ARTIST: The Smoking Popes
TITLE: Get Fired
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Let’s Hear It for Love and Can’t Find It were re-recorded for their 1997 major label album.
LINEUP: Josh Caterer, Eli Caterer, Matt Caterer, Mike Felumlee
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After three Eps (which will be covered later on a comp), the Popes release their first album that finds them in a rawer, punkier state than their breakthrough album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Josh Caterer’s voice is the most memorable thing about the Smoking Popes. The band can rage behind him and his croony tenor above the caterwaul makes you notice. In fact, a friend of mine said, “It’s Morrissey fronting a punk band!”
Get Fired, recorded in Lafayette, IN (HOOSIERS REPRESENT!), is rawer than their major label releases, but still shows the band in fine form. Josh’s vocals soar, the melodies are catchy and the lyrics are lovelorn.
Sometimes independent, raw albums don’t do justice to a band that relies on melody and pop sensibilities. The production somehow enhances these Smoking Popes performances.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: I have read where the Smoking Popes were influenced by Liberace, Mel Torme, Hall & Oates, Dinosaur Jr. and the Replacements, among others. That’s quite a combo of influence.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: I really like this, it’s short and to the point.