Doughboys "Crush" CDPosted on Friday, November 25th, 2005 @ 8:50am » permalink
Oh boy, I can hear it now: All the 90's metallic hardcore fanatics who frequent this site moaning in agony and running for the hills, cursing my name until another burly moshfest hits it home. Tough luck for the weekend, kids, you know I'm a sucker for the catchy shit, and this fucker's about as loaded with hooks as you can get.
Formed in Canada in the late-80's by John Kastner after he quit the Asexuals, the Doughboys released their debut, "Whatever", in 1987, with Kastner bringing along what I believe was an entirely new lineup for "Home Again" in 1988. I don't own everything the band recorded, but their third full-length, "Happy Accidents", is damn solid material, I must say. But that's not the point…
After that it was time for the majors, and so our story really begins with 1993's "Crush": One of the best albums I've ever spent less than $3 on in my entire life, without a doubt. On this record the band somehow exploded out from their melodic punk rock roots into an absolutely perfect blend of pop-punk and total pop rock – taking all that catchiness and tossing in little bits of what could be tagged emo/indie rock or whatever, but the bottom line is that the songs are fucking impeccable, I don't give a fuck what you want to call it! Tell me I'm wrong and I'll tell you you're deaf!
Their stint on the majors ended with the downfall of the band after 1996's "Turn Me On" – a record which one would have expected to kick some serious ass considering the pure mastery of "Crush", but I assure you that nothing could be further from the truth. This album was damn near impossible to find when it was first released, and after years of searching, I eventually had no other choice but to pay an inflated import price, so needless to say I was appalled by how incredibly dull the follow-up was by comparison. Trust me, the early shit = pretty good, and "Crush" = fucking phenomenal, but stop there. I've owned "Turn Me On" for probably six or seven years now, and I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually listened to it. What the hell happened!?
As with some of the other major label wasteland selections I've posted in the past, this classic gem is one of the easiest to find used CD's in the history of existence, despite its officially out of print status. Over the course of the last 10+ years I've seen used copies of "Crush" ranging from $1 – $8 in damn near every record store I've ever frequented, and you can find it literally everywhere online as well. I have no clue why, I guess maybe this shit's too "poppy" for all the chump motherfuckers out there who have to be all hardline-D.I.Y.-underground-all-heavy-all-the-time, but I say ease up on the testosterone, nerds, 'cause this shit is amazing. And who in their right mind could pass up those absurd $0.01 prices!?