POP-O-PIES, Pop-O-Anthology: 1984-1993 CD
1. Joe snarls, sneers, and wrings the neck of his guitar throughout this sharp quasi-metallic reworking of the Dead's "hit", "Truckin'"
2. Electro beats paired with a deadpan "rap"
3. Rip on narrow-minded, trust-fund, pseudo-punks done in a most annoying (that's good) style
4. More traditional punk tune - three chords, lyrics about some ways in which NY sucks (echoes of Fear's "NY's Alright If You Like Saxophones" except that Joe's serious), and a bit of the old "working class peoples"
5. Hardcore parody featuring the immortal lyric "Anti-Reagan and stuff man, yeah"
6. Another Flipper-like screech through a litany of NY's horrors for the soulful SF artist which include dealing with self-indulgent junkies and high prices (noted irony: fruit is expensive despite the "Big Apple" appelation); "shithole" and "fuck"
7. Joe expounds all to "smoke pot, everybody smoke pot" over a crunchy version of the Beatles oh-so-subtle pro-drug classic
8. Hey, it's a catchy, crunchy riff carrying a funny lyric about a "bummed out guy" and interrupted by a nauseatingly wankerific guitar solo
9. Ultra-catchy punk riff on morons
10. Imagine one of the positive-thinking speeches, full of BS and buzz phrases, at one of those get rich quick seminars, set into the milieu of punk rock band management, burrito stand operation, and a Hendrix-inspired guitar; add another dig at "hardcore" kids taking panhandling spots from "legit" panhandlers and you have ... yeah ... "Spirit! Excellence! Good stuff!"
11. Tape-run-backwards cover version of another Dead song then 'appy 'ardcore forward take - ultra simple riff and lyric consisting of "Sunshine baby"
12. I'll take this as a backhanded tribute to the "Goldfinger" theme, though with the inimitable P-O-P lyrical touch - here taking music industry duplicity to task
13. Another backward-run-tape, which sounds still quite rocking, of course
14. This song could probably be just as effective at 2 minutes as at the present 7; a tweaked guitar and plaintive vocals
15. Now several years on, Joe is more straightforwardly rocking out though he's still self-deprecating
16. Shambolic start/stop/start/stop/start; amusingly simpleminded rhymes
17. Chugging metallic riff
18. Poppy punk, which
was all the rage by the 1993 recording date of this track.