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When In Rome (Do As The Vandals) Plus 3 Bonus Tracks

by The Vandals

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03:44
Mr. Playboy, Sir Weasel, Poppin Snake, and Mr. Cool - Went down to the boulevard to play their ass some pool Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla - Lady Killer - Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla - Lady Killer I'mfa for, I'mfa for, I'mfa dance' wit you Here go one, here go one, here go one, woooo - Mr. Flashdance, Old Bufu, Man Sam, and Doctor Boots Came down from the south town to score they ass some toots Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla - Lady Killer - Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla - Lady Killer I'mfa, I'mfa for, I'mfa dance wit you - Here go one, here go one, here go one, woooo Well they came down looking to score but they got a whole lot more - When they started a fight on that frightful night - at Lady Killer's bar - Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla - Lady Killer - Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla, Illa Zilla - Lady Killer - I'mfa for, I'mfa for, I'mfa dancin' wit you Here go one, here go one, here go one, woooo - So if you have to leave your turf - you better not go far - Or start a fight on Friday night - in Lady Killer's Bar - Illa Zilla...
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House all to myself it was my birthday present But total wrack'n'ruin soon became apparent I just wanted a band to play my favorite song I thought that it would be mellow but boy was I wrong I thought they'd played the cowboy song (I heard it on the radio) I thought it could be mellow (but how could I know) I just wanted a band to play my favorite song I thought that it would be mellow but boy was I wrong Asked to bring some friends In walked in 50 mohawks As the band began to play they started to throw rocks Now I thought that this was cool til they threw me in the pool The sofa must of missed me cause now it's in here with me I just wanted a band to play my favorite song I thought that it would be mellow but boy was I wrong I thought they'd played the cowboy song (I heard it on the radio) I thought it could be mellow (but how could I know) War declared on furniture still no mercy shown Anything not nailed down was immediately thrown Final damage toll is better left unspoken By the time they left my house there was nothing left unbroken
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one two three four master race in outer space they had to leave this earthly place all the allies and Belgians too said this Nazi Shit just wouldn't this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do so we launch them to the moon the secret moon base was nearly complete so we put the plan in motion for the space age feat Germany was about to fall they loaded up the rockets and launched them all this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do so we launched them to the moon master race in outer space they had to leave this earthly place all the allies and Belgians too this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do so we launched them to the moon one small step for man one goose step for mankind (sieg heil baby) one small step for man one goose step for mankind (sieg heil baby) this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do so we launched them to the moon master race in outer space they had to leave this earthly place all the allies and Belgians too this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do this nazi shit don't do so we launched them to the moon
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big brother, he is a watching watching me and you big brother, is a watching and he'll know your every move their really really gonna do it to you just wait and see they'll be telling us what to do and they'll want us to die laughing and they'll want us to die laughing giant robot, he can save us cause he knows just what to do giant robot, listen up johnny sako's coming for you johnny sako's on his wrist radio to the mountain hideaway giant robot, please wake up we need you right away we need you right away
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02:49
Now Mohawk John knew he did wrong when he went and killed some men They sent for the marshal to bring him in they sent for Marshal Skin He rode into town, and pulled his cowboy hat down Cause everyone knows that skinheads, skinheads aren't allowed (skinheads aren't allowed) in Mohawk Town The sun was high and his mouth was dry So he rolled up to the saloon He ordered himself some red eye he knew he'd meet John soon Checked out all the Mohawks sitting round the bar He knew he found the Mohawk town and John couldn't be too far He rode into town, and pulled his cowboy hat down Cause everyone knowsthat skinheads, ,skinheads aren't allowed (skinheads aren't allowed) in Mohawk Town He walked out of the saloon and there stood Mohawk John He didn't have no time to speak both guns had just been drawn Now Mohawk John was quick but Skin shot straight and fast He put a slug right through his heart and laid him on his back He rode into town, and pulled his cowboy hat down Cause everyone knows that skinheads, skinheads aren't allowed (skinheads aren't allowed) in Mohawk Town
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03:48
Come here little boy I'm a friend of your mother's I'll give you a candy bar if you get in the car Okay He's got his camera and deep seeded obsessions His Nordic heritage and sexual frustrations He wants to be Lief Eriksson True discoverer of America but he's not He's just a photographer who likes little boys in viking suits He likes to take the little boys walking home from school in his neighborhood Take them to his studio and dress them up in viking suits Words of wisdom Each one rings true Watc your little brothers, it could happen to you So don't grow up to be a guy Who takes pictures of little boys in viking suits Come here little boy
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02:56
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01:59
Help me! Help me! I'm a fly! I'm a fly. Help me! Help me! I wanna die! I wanna die! The world is the shit I land on. It's got nothing to give. The world is the shit I land on. I don't want to live.
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02:14
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02:17
driving in our airstream we're a band on the road with equipment, roadies, a manager we've got a heavy load airstream! airstream! airstream! get out of my lane! airstream! airstream! airstream! on our way to your town cause you've never seen us play with our airstream's aerodynamic design we should be there any day airstream! airstream! airstream! get out of my lane! airstream! airstream! airstream! airstream is so shinny and it's made out of aluminum you can't tell if it's a '64 or an '81 I know that it's American made So my chest just swells with pride Then I grab that stainless steel handle And I pull myself inside double insulation diamond tuck n roll toilet, shower, refrigerator we're completely self contained airstream! airstream! airstream! get out of my lane! airstream! airstream! airstream! airstream is so beautiful we can hardly keep the foxes out when we round that final corner we can hear them shout airstream!
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03:18
I live in the land of the freeways Home of the smog and traffic The sun and the air The mountains and sea Streams and palm trees The valleys... The canyons... The mountains... The beaches... Hollywood, downtown, the valley Are all places you should see The city at night, the city so bright a short time away a campfire sight The missions... The mansions... The farmlands... Punk rock bands... People come from all over to work and live in the sun It's always so nice my own paradise The desert , the snow So many places to go The people... The places... The weather... The faces... That's for me
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02:17
Do the Frog Stomp! Do the Frog Stomp! I loath those creatures with their staring eyes so I stomp those things I despise. They're green and they're hoppin' They're not so mean. We can stop 'em. Do the Frog Stomp! I saw the late show how they all attacked. Now my frog-phobia has me fighting back. It's not the commies that I'm worried about. It's those green slimy things. I can take them out.
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about

