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Buttonhead / number 2


Jason Hoffman

Whatzup Features Writer

Published October 28, 2004

Heads Up! This article is 18 years old.

The boys in Buttonhead are back with their

second album, the aptly descriptive Number

Two. This time around they made the trek to

Syracuse and Tim Bushong’s Record Plant in order

to capture their essence of clean power pop with

new-school punk overtones. The result is

superb.

Each of the 10 tracks literally leap from the

speakers with memorable, gleeful melodies and

sugar-sweet harmonies. The careening rocker “Mark

on Me” leads off the album. Great sounding

guitars and bright vocal harmonies offset darker

lyrics about the psychological damage some woman

is going to do to him. “Addicted” (and the hidden

track, the unedited version of “Addicted,” of

which my llama-like ears really couldn’t discern

any difference in lyrics or production) continues

this mania, centering around a meaty bass line

and the uber-catchy chorus of “I’m addicted to

being addicted.” The Green Day influence is

undeniable in “Microscope,” another song about

the songwriters many horrible experiences with

women. Here a chugging riff backs such lines as

“Poking and prodding / Are two of your favorite

things” and “I busted your microscope / ‘Cause I

got tired of being under it.”

“Again, Again,” which first appeared on the most

recent Essentials compilation, makes an

appealing appearance here and will surely delight

the myriad Buttonhead fans. A song which stuck in

my head for an entire weekend is “Easy,” a

confectionery-coated radio song with a pleasing

feel-good vibe and the creative slam-chorus:

“Nothing in the world is easy but your

girlfriend.” The instrumental “Marky’s Song” was

quite surprising in that it dispenses with the

punk-pop and goes for a hard rock riff that is

somewhat like the one MTV used to use back when

it started … very aggressive! This driving and

varied piece segues perfectly into “Stupid,” a

perfect way to end an album of bitter post-love

songs. Sporting a resigned feel, this song

switches gears a couple times as it ruminates,

“When it’s all said and done / You’ll realize I’m

the one.” Yeah … and then you can go “Neener,

Neener, Neener!”

Clocking in at around 40 minutes (plus the bonus

track), this album is just about the right length

for a shot of happy yet cynical musical buzz. The

drums and bass are solid, the guitars shimmer

with just the right amount of distortion, and the

harmonies, which are definitely among the best

I’ve heard from a local rock band, are all over

the platter. Hear samples at www.

Buttonheadonline.com or stop by a Wooden Nickel

to get Number Two, an album that lets you

know that, no, you’re not the unluckiest lover in

Allen County.

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