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Frantix – My Dad’s A Fuckin’ Alcoholic (Alternative Tentacles)

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In the early ‘80s a little known Colorado band made waves on the Western States with their angry and poignant punk. The Angry Samoans can thank this band. Shut Up Little Man can thank this band. Mudhoney did a cover of the title track and we can now thank Alternative Tentacles for bringing this rare gem back to life.


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The almost indiscernable clusterfuck of My Dad’s A Fuckin’ Alcoholic defines chaos. It’s rude, it’s rugged, it’s the sound of a recording fueled by awful methods both internal and external. Why would you want to listen to something like this? Because it’s punk as fuck! Its rudimentary spirit undermines the authority of proper recording methods. My Dad’s A Fuckin’ Alcoholic shows that a band like this can achieve what they set out to accomplish all while making the simple point that no one is going to tell them what to do. Mark Deaton paces around while throwing words at you like he’s throwing punches. “Face Reality,” “New Questions,” “Tomorrow” all include the realities of life through the realities of aggro-punk means.

These kids were pissed and you knew it. As juvenile as their songs sounded: “Car” and “Static Cling,” they were immediate and direct. You did not need clarification to know where these kids were coming from.

But beyond that, you get glimpses of an art school leanings carved out by the kitschiness of the New York Dolls or the peculiar rock of the Modern Lovers as clouded as those elements tend to feel.

And in context to the times, they may not have stood out as The Weirdos, Black Flag, Flipper, or MDC, but you will be quick to conclude that My Dad’s A Fuckin’ Alcoholic is as important to the contribution of the punk scene as any of the well known rebelers. Only two 7-inch records were released and a collection of unreleased songs stored in the vault, this collection culminates between live versions, demos, the 7-inch platters and unreleased goodies. Forgive the production, but I would not have it any other way than to preserve the purity of the movement. And by that, the spirit of Frantix will bleed over to your reactionary being.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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