Just as pop-punk was about to enter its millennial hibernation, Newcastle, USA's The Lilligtons offered the genre one last shot at redemption. Despite being championed by both fellow Ramones-fanatic Ben Weasel (see HERE) and soon after by the Green Day-powered Lookout Records (more HERE) The Lilligtons' of 1999 weren't anybody's knock-off. (However, The Lilligtons' of 1995-1998 were a bit too Weasel/Queer-esque for their own damn good.)
The band's volte-face was most evident both in their rocket-powered tuneage and in their newly focused lyrics which had switched from sophomoric to sci-fi. Gone were song titles like "My Genitals Itch" and "Pom Pom Girls" and in rushed psychotronic late-night creature features titles like "I Saw the Apeman ("On the Moon) and "Invasion of the Saucermen". It was a brilliant experiment, a sort of like a Ramones-Misfits mutation that escaped its captors and bred in the wilds of Wyoming!
Of course, I can only plead with you to go and buy Death by Television or any of the albums by Kody Templeman's more famous band, Teenage Bottlerocket. If you've done so, here's a live set from the Death by Television tour recorded in Chicago's legendary Fireside Bowl. The sound is just fine for this sort of thing and the fact that it's all one track may just increases its force.
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