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Unhappy Hour

by Sodajerk

Four drunken super heroes out to make the world safe for cool country music. Call it Twang-Rock or Alt country, either way it's got piss and it's got vinegar.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. It's Not Funny
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2. She Dont Like My Drinkin'
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3. Acid Wash
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4. Turpentine
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5. Betty Ford Pickup
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6. At the End of Lonesome (There's Me)
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7. Drinking In the Key of C
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8. Hate Your Friends
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9. Cross Me Off Your List
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10. Six On the Scale
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11. New Invisible Boy
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12. Chinese For X-Mas
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Album Notes
With song titles ranging from "She Don't Like My Drinkin"" to "Betty Ford Pickup", Sodajerk does much to secure it's position on "Unhappy Hour" as Pittsburgh's go-to crew for a drinking person's alternative country."- Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"....a blend of old school country with the raw enthusiasm of The Replacementes. The songs all mention the devil's brew and some dame that done them wrong, but the band's knowledge of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash shows through making sure things never get stuck in hokeyville."- In Pittsburgh Magazine

"Sodajerk, both musically and lyrically, indulges in an outsiders country music, dealing with more in country acheypes and an iconic distance that pure country is often oblivious to. Which is to say that, specifically, Sodajerk plays drinking music. It may be country rock n' roll, but it's still rock n' roll."- Pittsburgh City Paper

"...everything you need for a night on the town, or the end of the world. If Pittsburgh ever comes up with an answer to y'allternative kingfish like Wilco, The Old 97's or The Jayhawks, then, well, you saw 'em here first!"- Tribune Review

" The SODAJERK recipe is so fundamentally brilliant, you wonder why other bands haven't tried it. Mix the boozy, brainy rock of the Replacements with the tear in my beer twang of vintage country music. Add and occasional Van Halen cover tune and there you have it: the shaken-not stirred-sound of SODAJERK......."- Beaver County Times

""Alt" provides the sound and "country" provides the subject matter: drinking and relationships gone bad....their alt-country sound makes you want to get up, slug down a shot of whiskey and jump into the line-dance pit (or something like that!)"- Unsung Hero

"The music itself is a mixture of the kind of punkish country that Jason and the Scorchers are good at and Sun rockabilly revved up for the new millenium. High energy stuff and a good album."-Freight Train Boogie

" SODAJERK aren't musical teetotalers, their songs are soaked in alcohol. They cut their heartache with a hefty dose of humor...but the band's solid song structure keeps these tunes from being mere jokes. Think of SODAJERK as something like early Replacements on a country bender or an Old 97's that's more interested in liquor than pop."-Miles of Music

" The songs on Unhappy Hour are about drinking, alcohol, drinking, hangovers, more drinking and a few lost love songs. Not exactly politically correct, but Sodajerk is brilliant in it's own right. These guys play country like it's meant to be played: recklessly full throttle, with swagger and attitude that reminds you how fun music can be. "-Tribune Review Top Releases of 2001


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great music, would love to see them live
the cd is great. you definately dont get bored listening to it... good drinking music... i would love to see them live, my only suggestion/complaint...sing about somthing else sometimes... after awhile...the topic gets old.

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Four drunken super heroes out to make the world safe for cool country music. Call it Twang-Rock or Alt country, either way it's got piss and it's got vinegar.


I never EVER thought i'd like any country but......
These guys definately proved me wrong! This is some of the freshest and most enjoyable music I've heard in a while, and I think I'm going to have to look into this "alt country" some more. Bravo guys!


Good Drinking Music
Sodajerk's "Unhappy Hour" is a concept album about getting drunk, going to bars, drinking beer, alcohol, ect. These are deep guys, huh? Actually, I think they are. While the songs are all booze related, very few tackle this subject matter the same. None of these are very upbeat, but some will have you bang your head a little while you weep in your beer. I'm not a country fan, but if like me, you enjoy Old 97's and Rhett Miller, or Ryan Adams you may want to give this one a "shot." Get it?

4 1/2 Stars

Torben Dalgaard Hansen

These guys kick bu... ah! behind.
Sodajerk are great. I got a couple of their CD amongst them Unhappy Hour. Great CD. I really love these guys. They ROCK. So if you like stuff like Bottle Rockets, Go To Blazes or Drive By Truckers get Sodajerk. You won't regret ! I promise ! for whatever that's worth :-)

Derek W. Anderson

I don't know whether to cry or to drink!
This album really makes you elated and depressed at the same time (this is a good thing!). It is an incredible journey of beer, lost love, beer, suicide attempts, beer, smokes, and oh Do yourself a favor; get this disc, name your poison, and enjoy 'till you weep.