This is the follow up to the EP which saw the band enjoying a quick rise to the upper echelons of the L.A. punk rock scene with their debut radio hit "Urban Struggle."

In terms of radio hits, they knocked it out of the park with this release which sent Lady Killer to the top of playlists in several markets, but really L.A. and San Francisco were the only ones playing it heavily. Pressure got to the singer and he was finally left in San Francisco after a couple of extremely poor, violent, and drug infused performances in front of sold-out radio influenced crowds. That's what you get for trying to mix punk rock with the main stream before they're ready for it. When the band returned home from San Francisco they quickly hired singer Dave Quackenbush who carries on til this day.

This album also features the brief appearance of Chalmer Lumary on bass. He didn't actually play the tracks on the album because he broke his wrist right before the recording sessions so Brent Turner filled in. In 1985, Chalmer left and Joe took over on bass leading to the eventual dawn of the Josh Freese era in 1989.

WARNING:
The bonus tracks (which are only included on the digital download are a vulgar sexist, homophobic, disaster from another era, and a previous singer who was part of a generation that looked for any means possible to shock society. They were broadcast in 1983 live on the radio on KPFK in Los Angeles while tons of stuff was being thrown all over the place making it difficult to even perform at all.

Agreed, the banter is juvenile and the singer and the bass player at the time weren't very good at it, but there's nothing we can do about it now. If you are under 18, do not order these recordings. But if you like vintage punk rock. This is the real deal as it was done in the early era.

REVIEW FROM ALLMUSIC.COM
by Victor W. Valdivia

As snotty punk albums go, When in Rome seems unexceptional on the surface. There are the tasteless joke songs ("Viking Suite," about a man disturbingly fond of little boys in costumes, presented as a mock prog-style rock opera). There's the requisite cheesy cover ("Hocus Pocus" by Focus, renamed "It's Not Unusual," complete with tuneless howls and shrieks that are even more painful than the original's yodeling). One key difference is that the band is quirky enough to experiment with different sounds (rather than just three-chord punk) and flexible enough to be successful at it. From the mock Western "Mohawk Town" to the Caribbean lilt of "Rico," the Vandals display a surprising musical versatility. Lyrically, the band is still rather one-dimensional, relying too much on jokes and schtick (such as the cheap shots at RV dwellers on "Airstream"), although "Slap of Luv," told from the point of view of a domestic abuser, is a surprisingly astute character piece. Still, the Vandals definitely display some real originality and talent on When in Rome, making it a notch above most indie punk albums.

credits

released December 19, 2013

© &Ⓟ 2009 Chi-Com Records
PRODUCED BY THOM WILSON
Jan Nils Ackermann Guitar
Joe Escalante Drums
Chalmer Lumary Bass/vocals on Rico
Stevo Vocals
Bass Tracks by Brent Turner

Thom Wilson Producer
All songs Written By The Vandals © Greco/Roman Publishing / Chi-Com, Intl. except Hocus Pocus by Jan Akkerman and Thijs van Leer
Copa Cabana by Barry Manilow, Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman

Art & Design Mike Doud
Cover Photos: Alan Newberg
Re-Issue Design: Dominic Davi
Re-Mastered by Michael Hateley

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