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F*ck Vision

by Randy America

Blazing Pop Punk from the First State!
Genre: Rock: Punk-Pop
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3. I'm Glad I Said Goodbye
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7. Do You Wanna Runaway
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The first Solo release from Delaware artist Randy America.

Randy America is a musician and songwriter with a career spanning back to the late 1980’s. Randy has appeared on radio, television, and in the movies, but the bulk of his career has been spent as the lead singer and guitarist for Delaware punk rock legends Jake & The Stiffs.
Randy was born and raised in Champion, Ohio, leaving there at the Age of 13 for Farmington Hills, Michigan. He moved to the city of Detroit during the end of his senior year in High School where he lived in a band house with some great musicians from the Detroit area, among them, Matthew Ruffino (Detroit Cosmic Banditos, Sinclair and many others, also a guitar understudy to Megadeth in 1988), Scott Goldstein ( Jake & the Stiffs, Beer Whores, Chinese Dragons, many others, currently in Detroit 442), Jason “Jake” Loch ( Jake & the Stiffs, Beer Whores, Cold as Life and many others). So many local musicians stayed there at one point or another, the list is too long to recall.
Randy moved to Pike Creek, Delaware in 1991, where he met up with Local musicians Zach Hansen (Jake & the Stiffs, Spindrift) and Steve Funk and revived the Jake & The Stiffs lineup that had begun in Detroit only a few years earlier. After Steve departed in 1993, local Delaware Valley legend Vince Kilpatrick AKA Algy Siouxicide joined up and he and Randy played together in Jake & the Stiffs through various lineup and member changes for the next 19 years as well as several other projects including The First State Thrill Killers, and Walk Among Us. Jake & the Stiffs were a variable who's who of local talent from the Delaware Valley among the many members at one time or another were Matt Yonker (The Queers, Ben Weasel, The Methadones, currently Less Than Jake), Don Yonker ( The Halfings, The Rumblers, currently Tonight We Strike) , Sean Rule (Plow United), Bill Kate (Explosive Kate, Saturday night Kids), Steve Attig (Britny Fox), and several others.
Randy has just recently resurfaced with a CD called FUCK VISION which was written and recorded in his home studio from 12/2011-4/2012 and is now putting together an all-star local lineup consisting of members from the Wilmington, DE. band, The Keefs. The group will be known as Randy America & The Pike Creek Pinups.


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Lord Rutledge, http://fasterandlouderblog.blogspot.com/

God bless (Randy) America!
"Randy America" is one of the all-time great punk rock pseudonyms, and F*ck Vision is possibly the greatest album title in the history of recorded music. That's an awful lot to live up to! But the first solo release from the former Jake and the Stiffs singer is pretty much what I expected it to be - brilliant. Just a few months ago, I stated that Mr. America was the single most overlooked punk songwriter of my generation. Strong words, eh? Now I have the opportunity to demonstrate that I'm not completely full of shit! F*ck Vision is out. And if you don't like it, you're really gonna have to question my judgment when it comes to music. But I'm confident that you're gonna love it. Yeah, I know I'm biased. But come on! It's Randy fucking America! He's practically royalty in at least two counties of Delaware! He's the John Daly of pop-punk! He won't let you down.

Let's make it clear that F*ck Vision is not a Jake and the Stiffs album. It's a Randy America solo record. There are a few songs that will remind you of Jake and the Stiffs - which is understandable given the uniqueness of Randy's singing voice and his knack for penning perfect little pop-punk tunes. Songs like "Yo-Yo Girl" and "I'm Glad I Said Goodbye" are "classic" Randy America all the way. No doubt, bands like The Dickies and Boys (he covers "Brickfield Nights") remain fundamental influences. But a large portion of F*ck Vision finds the man breaking new ground and having a go at a more power pop/alternative rock type sound. It's been at least ten years since he last released any new music, so the "growth" in his songwriting repertoire is not exactly surprising. God bless him, he's still a pop guy through and through. He delivers more quality hooks than Bass Pro Shops, and any given song on the album is liable to get stuck in your head for weeks on end. I know a lot of guys who'd commit gruesome murder for the ability to craft the chorus to "Do You Wanna Runaway". But just like Cole Hamels after he developed a cutter and curveball, Randy has taken his game to a whole new level. "Sunrise Song" recalls the crunching alterna-pop of the '90s (think Superdrag), while "Shadows and Shade" achieves an improbable blend of soaring melodies and heavy post-hardcore guitars. It's like Rivers Cuomo wrote a song for Helmet! There aren't a whole lot of "epic" pop songs out there, but "Cecile" is exactly that. And the thread that holds it all together is Randy's peculiar vision. He's got almost as many funny voices as Joe Conklin. His lyrics are clever, twisted, and often hilarious, especially when he's tackling the timeless subject of messed-up relationships. When the first line of the album is "I've thought about blowing my fucking brains out too many times since I've met you", it kind of sets a tone!

