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It's a Living


  • 1. Tommy Speaks
    2. Total Goombah
    3. Duke It Out
    4. Give Me Anything
    5. Third Man In
    6. Everything I Wanted
    7. No Emotion
    8. Four Heads One Brain
    9. Tommy Speaks Again
    10. Stick Boy
    11. No More Headcheese
    12. Road Pizza
    13. We're Brewing
    14. My Game
    15. 100 and 10%
    16. Cabbage In a Bag
    17. Tranquil
    18. More Tommy
    19. Sabrina
    20. Comatose
    21. Danielle (She Don't Care About Hockey)
    22. We're Bad
    23. Joey Had To Go
    24. Hockey Song, The
    25. Let's Go Out Tonight
    26. Sudden Death
    27. Shut Up Tommy
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 36

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerBlair Calibaba

    Personnel: Melanie Kaye, Keith Rose, Daniel Bastion, Richard Zemlak, Nick Trout, Lyndon Byers, John Chedsey.
    Audio Mixer: Blair Calibaba.
    Recording information: Coaldale Motor Inn, Coaldale, Alberta.
    Photographers: Paul Goertzen; John Chedsey; Blair Calibaba.
    To say that the Hanson Brothers are still happily continuing their overt Ramones worship on their first live album is an understatement -- there's a reason why the title is a riff on that earlier band's classic effort It's Alive, and why the most directly heartfelt moment on the album is the tribute to the late Joey Ramone, "Joey Had to Go." Pulling together a slew of songs from their various efforts from a show in Alberta, interspersed with snippets of an interview with Tommy Hanson, whose persistent non-answers are somehow more coherent than most bands' straightforward ones, the quartet charges on ahead with little change from the studio versions of the songs, and for good reason -- why mess around with a good thing? Knowing that it's Nomeansno underneath all the punk/hockey drag is part of the joy; hearing them bust out great harmonies on "Everything I Wanted" and "Stick Boy" or the aggressive-as-hell treble guitar attack starting "Four Heads One Brain" is a delight. Of course, there are also the shouted "one-two-three-four!" countdowns from Tommy throughout, while the concluding track -- "Shut Up Tommy" -- consists of various snippets of the band shouting down various attempts by the hapless guitarist to philosophize on matters, if that's the correct term, while on-stage. A further bonus on the DVD side of the disc is an entertaining treat: All-Grain Brewing with Johnny Hanson, originally released on videotape back in 2002. Featuring the band's glasses-wearing lead singer as indicated, along with brother Davey, it's at once a great performance in character and a perfectly straightforward explanation of how to make one's own beer at home, with practical tips, detailed explanations of equipment and procedures, and a general air of good times. Snippets from various Hanson Brothers performances crop up throughout the tape, as well as moments showing the band at a brewery helping things along. ~ Ned Raggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Kerrang (Magazine) (p.48) - "[A] big bag of infectious pop-punk fun."
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  • Genre: Rock
  • Label: Wrong WRONG 36CD
  • Distributor: CTD
  • Analog/Digital: n/a
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • Released: 5/31/2011
  • UPC: 718571954829
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