And now an album chosen for me that the boss thinks I'd like. It's my reward for doing Death Cab for Cutie or Mumford & Sons or something.
The album is Stop, Drop and Roll by Foxboro Hot Tubs. And Eddie's right. I like this, and own it.
I own it because I'm a massive Green Day fan. Foxboro Hot Tubs are basically Green Day, plus their touring band members. But do I only like this because it's Green Day? Or does the album shine brightly on it's own merits?
Billie Joe Armstrong used the alter ego 'Reverend Strychnine Twitch' for this project. Lovely eh?
Anywho, Stop Drop & Roll was released in 2008 from a collection of tracks that were previously available free on the Green Day website.
It's an unashamed nod to the 60s and bands like The Kinks (Alligator is begging for a mash-up with You Really Got Me) and The Doors. It has that Garage rock feel with fast paced scuzzy riffs with the bass low, and yeah, it's good. But the best songs here are the ones that sound like Green Day songs, like Mother Mary and Stop Drop & Roll.
The majority of this album could easily have been split up as B Sides for 21st Century Breakdown's singles and onward. Nobody would have batted an eyelid. But I for one prefer it for what it is, as described by the Reverend himself:
"We love to play music and be spontaneous, and after a few late night jams and a few too many bottles of wine, we were inspired to record some rockin' eight-track recordings".
It's Green Day cutting loose, celebrating their roots, trying something a little different and having fun. And it seems this will continue. Billie Joe has described '!Dos!' from Green Day's recent trilogy of albums as the second Foxboro Hot Tubs album.
So yes, maybe I'm biased and only Green Day fans may appreciate this, but there are plenty of us around.
7/10. This is good and well worth a check.
(Move your mouse over the chicks on the album cover. They do Go-Go dancing. It's fun)