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Sun Damaged Youth
Surf, Alternative Rock
FLAC vers. size:
1782 mb
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1504 mb
WMA vers. size:
1730 mb
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4.5 ★


A1 Sun Damaged Youth
A2 Radiation
A3 Candy Foam
A4 Kool Kids
A5 We Are All So Young
A6 Space Slip
A7 Summer's Dream
B1 Green Gunk
B2 Pier Rat
B3 Unusual
B4 Pink Seaweed
B5 Sticky Sand
B6 Weed Wacker
B7 All In The Eyes


  • Co-producer – Jason Quever, The Donkeys
  • Recorded By – Jason Quever
  • Written By – The Donkeys (tracks: 1-15)


Includes 36 page booklet and digital download

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): FLOP-001 A JJ GOLDEN 29669.1 ..
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): FLOP-001 B JJ GOLDEN 29669.2 ...

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
001 The Donkeys Sun Damaged Youth ‎(CD, Album) Flop Records 001 US 2018
  • Naktilar
Usually I finish a review with the ‘Fun Facts,’ though in this case they’re so central to the core of the album, that perhaps it’s best to understand them from the outset. According to the band, the genesis for the album originated during a trip to Disneyland. “We were just in line at Adventureland goofing-off,” says Anthony Lukens. “We were eating churros and went to throw them away and there was this leopard print notebook in the trashcan, which I hastily grabbed on a dare. The whole act was kind of gross, dipping into the seamy trash, but then we were stoked and surprised, because there were all these drawings and stuff.” It seems that the band was so inspired by the content of the book that it became the basis for their new lyrics, which they’ve combined with their effervescent surf-punk sound to craft a southern California themed concept record.Of course this has the makings of a frustrating modern day Smiley Smile or Pet Sounds, though not quite. Yet still, with producer Jason Quever (of the Paper Cuts and Dean Wareham) at the helm (who also plays on this outing and tours with the Donkeys), the boys were on their way, a new musical mission, giving this trashed notebook a new lease on life as the basis for Sun Damaged Youth. In general, the story’s just about how everyone has up and left California because the environment is far too toxic to live in, hence the bio-suits on the album jacket. It seems that the rulers, those in charge, are just kind of grinding it out, screwing everything up, including the environment. And in true futuristic format, there are these kids that stay and have to live a radiation proof existence, yet even so, they refuse to give up, vowing to fight on to the bitter end, hanging onto the only things they know … surfing and skating. Now, the kids that stuck around California were referred to as the ‘Sun Damaged Youth’ in the trash found notebook. Though with that in mind, it seems that not all of the album’s material was directly drawn from those pages, some of the songs embellished ideas or offered similar views and themes to that of the notebook’s, expanding on that encapsulated idea. And there were of course several songs that found their way onto the record that were written prior to the rescue of the now infamous notebook.Long time Donkeys fans will instantly be aware of significant changes in musical style and presentation, as there are far more effects incorporated into this adventure, namely synths and even a Mellotron, along with far more surf guitar and organ runs. Gone are nearly all of the laid back dusty weathered countrified guitar solos, that for me, made the Donkeys so special, leaving the album sounding a bit sparse, less warm, less inviting and more unpredictable. If anything, Jason Quever is an entirely technical musician and producer, meaning the laid back atmosphere of the Donkeys, aside for a couple of numbers, is entirely missing.Concept albums have never worked for me, and especially not here, where the Donkeys have entirely stepped out of their comfort zone, though perhaps it’s better to say that they stepped into a zone that didn’t feel comfortable, reminding me of what Todd Rundgren did with Utopia on Ra, though not nearly as complex, yet still an avenue the Donkeys shouldn’t have ventured down. The ‘keepers’ for me were “Weed Wacker,” “Unusual,” “Sun Damaged Youth,” Summer’s Dream” and “Green Gunk,” all of the rest didn’t fare so well.In all reality (laughing), this whole concept seems as if would have made a better futuristic movie about the making of a mysterious off the wall concept album inspired by a notebook plucked from a trashcan at Disneyland … and not the actual reality it is. *** The Fun Facts: The identity of the Sun Damaged Youth notebook’s author remains a mystery. Even though the content seems to be geared towards skate and surf culture, Sprague speculated that it may just be “A total nerd who’s just making stuff up in their head.”Review by Jenell Kesler