Most of the record's subject material was drawn directly from the band's own experiences in their local punk rock scene.
"The Legend of Pat Brown" told tales of a substance-abusing friend of the band who was notorious for causing mayhem, while "Pirate's Life" dealt with the experience of riding Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride while taking LSD.
The aforementioned "Urban Struggle" dealt with the constant fights that would occur between the punk rock fans who congregated at a Costa Mesa club called the Cuckoo's Nest and the country music fans who gathered at nearby Zubie's.
Other early members included Steve Gonzales on bass and Vince Mesa on drums. L., X, the Germs, Suicidal Tendencies, The Dickies, and Social Distortion.
The band quickly built a reputation in the Los Angeles and Orange County punk rock community which also included bands such as Bad Religion, Descendents, Black Flag, T. The Vandals distinguished themselves in their scene by sticking to humorous subject matter rather than the typical social and political topics addressed by most punk bands of the time.
The record contained several songs that would become fan favorites and remain in the band's live set well into the 1990s, including "Urban Struggle," which became a local hit after receiving airplay on KROQ-FM's Rodney on the ROQ program.
The band's lineup fluctuated significantly over their first nine years, though founding members Steven Ronald Jensen, guitarist Jan Nils Ackermann, and first consistent drummer Joe Escalante remained regular fixtures.
Of the early members only Escalante has remained through all subsequent incarnations of the band.
The current lineup of Escalante, Dave Quackenbush, Warren Fitzgerald, and Josh Freese has remained intact since 1990 and is generally considered far removed from the band's early 1980s incarnation.Since 2002 Escalante has released all of the band's albums through his Kung Fu Records label, with Fitzgerald generally producing.The Vandals are a punk rock band from the United States established in 1980 in Huntington Beach, California.They have released ten full-length studio albums and two live albums and have toured the world extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour.They are well known for their use of humor, preferring to use their music as a vehicle for comedy and sarcasm rather than as a platform for more serious issues.As of 2000, they have been signed to Kung Fu Records.