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O.L.P.B.

by The Big Fat Pet Clams From Outer Space

This is what the world might look like to the Ramones' dumber older brothers.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. I Used to Listen to the Radio
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2. Carol Small
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3. Stiv Bators
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4. Guys From North Jersey
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5. Queen Latifah
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6. Steven's Room
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7. Let's Go Get Some Beer
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8. Life Has No Meaning
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9. On My Blindness
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10. Spinning
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11. Hey! Denise
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12. The Kids Don't Care
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13. Jericho
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14. God and Dr. Hawking (Live At CBGB Aug. 2006)
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O.L.P.B.

O.L.P.B. is short for “oldest living punk band.” This is a sort of inside joke among some members of the band. It’s from a line in “Stiv Bators.”
This project was begun concurrently with the more polished “My True Story.” It has been stated that it was comprised of outtakes and songs considered not good enough for that piece; but this is not really true. “My True Story” was recorded at an outside studio, in the classic way a recording was done then. None of “O.L.P.B.” was recorded that way. It was almost all done in Gary Applegate’s and Mario Cicerello’s studios. None of the songs were ever considered “MTS” material. They were done alongside the demos for “MTS”, and that may explain some of the confusion about this.
The Clams were still a working, functional band at that time; and it was fairly easy for them to record their parts at leisure. As they gigged less and saw each other less, that became more difficult. The result was that while “MTS” was a finished piece, “O.L.P.B.” was no more than a half dozen very short songs. It sat on the shelf as an unfinished joke for several years until some of the Clams began looking around for something to do.
The Band attempted to finish it as a “real” project; enlisting Damien Cordisco and moving it to his studio. But there was no consensus as to how to actually finish the project, or if it was really necessary to do so, and the Clams drifted apart once again. Eventually Gary and Richard Gelbstein finally added a few new songs and a few older unrecorded songs and called it finished.
There are some very interesting things here and some other things as well. “Steven’s Room”, “On My Blindness”, and “Jericho” are songs that could have been on “MTS”. “The Kids Don’t Care” is a very accessible rocker. Of the original six songs “I Used To Listen To The Radio” was the only one that was ever added to the Clams’ live show. The other five thump away for a minute or so and then end abruptly. They run the gamut from a reminiscence of an old childhood friend, to a tribute to a fallen punk rocker, to a rant about a rap singer turned actress, to a rave-up about tourists at the Jersey Shore.
There are several different versions of many of these songs on the web, as the different band members added and subtracted parts at will until Gary and Richie finalized the collection.
Before you decide that this is some kind of disjointed mess, listen to “Let’s Go Get Some Beer.” See if it doesn’t make you laugh. Especially if you’re expecting to hear something along the lines of “My True Story”; this record will surprise you with its schizophrenia. Its lack of direction and coherence is part of its charm. It creates a cartoon world where John Milton and Stiv Bators cross against the traffic lights in Hell to find Elvis dying at the feet of Cindy Crawford. And most of these little dramas last only a minute or so.

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RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present The Big Fat Pet Clams From Outer Space a GrIndie Award for their CD \"O.L.P.B.\" A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy\'s stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.
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William and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Classic East Coast Punk Album with Lots of Humor And Creativity
"The Big Fat Pet Clams From Outer Space" is a classic east coast punk album with lots of humor and creativity, from O.L.P.B., or Oldest Living Punk Band. With their raw, powerful, dirty and angst-ridden sound, O.L.P.B. belongs inside CBGB, New York's famous punk club. The vocals are gritty and nonchalant and remind the listener of The Ramones while the humorous lyrics are reminiscent of The Vandals. The recording quality of this album is true to its east coast punk roots, so don't expect a slick, overproduced sound. "The Big Fat Pet Clams From Outer Space" opens with "I Used to Listen to the Radio," a quirky little reggae number filled with self-destructive humor and pleasant humming. "Queen Latifah" does not disappoint as O.L.P.B. makes a hilarious attempt to be with the times while incorporating an interesting musical arrangement. "God and Dr. Hawking," recorded live at CBGB in 2006, is another winner as it showcases the band’s great performance ability and gives you a great taste of what they’re like live. If you enjoy humorous punk and a Jersey sound, give the Oldest Living Punk Band a try.
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