01. Unknown Road (Intro)
02. Wouldn't It Be Nice
03. Living For Today
04. Final Chapters
05. Can't Belive It
06. Unknown Road
08. No Reason Why
09. Fight Till You Die
12. Straight Ahead
14. Perfect People
15. Minor Threat
16. Same Old Story
18. Bro Hymn
12/16/2007Warped Tour webisode #6
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Live @ The Key Club
How can you possibly capture the brotherhood and mayhem that characterizes every Pennywise show? For a start, you could let the fans decide the set list, then cram 600 of 'em into a small club in Hollywood CA and encourage them to break loose along with the band. Well, that's exactly what Pennywise did on Live @ the Key Club, and that's what makes this record a must have for any real PW devotee. This is the show where Fletcher offered to pay for anyone who wanted to get a Pennywise tattoo, and you should have seen the line down Sunset Blvd as fans hung out with Fletch, waiting for their permanent souvenir of a truly memorable night.
Live @ The Key Club
Recorded live @ the Key Club in Hollywood, CA Design by EFX Audio Recorded by Darian Rundell & Ed Thasium Mixed by Pennywise @ Stall 2 and Encore Studios Mastered by Gene Grimaldi @ Oasis Mastering All Songs Published by Westbeach Music/Pound Foolish (BMI) except Minor Threat Publishing Designee of Minor Threat (BMI), Final Chapters, Can't Believe It, Straight Ahead & Alien Published by Pound Foolish (BMI) Administered by Wixen Music Publishing (BMI)
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US Rel. Date: 10/24/2000
EU Rel. Date: 10/10/2000
As anyone who has seen Pennywise live knows, they walk on to a piano introduction, and this is recaptured on the record. The foursome then launch straight into 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', a stereotypical Pennywise song. It's fast and furious, yet still catches all the melody of a more poppy type band. But with Fletcher Dragge handling guitar duties, there's not much chance of anything pop related eminating from a Pennywise song. In truth it's not the bands best song, but it's a great way to kick things off. 'Living For Today' is another great song on record, but it labours slightly during the chorus of this version. Still, it's only a minor gripe.
It's good to see the band mixing old and new songs, and 'Final Chapters' is still as vital today as it was when it was first released. 'Can't Believe It' is a fantastic song with a fantastic riff. Jim Lindberg has some of the most distinctive punk vocals you'll ever hear, and this song really does epitomise what the Hermosa Beach foursome are all about. And Byron McMackin's drums are simply superb throughout. 'Unknown Road' is anthemic, 'Homesick' brilliant and 'No Reason Why' great. Pennywise simply don't do bad songs.
The opening track on 'Full Circle', 'Fight Till You Die', is absolutely sensational live, and being a personal fave of mine anyway, is something that you'd just love to be in the mosh to. One thing you do notice about this lot is how brutally honest their lyrics are. There are no songs whining about girls or gushing about how they love old-skool metal. And the track 'Society' is perfect proof. Another classic track from 'Full Circle', this is a punk anthem. 'Straight Ahead' is perhaps a little more melodic than the real old stuff, but don't hold that against them.
'Pennywise' is skate-punk at its very best, whilst 'Perfect People' is a two fingered salute to anyone who criticises you for being different. The line "screw the perfect people, fuck they all look the same" should be a mantra for every alternative kid in the world. Live shows aren't right without a cover, and Pennywise stomp through a cover of 'Minor Threat' by, er, Minor Threat. It's not a patch on the original, but it's still great. 'Same Old Story' is a skateboard anthem, as you will know if you've seen the video, and 'Alien', from 'Straight Ahead', is brilliant, even if it isn't quite the Pennywise that we've come to expect.
What can we say about 'Bro Hymn' that hasn't already been said? All Pennywise fans know the Jason Matthew Thirsk story, and as at every live show, the crowd get on stage to participate in some backing vocals. The version on this CD is a bit ramshackle, but for pure emotion, this song just rules, and is a fitting tribute to Mr Thirsk.
It's basically a greatest hits CD, so anyone that wants to get into the band should probably start off their Pennywise collection with this. The die-hards will buy it anyway, even though the band aren't quite at their greatest on the basis of this recording. But put simply, everyone should own a Pennywise record. And this is a great one to start off with.
The booklet that accompanies this is amazing. It is a 12 page photo collage of just pictures of PENNYWISE, their fans, PENNYWISE tattoos, and many, many, many crowd shots. A ton of work must have went into put that together, and it is fun to look through. The sound quality is great, since the intent was already there beforehand to make that night's set a live album. The mix balences crowd noise fairly well, not sounding too clean and detracted from the live element. PENNYWISE are not the most exact band live, but their level of energy and high-octane performance efficiency is something to be desired off. If you are a fan, then you should already own this.
Average Fan Rating: 5.00