no one listens anyway

OK, back to the trash talk: I think I am probably as surprised as anyone to hear that Reel Big Fish is still bothering with it. Come April 5, We're Not Happy Till You're Not Happy, the band's first album (I think) since 2002's Cheer Up, hits the bargain bins (look for the hole punch through the barcode).

Granted, attempting to criticize this Reel Big Fish's schtick is a lost cause when the inevitable, "'Dude,' you just don't 'get it'--we're only 'in' it for 'the money!'" looms snickeringly over about 98.3 percent of any form of public relations (including the music) this band has ever embarked upon. I generally don't feel comfortable being totally dismissive and plain mean to a band, but zany cynicism is Reel Big Fish's capital, so I figure I might as well just trade.

Says the one-sheet: "The new album was co-produced by Shawn Sullivan and Reel Big Fish front man Aaron Barrett," the latter being the only member of this revolving-door lineup to be mentioned in the release. Idiosyncratic Control Freak seems to be a tag that follows Barrett around, so his singular presence here may be by design. 

Two covers grace this album: Tracy Chapman's "Talkin' Bout a Revolution," and Morrissey's "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful," the latter of which I can only imagine is aimed at "the haters." Although the issue is no doubt far more complicated than I am able to comprehend, as the irony of a second-rate Suburban Rhythm tribute band thumbing a nose at its legion of fair-weather fans cannot be lost on Barrett. Who's Suburban Rhythm? Precisely.

In his defense, Mike Cubillos from Earshot Media just kind of lets this shit speak for itself. I think, like the rest of us, he's confused about how to respond to (let alone promote) a band that mocks itself for making crap music and its fans for buying it.


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