I don’t even know how to start out this review other than the creativity idea of Mean Jeans is off the charts with their recently released Jingles Collection.
Starting off as a joke, the punk rock band has released something unheard of – punk rock advertisement.
You’ve heard punk rock bands covering other artist’s songs for years, but when is the last time you heard a punk rock band writing a song, rather jingle, about a product? Be it food, cigarettes, a store, or even shampoo, Mean Jeans have taken their novel idea to the extremes in hopes of grabbing the attention of multi-million dollar companies, or just getting a rise out of them.
The best part about this album is how catchy and fun the songs are. From start to finish, there wasn’t one song on here that I did not like or pretty much memorize immediately. Fat Wreck should really be proud of this one.
The good folk at Coors really should compensate Mean Jeans heavily for their song, “Coors Light”. This catchy song about the light, refreshing beer is catchy as hell and all so honest. I could really see this track being used in a commercial. Make it happen Coors.
“Give me Totinos, a party pizza” started off the pizza and partying pairing track “Totinos”. Stoners are going to love this song and probably run straight to the freezer upon hearing it.
Making cancer fun again was “Camel Lights”. Should big tobacco ever be allowed to broadcast their product, this fun tune should be first in line to consider. The kids are going to love it.
Mean Jeans singing about the caffeine citrus drink in “Mountain Dew” almost made me want to go get one and shake for the rest of my evening.
“The Footlong Song” paid tribute to the sandwich artist studios that slap meat and cheese on bread and call it a sub.
The honky-tonk, garage rocking “Skoal” was brilliant. Loved the fact they referred to chew as a “tobacco treat” and also declared “the heart of rock-n-roll is dipped in Skoal”.
The Misfits sound in “Polly-O String Cheese” was just amazing. So amazing that I had to listed to it a couple of times over to fully appreciate it.
Taco Bell is stupid if they do not use “Taco Bell” in their next commercial. That is all I have to say about that. The same goes to the mad scientist laboratory behind the dandruff shampoo as “Selsen Blue” actually made the product sound more marketable.
Should the kangaroo cookies and chocolate dip ever make a comeback, “Dunkaroos” could really be aimed at the adults who used to munch on those snacks hardcore in the 90s.
I chuckled often while listening to the Jingles Collection today, but also was kind of impressed at the songs. They clearly were done in the key of humor, but some of these unsolicited songs really could be used in commercials. Mean Jeans have single-handedly delivered the most unique album of 2018.
Here’s to hoping they release a VHS full of videos like the following:
Check out the whole album if you want. It’s probably going to be the best 30 minutes you wasted all day: