American Beer (album)

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American Beer
Fear American Beer.jpg
Studio album by Fear
Released September 5, 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 37:11
Label Hall of Records
Producer Kevin Oberlin, Lee Ving
Fear chronology
Have Another Beer With FEAR
American Beer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

American Beer is the fourth studio album by Fear, released in 2000. Many of the album's tracks were written and recorded during Fear's earlier years, but have not appeared on any prior studio albums.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Lee Ving, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Surgery" 1:21
2. "The Bud Club" 2:50
3. "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" (Willie Dixon) 2:22
4. "Beer:30" 1:06
5. "Catfight" (Philo Cramer) 1:56
6. "Beerheads" 2:14
7. "Hard 'Cotto' Salami" 1:40
8. "Another Christmas Beer" 2:28
9. "What's Best in Life" 3:05
10. "33rd & 3rd" 4:11
11. "What If God's Not One of Us" 3:13
12. "I Don't Care Without You" 3:43
13. "Lost in Los Angeles" 3:10
14. "And the Spiders Crawl" 3:44


Song analysis[edit]

  • "Surgery" was originally titled "Mengele" (a reference to Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi doctor) and was performed live numerous times by the band in the 1980s, including during a performance on New Wave Theatre.
  • "The Bud Club" was originally titled "Budweiser" and appeared on the bootleg 7" of the same name.
  • "Hootchie Cootchie Man", originally made famous by Muddy Waters, was previously performed by Fear in 1983 on the Get Crazy soundtrack.
  • "Catfight" was written by original guitarist Philo Cramer and recorded for the band's unreleased 1979 demo, as well as for Cramer's project The Coup d'État Lab Band. It was also performed live many times.
  • "Hard 'Cotto' Salami" is a rehashed version of the well-known Fear song "Beef Bologna".
  • "Beer:30" was apparently written in the early 1980s, but was never recorded and never or rarely performed live during that time.
  • "Beerheads" was originally entitled "Skinheads", and was performed by the band in the early to mid-1990s.