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Straight Ahead [Pennywise]


  • 1. Greed
    2. My Own Country
    3. Can't Believe It
    4. Victim of Reality
    5. Might Be a Dream
    6. Still Can Be Great
    7. Straight Ahead
    8. My Own Way
    9. One Voice
    10. Alien
    11. Watch Me as I Fall
    12. Just for You
    13. Can't Take Anymore
    14. American Dream
    15. Need More
    16. Never Know
    17. Badge of Pride
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86553

  • Credits
    ProducerDarian Rundell; Pennywise
    EngineerDarian Rundall

    Pennywise: Jim Lindberg (vocals); Fletcher Dragge (guitar); Randy Bradbury (bass); Byron Chase McMackin (drums).
    Recorded at Stall #2, Redondo Beach, California.
    Recording information: Stall #2, Redondo Beach.
    Along with other California third-wave punk bands like NOFX and MXPX, Pennywise came to fame in the '90s as a major part of the skater/extreme sports milieu. Though the Offspring had more financial success with a pretty similar sound, Pennywise always had the market cornered in terms of street cred with the skater kids. By the time of STRAIGHT AHEAD's release, the revered Cal-punk quartet were already seasoned vets, having gone through the death of a band member (bass player Jason Thirsk), toured ceaselessly, and released several records on top-dog punk label Epitaph. As this 1999 release shows, Pennywise never abandoned their commitment to the classic West Coast skate-punk sound; fast-and-loud Bad Religion-descended hardcore brushed with thrash-metal dynamics and catchy but unobtrusive pop hooks. For as much as the rabble-rousing lyrics decry the sociopolitical state of things, the churning, frenetic guitar and drums offer an immediate, visceral escape from the malaise.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (8/99, p.152) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Pennywise inherits [Bad Religion's] puritanical fervor, get-a-grip sloganeering, and...an anti-government self-reliance that includes down-with-taxes rants....these are the kids your parents hoped you would be."
    CMJ (6/7/99, p.26) - "...The group's pure, unfiltered passion saturates its music, which works as an ideal soundtrack for the daily lives of both half-pipe dwellers and alienated punk intellectuals."
    Guitar Magazine (7/99, p.96) - "...STRAIGHT AHEAD is an apt title for both the record and the band's lyrical and musical attitude....perfectly tapped into the zeitgeist of male teenage America..."
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