Guttermouth – Live From the Pharmacy – Review


Live From the Pharmacy (Nitro)
by Scott Hefflon

Inside Live From the Pharmacy, there is the complete story of Guttermouth. From their lazy early years, through the whole process of writing and recording quickly, getting in lots of trouble on the road, to getting dropped off a major tour in South Carolina in ’94 where this show was recorded. For those who’ve never seen Guttermouth, they’re, um, like Beavis and Butthead on cheap amphetamines. They fart, they curse, they tell their own fans that they’re a bunch of pussies, they try to score drugs and chicks from the stage, and they play so goddamn fast it sometimes takes a while to figure out what song they’re playing. And like fellow Nitro speedpunkers, the Vandals, Guttermouth is one of the most talented punk bands that can play fast, rather complicated songs while leaping around, running into each other, and basically making an asinine spectacle of themselves. Live From the Pharmacy was recorded after a couple 7″s, Friendly People (it was recorded in ’94, K?), and the early Dr. Strange stuff that’s hard to find (unless you live down the street from the label).

As an added bonus, there are four new songs tacked at the end, produced by Vandal guitar loony Warren Fitzgerald. Lyrics for “American Made,” “This Won’t Hurt a Bit,” “Steak (the Underwater Version),” and “Born in the U.S.A.” are included, seeing as they’re new. Actually, the new songs kinda suck. Whatever. The live stuff is great.
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