All you vinyl rudies will be happy to know that Mustard Plug will be reissuing and remastering “Big Daddy Multitude” on double gatefold vinyl. Pre-orders started yesterday (we’re late to the party like always) but the album will be released on September 15th so you don’t have to wait too long for this. The vinyl will also come with some bonus tracks too so have a look below at the tracklisting and press release. I just hope the guys change the album cover; it always freaked me out haha.
You can pre-order this now at the band’s web store.
From the press release:
Mustard Plug started out in 1991, in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk-influenced ska music before most people in the U.S. had ever heard of ska. They clung to a DIY work ethic that had been ingrained in them growing up in the 1980s hardcore punk scene and applied it to everything they would ever do together as a band. Mustard Plug released their first cassette tape themselves (1992′s Skapocalypse Now!), and played constantly to earn enough money to record their first album – 1994′s Big Daddy Multitude. Their debut full length was distributed by legendary NYC Ska label Moon Records. With their new found national distribution and exposure, the band was given the opportunity to hit the road and tour through the United States to the grassroots, underground ska scene. The band continued to tour and the album continued to sell, both on the road and in indie record stores. Within a couple years it had sold over 15,000 copies, an impressive feat for a DIY band without professional management or publicity. As the band continued touring and writing, the U.S. ska scene began to explode in the mainstream media and pop charts. Mustard Plug would release their next 4 albums on fledgling LA indie punk label, Hopeless records and sold over 150,000 copies of their next album, Evildoers Beware.
But it was Big Daddy Multitude that started them on their trajectory, and for many diehard fans, will always be a favorite album. In many ways Big Daddy Multitude was their most experimental album, and certainly their most light hearted. At the time of writing and recording, the band’s only sense of obligation was to themselves and their core group of friends and fans in the Midwest. Commercial success was such an abstraction that the band had the kind of complete freedom to expand on any song idea or concept no matter how absurd or obscure, brilliant or ridiculous. The results were a collection of songs that emphasized the band’s pop sensibilities and carefree sense of humor.
The new, double vinyl release of Big Daddy Multitude documents the entire album plus 4 songs recorded 2 years later, before the release of Evildoers Beware, plus 4 more unreleased songs from their original cassette, Skapocalypse Now! The gatefold jacket features both original cover art, plus rare photos that haven’t been seen in over 25 years. Throw it on the turntable and take a trip back to a time of youthful energy, a carefree perspective and some of the most fun, danceable, pop ska ever put on wax.
•Originally released December 1993 on Moon Records
•The fan produced video for the song “Mr. Smiley” has received 1.3+ million views on YouTube whereas the song “Mr. Smiley” has over 5 million Spotify plays.
•Manufactured in Detroit at the legendary Archer Record Pressing.
•Double gatefold album features a two page collage of historic Mustard Plug photos and memorabilia, much of it not seen since the early 90s.
•Features original members Dave Kirchgessner (vocals) and Colin Clive (guitar/vocals); the primary architects of the band, still active today.
•Songs have been re-mastered for vinyl.
Skank by Numbers
Ball Park Skank
Thigh High Nylons
Murder in Tulip City
I Made Love to a Martian
Brain on Ska
SIDE D (Bonus Material)
Beer Song (from the 1995 Beer Song 7″)
Pickpocket Man (from the 1995 Beer Song 7″)
Mendoza (original 1995 mix)
Dressed Up (original 1995 mix)
Sweet Potato (from the 1992 cassette release Skapocalypse Now!)
We Want The Mustard (from the 1992 cassette release Skapocalypse Now!)
To Be (from the 1992 cassette release Skapocalypse Now!)
Kill The Governor (from the 1992 cassette release Skapocalypse Now!)