Worlds Scariest Police Chases is exactly the type is band that I wanted to be in when I was fifteen. They’re loud, they’re crass, they’re signed to A-F Records, and they’re bold (dumb?) enough to title their sophomore album NOFX and out come the wolves dookie and then give it matching artwork. The album’s title and cover art really say it all: Worlds Scariest Police Chases don’t care about anything but having a good time. You can love them for it, or you can hate them for it, but either way they probably don’t give a fuck.
The nods to NOFX, Rancid, and Green Day in the album’s equally clever and stupid title and artwork are obvious enough, but as far as the music goes the band owes more to the posi-core / youth crew scene of the 1990’s. The album is full of a bunch of gang vocals shouting choruses, lots of distorted guitars, chunky bass, a couple of breakdowns, and lyrics that are both self-referential and ironic… if Good Clean Fun ever broke edge, Worlds Scariest Police Chases would be the result (the lyrics to “You’re Only Punk Once” support this theory).
Lyrically, NOFX and out come the wolves dookie is unapologetic. The songs range from being politically incorrect (“Americunt”, “Gay Jesus for President”), sarcastic (“Punk Rock Ruined My Life”, “You’re Only Punk Once”) and sometimes just outright silly (“Start (Fucking Yourself) Today” [Editor: Take that, Gorilla Biscuits!], or all of those and more at once. There’s lots of songs about cops (“Robocop”, “Citizen’s Arrest”) and even a direct reference to SNL’s “Magical Mysteries” sketch in “Cops N’ Fathers”. If any of it were sincere, it might be offensive, but it’s all so stupidly over-the-top that it’s hard to take seriously.
It is said that there’s a fine line between stupid and, uh… clever. Worlds Scariest Police Chases see that line and scribble all over it with the very same markers that they probably confiscated from a bunch of kids with x’s on their hands. These guys are either some of the most brilliant satirists in punk rock, or some of the biggest idiots in punk rock.
I can’t seem to tell which one they are.
4.5 / 5
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