Retarder (album)

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Retarder The Unband.jpg
Studio album by The Unband
Released July 2000
Recorded November 1997 and March 2000
Genre Hard rock, Rock
Label TVT Records
Producer The Unband
The Unband chronology
Chung Wayne Lo Mein
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Retarder is The Unband's first major label release.

In Brief[edit]

"Every number is a testament to the might and stamina of the power chord." -Las Vegas Weekly

"They have the amusing habit -- check out "Ski Hat," "Dope (Part 2)," and especially "$#@?!!" -- of riffing straight through what would usually be a song's first couple of verses, throwing in a few lines of debauched lyrics, then cutting the whole thing off around the two-minute mark. It's these controlled doses of alcoholic incoherency, along with more traditional barn burners like "Too Much Is Never Enough," that make Retarder a keeper." -The Boston Phoenix

Track listing[edit]

  1. Geez Louise 3:24
  2. Too Much Is Never Enough 2:35
  3. Rock Hard 3:41
  4. Jilt 3:00
  5. Ski Hat 2:09
  6. $#@?!! 2:14
  7. Pink Slip 3:00
  8. Crack Soundtrack 3:44
  9. Everybody Wants You 4:09
  10. Get With You 2:54
  11. (Sure Do Feel Like A) Piece of Shit 3:06
  12. Dope, Pt. 2 2:42
  13. Cocaine Whore 2:43
  14. Drink and Rock 3:28


  • Mark Alan Miller - Engineer
  • Jon Marshall Smith - Engineer
  • Kevin Shirley - Mixing
  • Rich Alvy - Engineer, Mixing Engineer
  • Leon Zervos - Mastering
  • Cliff Galbraith - Graphic Illustrations & Poster Design
  • Benjamin Wheelock - Art Direction, Design
  • Jessica Willis - Liner Notes
  • Eugene Ferrari - Drums
  • Matt Pierce - Guitar, Vocals
  • Mike Ruffino - Bass, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Vocals (Background)
  • The Unband - Main Performer, Producer
  • Leonard B. Johnson - A&R


"Geez Louise" was featured on The Wildhearts' covers album Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before Vol 1. as well as on the 2001 soundtrack to Broken Lizard's Super Troopers.