When in Rome Do as The Vandals

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When in Rome Do as The Vandals
The Vandals - When in Rome Do as The Vandals cover.jpg
Studio album by The Vandals
Released 1984 (1984)
Recorded 1984
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 30:58
Label National Trust
Producer Thom Wilson
The Vandals chronology
Peace thru Vandalism
(1982)Peace thru Vandalism1982
When in Rome Do as The Vandals
Slippery When Ill
(1989)Slippery When Ill1989

When in Rome Do as The Vandals is the first album by the Huntington Beach punk rock band The Vandals, released in 1984 by National Trust Records, Its title is a play on the phrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", as the Vandals was also the name of a Germanic tribe which had invaded the Roman Empire and helped lead to its destruction. The album's cover played on this theme by showing the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a state of destruction. It was the band's last recording with vocalist Stevo, who left the band shortly after due to personality conflicts with some of the other members.

On the original LP release Brent Turner is credited as having performed all of the bass tracks, but by the time of its release Chalmer Lumary had joined the band on the bass position. Chalmer's name and photo are therefore included on the album sleeve along with those of the other members. The album sleeve also lists the seventh track as being "It's Not Unusual," a cover of a song by Burt Bacharach. The label on the LP itself, however, correctly lists this track as being a cover of "Hocus Pocus" by the band Focus. The sleeve also lists the album's sixth track as being spelled "Viking Suite," although the label again corrects this error by spelling it "Viking Suit" (as it is pronounced in the song's lyrics).

The album was re-released in 1989 in CD format along with the band's debut EP Peace thru Vandalism as Peace Thru Vandalism / When in Rome Do as The Vandals. The CD version was released by Restless Records (later reissued by Time Bomb Recordings) and correctly lists the song titles as described above.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Vandals except where indicated

No. Title Length
1. "Ladykiller" 3:44
2. "Birthday Bash" 2:52
3. "Master Race (In Outer Space)" 1:43
4. "Big Brother vs. Johnny Sako" 3:04
5. "Mohawk Town" 2:49
6. "Viking Suit" 3:48
7. "Hocus Pocus" (written and originally performed by Focus) 2:56
8. "I'm a Fly" 1:59
9. "Slap of Love" 2:17
10. "Airstream" 2:17
11. "Rico" 3:18
Total length: 30:58


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