Dead Milkmen: Big Lizard In My Backyard (1985)
Now, there's a lot here that's on the offensive side and hasn't aged well (and, frankly, rankled even back then) -- i.e. "Takin' Retards to the Zoo"; an ill-conceived AIDS joke in the otherwise amusing "Bitchin' Camaro." It makes it a bit of a drag to listen to some of this today. Still, the album can be a lowbrow blast in spots; not something I can claim I listen to often, but also one that injected a healthy dose of gleeful immaturity back when we needed it.
"Camaro," said line aside, is terrific fun, with its conversational intro and frenetic catchiness. "VFW" (veterans of a fucked-up world) is truly energized young rebellion; "Serrated Edge," an oddball ode to '70s pop culture icon Charles Nelson Riley, is a charming bit of nonsense; "Dean's Dream" is surprisingly tuneful and engaging; "Right Wing Pigeons" is Gang of Four as channeled by irreverent punks; and the title track is more CVB-like effervescent silliness. Most of this flies by, 1 or 2 minutes per song, requiring minimal commitment of time or intelligence, and sometimes that's all you need.
Would I want to be hearing this for the first time today, as some middle-aged guy? Probably not. But transported back to the depths of the Reagan era, yeah, it works.
I'm particularly delighted that a couple random teenage girls made this video for "Bitchin' Camaro":