    The first verse of "Suburban Home" is a perfect example of the Descendents version of sarcasm: "I wanna be stereotyped, I wanna be classified, I wanna be a clone, I wanna suburban home." Other standouts include the bass-driven home-life rant of "Parents," the romantic (at least as romantic a snotty teen is going to get) longing of "Hope," and the grudgingly concern-filled sound of the anti-addiction warning "Bikeage." This is California punk rock at it's best, and probably the best of the Descendents albums.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (5/01, p.109) - Ranked #20 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records" - "...15 Cali-core paroxysms that anatomize dork-dude pangs with haiku brevity..."
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