Screeching Weasel - Television City Dream

Screeching Weasel - Television City Dream

Original Release Date

1998

Release Information

US LP 1998 (Fat Wreck Chords - FAT 572-1)

A1 Count To Three 1:34
A2 Speed Of Mutation 2:39
A3 Dummy Up 1:42
A4 Your Morality 1:52
A5 Dirty Needles 0:27
A6 Breaking Point 1:59
A7 Outside Of You 2:51
B1 We Are The Generation X 1:34
B2 Identity Crisis 1:39
B3 The First Day Of Winter 2:45
B4 Plastic Bag 0:58
B5 I Don't Give A Fuck 0:52
B6 Only A Test 0:37
B7 Pervert At Large 3:22
B8 Burn It Down 2:35

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US CD 1998 (Fat Wreck Chords - FAT 572-2)

1 Count To Three 1:34
2 Speed Of Mutation 2:39
3 Dummy Up 1:42
4 Your Morality 1:52
5 Dirty Needles 0:27
6 Breaking Point 1:59
7 Outside Of You 2:51
8 We Are The Generation X 1:34
9 Identity Crisis 1:39
10 The First Day Of Winter 2:45
11 Plastic Bag 0:58
12 I Don't Give A Fuck 0:52
13 Only A Test 0:37
14 Pervert At Large 3:22
15 Burn It Down 2:35

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US CD 2010 (Fat Wreck Chords - FAT 761-2)

1 Count To Three
2 Speed Of Mutation
3 Dummy Up
4 Video *
5 Your Morality
6 Dirty Needles
7 Punk Rock Explained *
8 Breaking Point
9 My Own World *
10 Outside Of You
11 We Are The Generation X
12 Identity Crisis
13 The First Day Of Winter
14 Crybaby *
15 Shut The Hell Up *
16 Plastic Bag
17 I Don't Give A Fuck
18 Only A Test
19 Pervert At Large
20 Burn It Down

* Bonus tracks (Outtakes from original session)

Chart Placings

None

Credits

Smitty - rhythm guitar
The Duke - lead guitar & backing vocals
Brucie - bass guitar
Cochise [Ben Weasel] - vocals
Stretch - drums

Produced by M. Giorgini and Ben Weasel
Executive producer: Keith Witt

Recorded by Mass Giorgini, Dan Lumley and Zac Damon at Sonic Iguana and the Uberstudio, January-February, 1998
Vocals recorded in Ben Weasel's Bedroom by Mr. Henderson
Mixed by Mass Giorgini at Sonic Iguana, February 1998
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt at Oceanview, March 11, 1998

Jacket art: Aldo Giorgini
Photography: Tim Carlson
Built by John Yates at Stealworks
Additional backing vocals: Teakettle Jones and Jimmy Spectacular

Additional Credits

None yet

Reviews & Opinions

MIKE DARONCO, ALLMUSIC: The second regrouping of Screeching Weasel comes across more as a bunch of studio musicians wanting to make a buck rather than a bunch of kids getting together for the sheer enjoyment of writing and recording anthems for the angst-filled generation. Not saying that Screeching Weasel are a bunch of has-beens; it's just that Ben Weasel and company give off that "screw the kids, where's our check" attitude. Television City Dream is definitely a lot better than their last album, Bark Like A Dog, but that's really not saying all that much. The songs are a lot faster and to the point, making it comparable to a more serious Boogadaboogadaboogada!, and there's even a tribute to the Vindictives with their cover of 'Pervert At Large'. But aside from that, Television City Dream falls under the "heard one Screeching Weasel album, heard 'em all" category. [In 2010, Fat Wreck Chords reissued Television City Dream with five bonus tracks.]

LOST IN REVIEWS, 2011: What is there really to be said about an album that was originally released 12 years ago by one of the most simultaneously loved and hated snotty pop-punk bands of all time? It is another Weasel album, take it or leave it. From the original track listing, there are the good (the faster-than-usual 'We Are The Generation X', and the album-ending 'Burn It Down') and there are the bad ('Dirty Needles', a song that is essentially a short punk PSA, and a topic better covered by the Bay Area’s Fifteen on their 1999 album Lucky). The overwhelming majority of the record is unremarkable, but I know all of the Four On The Floor songs by heart, so having those as a part of the re-issue is likely one of the gleaming positives of the entire project. If you are aware of Screeching Weasel, then this is just another re-release to you. If you have never heard this band before, you should step back a decade and start from the beginning of their discography. Or just listen to The Queers instead. I give Television City Dream 3.5 “displeased Jugheads” out of 5.

Additional Notes

Images for the vinyl pressing and CD reissue from Fatwreckwiki. The CD reissue was also issued on vinyl (same cover and tracks).

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