Hitler Bad, Vandals Good
|Hitler Bad, Vandals Good|
|Studio album by The Vandals|
|Released||June 23, 1998|
|Recorded||1997-1998 at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California|
|The Vandals chronology|
Hitler Bad, Vandals Good is the seventh studio album by the southern California punk rock band The Vandals, released in 1998 by Nitro Records. Much of the album is characterized by the pop-punk music and humorous lyrics for which the band is known, and it became their most popular and commercially successful album to date. While the band has utilized humor as a basis for much of their lyrical content throughout their career, the humor on their previous album The Quickening had been rooted heavily in sarcasm and dealt with themes of nihilism and apathy. By comparison, the humor in Hitler Bad, Vandals Good is more lighthearted, dealing with subjects such as girlfriends, fast food and hairstyles.
The album contains two cover songs. "Come Out Fighting" was originally performed by fellow southern California punk rock band Pennywise and is dedicated to the memory of Pennywise bassist Jason Matthew Thirsk, who had committed suicide the previous year. "So Long, Farwell" is a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from the musical The Sound of Music, which has here been re-interpreted using electric guitar, bass and drums as the closing song on the album.
An independent music video was later filmed for the song "My Girlfriend's Dead." Two different videos were released: One features the band members and was filmed as part of the Kung Fu Films movie That Darn Punk in 2000, while the other is a fan-created animated video that was included on one of Kung Fu Records' DVD releases.
|1.||"People That Are Going to Hell"||Warren Fitzgerald||2:14|
|2.||"Café 405"||Josh Freese||2:11|
|3.||"My Girlfriend's Dead"||Fitzgerald||2:41|
|4.||"I Know, Huh?"||Joe Escalante||2:55|
|5.||"Money's Not an Issue"||Fitzgerald||3:02|
|6.||"I've Got an Ape Drape"||Escalante||3:30|
|7.||"If the Gov't Could Read My Mind"||Fitzgerald||2:22|
|8.||"Too Much Drama"||Dexter Holland, Escalante, Freese, Fitzgerald||2:47|
|9.||"Come Out Fighting" (originally performed by Pennywise)||Jason Thirsk||2:52|
|11.||"F'd Up Girl"||Fitzgerald||2:36|
|12.||"An Idea for a Movie"||Escalante||2:38|
|14.||"So Long, Farewell" (cover of song from The Sound of Music)||Rodgers and Hammerstein||2:51|
- Dave Quackenbush - Vocals
- Warren Fitzgerald - Guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Joe Escalante - Bass, backing vocals
- Josh Freese - Drums, cymbals, backing vocals
- Gabe McNair - Trombone on "F'd Up Girl"
- Jason Freese - Saxophone on "F'd Up Girl"
- Stan Freese - Tuba on "I Know, Huh?"
- Adrian Young - Bongos on "If the Gov't Could Read My Mind"
- Dexter Holland - Backing vocals on "Too Much Drama"
- Record label: Nitro Records
- Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California
- Engineered by:
- John Ewing and Scott Mixdorf at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California with assistance by Elvis
- Craig Neep and Warren Fitgerald at For the Record in Orange, California
- Warren Fitzgerald and Greg Koller at Formula One Studios in La Habra, California
- John Tyree (assistant engineer) at Ocean Way in Hollywood, California
- Jerry Finn at Planet of the Tapes in Los Angeles, California
- Mixed at Ocean Way in Hollywood, California
- All songs copyright 1998 by Puppety Frenchman Music, SEAC except:
- "Café 405" and "Euro-Barge" copyright Slip n Bleed Music, BMI
- "An Idea for a Movie" and "Too Much Drama" copyright Slip n Bleed Music, BMI and Puppety Frenchman Music, SESAC
- "Come Out Fighting" copyright Westbeach Music and Pound Foolish Music, BMI
- "So Long, Farewell" copyright Williamson Music Co., ASCAP
- Produced by Warren Fitzgerald
- Drawings by Warren Fitzgerald
- Design by Mackie Osborne
- Band photo by Lisa Johnson