Sunday, May 24, 2015

Song Of The Week: 5/24/15

Song: "These Pretty Pleasures"

Artist: Swingin' Utters

Album: "More Scared: The House Of Faith Years"

Years: 1996

Place Of Origin: Santa Cruz, California

Years Active: 1987 - present


"These Pretty Pleasures" appears to be a song about getting away from the every day things in life that seem to drag you down or are just monotonous. These are things that you cannot get away from totally, whether it's your job or your home life or whatever, but just for a moment or just for a few hours, it seems the vocalist wants to get out of his normal everyday and enjoy something that he doesn't always have a chance to do. A guilty pleasure, or a "pretty" pleasure if you will.

SWINGIN' UTTERS' DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

1992 - "Scared" (Quality Of Life Records)
1995 - "The Streets Of San Francisco" (New Red Archives Records)
1996 - "More Scared: The House Of Faith Years" (SideOneDummy Records)
1996 - "A Juvenile Product Of The Working Class" (Fat Wreck Chords)
1998 - "Five Lessons Learned" (Fat Wreck Chords)
2000 - "Swingin' Utters" (Fat Wreck Chords)
2003 - "Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass And Bones" (Fat Wreck Chords)
2004 - "Live In A Dive" (Fat Wreck Chords)
2008 - "Hatest Grits: B-Sides And Bullshit" (Fat Wreck Chords)
2011 - "Here, Under Protest" (Fat Wreck Chords)
2013 - "Poorly Formed" (Fat Wreck Chords)
2014 - "Fistful Of Hollow" (Fat Wreck Chords)


Vocalist Johnny Peebucks originally formed this band back in 1987. For the first 7 years of the band's existence, they were known as Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin' Utters. It wasn't until 1994 that they just took the name Swingin' Utters. As a band, the Utters were highly influential to the many Celtic punk bands that would form, including the likes of the Dropkick Murphys, The Real McKenzies and Flogging Molly, though the Swingin' Utters don't go with the full on bagpipes and what not. They themselves haved likened their songs to loud, aggressive country and folk songs. In 1996 they established their relationship with a then upstart punk rock label, Fat Wreck Chords. Together with NOFX, Lagwagon and No Use For A Name, the Swingin' Utters represented that "Fat Wreck" sound of skate punk anthems of the mid to late 90's, albeit with a folk/punk style. There wasn't a lot going on with the band during the years between 2004 and 2010. They did release a live album and a compilation album of b-sides and rare tracks but did not enter the studio nor play many, if any live shows. The Swingin' Utters did come back with a vengeance in 2011 however, and dropped three full length albums in a 4 year span. Currently, the Swingin' Utters are on tour with NOFX and Lagwagon as part of Fat Wreck Chords 25th anniversary celebration.


1. Five Lessons Learned
2. The Next In Line
3. Brand New Lungs
4. Windspitting Punk
5. Pills & Smoke
6. The Librarians Are Hiding Something
7. Brazen Head
8. Teenage Genocide
9. Fifteenth And T
10. '39

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