Peace Thru Vandalism / When in Rome Do as The Vandals

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Peace Thru Vandalism / When in Rome Do as The Vandals
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Compilation album by The Vandals
Released 1989
Recorded 1982, 1984
Genre Punk rock
Length 46:01
Label Restless Records (original), Time Bomb Recordings (reissue)
Producer Thom Wilson
The Vandals chronology
Slippery When Ill
(1989)Slippery When Ill1989
Peace Thru Vandalism / When in Rome Do as The Vandals
Fear of a Punk Planet
(1990)Fear of a Punk Planet1990
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Peace Thru Vandalism / When in Rome Do as The Vandals is a compilation album by the southern California punk rock band The Vandals. It was originally released in 1989 by Restless Records (and later reissued Time Bomb Recordings, a record label founded by Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness). It is a CD re-release of the band's first EP, Peace thru Vandalism, and first LP, When in Rome Do as The Vandals, containing all of the tracks from both releases. The Restless version has the tracks from When In Rome Do As The Vandals first while the Time Bomb version has the two records in chronological order.

In the album's liner notes Brent Turner is credited as having performed all of the bass tracks on When in Rome Do as the Vandals, however by the time of that album's release Chalmer Lumary had joined the band on the bass position. Lumary is therefore listed in the liner notes as the band's official bass player. The linear notes also erroneously list Joe Escalante as writing and composing the entirety of the album's content, whereas the majority was written by Stevo and Jan Nils Ackermann.[1] Furthermore, many tracks from Peace Thru Vandalism had been written and performed prior to Escalante's involvement in the band, adding to the suspicious nature of the inclusion.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wanna Be Manor" (Ackermann/Jensen)
  2. "Urban Struggle" (Ackermann/Jensen)
  3. "The Legend of Pat Brown" (Ackermann/Jensen)
  4. "Pirate's Life" (Ackermann/Escalante)
  5. "H.B. Hotel" (originally performed by Elvis Presley) (Presley/Durden/Axton)
  6. "Anarchy Burger (Hold the Government)" (Escalante/Jensen)
  7. "Ladykiller" (Escalante/Jensen)
  8. "Birthday Bash" (Escalante/Jensen)
  9. "Master Race (In Outer Space)" (Escalante/Jensen)
  10. "Big Bro vs. Johnny Sako" (Escalante/Jensen/Ackermann)
  11. "Mohawk Town" (Ackermann/Jensen)
  12. "Viking Suit" (Escalanete/Jensen/Ackermann)
  13. "Hocus Pocus" (originally performed by Focus)
  14. "I'm a Fly" (Escalante/Jensen/Ackermann)
  15. "Slap of Love" (Ackermann/Jensen)
  16. "Airstream" (Escalante/Jensen)
  17. "Rico" (Ackermann/Jensen)

Writing credits are as they appear on the original Restless Records CD. Later versions credit all songs to Joe Escalante.


Album information[edit]

  • Record label: Restless Records, Time Bomb Recordings (reissue)
  • Produced by Thom Wilson
  • All songs written by The Vandals, copyright 1982, 1984 and 1989 Greco Roman Publishing, except "H.B. Hotel" by Elvis Presley and "Hocus Pocus" by Focus.
  • Front cover art by Fritz Quadrata and Art Bad
  • Back cover art & design by Mike Doud
  • Back cover photos by Alan Newberg


  1. ^ Hochman, Steve (April 6, 2003). "Credit Theft or Just Bad Blood Between Vandals?". Los Angeles Times. pp. sec. E, p. 43.