Pretty Music for Pretty People

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Pretty Music for Pretty People
Dead Milkmen - Pretty Music for Pretty People.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 2014
GenrePunk rock, Alternative rock
Length51:25
LabelQuid Ergo
ProducerBrian McTear and Amy Morrissey
The Dead Milkmen chronology
The King in Yellow
(2011)
Pretty Music for Pretty People
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Alternative Press4/5 stars[1]
PopMatters8/10[2]
Punknews.org4.5/5 stars[3]

Pretty Music for Pretty People is the tenth studio album by the Dead Milkmen, released in 2014.[4][5] It is their second studio album since reuniting in 2008.[6]

The album includes the four limited-release singles that followed 2011's The King in Yellow: ("Dark Clouds Gather Over Middlemarch", "Big Words Make the Baby Jesus Cry", "The Great Boston Molasses Flood", and "Welcome to Undertown"), and most of the b-sides from those singles, which first appeared in 2012 and 2013, in addition to previously unreleased songs.[4]

It was released on CD on the Quid Ergo Records imprint, and digitally by the band on their website on October 7, 2014. A limited edition LP with the title Pretty Music For Pretty Special People was also released by Quid Ergo, containing only the previously unreleased songs, plus the "C-Sides" from the singles which had until then only been available digitally.[7]

Production[edit]

The album was recorded at Miner Street Studios, in Philadelphia, by Brian McTear and Amy Morrissey.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

The Portland Mercury wrote: "Switching gears from hardcore to new wave to electro-inspired songs like the uncomfortably satirical 'Anthropology Days'—with lyrics inspired by various horrific and ridiculous forgotten factoids from history—they're still some of the greatest architects of observant punk rock."[8]

CD Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pretty Music For Pretty People" - 3:48
  2. "Big Words Make the Baby Jesus Cry" - 3:07
  3. "Welcome To Undertown" - 3:43
  4. "Now I Wanna Hold Your Dog" - 1:34
  5. "Make It Witchy" - 2:50
  6. "Mary Ann Cotton (The Poisoner's Song)" - 3:46
  7. "I've Got To Get My Numbers Up" - 3:00
  8. "Anthropology Days" - 3:11
  9. "Somewhere Over Antarctica" - 4:11
  10. "Dark Clouds Gather Over Middlemarch" - 3:12
  11. "Streetlamps - Walking To Work" - 2:14
  12. "The Sun Turns Our Patio Into A Lifeless Hell" - 3:03
  13. "The Great Boston Molasses Flood" - 3:54
  14. "All You Need Is Nothing" - 3:08
  15. "Ronald Reagan Killed The Black Dahlia" - 1:33
  16. "Hipster Beard" - 3:50
  17. "Sanitary Times" - 2:36

LP Track listing[edit]

  1. "Pretty Music For Pretty People" - 3:48
  2. "Make It Witchy" - 2:50
  3. "Mary Ann Cotton (The Poisoner's Song)" - 3:46
  4. "I've Got To Get My Numbers Up" - 3:00
  5. "Sanitary Times" - 2:36
  6. "Anthropology Days" - 3:11
  7. "The Sun Turns Our Patio Into A Lifeless Hell" - 3:03
  8. "All You Need Is Nothing" - 3:08
  9. "Hipster Beard" - 3:50

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parker, Chris (October 14, 2014). "The Dead Milkmen – Pretty Music For Pretty People". Alternative Press.
  2. ^ Garratt, John (December 12, 2014). "The Dead Milkmen: Pretty Music for Pretty People". Popmatters. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  3. ^ misterspike (October 7, 2014). "The Dead Milkmen – Pretty Music For Pretty People". Punknews.org.
  4. ^ a b "Dead Milkmen | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. ^ "The Dead Milkmen Bring Their Annual Halloween Scare Party to the Troc". October 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Dead Milkmen". Vancouver Sun. 13 Apr 2015. p. B9.
  7. ^ "The Official Dead Milkmen Website". deadmilkmen.com.
  8. ^ "All You Need Is Nothing". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 20 May 2021.