In the midst of an unpredictable election year, what better band to resurface than the once and future leaders of buoyant, absurdist rock - the Presidents of the United States of America? The newly reunited PUSA has been in the studio cooking up a new platform for playfulness in rock, featuring 14 songs including the already hit single "Some Postman." Since the band's split in December 1997, fans have been sending letters and e-mails urging them to reunite and asking why they broke up in the first place. Twelve months earlier, the Seattle-based trio has released II, the follow-up to their wildly successful 1995 self-titled Columbia Records debut. Initially released on the idie label PopLlama, The Presidents of the United States of America went double platinum, rocketed all the way to #6 on Billboard's Top 200, produced three Top 40 hits and a #1 single on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, and garnered two Grammy nominations and a gaggle of critical praise. Their videos blanketed MTV, they toured the planet, played a live MTV concert at Mount Rushmore, and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Howard Stern Show and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve. As if that weren't enough, II spawned another Top Ten modern rock hit, "Mach 5," and the band contributed a rocking cover of "Video Killed the Radio Star" to the platinum-selling soundtrack to Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer. At the end of the line, Pure Frosting included a cover of the Ian Hunter song "Cleveland Rocks," which was used as the theme song to the Emmy-nominated Drew Carey Show. For their new album, the band recorded basic tracks at Egg Studios with Conrad Uno (Posies, Supersuckers, Young Fresh Fellows) and at Jupiter Studios with Martin Feveyear (Mudhoney, Mark Lanegan). The new songs run the gamut, though one tune, "Some Postman," has already proven itself after being leaked onto Seattle's KNDD and subsequently turned into a highly-requested local hit. The band will also re-release their eponymous multi-platinum debut this fall along with a DVD including their hit videos, live and interview footage. Nine years later, songs - smart, tuneful and exhilarating - from The Presidents of the United States of America still hold up.
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Michael Lee | New Jersey | 07/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Much like coming out of the Seattle grunge scene in the early nineties, laughing in the face of all that was over the top gloom, dread, and misery in music; The Presidents of The United States of America (or POTUSA) have once again arrived at just the right time. While most bands are getting their kicks on emo, POTUSA is back with hooks so catchy, and lyrics so hilariously clever, it'll send any self-righteous scenester running for the hills.
Highlight songs include the perverse "Drool At You" Which hilariously walks the line between creepy obsession and pure cuteness, and one hell of a catchy synth line to boot. "Some Postman", another song about sick obsession packaged with sweet pop goodness. Honestly there is not one song on this album to scoff at, unless you are some uptight music snob afraid to have fun.
This is the most impulsive and fast POTUSA album yet. Anyone turned off by songs about little bugs or the country twang in the debut should be very pleased to hear that "Love Everybody" delivers a brand new sound right off the bat. Songs like "Shreds of Boa" and "5,500 Miles" spare the silliness and bring the rock and roll. Those who loved the sound of self titled, well at least you'll love the old school themed track, "Munky River"
The fun and tongue-in-cheek humor never lets up on this album, making it hands-down the best pop-punk album since Mr. T Experience's "Revenge Is Sweet, And So Are You". It's a great album to get if you want to get under the skin of that emo kid who lives down the hall. Blast those geeky tunes with pride, brave music fan; and to the Presidents, I salute you."
Michael Schaubach | Minneapolis, MN | 08/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I thought that I would never hear anything new from these boys. Thank goodness they came to their senses and realized that they ROK! This album is quickly becoming my favorite. I love it lots. Sit back, relax.
Track #1 Love Everybody
I heard this live in Minneapolis and I liked it right then. It has that Kick out the Jams feel. A great way to kick off this great comeback album. Nice catchy lyrics with the classic PUSA diction, "You gotta make them feel good about themselves."
Track #2 Some Postman
I would love to shoot this video (PUSA call me). Something that I have always loved about PUSA is the stories that are in their songs. An interesting notion that there is a Postman out there obsessed with other people's love letters. A great poppy tune that will surely have plenty of radio play.
Track #3 Clean Machine
Classic lyrics in true form. "Showing me a cloud free galaxy". Nothing like a space reference from PUSA. Fun tune. That's all.
Track #4 Highway Forever
I also heard this one live. Great upbeat tune. WEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there's asphault in between us! Good work boys!
Track #5 Zero Friction
It's a killer song. One of my favorites. Another one I would love to shoot the video for. This is the kind of song that can turn a bad day into a kick butt day.
Track #6 Surf's Down
An instrumental. It's a much needed breather from all the rocking you've been doing.
Track #7 Shortwave
Rock song. Nuff said. Nice keyboards a real Doors feel (just the keyboards that is).
Track #8 Poke and Destroy
Yup. Good. "Big glass spider webs hanging from the ceiling." How can you not love this stuff?
Track #9 Munky River
Heard this one live. Once again loved it. Fun slower song. Another video I'd like to shoot. Surely will be heard on the radio if the DJ's get smart that is.
Track #10 Drool at You
Maybe I love this CD too much to be objective. Even with Freaked Out and Small I had criticisms. Are you bored yet! This song rocks like all the rest! Great guitar riff at the beginning. DROOLING! DROOLING!
Track #11 Vestina
It turned me off in the beginning. I promised myself I wouldn't skip past this song. Now I love it. Vestina! Vestina! your advertising agency folded today. By the way PUSA, you can sell anything you make directly to me.
Track #12 5,500 Miles
Mean rock. yes! Are we allowed to mosh again? Is that lame? Are we all getting too old for that? NAAAAAHH!!! At least bob your head to this one. Has some real nice "Stranger-esk" breaks.
Track #13 Shreds of Boa
Heard it live. It rocks. Drive to this song. Roll down the windows and bother your neighbors as you cruise in your mini-van to this song. Party favor pearls!
Track #14 Jennifer's Jacket
This one will throw you off. A cute song. Play it for that Jennifer in your life. The end will bring you in and will make you want to hear this song over and over and over. FALLING APART AT THE SEEMS! Hold someone's hand. Sit out on the grass. Have picnic. Watch the sunset. I love PUSA. I'm so glad they are back together.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Holy monkey-butt magnificent
The Great Joe Bivins | Oviedo, Florida, USA | 09/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't even gotten through the dang thing yet. I've been listening to "Some Postman" for months in various forms (I have a live recording of it Chris did with the Giraffes) but when I heard the Presidents' rendition I knew it was the definitive version, and I knew I couldn't wait a minute longer to pick up this great friggin' album. So a month later I finally managed to find it at a not-so-local Sam Goody after a four hour bus ride I took to pick up a DVD which they didn't have (I didn't have enough for both, anyway). That was last night, I got up today and after going over a tape I'd made yesterday of my insaneo guitar stylings, I popped the mofo into my CD thingy and cranked it into my ear-huggers. Halfway through the first track (Love Everybody, the title track) I found myself wanting to throw the headphones down, run outside and shout the praises of this album to anyone who was willing to listen, but I resisted that urge so I could continue to listen. I'm only to Track 5. "Zero Friction" and I already think this might replace II (the second PUSA album) as my favorite PUSA album and if it continues this way I may have to dethrone Pinkerton (Weezer's terrific second album) and crown Love Everybody the lord and master of my CD collection (or maybe they could rule alongside each other as a triumvirate with the White Stripes' "De Stijl" or the Vines' "Winning Days" or Blur's "Blur" or Beck's "Odelay"). I'm to lucky #7. "Shortwave" now and I feel as though I my die of rocking bliss, and it would be worth it."