Although Sloppy Seconds came into being as a result of a wild party thrown by a few drunken friends in the mid-1980s, the band has nonetheless carried the banner of old school pop-punk into the 21st century with astounding resilience. Their debut performance that night was a clear indication that the band was ready and willing to do whatever was necessary: While drummer Steve Sloppy and bassist Bo’ba Jam begged and borrowed instruments at the outset, singer B.A. began screaming into the nearest microphone, (he was the only one who could remember the words to the songs!). It wasn’t pretty, but it was pretty loud. They figured that if the volume was there, they could probably make up the rest as they went along.
And apparently they pulled it off, issuing tHE fIRST sEVEN iNCHES E.P. in 1987 to rave reviews. But that, as it turned out, was just the beginning. When the band unleashed the 16-track Destroyed album on an unsuspecting public in late 1989, the junk rock gospel truly began to spread through car stereos, boom boxes and house parties everywhere. A clever blend of hooky pop-punk riffs, lyrics ripped from the pages of silver age comics and Penthouse Forum, and soundbites from trash cinema classics, Destroyed is now widely regarded as “desert island” punk album whose reputation and legacy shines brighter with each passing year.
Gigs, reviews, singles, compilation tracks, interviews, and several more full-length CD’s followed. The First Seven Inches…And Then Some! (1992) collected early tracks from assorted releases. Knock Yer Block Off! (1993) saw the band stretching out musically and lyrically, with an unusually layered production.
Having completed several tours of the U.S and Europe by this time, as well as hosting the Midwest punk fest Sloppypalooza for several years running, Sloppy Seconds’ next release, More Trouble Than They’re Worth (1998), introduced guitarist Ace Hardwhere and brought the band back to its two-minute songs and stripped-down basics. The Garbage Days Regurgitated E.P. (2000) continued in that direction, with seven blazing cover versions performed and recorded with minimal gloss.
In stark contrast, 2008’s Endless Bummer combined both power and production, resulting in an 18-track manifesto that added many new classics to the junk rock canon, including the heartfelt tribute “You Can’t Kill Joey Ramone.” While a title like Endless Bummer might suggest a depressing theme in the hands of a less inspired band, Sloppy Seconds crafted it as a fitting new chapter in the story of the never-ending party they began on that summer night many years ago. Fans coast to coast and around the world continue to ink their bodies with the band’s logos and shout out requests between pints in crowded venues. The Kings of Junk Rock: Long may they reign!