Green Jellÿ – Garbage Band Kids (Album Review)

In the mid-’90s, a band of cereal killers took the Alternative Rock airwaves by storm with their bratty yet adorable adaptation of the classic fable “Three Little Pigs.” Another comedic Punk-themed album, titled 333, with the carrier single, “The Bear Song,” followed in the ensuing year then nothing much was heard of about the band that is actually named Green Jellÿ (formerly Green Jellö).

Founded in 1981, in Hollywood, California, by leader and constant member Bill Manspeaker, Green Jellÿ returned in 2009 with Musick to Insult Your Intelligence By, only to take another long hiatus soon afterwards. But now the band that gave the Alternative Rock world the 1993 Billboard 200 chart-topping album Cereal Killer Soundtrack is back! Released on Friday, June 11, 2021, via Cleopatra Records, Garbage Band Kids is Green Jellÿ’s fifth studio album.

Their first in 12 years, Garbage Band Kids is a collection of 17 burn-the-house-down sonic killers featuring a slew of special guests; Trailer Park Boys, Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, The Dwarves, Piledriver, Hacksaw Jim Duggin, Kittie, among others. Additionally, the album has a fantastic and authentic Garbage Pail Kids throwback style album cover thanks to one of the creator’s of ‘80s trading cards.

Led by the carrier single, “Punk Rock Pope,” it follows Green Jellÿ’s trademark combo of comedic Punk and abrasive Metal. Other standout tracks include “Pukebox,” the speed-o-metallic “Silence of the Squarepants,” “Back Alley Dentist,” and the nostalgic and lyrically referential stomper “Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

Additionally, Green Jellÿ’s latest effort also features a re-recorded version of “Three Little Pigs,” making it not only a display of a stylistically tight and cohesive output, but also a homage to the band’s ’90s heyday. So if Green Jellÿ’s one-time claim that its music was founded on mediocrity was true, then Garbage Band Kids proves that their nearly three decades-long journey has taken its players to a higher level of musicianship. For this, Cryptic Rock gives Garbage Band Kids 4 out of 5 stars.

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Born in 1971, in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella is a healthcare worker, singer/songwriter, and editor/writer. He was the frontman of the ’90s-peaking Philippine Alternative Rock / New Wave band Half Life Half Death, which released a full-length album and several singles on Viva Records. aLfie worked at Diwa Scholastic Press as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and supplementary magazines, focusing on Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. In 2003, aLfie migrated to Canada; he has since been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works full-time at a healthcare institution, while serving as the associate contributing editor of Filipino Journal—a local community newspaper in Winnipeg—tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, and Music. aLfie has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines as well as websites. He started writing album reviews for Cryptic Rock in 2015. In 2016, aLfie published Part One (Literature & Languages and Their Cultural Significance) of his Essay Series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf?; in 2021, his first book of poetry, Pag-íhip sa Dáhon ng Kahápon [Blowing Leaves of Yesterday]. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and listening to music. aLfie is a dedicated father to his now 13-year-old son, Evawwen; and a loving husband to Kathryn Mella, who herself moonlights also as a writer aside from holding a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology.

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