Chubby white dudes with goatees, Dickies gas station jackets, Descendents jumpsuits and awkward promo photos? Yup, it’s 90s Orange County pop punk!
Since we’re on the topic of 90s pop punk, let’s discuss another band who trolled the fuck out of the 90s punk scene, GUTTERMOUTH. Only I’m not sure it’s fair to call them trolls, because they are pretty much non-ironic homophobic, sexist, racist, rapey douchebags. They might not be the guys you’d trust to babysit your daughter, but they did make some pretty fucking hilarious records that are still fairly offensive even by 2011, post-South Park standards.
The “spoken word intro” is an integral park of punk rock (see “Six Pack,” “Night Of The Living Rednecks,” etc). Guttermouth’s “PC” is without a doubt one of the finest examples, especially when you think about it in the context of the suffocatingly PC 1990s– “That’s like calling a Mexican and Mexican!!!!” U MAD PC PATROL???
Guttermouth trivia: back in the late 90s, some friends of mine were in a NOFX-style band called Formula One (the drummer was Todd from Champion/Betrayed), and they toured a bit with Guttermouth. Everything was cool until Guttermouth couldn’t get into Canada because the singer had some kind of sketchy sexual assault charges against him or something O_o
I can’t find a studio version of “Perfect World” on Jewtube, thanks to the idiots at their label who have blocked it, so you will have to settle for this live track. The audio isn’t quite as good, but on the plus side you get Mark’s semi-racist stage banter (“Oh this is the rap girl, and her blonde friend! They have a combined IQ of 15, exactly what you’d expect”).
My guess is these dudes are probably like 38-40 in this picture. Not sure if that is awesome, disappointing, or some combination of the two.
One of the few examples of a non-retarded Youtube comment. Well, still retarded, but in a good way I guess. And by that I mean “this person might eventually be the assistant manager at a Jimmy John’s who will give me a free bag of chips because he heard me listening to Strung Out in my car.”
Back in the 90s, being a Rollerblader was roughly on par with being a Nazi sympathizer or pedophile. Well, not quite, because I’m guessing Guttermouth would be down with either of those scenes, but either way the best line is “now watch me do a figure eight, backwards down the stairs.”
Who is the best “punx trolling punx” band?? Are Guttermouth ironic douchelords, or genuinely sleazy, creepy scumbags?? Do you giggle every time you hear “that’s like calling a Mexican a Mexican!!”