Milo Goes to College by the Descendents is surely one of the most accessible and enduring albums to come out of the SoCal punk scene in the early 1980s. I was talking about this album just the other day—my idea was that a punk guy going to college was unusual enough to get your attention in 1982, but the contradiction wouldn’t hold today.
The cover was a big part of the album’s magical appeal, coming complete with a cartoon mascot that could be endlessly messed with. In effect, “Milo” was the Descendents’ “Boognish” many years before Ween invented him, or perhaps their “Eddie” of Iron Maiden fame. Recognizing that “Milo” had for all intents and purposes become their logo, The Descendents used him again for the cover of their 1996 album Everything Sucks, in which Milo is reading a newspaper with the album title written on it.
We’ve all seen variations of the album cover—Milo as Dwight Schrute from The Office and Milo as Heisenberg from Breaking Bad are two that immediately come to mind. But now you can do it yourself, courtesy of the Milogenerator app on the iTunes store. Created by Marco Mantegazza, it lets you adjust Milo’s hair, eyes, face, and body to come up with dozens of generations.
Here are a few examples of the app’s handiwork:
Here’s a pretty muddy clip of Descendents playing four songs in the early 1980s, including the last two tracks off Milo Goes to College.
Monday, August 4, 2014
via Dangerous Minds