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Onward Christian Slater

  • 1. Onward Christian Slater
    2. I'm Going Fishing
    3. So Many Tears
    4. Living Check to Check
    5. Trip That Needed to Be Took, The
    6. Surfin' All the Time
    7. When All the Beer Is Gone
    8. Vicissitudes of Life, The
    9. Houseguest, The
    10. I'm in Love
    11. They Don't Want Me (In the NBA)
    12. I Am So Sorry
    13. Let's Go Fishing
    14. You Cannot Count on Me
    15. River and the Tree, The
    16. ICD9300.00
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 056

  • Credits
    ProducerRob Perez; Rob Perez
    EngineerRob Perez; Roger Malinowski; Rob Perez

    Personnel: Bert Susanka (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, nylon-string guitar, banjo, timbales, background vocals); Bert Susanka; Filthy Scent (rap vocals); Susan Susanka, Erich Wood, Gary Fitch (spoken vocals); Miguel (guitar); Beacon (flute); Roger Malinowski (accordion); Sandy Bergas (clarinet); Bob Masters, Brian (trumpet); Farmer (trombone); Dave Owns, Dave Owens, Ryan McCusker (drums); Chris Dumm (Jew's harp); Ryella Robinson Linder, The Norman Tabernacle Chainsaw Massacre Chorus (background vocals); Rob Perez (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, E-bow, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, piano, organ, synthesizer, tambourine, programming, background vocals); Jah Horns, Break Wind & Fire Horns.
    Additional personnel: Dani Armstrong (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Rob Perez; Devin DeVore.
    Recording information: Headway Music Complex, Westminster, CA (2005-2006); Rob's Spare Bedroom, Anaheim, CA (2005-2006).
    Onward Christian Slater is just the kind of smarmy pop culture wink of an album title that usually portends smug awfulness within the grooves. Surprisingly, the title song itself kicks off the album with a gloriously kitschy blast of twangy surf guitar, mariachi trumpets, space age bachelor pad percussion and wordless choral vocals, like a cross between the opening section of Frank Zappa's Lumpy Gravy and an Esquivel album. Naturally, this then leads into a cheerful bubblegum-punk tune about the joys of the fishing life, complete with Beach Boys-style backing vocals. Bert Susanka, better known as the leader of the cult pop-punk act the Ziggens, isn't even pretending to make his first solo album musically or tonally consistent: bits of power pop, mopey indie rock gloom, ska and rockabilly flit through these 18 songs, and for every two goofball tunes like "They Don't Want Me in the NBA" and "When All the Beer Is Gone," there's a more serious, even mature tune like "So Many Tears" or "The Vicissitudes of Life" that's closer in tone to, say, the Weakerthans. Onward Christian Slater is a roller-coaster ride, then, and occasionally, it does descend to the cutesiness of its title, but it's an unpretentious gem that may well appeal to fans of the Queers or the Mr. T Experience. ~ Stewart Mason

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