Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 1st, 2015 - The Golden Monkey's Shower Of Hits

Good evening!  The Meista is here tonight pairing "Golden Shower Of Hits" by the Circle Jerks and a Golden Monkey from Victory Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Circle Jerks
  • Title: "Golden Shower Of Hits"
  • Recorded: December 1982 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California and March 1983 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California
  • Release date: July 21st, 1983 (3rd studio album by the Circle Jerks)
  • Record company: Allegiance
  • Production: Jerry Goldstein
  • Album cover art: Mike Dowd (design) and Glen E. Friedman (photography)
  • Personnel: Greg Hetson (guitar), John Ingram (drums), Lucky Lehrer (drums), Keith Morris (lead vocals), and Roger Rogerson (bass)
  • Musical style: Punk rock
  • Sound: Fast, exciting, in-your-face, and sometimes sloppy, "Golden Shower Of Hits" is a very fun ride!  For me, this is album represents that early '80s California punk scene to the utmost!
  • Major themes: Dripping with sarcasm, dark humor, and a "fuck you" attitude, themes on the album include rebellion, anarchy, psychological scars, politics, commercialism, consumerism, etc.  The title track is a medley of 6 covers of sappy pop songs that are strung together to create a story line about falling in love, an unplanned pregnancy, marriage, and divorced.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "In Your Eyes"
  2. "Parade Of The Horribles"
  3. "Under The Gun"
  4. "When The Shit Hits The Fan"
  5. "Bad Words"
  6. "Red Blanket Room"
  7. "High Price On Our Heads"
  8. "Coup D'état"
  9. "Product Of My Environment"
  10. "Rats Of Reality"
  11. "Junk Mail"
  12. "Golden Shower Of Hits: long Comes Mary/Close To You/Afternoon Delight/ Having My Baby/ Love Will Keep Us Together/D-I-V-O-R-C-E"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Golden Monkey
  • Style: Tripel
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • Ingredients: Imported 2 row malts, Belgian yeast, and whole flower European hops and coriander seed.
  • Pour: Hazy pear-gold with a thin, bright white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin ring.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by spicy, phenolic, yeasts, and fruity/estery aromas.  There are notes of banana, pink bubble gum, coriander, cloves, nutmeg, mellow malt and caramel.
  • Taste: Like the nose, the flavor is full of complex and fruity Belgian notes.  There are flavors of soft banana, orange zest, bubble gum, coriander, rich spices, and complex yeast.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fully carbonated, the mouthfeel is frothy, creamy, and sticky with a dry and sharp finish with some slight booziness.
Overall pairing: What I've always loved about the Circle Jerks and specifically Morris' lyrics and vocals is the rebellious punk anger tempered with whimsical and sarcastic humor.  I think this goes great with the Golden Monkey's fruity, complex, and very punchy flavor and depth. 


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