Liveage!

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Liveage!
Live album by the Descendents
Released 1987
Recorded 1987
Genre Punk rock
Length 37:45
Label SST
Descendents chronology
All
(1987)
Liveage!
(1987)
Two Things at Once
(1988)

Liveage! is a live album by the Los Angeles-based punk rock band the Descendents, released in 1987 through SST Records. It was their first live album and was recorded during their Spring 1987 tour in support of All and their Summer 1987 "FinALL" tour. These were the band's final tours with singer Milo Aukerman before his departure to pursue a career in biochemistry, after which the band's name was changed to All (the Descendents would reunite with Aukerman in 1995). Liveage! was followed by a second live album, Hallraker: Live!, in 1989 which featured a completely different set of songs recorded on the same tours.

Background[edit]

Liveage! was recorded during the Descendents' 60-day Spring 1987 tour in support of All and their 50-day Summer "FinALL" tour, so-called due to singer Milo Aukerman's decision to leave the band to pursue a career in biochemistry.[1][2][3] Following these tours the band's name was changed to All, and they recorded eight albums between 1988 and 1995 with singers Dave Smalley, Scott Reynolds, and Chad Price before reuniting with Aukerman to record Everything Sucks as the Descendents.

Liveage! was released in late 1987 through SST Records in LP, cassette, and CD formats. The cassette and CD versions included two additional tracks, "Sour Grapes" and "Pervert".[4] In 1989 a second live album titled Hallraker: Live! was released, composed of an entirely different set of songs recorded on the same tours. Drummer Bill Stevenson explained:

Hallraker will be thought of as "the other" live Descendents LP. The Liveage LP served as a sort of "greatist [sic] hits" album, as well as being an accurate documentary of the band in concert. But at the request of fans telling us about all of the songs we "should have put" on Liveage, we decided to release another album with a completely different set of songs, giving people the entire view of the band, with nothing held back.[3]

Reception[edit]

Mike DaRonco of Allmusic gave Liveage! three stars out of five, saying that "One could classify this as a best-of live album, considering that it features all the hits [...] Bratty, aggravated punk-pop at its finest, the Descendents were not only way ahead of their time, but they were also one of the most influential punk bands of the '80s."[5] Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone commented: "Given its superior selection of songs, Liveage is the better of the band's two concert recordings; but Descendents weren't the kind of band to switch things up in concert, and these albums are for completists only."[6]

Track listing[edit]

LP version[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All"   Bill Stevenson, Pat McCuistion 0:01
2. "I'm Not a Loser"   Frank Navetta 1:22
3. "Silly Girl"   Stevenson 2:05
4. "I Wanna Be a Bear"   Tony Lombardo, Navetta 0:40
5. "Coolidge"   Karl Alvarez 2:32
6. "Weinerschnitzel"   Stevenson, McCuistion 0:09
7. "I Don't Want to Grow Up"   Lombardo 1:19
8. "Kids"   Stevenson, McCuistion 0:39
9. "Wendy" (originally performed by The Beach Boys) Brian Wilson, Mike Love 2:07
10. "Get the Time"   Milo Aukerman 2:59
11. "Descendents"   lyrics: Aukerman, Ray Cooper, Lombardo, Stevenson; music: Lombardo 1:41
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All-O-Gistics"   lyrics: Stevenson, McCuistion; music: Stephen Egerton 3:38
2. "Myage"   Stevenson 1:55
3. "My Dad Sucks"   Navetta, Lombardo 0:36
4. "Van"   lyrics: Aukerman; music: Alvarez, Egerton 3:01
5. "Suburban Home"   Lombardo 1:30
6. "Hope"   Aukerman 1:59
7. "Clean Sheets"   Stevenson 3:01
Total length:
31:14

CD and cassette versions[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All"   Bill Stevenson, Pat McCuistion 0:01
2. "I'm Not a Loser"   Frank Navetta 1:22
3. "Silly Girl"   Stevenson 2:05
4. "I Wanna Be a Bear"   Tony Lombardo, Navetta 0:40
5. "Coolidge"   Karl Alvarez 2:32
6. "Weinerschnitzel"   Stevenson, McCuistion 0:09
7. "I Don't Want to Grow Up"   Lombardo 1:19
8. "Kids"   Stevenson, McCuistion 0:39
9. "Wendy" (originally performed by The Beach Boys) Brian Wilson, Mike Love 2:07
10. "Get the Time"   Milo Aukerman 2:59
11. "Descendents"   lyrics: Aukerman, Ray Cooper, Lombardo, Stevenson; music: Lombardo 1:41
12. "Sour Grapes"   Aukerman, Doug Carrion 4:20
13. "All-O-Gistics"   lyrics: Stevenson, McCuistion; music: Stephen Egerton 3:38
14. "Myage"   Stevenson 1:55
15. "My Dad Sucks"   Navetta, Lombardo 0:36
16. "Van"   lyrics: Aukerman; music: Alvarez, Egerton 3:01
17. "Suburban Home"   Lombardo 1:30
18. "Hope"   Aukerman 1:59
19. "Clean Sheets"   Stevenson 3:01
20. "Pervert"   lyrics: Aukerman; music: Lombardo 2:11
Total length:
37:45

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All/Descendents Family Shrub". All (CD bookelt). All. Fort Collins, Colorado: Owned & Operated Records. 1998. O&O 007-2. 
  2. ^ "All/Descendents Family Shrub". descendentsonline.com. Descendents. 1996. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  3. ^ a b Stevenson, Bill (1989). Hallraker: Live! (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. SST CD 205. 
  4. ^ "Discography: Full-Lengths". descendentsonline.com. Descendents. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  5. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Review: Liveage!". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  6. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2004). "Descendents Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-02-14.