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Before 1985, when Sammy Hagar became the second frontman for Van Halen, he had a fairly successful career as a solo artist. Unboxed compiles his best songs from the decade before he replaced Diamond Dave. In truth, this is probably the best way to hear Hagar solo because, like David Lee Roth and Joe Walsh, Hagar’s individual records were never really strong enough to stand alone. Standout tracks on Unboxed include ”Heavy Metal,” a murky, futuristic cut recorded for the film of same name, the bluesy, blustery ”Three Lock Box,” and the anthemic radio cut ”I Can’t Drive 55.” In 1997, Hagar left Van Halen to recharge his solo career. –Jon Wiederhorn

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  • Let me just say that I’m a gigantic Dog Fashion Disco fan and I literally cried when I heard they were breaking up. When Todd announced that he was doing a new project called Polkadot Cadaver, I was extremely happy. When I heard the 4 tracks from Purgatory Dance Party on PC’s myspace, I was pleasantly surprised and had high expectations for the cd. When I received my pre-order in the mail and popped in the cd, I was blown away with the eerie Haunted Holiday to the super awesome Sole Survivor and then the 15+ minute loop of “Satan” as the hidden track, sweet! Every song is equally amazing but the songs that really stand out to me (besides the 4 that were uploaded prior to the cd release) are Purgatory Dance Party, Bring me the Head of Andy Warhol and Deathwish. This cd is a MUST OWN for any DFD fan. This cd will be a staple in my collection for the rest of my days.

    Posted on November 25, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album isn’t sold at any of my local record stores, which is a crying shame. This band is great and had I not known about Dog Fashion Disco before hand I would not have purchased this CD. I personally love it. It has everything that I love about music with some outlandish themes rolled into the mix. I couldn’t stop listening to it when it finally arrived in the mail. Great Album. Five Stars.

    Posted on November 25, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I had heard of Dog Fashion Disco before but never listened to them. One day,
    searching for something new, I came across this disc. Not knowing immediately that one band morphed into another, I listened to some of the tracks from Purgatory Dance Party. I usually lean towards metal, but I have always liked Faith No More and Mr.Bungle, and the similarities are apparent.
    But something about Polkadot Cadaver grabbed my interest faster than those others did back in the day (maybe older,more mature?). The excellent mix of styles pulled me in, forcing me to instantly order the cd. In addition, I started searching out Dog Fashion Discos back catalog and found them to be just as awesome. This cd has been in my stereo on repeat for the past month and will continue to be. Highly recommended.
    Just as a side note, I noticed a lot of people comparing PC and DFD to the obvious Mike Patton influence, but with those bands John Zorn was a
    huge influence on them. Check out the Naked City disc
    especially, or some of his other projects and see were some of this stemmed from.

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is simply incredible. There’s no throwaway tracks and there is lots of variety. “Purgatory Dance Party” is better than any DFD album, and to fans of that band, that’s saying a lot. After listening to the incredible “Bring Me the Head of Andy Warhol,” I was in disbelief. That is a rare contender to one of my favorite songs of all time. Few tracks come to mind when people ask me my favorite song, but that is one that would come up. I’m anticipating another album from Polkadot Cadaver more than 90% of the bands I listen to. If you’ve stumbled upon this review from some random place, I don’t think you’ll appreciate this as much as say, a Dog Fashion Disco fan. But if you are a fan of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Mr. Bungle, Idiot Flesh and other original music this is made for you.

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Ok, this review is a little biased as I am a long-time Dog Fashion Disco fan. In January 2007 DFD called it a day after 6 wonderful albums, climaxing with the amazing Adultery. I knew of Polkadot Cadaver immediately and was eagerly waiting to hear new material. The band consists of DFD original members, vocalist Todd Smith and drummer John Ensminger, along with guitarist Jasan Stepp who joined in late 2004. Lets be honest: This IS Dog Fashion Disco part II and that’s a GREAT thing. DFD was one of the most original and talented bands in the eclectic rock/metal genre. Polkadot Cadaver does literally pick up where DFD left off. The stream-of-consciousness lyrics, the insane time signature and musical style changes, they are all present. Purgatory Dance Party is an amazing blend of pop/rock/metal/jazz/dance fury. There is even some electronic drums this time around that adds to the dancy feel of some songs There are lush acoustic songs (Chloroform Girl/Haunted Holiday) and quirky jazz/polka tunes (Wolf In Jesus Skin). I cannot say enough great things about this record. The DFD boys have done it again. This is one of the most original albums of the year and is a must have for fans of DFD…obviously. To everyone else still unaware of how great this group of musicians is then check them out. DFD called it a day because they never got the label support or attention they deserved after all those years of constant touring, yet they are still here in a different form making exciting new music that is equally dark as it is humorous and fun. Get this record NOW! Nuff said.

    By the way, there is like 20+ mins of SATAN at the end of the record. You’ll see. :P

    Posted on November 24, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now