on 25 March 2001
If you are into punk and disillusioned with the news of lie after lie and misleading statement after misleading statement from the 'leaders' of our nations (and leaders of many other things for that matter), then this will blow your mind. Propagandhi have cracked the nut with this. It's angry; it's very, very angry but it is very musical and is presented with a large helping of wit and satire. Buy it now, think about 'freedom' and annoy your parents, your teachers and your bosses with it's contents...
on 31 July 2012
Formed by singer/guitarist Chris Hannah in the mid 1980's the Canadian punkers came to the attention of Fat Mike (NOFX bassist and owner of Fat Wreck Chords) when Propagandhi toured supporting NOFX . Released in 1993 through Fat Wreck, 'How To Clean Everything' encapsulates the Propagandhi manifesto of radical left wing politics incorporating veganism, human and animal rights, anti-racism, anti-homophobia and anti-sexism. Fat Mike considered this album Fat Wreck Chords defining release, 'that record captured the Fat sound perfectly and was way ahead of it's time both musically and politically.' As Fat Mike considers Fat Wreck to be 'punk rock, anti-God, anti-Christian, anti-fashion, anti-govt, no emo, no metal, pro-gay, anti-racist, kid unfriendly, un-professional, unclean punk rock for lifers', Propagandhi had found their perfect match. 'How to Clean Everything' is Propagandhi's best album simply because it isn't as po-faced as the later releases. 'Ska sucks' is good fun, unusual for Propagandhi, while there's a great cover of Cheap Trick's 'I Want You To Want Me.' Not surprisingly there are also political tracks like 'Anti-Manifesto', 'Hallie Sallasse', 'Middle Finger Response', and 'Stick the ...' in keeping with the Propagandhi philosophy. Hannah himself doesn't rate this record but don't let that put you off, me and Fat Mike think it's a masterpiece.
on 21 March 2007
Forget Punk in Drublic.
Forget And Out Come The Wolves.
ESPECIALLY forget Dookie.
Get this one.
This album is amazing. It has the basic Fat Wreck Chords sound (Bad Religion, NOFX and The Descendents all thrown into a blender) but the lyrics are so much more potent and relevant than most bands on Fat Wreck, and they actually make you think. They speak their minds without mercy, and that's another thing I love about them. In one of their songs (it's not on this album though), they bash the hell out of Fat Mike in just three lines, yet they're on the label he owns. Also, they're the only band I can think of (besides the mighty CRASS) that can say 'f**k' every few lines in a song and still manage to sound incredibly intellectual. Fast, loud, independent, smart, and extremely left wing (and extremely vegan. :D). I love 'em! If you haven't heard anything off of this album, I would suggest the songs 'Stick The F**king Flag Up Your Goddamn A** You Son of a B***h', 'Head Chest Or Foot', 'Anti-Manifesto' and 'Middle Finger Response'.