Mad Caddies “Consentual Selections”

It’s your standard greatest hits CD with two new tracks, which although they weren’t good enough to be released at the time they were recorded are now the enticement to get you to buy the record. It makes no sense to fault Mad Caddies for this. Bands have been doing this for a long time. To make sure you don’t get too excited for the new tracks, they stuck them at the end, and this is a 24-song record!
But all your friends are here. “Leavin'” is one of my favorites. All kinds of ska greatness from six records, shoehorned into an album. You really can’t go wrong. If you want something a little slower, give “Drinking for 11” a try. Some people like Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” so maybe you’ll like this one.
“Mary Melody” is what I think of when I think of Mad Caddies. A little more guitar than some ska bands, but still a very accessible late-’90s pop-punk sound. And whistling. Don’t forget the whistling. “The Bell Tower” is another one of their best.
“Silence” is a bit hornier than the rest, if you’re into that sort of thing. “The Gentleman” has the same melody as the punk ad. They probably stole it from Mad Caddies, because who would know? Me, that’s who.
My girlfriend blames Sublime for this band, which is exactly what you would expect her to say. Really, that is a seal of approval if there ever were one. She also thinks they sound like Gogol Bordello, so whatever.

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