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

by The Vandals

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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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Track Name: Lady Killer
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...
Track Name: Bad Birthday Bash
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
Track Name: Master Race (In Outer Space)
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
Track Name: Big Brother Vs. Johnny Sako
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
Track Name: Mohawk Town
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
Track Name: Viking Suit
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
Track Name: I'm A Fly
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.
Track Name: Airstream
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!
Track Name: Rico
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
Track Name: Frog Stomp
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.
Track Name: Copa Cabana - Live at KPFK
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