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Short of Popular (Remastered Reissue)


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  • Short of Popular Cassette via Knife Hits Records!

Pixie Stix 00:43
Chanukka 04:26
Quitter 01:26
Hakkeboffer 02:19
Zip-Up Boots 02:56
Oh 03:19
Dazy 05:07
I Want Candy 02:40
Dreaming 03:46


This 2018 reissue of Short of Popular is completely remastered with all new art designed by band member Kevin Whitley. The overall sound has a fuller and warmer feel without losing the cutting impact of the Cherubs style of music. Play it LOUD though it will never be as loud as the actual band!

Some selections from the original Short of Popular release have been removed to improve the overall energy and live within the constraints of the vinyl and cassette formats. Short Of Popular features songs from multiple mid-90s Cherubs sessions including the Heroin Man recordings.

The Cherubs have been actively playing live both in the states and in Europe since 2014 following a long hiatus that saw the members follow other interests both musical (bass player Owen McMahon toured with the Butthole Surfers) and artistic.

"Perhaps ironically referring to the breakthrough that never quite occurred for Austin, TX, band the Cherubs, Short of Popular compiles the various singles, compilation tracks, rejected session pieces from Heroin Man, plus an assortment of other sonic odds and ends, and ties them neatly into this send-off album, indicating that the band's break-up was indeed an untimely one. Kevin Whitley's signature nasal vocals, barely audible over the distorted wash of bass and guitar, are like that of a small child attempting to be heard over a steamroller. Beyond the signature roar and wallop of the Cherubs' rhythm section, a noise rock staple, it was the particulars that truly mattered: the undeniable pop melodies articulated throughout the redlined volume, and yes, the oddball Butthole Surfer-isms found here and there. The cover of Blondie's "Dreaming" is rollicking fun. A fine send-off for a band that burned brightly for a few records, then shuffled off." — Patrick Kennedy

Another critic observed of the Cherubs "Nobody has made music as loud, noisy and evil as the infernal racket they produced. (Forget death metal). This is pure, heavy, intense, in-the-red punk noise which will melt your face off. It's beautiful. 'Heroin Man' is a classic, but the tracks on 'Short of Popular' up the ante even further. One of the most vital underground bands of the 90s."

Grab the limited edition 'Short of Popular' cassette repress via our friends at Knife Hits


released July 26, 1996

Originally released by Sonic Surgery in 2018
Reissued digitally via Brutal Panda Records 2023
Cassette available via Knife Hits


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CHERUBS Austin, Texas

Formed in 1992, Cherubs emerged on the Austin, TX, LSD punk scene with a jackhammer of nightmarish, rhythm-driven song structures and plenty of Butthole Surfers whimsy and terror to keep things more than interesting. Fast forward 20 years later and the band has reformed with more energy and songwriting acumen then ever. ... more


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