The Distillers – Sing Sing Death House: #583 of best 1,000 albums ever!

The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House

So why is The Distillers’ Sing Sing Death House on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

“Sick of It All” is flat out one of my favorite punk songs of all time. It’s so good. It’s ferocious, it’s intense as [REDACTED], it’s relentless, and at the same time it’s incredibly exciting and catchy. And Brody Dalle’s haggard-yet-sublime vocals are perfect.

The remainder of Sing Sing Death House doesn’t quite reach that Punk Mt. Rushmore level but it does provide quite a few pretty great offerings besides.

“City of Angels” has a very Rancid* in pop punk mode sound, catchy and rocking and quite satisfying. Great melody, too.

* More on the Distillers/Rancid connection below.

There are songs on Sing Sing Death House that bring the frantic pace down a few notches to good effect, but “Hate Me” goes the other way, ramping things up even further into the frantic red. Spoiler alert: it rocks.

Pop culture stuff that has something to do with The Distillers’ Sing Sing Death House

I’ve long known that Brody Dalle was once married to Rancid’s lead singer, Tim Armstrong, but by checking out her Wikipedia page, I learned that she was also married (though she’s currently separated) to Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal and Kyuss fame. Some pretty great music produced all told by this trio, I’d warrant.  

Some stats & info about The Distillers – Sing Sing Death House

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Punk Rock, Rock Music, Punk Revival
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating4 out of 5 stars
  • When was Sing Sing Death House released? 2002
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #583 out of 1,000

The Distillers’ Sing Sing Death House on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from The Distillers’ Sing Sing Death House that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

We are kids, we play punk rock ‘n roll. If we didn’t, we got no soul.  

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.