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Not Economically Viable

(Members Of Screeching Weasel, Queers, Squirtgun)

Thick 103

Released on November 16, 2004

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Based loosely on the movie Falling Down, where Michael Douglas unravels under the weight of the nerve wracking oppression of the Establishment, Not Economically Viable is rife with angst and rebellion. The moral of the story is "life ain't fair" and the Methadones can certainly relate. So can you.

Not Economically Viable is a 12 song pop punk ode to life's little inadequacies and what a dehumanizing social and economic system can do to you. That's not to say this is an overtly political record, cause it ain't. It's just the Methadones doing what they do best: punk rock. Every song plays fast and fierce without ever forgetting the power of hot licks and hooks.

Featuring Dan Schafer (aka Dan Vapid) of Screeching Weasel/Riverdales/Sludgeworth fame, plus Mike Byrne (Vindictives), Pete Mittler and Mike Soucy, this is the Methadones' third full length CD and a second for Chicago's Thick Label. Recorded at Sonic Iguana studios with long time producer and good friend Mass Giorgini (Screeching Weasel, Anti Flag, Rise Against). This is easily their best and most mature record.

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Average Customer Rating: 4 with 17 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Bored Of Television Voted #2  13%
2 Mess We Made Voted #1  20%
3 Sorry to Keep You Waiting  8%
4 What Went Wrong?  7%
5 Annie  8%
6 Million Miles  1%
7 Turning Inside Out  2%
8 Less Than Zero  7%
9 Hit A Nerve  4%
10 Transistor Radio Voted #3  12%
11 Suddenly Cool  10%
12 Straight Up Pop Song  8%
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Danny from West St. Paul, MN 
Dec 26 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This band does it again and again. Every record they put it just keeps getting better and better. Not Economically Viable is a must have in every collection. People who like Teenage Bottlerocket, Riverdales and Ramones will just melt after listening to one spin of this cd.

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Michael from Southington, CT 
Dec 9 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I'd give this a bit more than 4 stars if possible. I find myself reaching for their older stuff more often, but this album is a masterpiece. I misses Screeching Weasel but this is the next best thing. Very polished and damn fast.

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Patrick from Columbia, MO 
Sep 29 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Kinda hard to argue that this ISN'T the album of the just won't leave my player. While it's not exactly head and shoulders above 'Career Objective', that'd be kinda hard to do, frankly. I guess I'll just say that 'Viable' is a more cohesive album. The songs seem to all fit together better than on the two previous releases. You can hear some aggressiveness in several tracks, rallying cries against the 'establishment' and whatnot, but this album's plaintive side shows through no matter how frustrated they might sound. All very relatable and CERTAINLY worth every penny.

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Todd from Appleton, WI 
Jul 9 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Methadones are here to save the pop-punk world. Go see them live, they put on one heck of a show. i listen to this cd everyweek on repeat all the time. methadones a bunch of great guys that rock out without the screamo!!

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Eric from Bradford, MA 
Apr 13 2005 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Buy this it's great. A little less heavy than the other albums. Also I'm not thrilled with the recording. Dan's vocals get lost at points. But the songs hold up.

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M from Keighley, United Kingdom 
Mar 17 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

The third album from Chicago's pop-punkers is a great example of what moderen day meldoic punk should be - songs that have meaning as well as catchy lyrics and stinging guitar riffs. This isn't quite as good as their first two albums but still an essential purchase for any fans of Ramones style punk rock.

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Steve from Franklin, WI 
Feb 27 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

THis album pretty much sounds the same from beginning to end. which means that it all sounds pretty good. Its not the queers or screeching weasel but it's still good. I just wish it was a little more rough around the edges and not so damn poppy.

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Eric from Longview, WA 
Feb 22 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

When I got this in the mail today all I wanted to do was call in sick to work, get drunk, and play this baby. Well...I wish I would've! This rocks,work sucks!

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Patrick from Mt. Prospect, IL 
Feb 18 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

At first, this one didn't do much for me, but it grew on my pretty quick. Lots of good stuff, even though there's not a whole lot of variety in the songs. Dan Schafer has a great voice and lots of good lyrics, too. Better than the last few SW albums.

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Thomas from Lanoka Harbor, NJ 
Jan 10 2005 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Kinda boring. It's not bad but the drums are weak. For fans of Screeching Weasel but it would be nice to hear them take it to a different level.

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