Love him or loathe him, there’s one thing you can’t deny about Dave Grohl. The man enjoys side projects. This week’s offering is the premiere album recently released by Rock/Punk supergroup, Teenage Time Killers, entitled Greatest Hits, Vol. 1. Presumptuous? Possibly. Raucous? Usually. Up in your face and ear holes? Definitely. Aren’t these some of the aspects of the Punk genre? I believe so, but this could be a polarizing album with listeners.
Let’s first start with the genre. Punk has traditionally been very binary – you either love it or you hate it. Granted, I have only my experiences to draw upon, but I haven’t met many people who say, “Well, I kinda like punk.” There’s seldom any grey area in the genre, but that’s where I feel this album lands. It’s punk-ish. From a musical standpoint, it’s a whiplash head smash/nod to the genre. All of the 24 tracks are sub-three minute snarlers (except Ode to Sean Hannity which is less snarly and more preachy) and just over half are even sub-two minutes. Most of Teenage Time Killers have punk cred but something about this just seems a bit disingenuous. In my head, something seems off when I think of affluent musicians throwing the middle finger to societal convention with the acidity, spit, and growl that is punk. Shouldn’t that be reserved for the disillusioned and disenfranchised youth? Maybe that’s just my problem.
I have to admit, the album is growing on me with subsequent listens. See what you think.