Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities
|Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities|
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|Released||June 20, 1995|
|Circle Jerks chronology|
Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities was the band's only full-length studio recording since their 1990 disbandment and 1994 reformation, and also their only release on a major label. The reunion of the Circle Jerks did not last; after several internal problems and guitarist Greg Hetson's involvement with Bad Religion, they split up again but have since reunited on numerous occasions. The album is out of print.
"I Wanna Destroy You," a cover of a song by the Soft Boys, featured backing vocals from pop singer/songwriter Deborah Gibson, who had just finished a solo album with the same producer the Circle Jerks were using. Gibson later made a surprise appearance at a Circle Jerks performance at punk mecca CBGB to perform the song with the band. The video for the song was also featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head.
- "Teenage Electric" – 2:44
- "Anxious Boy" – 2:06
- "22" – 2:42
- "Shining Through the Door" – 3:01
- "I Wanna Destroy You" (The Soft Boys) – 3:05
- "Sinking Ship" – 3:45
- "Brick" – 2:14
- "Fable" – 3:37
- "Dog" – 2:53
- "Grey Life" – 2:48
- "Exhaust Breath" – 3:00
- "Career Day" – 2:23
Release and receptionEdit
In an AllMusic review, Paul Tinelli says "Legendary L.A. hardcore punk band the Circle Jerks change their approach a bit on their major-label debut, Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities. The album contains 12 songs that lean more toward a punk-inspired hard rock approach than their earlier hardcore sound. The tracks on this effort are also longer than many of their earlier recordings. Compared to their early classic "In Your Eyes," which runs all of 46 seconds, "Sinking Ship," at three minutes and 48 seconds, is practically an epic. This may be a change of pace, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing. This set still displays plenty of the trademarks that make the Circle Jerks so endearing, including Keith Morris' distinct howling vocal style, Greg Hetson's great guitar work, and their unmistakable sense of humor. Nowhere on this album, or possibly in the band's entire career, has their sense of humor been so prominently on display than on their cover of the Soft Boys' "I Wanna Destroy You," which features guest vocals by none other than former teen queen Debbie Gibson. This collaboration is not only brilliant but could only be pulled off by the Circle Jerks. "22," "Teenage Electric," and "Fable" are straightforward rockers that set the tone for rest of the album. Although the mainstream sound and more polished production may alienate a few early fans who are looking for something more hardcore, this is an excellent hard rock album with few weak spots along the way.".
- Keith Morris - lead vocals
- Greg Hetson - guitar
- Zander Schloss - bass, guitar, sitar
- Keith Clark - drums, backing vocals
- Dix Denney - guitar
- Suzi Gardner - backing vocals
- Debbie Gibson - backing vocals (on "I Wanna Destroy You")
- Niko Bolas - producer, engineer, mixing
- John Paterno - engineer
- Brian Soucy - assistant engineer
- Paul Q. Kolderie - remixing
- Sean Slade - remixing
- Mary Hogan - production coordination
- Darrin Ehardt - art direction, design
- Tinelli, Paul. Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities at AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- Tinelli, Paul. "Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities - Circle Jerks". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 June 2019.