Those of us who are fans have really missed Randy America over the last few years. There's no one else like him. And given the surging popularity of powerpop/punk as a sub-genre in recent years, there finally seems to be a market for the man's music (Jake and the Stiffs were probably too punk for the pop crowd and too pop for the punk crowd). Thankfully he decided to release these songs he's been writing and recording at home. And now he has assembled a backing band called The Pike Creek Pinups, comprised of members of The Keefs (the first band I ever reviewed for this blog!). It cannot be denied: Randy America is back for real!
http://fasterandlouderblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/god-bless-randy-america.html

Shawn Abnoxious

RANDY AMERICA “F*UCK VISION” CD
http:// http://shawnabnoxious.blogspot.com/2012/09/randy-america-fuck-vision-cd.html?spref=fb
Review Prelude #1
On final approach to writing this bit I am faced with a dilemma just as I sit down to type these very words. Am I going to include the ‘*’ in the CD’s title, as it appears in a verily shallow attempt to cover up the word FUCK? Or am I going to uncover and expose the word, as the commoners know it? Fuck it. Now you don’t wanna offend someone with a last name like American… It sounds as if he may have a large army and be itching for a fight… With a name last name like ‘America’ you expect a fucking energy drinking in one hand gun in the other gun nut sporting a Russian made firearm previously boxed up for storage that hasn’t been fired in years, but asking for ‘release’ all the same. So, I will be true to Randy America, and myself…I will do both.

Review Prelude #2
This prelude was included for no outright reason than to just include something that could be here, making two preludes, which would be much like a double cheeseburger, except with words about music… So there! I never found more satisfaction from firing any weapon like I have an AK-47, one of the finest weapons ever made. I just want everyone to know that I have friends with lots of guns with verily large magazines that can kill a motherfucker dead.

Now. Let the review begin.

RANDY AMERICA “F*UCK VISION” CD
Self-proclaimed shut-in, Randy America lashes out on F*UCK VISION in a target rich environment. Lots of opportunities, lots of bullets. The battle is never over. The war has just begun. The production featured on F*UCK VISION have is amazing. Taking matters into his own hands, Randy gave …THWART! The lowdown willingly “So I bought some bad ass software, learned how to use it somewhat and recorded the whole thing in my basement. I did all of the instruments and vox, mixed it etc. I used this super cool drum software on all of the tunes except 2,3,4,5. And on those tracks I had the drummers e-mail them, so that I didn't have to leave the house.” Me? I listen to a majority of music with ear buds these gloriously pitiful days. That way I can play music as loud as I can and drown the ‘real world’ away. Right off the bat from the start I’m instantly reminded of earlier times driving around in a blue two-door cavalier filling my ears with whatever I could. Much of F*UCK VISION sounds remind me of when I initially discovered SCREECHING WEASEL with Randy America nodding heavily toward 80’s refined power-pop new wav-ish edge mixed with slight tinges of jean jacket heavy metal… F*UCK VISION is ripe with muscular hooks (I stole ‘muscular’ from Rolling Stone Magazine who stole it from some unknown, undisclosed Blogger) and commercialized bitter-sweetness (there Rolling Stone, take ‘‘commercialized’ in exchange). F*UCK VISION is verily punchy; head-noddy and solitary ‘Fuck yeah’ fist-in-the-air. I will admit, I had no idea who exactly this Randy America was… I suspected that he was ALSO a re-emerging 90’s punk native. From some band that did some records that I proly end up having somewhere. Sure, with time, google and other nosy inquiries I could ‘discover the truth’ but that’s no fun! I decided that I would take Randy America for Randy America, not Randy America EX-WHATEVER... Randy’s songs titles scream themes to me. I think there is a bigger picture with F*UCK VISION than originally thought. Is this a documentation of something, a moment in time ala X Ray Spexs' Germ Free Adolescents? It could be... Right now I don’t know. You get barely fist deep in this fucker and early on you begin seeing a bigger picture… In here… Somewhere… I hate feeling like there’s a message and I’m not 'getting it'. Maybe its one of my personal character flaws coming out... The bigger picture of F*UCK VISION and how it relates to 2012 punk-rock (whatever they will call this era in the coming years) is out there. You just gotta get deep. F*UCK VISION isn’t just another something for me to listen to, its an assignment, a message to decipher, decode and figure out. On some ditties like the theatrical "Cronat Gold" I’m reminded of Queen or Iron Maiden (jean jacket metal). On other tracks you can see Screeching Weasel type sing along choruses like on "Too Many Times", “Sunrise Song” and personal favorite, an ode of drowning in waves of nostalgia (?) “Brickfield Nights" I don’t even know what, or where "Brickfield Nights" is or were or maybe still are, but by songs end, I’m even missing them. Its on the ballad "American Gypsy" where you can hear the perfect amalgamation of the slight metal and Weasel influences and everything seems to click even if you cant put it in words, trust me, it ‘clicks.’ Stepping into a scenery and time that never existed and devouring a Bastard DC (two Burger King Whopper Sandwiches made into one gigantic bastard of a meal with an extra slice of ‘grease’ bread as an extra treat), Randy eagerly expands on the meaning behind what F*UCK VISION truly means. “It's a nod to this guy Jay Reatard who put out a record called Blood Visions, combine that with my absolute disdain for anything PC and how everyone gets offended these days so easily, and then add in the fact that it is a totally confusing title. You get Fuck Vision! Swearing, confusion, perfect!” There is life beyond… No, I’m not talking all ‘religion’ on you or anything but you just can’t be satisfied with the end. The end is just a beginning for something new. F*UCK VISION, like it or not does tell a story. It documents and acts like a soundtrack to the last several years of Randy’s life. Things move forward. There’s only and end if you want it to end. Wherever Randy is from, or whatever he did (I still choose not to research his name and get the skinny) it all doesn’t matter. On F*UCK VISION Randy is moving forward. You, loyal …THWART! Reader and avid music listener can go with or die against. I’m not the only guy that has friends with firearms ya know…