Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities

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Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities
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Studio album by Circle Jerks
Released June 20, 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Punk rock
Length 34:21
Label Polygram
Producer Niko Bolas
Circle Jerks chronology
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Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities is the sixth and final studio album by American hardcore punk band Circle Jerks, released June 20, 1995 by Polygram Records.

Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities was the band's only full-length studio recording since their 1990 disbandment and 1994 reformation, and also their only release on a major label. The reunion of the Circle Jerks did not last; after several internal problems and guitarist Greg Hetson's involvement with Bad Religion, they split up again and would not reform again until 2001. The album is out of print.

Background[edit]

The album was produced by Niko Bolas, known for his work with Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Melissa Etheridge and Kiss.

"I Wanna Destroy You," a cover of a song by the Soft Boys, featured backing vocals from pop singer/songwriter Deborah Gibson, who had just finished a solo album with the same producer the Circle Jerks were using. Gibson later made a surprise appearance at a Circle Jerks performance at punk mecca CBGB to perform the song with the band. The video for the song was also featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head.

The lyrics for "Dog" were taken directly from the opening monologue of the 1985 Lasse Hallström film My Life as a Dog, and referenced Soviet space dog Laika.

The cover art is a distorted photo of microcephalic circus performers Zip and Pip (Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow), who were famed for their roles in the controversial 1932 MGM film Freaks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Teenage Electric" – 2:44
  2. "Anxious Boy" – 2:06
  3. "22" – 2:42
  4. "Shining Through the Door" – 3:01
  5. "I Wanna Destroy You" (The Soft Boys) – 3:05
  6. "Sinking Ship" – 3:45
  7. "Brick" – 2:14
  8. "Fable" – 3:37
  9. "Dog" – 2:53
  10. "Grey Life" – 2:48
  11. "Exhaust Breath" – 3:00
  12. "Career Day" – 2:23

Personnel[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Tinelli, Paul. Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities at AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2012.