Hanson brothers sudden death


Hanson Brothers - Sudden Death

Format: LP
Label: Konkurrel K176 (Netherlands)
Year: 1996
Origin: Victoria, British Columbia, 🇨🇦
Genre: punk, rock, Sports - hockey
Keyword:  Hockey
Value of Original Title: $200.00
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Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Punk Room, 1990's, Hockey Room, British Columbia


Side 1

Track Name
The Hockey Song
Stick Boy
We're Brewing
Not for Mary Lou
You Can't Hide the Heimo
Third Man In
Danielle (She Don't Care About Hockey)

Side 2

Track Name
I Never Will Forget Her
Four Heads, One Brain
Rink Rat
Pea, Pie and Pud
I'll Ask the 8-Ball
My Problem
He Looked a Lot Like Tiger Williams
Sudden Death


Hanson brothers sudden death

Sudden Death


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The biggest problem for a side project that was meant to be a one-off thing is that when you decide to follow up your first release, there is the inevitable sense of letdown. Hanson Brothers' first release, Gross Misconduct, was meant to be a fun little tribute to the Ramones and hockey, yet the side project for Nomeansno became a minor institution and couldn't be put to rest so easily. Four years after the initial album, the Hanson Brothers returned with another album full of odes to hockey, girls and beer brewing called Sudden Death..

With Gross Misconduct being one of my all time favorite punk records, Sudden Death had a lot to live up to and for quite some time I never was willing to let myself enjoy the CD. Although the concept of singing about hockey over a Ramones' styled formula is still quite intact, there was just something missing in the outcome. However, given a few years since I last listened to this CD, it seems that Sudden Death didn't deserve such a quick epitaph after all. Fact of the matter is that Sudden Death simply won't be as good as the debut, but it's still quite good for Ramones type of punk. Between catchy, anthemic tunes like "Danielle (She Don't Care About Hockey)" or "The Hockey Song" and the riproaring, bouncy tunes like "Rink Rat" or "Four Heads, One Brain", there's more than a few fun songs to give the CD its due respect. Singer Johnny Hanson does happen to sound a bit more like his brother Robbie (best known for losing the hockey mask and singing for Nomeansno) with a little more bass in his voice than before. Blame that on age. Besides, eventually we all want to sound like Rob Wright anyhow..

Nothing will replace my fond spot for Gross Misconduct, but I'm pleased that I gave Sudden Death a second chance. For a band that started as a lark, they've certainly become a very identifiable group that is more fun than a box of Viagra at the nursing home. "Mary Lou" will certainly be pleased to hear that..
-John Chedsey


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