Mucky Pup – Lemonade- Cassette
Lemonade is the third studio album by the American hardcore punk band Mucky Pup. Released in 1987, it showcases the band’s energetic and aggressive style, characterized by fast-paced punk rock with elements of crossover thrash. New Jersey comedic hardcore metallists Mucky Pup paved the way for such future juvenile acts as the Bloodhound Gang.
Mucky Pup, formed in 1985, gained recognition for their high-energy live performances and humorous lyrics. “Lemonade” represents a continuation of their hardcore punk sound, combining catchy melodies, driving guitar riffs, and shouted vocals.
The group originally formed in the mid-’80s, comprised of members Dan Nastasi (guitar), John Milnes (drums), Chris Milnes (vocals), and Scott LePage (bass), which led to numerous local shows and two demos that sold well. This led to a deal with the independent Torrid label, as the group issued albums on a steady basis for nearly ten years: 1987’s Can’t You Take a Joke?, 1989’s A Boy in a Man’s World, 1991’s Now, 1992’s Act of Faith, 1993’s Lemonade, 1995’s in-concert Alive and Well, and 1996’s Five Guys in a Really Hot Garage.
The album features a collection of fast and furious tracks that tackle various topics with a tongue-in-cheek attitude. Mucky Pup’s playful and often sarcastic lyrics add a distinctive charm to their music, making them stand out within the punk rock scene.
Standout tracks from “Lemonade” include “T.V.’s On Fire,” “Own Up For What You Say,” and the title track “Darling Nikki.” These songs showcase Mucky Pup’s ability to deliver high-energy and anthemic punk rock with a touch of humor and wit.
“Lemonade” received positive reviews upon its release, praised for its catchy songwriting, energetic performances, and the band’s ability to inject humor into their music. The album remains a fan favorite within the punk rock and crossover thrash genres.
Although Mucky Pup never broke out of the metal/hardcore underground in the U.S., they achieved much greater success overseas in Europe. The group split up by the late ’90s, as founder Nastasi (who had left the group a few years prior) achieved moderate success with a similarly styled outfit, Dog Eat Dog. In February of 2000, Mucky Pup reunited for a one-off show in New Jersey.
For fans of hardcore punk and those who enjoy fast and energetic music with a sense of humor, “Mucky Pup – Lemonade” offers an enjoyable and lively listening experience. It represents a notable release in Mucky Pup’s discography and reflects their distinctive approach to punk rock.
Century Media Records
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1. T.V.’s On Fire, The
2. Deja Vu
3. Own Up For What You Say
4. Two Little Men
5. Mountain Song, The
7. I Want
8. Junkie Eyes
9. Darling Nikki
10. Beautiful People