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Lagwagon – Duh / Trashed/Hoss/Double Plaidinum (Reissues)
(Fat Wreck Chords, 2011)

Remasters, reissues, demos, outtakes, studio sessions — I usually don’t buy into these things.  It’s just too overwhelming to try to keep up with new music AND try to immerse myself in every sound that came out of making an album I loved 20 years ago.  That being said, sometimes these projects can stoke a fire that burned out long ago.  Fat Wreck Chords have done just that with their reissue of the first four Lagwagon albums.  Quietly (at least to my ears) released in November of last year, Duh, Trashed, Hoss and Double Plaidinum were re-released on CD and vinyl, as well as a box sets titled Putting Music in Its Place (with that original graphic I wore on that t-shirt back in ’94).  Lagwagon hold a special place in my teenage years for the simple fact that they defined my transition from a small Northern California mountain town to a small Southern California surf town.  When I moved from Auburn to Encinitas in ’94, I was 17 years old and bands like Bad Religion, Unwritten Law, Blink (no 182 at that time), Strung Out, NOFX, Offspring, Green Day and Sublime were the soundtrack to coastal living.  Lagwagon rode a fine line between the hardcore and the silly/pop punk being produced by their peers, and while they never gained the fame of some they shared a scene with, I still believe those first two albums hold their own against anything released in the mid to late-90’s — in those days when I would gladly spend my money at Lou’s Records on anything that wore the Fat Wreck Chords label.   In fact, one of my most memorable shows was the Fat Wreck Chords Tour with Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, Strung Out, Good Riddance and Tilt at Soma in January of ’95.  Damn, those were the days!  And these reissues will instantly transport you back to a scene that might exist in different forms today, but will never be the same as it was…at least not for me!

Lagwagon – Parents Guide to Living

Lagwagon – The Reissues