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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Prozacs
Thanks For Nothing
Irresponsible Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you were a fly on the wall of my apartment, you've no doubt heard this conversation in the past week:

"I really don't want to review this Prozacs disc. Do you have time at work today?"

"I don't know, maybe… it looks pretty bad."

"Yeah, they're all wearing Screeching Weasel T-shirts."

"I'll see… maybe, if I have time. Maybe."

After a stretch like that, I was half expecting the Prozacs to show me what-for. I mean, after deriding their efforts before even listening to their album, I surely must have jinxed myself. This had to be an awesome collection of songs, just to prove me wrong.

I must have jinxed myself twice, because it canceled itself out. The Prozacs were exactly what I expected: pop-punk that qualifies as neither pop nor punk, in the truest sense of those terms. Bearing no roots (or hooks), it is bratty, obnoxious, fast-paced, and ready for junior high kids getting into their "Whee! Look at me, I'm punk!" phase.

Citing the Ramones, the Queers, and yes, Screeching Weasel as their spiked muses, The Prozacs have all of the snot and little of the substance. Whereas those bands could sneer somewhat attractively, The Prozacs are like little pests clinging to the side of your leg, digging in as you try to shake them off. The vocals have been shellacked to annoying prominence, as a predictable pace speeds through each song without luster. It would be noteworthy if the Prozacs made any shift from the formula to grab your attention, but unfortunately, they do not.

It is difficult to pick highlights in a batch of fairly nondescript songs - but for those of you who make up words to songs in your car, there is a song about chips and dip included (the horribly titled "Empty without You") that will make you feel better about your own lyrical abilities.

On a slightly better note, "Give me the Prozac" at least lets their fun surf-punk side shine through for two minutes, showing that they can attract those malleable pre-teens by waving something shiny in front of their faces. That's not enough, though, as the repetitive chorus of "More, more, more" sounds better from the Andrea True Connection. Much less grating, anyway.

This record makes me pine for the day when I picked up the first Punk-O-Rama compilation from a used CD store, recognizing the Epitaph label and absorbing tracks from Pennywise and Bad Religion. If the Prozacs present a current alternative to that memorable experience, I feel vicariously let down.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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