If you can’t tell by the name, Indianapolis music group Sloppy Seconds isn’t entirely serious. Their songs–short, crunchy roller coasters that stick in your head for days–are about binge drinking, guests on the Jerry Springer Show, being fat, and unkillable punk legends who are actually dead. The members’ stage names–B.A., Ace Hardwhere, Bo’Ba, and Steve Sloppy–are absurd and endearing at the same time. Their album cover art and album titles–Destroyed, The First Seven Inches, Knock Yer Block Off, and more–are all either parodies of other bands or inside jokes among Sloppy Seconds band members. So why has Sloppy Seconds been around the Indianapolis punk scene for twenty years? Because they are everything a great punk band aspires to be: loud, irreverent, and completely self-made.
Formed in 1987, Sloppy Seconds is a self described “junk rock” band. They use busted up, broken down equipment. They write their songs in twenty minutes. They drink too much, smoke too much, and have far too much fun on and off the stage. They make mistakes during performances, insult the crowd, and let their instruments go out of tune. In short, Sloppy Seconds and their songs are junk: addictive, highly entertaining junk that has a deeper political and social context than their tongue in cheek song titles suggest.
Sloppy Seconds, influenced by 70’s and 80’s era punk bands like Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Screeching Weasel, and the Descendants, is an Indianapolis legend whose clever, satirical songs rarely reach the three minute mark. The band is a fixture of the Indianapolis punk scene, and has been featured in NUVO Newsweekly and other Indianapolis media outlets.
In their twenty year tenure, Sloppy Seconds has released a plethora of EPs and live performances and five full length albums: The First Seven Inches…and Then Some, Destroyed (whose title and cover art is a parody of the 1976 KISS album, Destroyer), Knock Yer Block Off, More Trouble Than They’re Worth, and Endless Bummer. Endless Bummer, Sloppy Seconds’ latest, was released in 2008 after a ten year hiatus when the band refused to play live shows or work on new material.
Sloppy Seconds had been shopping Endless Bummer to various labels before it landed with the band’s current label, Kid Tested Records. The album is classic Sloppy Seconds fare, with songs like “You Can’t Kill Joey Ramone”, “Thanks for the Mammaries”, and “This is Your Brain on Drugs”. Like any good punk record, Endless Bummer has inspired some outrage; a pressing plant that was producing the album refused to manufacture further copies of Endless Bummer because it was deemed “offensive”. Despite the delay, Endless Bummer is now available worldwide for Sloppy Seconds fans.
Over the years, Sloppy Seconds has played at almost every Indianapolis music venue, past and present. They are a
constant fixture at Indianapolis bars, specifically dive bars and punk bars. The band held a CD release party for Endless Bummer at the Emerson Theatre, and they have played at the Vogue Nightclub. Currently, the band is on a long tour, bringing their tales of porn, drugs, and drinking to venues in Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas, and Kansas. With the success of Endless Bummer, it looks as though Sloppy Seconds will be junking up the Indianapolis music scene for another twenty years.
For more information on Sloppy Seconds, including upcoming tour dates, music samples, and videos, please visit the band’s MySpace page.
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