I think that most will agree that the mid-nineties were the golden years of pop-punk. That was the case in Chicago. One of those bands was the south suburban A.Y.A. (Andy’s Yellow Alligator).
Lead by frontman Chris Envy, A.Y.A. played lightning fast, snotty, catchy pop-punk in the much the same vein as the early Lookout Green Day stuff. In addition to putting out a few split 7” records and some tracks on a few Chicago punk compilations they released the vinyl only A.Y.A. Gets Phat And Stoopid 7” on the now defunct Underdog Records in 1996. Well (like all these bands do) they broke up and Chris formed Showoff while drummer Tony Tintari went on to play in Shai Hulud (as well as on Rise Against’s original demo).
The four songs below are from the long out-of-print A.Y.A. Gets Phat And Stoopid 7” which (being a sucker for great pop-punk) is easily one of my favorite records of all time.
MP3 | A.Y.A. – They Don’t Like Us Anyway A.Y.A. Gets Phat And Stoopid
MP3 | A.Y.A. – Only Girl A.Y.A Gets Phat And Stoopid
MP3 | A.Y.A. – Dork A.Y.A. Gets Phat And Stoopid
MP3 | A.Y.A. – Once More A.Y.A. Gets Phat And Stoopid