|Mustard Plug - Pray For Mojo|
Release Date: March 16th, 1999
Record Label: Hopeless Records
Just as the ska scene began to lose steam in 1999, and bands were dropping like flys, Mustard Plug continued right on track with this release, Pray For Mojo. This record is jam packed with infectious horn lines, countless sing-a-longs, quirky lyrics, and songs that show a more mature side of the band. Pray For Mojo, although not quite recieving as much attention as other records dropped in the 90's, is a perfect addition to any music lovers collection, and should not be looked over.
The album first explodes with "Send You Back", and upbeat song with a catchy melody and an excellent song to get your feet moving. "Everything Girl", the albums fourth track as well as the first single, is probably the most notable song on the record. To go hand in hand with this upbeat, jaw-dropper, the band made a music video of themselves playing in the middle of a tennis court surrounded by a crowd of skankers. "Throw a Bomb" is the most fast-paced track we can find here, telling the story of how boredom can lead to bomb throwing (but no need to worry, the album insert clearly states that Mustard Plug do not endorse or support such activities). The song breaks down with a crunchy bridge, complete with hand-claps, which is able to win over just about any listener. "Yesterday", the albums eleventh track, is yet another infectious, upbeat tune, which sounds like it should've been made the records second single. This song comes from an optimists point of view on relationships, so to the kids aching for negativity: run away as fast as you can. Lastly, the album brings itself to a close, but not before filling our ears with the song to remember them by. "We're Gonna Take On The World" tells us the story of Mustard Plug and their mission, all the while combining in a song to dance to, drink to, chant to, and do all of the following at the same time.
It's plain and simple. In some ways, this is your typical ska-punk record, but among listeners and fans of the genre, this is a record with the ability to shine. Push aside the fact that this beauty got looked over, and you'll find yourself singing along in no time. Listeners seeking heartfelt lyrics, and constant originality should look elsewhere. However, if you're in search of a record that could be described as "the soundtrack to a good time", Pray For Mojo is for you.