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Dave Quackenbush sings the chorus of "Soccer Mom" as if just the concept of a song about a soccer mom was funny by itself.
Even the song "Lord of the Dance" does not elicit a laugh.
But there's no "I've Got an Ape Drape" or "San Berdu" on Internet Dating Superstuds.
In the next few months we are going to be releasing some special Kung Fu products through Bandcamp. and international versions of the release and instrumental versions of all those tracks for you to do for your instrumental only listening pleasure.
The first is a special 31 track FLAC “lossless” version of the Vandals “Internet Dating Superstuds”. There’s also a home-demo version of “Disproportioned Head” sung by Warren as part of the demo-ing process explained in the extra release related materials on the Kung Fu Records Bandcamp page.
A couple of tunes are maybe worth a chuckle, but mostly the Vandals spew out super-sized duds on Internet Dating Superstuds.
It's a shame too, because they were on a roll from The Quickening to Look What I Almost Stepped In, and Christmas With the Vandals is a yuletide classic of sorts.
As a promotion for the album, the band members held an online contest in which four fans each won a "date" with one of the band members.
These "dates" were videotaped and including in the enhanced CD-ROM portion of the CD.
We mixed the album in Boston so we could use Paul Q. Q Division studios in Boston has a vending machine that sells cans of beer. On tour we milked the "dating" gag for nearly 2 years after the album's release.
Our "dates" were contest winners who hung out with the band after shows. The bonus track Count To Ten was inspired by the contrived anger and pseudo-anguish spewed out by the Nu Metal bands who were popular in 2002. The first Boston accent I heard upon arrival was at the car rental place. We’ll all be killed and we will thrill as blood is spilled. We’ll all get laid X2 Little Weirdo The little weirdo down the street says he’s making a rocket ship with household items, so we can’t find him.
Both of these people are in bands more popular than The Vandals. At least we all go out together heading off to never-never land. Ground control there’s no one there, we haven’t heard a word from his interstellar patio chair.
It was the band's first album after their permanent move to Kung Fu, after having fulfilled their contract with Nitro Records in 2000.
Nor does the not very high-concept "Disproportioned Head." The slightly more introspective "My Brother Is Gay" is an OK tune.