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Classic Album Review: Hanson Brothers | My Game

The punk rink rats came to play on this concept album about Canada's national game.


This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


They shoot, they score!

After five years on the bench for major misconduct, Canada’s very own rink rats The Hanson Brothers are back on the offensive with their third high-shtiking, puck-rock power-play My Game. Sticking to their tried-and-true formula, the bros — Johnny, Robbie, Tommy and new drummer Ernie — belt out 15 tunes about Canada’s national pastime, set to the three-chord pinhead majesty of classic Ramones riffs. “No fancy schmancy pants and / No dipsy doodle dancing / It’s hockey a la Hanson,” Johnny promises on the title cut, and for the next 40 minutes that’s pretty much what you get — pounding drums, driving bass, grinding guitars and lyrics about breakaways, rookies, away games, hoisting the cup and giving 110%. Clearly, these boys came to play.