Compared to most of their label mates, Berkley's The Mr. T Experience were well-established when they joined Lookout Records (more HERE). After all, the band's first Lookout LP, 1990's Making Things With Light LP, was preceded by their 1986 debut LP, Everybody's Entitled to Their Own Opinion and it's collage radio sorta-hit "Danny Partridge" and their sophomore album, Night Shift at the Thrill Factory came out on Rough Trade and was produced by Kent Steedman of the then-hip Celibate Rifles.
The Mr. T Experience (see HERE), their leader, Dr. Frank (see HERE) would go on to be the most loyal of Lookout bands, releasing an album there as late as 2004 [!] and never taking back their masters as so many of the original bands (Green Day, Op Ivy Screching Weasel, The Queers, Avail etc) did. Of course, Dr Frank (Portman) made a career switch in the mid-aughts as the music industry was bottoming out, which might help explain his inattention to his back catalog.
The move to Lookout probably worked in the MTX's favour since by 1995, when pop-punk was all the rage, the band's popularity rose. (I may be fact-checked on this but I saw the band three times in the 90's and the biggest crowd. most enthusiastic crowd was definitely on the "Love is Dead" tour). So in celebration of the MTX of 1995 here's a great-sounding live recording (a radio session for KZSU's series Wednesday Night Live to be more precise) from their 2nd (third?) peak.
1. Wednesday Night Live Theme (1:07)
2. Swallow Everything (3:11)
3. Last Time I Listened To You/Love American Style (5:33)
4. Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba/My Stupid Life (5:34)
5. Alternative Is Here To Stay (2:32)
6. More Than Toast (4:26)
7. New Girlfriend (1:50)
8. She's No Rocket Scientist (2:23)
9. Checkers Speech (2:07)
10. Hello Kitty Menendez (1:59)
11. Sonic Reducer (2:14)
12. Time To Change/Velveeta (6:42)
13. Itching Powder In The Sleeping Bags (2:57)
14. Even Hitler Had A Girlfriend (2:42)
15. Interview (6:41)
16. I Believe In You (3:17)
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