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The Mr. T Experience

The Mr. T Experience came out of the same Berkeley/East Bay Gilman Street punk rock scene that eventually spawned Green Day, but they are often left out of the history of this scene, or at least they rarely fit prominently into the punk rock genealogy. The Mr. T Experience (or MTX for short) played the same Ramones/Buzzcocks/Descendents-inspired punk-pop for years without gaining any of the commercial success of Gilman Street peers Green Day and Rancid. Perhaps this is a result of the perception that MTX is a generic purveyor of a style that has been played multiple times by multiple bands that preceded them, but this is an unfair judgment. MTX breathe fresh life into punk-pop with their goofy pop culture references and catchy melodies. Sure, they're not that original, but some of the best bands in the world have been totally derivative.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Dr. Frank (aka Frank Portman) is the only original member of the group, formed in the mid-'80s, leading him to jokingly refer to his group as MTX "Starship." After releasing two albums on obscure labels, MTX signed to Lookout! (the original home of Green Day), where they remained for years. After recording 1992's Milk Milk Lemonade, the group broke up, only to regroup the following year to record the Gun Crazy EP and Our Bodies Our Selves LP. After this brief period of activity, they broke up again and then re-formed as a trio, recording the ...And the Women Who Love Them EP and two excellent bubblegum-punk albums, Love Is Dead and Revenge Is Sweet, and So Are You. Alcatraz followed in 1999 and the Miracle of Shame EP was issued a year later. Early 2004 then brought the release of Yesterday Rules. Outside of MTX, Dr. Frank issued a solo album in 1999 through Lookout! entitled Show Business Is My Life and also published his first novel, King Dork, in spring 2006 to rave reviews. ~ Kembrew McLeod
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Miracle Of Shame

1. Spy vs. Spy

2. Leave The Thinking To The Smart People

3. Mr.Ramones

4. Stephanies Of The World Unite

5. I Don't Know Where Dan Treacy Lives

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Track List: Alcatraz

1. I Wrote A Book About Rock And Roll

2. Naomi

3. Self-Pity

4. Hey Emily

5. Tomorrow Is A Harsh Mistress

6. Two Of Us

7. Our Days Are Numbered

8. We're Not No One

9. Re-Activate Your Heart

10. Perhaps

11. She's My Alcatraz

12. I Feel For You

13. We'll Get By

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Track List: Revenge Is Sweet, And So Are You

1. Here She Comes

2. She's Coming (Over Tonight)

3. Love Is Dead

4. Hell Of Dumb

5. Lawnmower Of Love

6. With My Looks And Your Brains

7. The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful

8. Another Yesterday

9. Swiss Army Girlfriend

10. ...And I Will Be With You

11. Who Needs Happiness (I'd Rather Have You)

12. When I Lost You

13. I Don't Need You Now

14. Our Love Will Last Forever

15. Some Foggy Mountain Top

16. You You You

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Track List: Love Is Dead

1. Sackcloth And Ashes

2. Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba

3. I Just Wanna Do It With You

4. Somebody's Song

5. Thank You (For Not Being One Of Them)

6. Dumb Little Band

7. Hangin' On To You

8. Future Ain't What It Used To Be

9. I Fell For You

10. Deep Deep Down

11. Can I Do The Thing?

12. I'd Do Anything For You

13. Semi-OK

14. I'm Like Yeah, But She's All No

15. That Prozac Moment

16. You're The Only One

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Track List: Our Bodies Our Selves

1. Somebody Who Cares

2. Love Manifesto

3. The Dustbin Of History

4. Personality Seminar

5. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

6. Martyr

7. Even Hitler Had A Girlfriend

9. I Feel Love

10. More Than Toast

11. Swallow Everything

12. Not Guilty

13. Game Over

14. Will You Still Love Me When I Don't Love You?

15. Together Tonight

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Track List: Milk Milk Lemonade

1. Book Of Revelation

2. What Do You Want?

3. Ready Set Go

4. Two-Minute Itch

5. There's Something Wrong With Me

6. Master Of The Situation

8. What Difference Does It Make?

9. Last Time I Listened To You

10. Love American Style

11. Christine Bactine

12. I Love You But You're Standing On My Foot

13. Makeup

14. See It Now / Empty

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Track List: Night Shift At The Thrill Factory

1. Now We Are Twenty-One

2. Don't Know What I'll Do If You Don't

3. Predictable

4. A Mind Is A Terrible Thing

5. Skatin' Cows

6. Go Away

7. What Is Punk?

8. The History Of The Concept Of The Soul

9. Say Goodnight

10. Velveeta

11. She Did Me In

12. Wearing Out

13. No Milk Today

14. Slagbag

15. A Zillion Years

16. Itching Powder In Sleeping Bags

17. Dick With Ears

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They're semi-OK...
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The Mr T Experience is definitely genius. This station does not have lots of their early stuff. I really like everything with Jon Von too.
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my absolute favorite punk rock band though I still terribly miss wimpy
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When I hear our days are numbered and I try searching for the song on itunes it plays a completely different tune. What the hell
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long live the gilman!
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You guys need to include Dr. Franks solo stuff in the bio. It would be nice if you add it to Pandora also.
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glogirl892
*hive five davidyanikjr
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How is this not punk rock skonjie? are you retarded?
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Hell yeah, ate/slept/dr a n k / p i s s e d MR.T X back in da' day.
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THIS IS NOT PUNK ROCK!
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The MTX song "Gilman St." about the club was an anthem in the North Bay.
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melissacebe
I love them. Used to see them every opportunity when they played in San Francisco eight or nine years ago. Dr. Frank's lyrics are much too clever to be called "derivative" - - t h e beat/style may be, but the lyrics make it fresh. Kembrew McLeod's review is good. Many years later Love Is Dead still makes me smile and jump around when I hear it (and I'm 43 now).
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Yeah they do kinda, but not all their stuff does. It's f**king pop-punk, you don't take bands like this seriously! I mean you don't play pop-punk when you're trying to make a point, it's just supposed to be fun!
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Sounds like kids bop 2009. Sux.

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