Screeching Weasel - Bark Like A Dog

Screeching Weasel - Bark Like A Dog

Original Release Date

1996

Release Information

US LP 1996 (Fat Wreck Chords - FAT547-1)

A1 Get Off My Back 2:38
A2 Cool Kids 2:13
A3 The First Day Of Summer 3:39
A4 You'll Be In My Dreams Today 2:39
A5 You Blister My Paint 3:20
A6 Stupid Girl 2:38
B1 Phasers On Kill 3:30
B2 Handcuffed To You 2:26
B3 (She Got) Electroshocked 2:28
B4 It's Not Enough 3:52
B5 I Will Always Be There 2:39
B6 Your Name Is Tattooed On My Heart 2:46

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US CD 1996 (Fat Wreck Chords - FAT547-2)

1 Get Off My Back 2:38
2 Cool Kids 2:13
3 The First Day Of Summer 3:39
4 You'll Be In My Dreams Today 2:39
5 You Blister My Paint 3:20
6 Stupid Girl 2:38
7 Phasers On Kill 3:30
8 Handcuffed To You 2:26
9 (She Got) Electroshocked 2:28
10 It's Not Enough 3:52
11 I Will Always Be There 2:39
12 Your Name Is Tattooed On My Heart 2:46

Chart Placings

None

Credits

Screeching Weasel is:
Ben Weasel - lead guitar and all singing
Danny Vapid - bass and most background singing
Dan Panic - drums and a little background singing
Jughead - rhythm guitar and no singing

Keyboards on 'Cool Kids': Teakettle Jones
Keyboards on 'The First Day Of Summer': Jimmy Spectacular

Produced by Mass Giorgini and Ben Weasel
Recorded at various times throughout May, June, and July 1996 by Brendan Burke and Mass Giorgini at Uberstudio Chicago. Additional recording by Mark Schwarz
Mixed July 1996 at Chicago Recording Company by Chris Shepard.
Edited August 1996 by Mass Giorgini at Sonic Iguana, Lafayette
Mastered August 1996 by Stephen Marcusson at Precision, Los Angeles

Jacket art by Benton Jew. Photo by Tim Carlson, Layout at 3AM
Thanks to Fat Mike, Chris Dodge, Chris Applegreen, Jim Jones and Joe King

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Reviews & Opinions

MIKE DARONCO, ALLMUSIC: Screeching Weasel are responsible for some definitive punk classics including Boogada Boogada Boogada! and the Punkhouse EP, but after a while they started to put out too many records, most of which were forgettable. For Bark Like A Dog, a sort-of reunion album after Ben Weasel left the band for a few years to work on the Riverdales, a lame side project, Weasel is back in the business of writing real songs. You can tell he actually sat for a long time (perhaps someone tied him to a chair) and worked on these tunes, because most of them are excellent, ranging from the playground anxiety tune, 'Cool Kids,' which has a killer organ riff, to a squooshy-sounding ballad where he sings, "Your name is tattooed on my heart and I'll always be true." '(She Got) Electroshocked' pays homage to the Ramones, like about a third of Screeching Weasel's songs, while the actually kind-of sweet 'Handcuffed To You' and 'Get Off My Back' are among the best softer-edged pop-punk tunes Weasel has ever written.

AV CLUB, 2002: For those who thought all pop/punk notables were ensconced in California's Bay Area, Chicago's Screeching Weasel proves that just isn't the case. Screeching Weasel's previous release loudly trumpeted the group's intentions of breaking up to pursue other musical avenues, so you have to contend with that fact in order to enjoy Bark Like A Dog. But the music therein is so sugar-coated and sweet with barbed catchiness that it's easy to forget the band ever broke up. Every song has a good hook and great harmonies, sung by people who sound like they have no business singing in the first place. Bark Like A Dog could easily have come from any period in the band's history, meaning either a) Screeching Weasel has not grown at all since its first release, or b) the members of Screeching Weasel know a good thing when they see it. If the recipe works, why screw it up with extra junk?

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