LPs from the Attic: Chixdiggit — Born on the 1st of July
Chixdiggit - Born on the 1st of July (Honest Don’s Records, 1998)
Canadian band Chixdiggit (whose name is usually–appropriately–followed by an exclamation point on their album covers), with their boisterous and punchy strain of pop-punk, provided (and to date, continue to provide) a breath of fresh air in what would quickly become a stale genre. With a much-needed measure of wittiness and playfulness–along with the requisite amount of cynicism and swagger–their Born on the 1st of July recalls the early days of the skate- and pop-punk craze, when the genre’s top acts were actually talented and didn’t wear (so much) mascara and whine about being broken up with (okay, at least one song mentions break-up woes, and several songs are about girls, but you get my drift: there’s no trace of what came to be called “emo”).
The band’s sophomore outing offers 12 short, catchy blasts of Ramones-y fun. Standouts include the wry “My Girl Is Retro, “Chupacabras,” and the sing-a-long-friendly “Ohio.” Be sure to check the LP’s Tartakovsky-esque album art. In the interests of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I bought the record simply because I liked the graphic design; I ended up digging the music, and I’m only a casual fan of the style. Given that this album heightens my appreciation for it, I count that as a win-win. Or, maybe a win-win-win.
There are plenty of things you “haven’t got time for,” but take a few more seconds to read this punk-song-short trivia:
- The band was formed based on the band name, which had been a play on words that ended up on t-shirts, which sold quickly….Not a single member had prior musical experience before deciding to take a little in-joke to an extreme conclusion.
- I shamelessly included this review because I stumbled on this record and thought Brother-in-Tweed C.M. Tomlin might like this band.