Big Boys


Big Boys No Matter How Long the Line at the Cafeteria, There’s Always a Seat LP

This post-mortem (?) LP recorded in August ’84 is a potpourri of the many directions this band was heading. Sometimes, the record seems incohesive, but there’s great talent here. They do some killer raps, a HÜSKER DÜ-type pop song, partying-style wildness, great punk anthems, and dissonant jazzy stuff. Not their best as a concept, but still not to be missed.

Big Boys Lullabies Help the Brain Grow LP

An excellent album by this long-standing Austin band. Solid production enhances the many musical styles this group bashes out with ease—thrash, funk, punk, pop, ballads, you name it. The words are barbed and confrontational, and Biscuit’s singing reminds me a lot of the UNDERTONES’ raspy vocalist. It’s a good ’un.

Big Boys Fun, Fun, Fun… 12″

A real mixed bag. The BIG BOYS are at their best when they play punk (“Fun…”), thrash (“Apolitical”), or jittery punk-funk like the MINUTEMEN (“Nervous” and “Prison”). When they branch out, they totally blow it. Here they butcher KOOL & THE GANG’s “Hollywood Swinging” and do awful PIG BAG imitations (“We Got Soul”) that must be aimed at audiences in New Wave discos or something. This gets a qualified recommendation at best.