The Vandals release Live Fast, Diarrhea
Live Fast, Diarrhea is the fourth studio album by the southern California punk rock band The Vandals, released in 1995 by Nitro Records.
It was the band's first album for Nitro, a label started and co-owned by Dexter Holland and Greg Kriesel of The Offspring. It was also the first to be produced by Vandals guitarist Warren Fitzgerald, who would continue to produce most of their albums throughout their career, and the first to include Brooks Wackerman, who often substituted for regular drummer Josh Freese. It was a breakthrough release for the band, who would release three more albums on Nitro before moving to their own label Kung Fu Records in 2002.
The album's title is a play on the saying "live fast, die young," a popular phrase in the punk community of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The album cover is a drawing by Fitzgerald of a man shooting a pistol at an airplane, with the title misspelled as "diarrea." The artwork in the liner notes includes a memo stating that the band may absolutely not use this picture on the cover. This seems to indicate that the drawing was intended as a concept for an actual photo of a man shooting at a plane, but that someone, possibly at the record label, forbade the band from using such a photo, so they simply substituted the concept drawing.
An independent music video was filmed for the song "I Have a Date," which is a cover of a song by a relatively obscure Orange County punk band called The Simpletones. "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is also a cover, of a song from the Disney movie Mary Poppins. Other references to Disney occur in the songs "Get in Line," which describes the experience of waiting in line at a theme park ride and includes an unmistakable message from a Disneyland attraction, and "Power Mustache," which deals with an employee grooming policy at Disneyland. Several of the band members visited Disneyland frequently as youths, and this was not the first time they had referenced it in song. "Ape Shall Never Kill Ape" is also a film reference, to the original Planet of the Apes.
Both the album and band gained increased attention thanks to an episode of the popular television show The X-Files which aired on June 10, 1995 (episode 3x03: "D.P.O."). Actor Giovanni Ribisi plays a teenager in a small town who has the power to control electricity and summon lightning, and wears a number of Vandals t-shirts throughout the episode. The final scene shows Ribisi's character incarcerated but using his power to change the channels on a television while the Vandals song "Live Fast, Diarrhea" plays. According to the band the idea to include their music came from X-Files creator Chris Carter, who was a longtime fan of punk rock and also a friend of band member Joe Escalante.