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The Gift of Game
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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From Run-D.M.C.'s unlikely courtship of Aerosmith to Anthrax's union with Public Enemy, seemingly polar opposites have spawned a whole musical genre popularized by the likes of Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Kid Rock. Crazy Town's The Gift of the Game neatly slots into the rap-rock category. They obviously carry some clout, amassing an impressive guest roster for a debut album, including godfathers of the scene Red Hot Chili Peppers on stand-out track "Butterfly" and KRS-One on the storming "B-Boy 2000." As debut albums go, this is about as accomplished and cocksure as you get. --Helen Marquis ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Good CD....
Ok, first let's get the bad stuff out of the way: everything you've heard about this band is true. They are a rap/metal band, one of their rapper/singers has a rather high-pitched voice, they are immature and oversexed, and they are a second-rate Limp Bizkit.

Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the point: they are actually (gulp) good. They are not my favorite band by any means, but they are worth a listen. For serious fans of this group, Crazy Town also have a cool song with Paul Oakenfold called, "Starry-Eyed Surprise". Just thought I'd mention that. Now, onto the tracks:

1.Intro - Stupid intro with some dude saying, "Crazy Town isn't evil, we just cause trouble and have fun. We're not evil, we're not good. We're in between." Psssh. Whatever, man. 2/10

2.Toxic - Standard rap rock track about rocking shows and kicking (...) Lots of cuss words, weird, sludgy beat to it. It's okay, but the rapper who sings the chorus has an irritating voice and lyrics are sub-par. 4/10

3.Think Fast - Song about living life in the fast lane. Pretty much the same, but the delivery is much better than on "Toxic". It has some cool DJ scratching and much better lyrics than the last song. Some unknown rapper guests on this one, his lines are great. 7/10

4.Darkside - Whoa, AWESOME! This album would be a perfect 10 if every song was like this! Catchy chorus, good rap lyrics, one of the 5 best tracks on the album. 10/10

5.Black Cloud - Another INCREDIBLE song with great lyrics. Speaks of depression and drug addiction with really great lyrics like, "Here comes the rain/I project my pain/trying to make sense of these crazy things/I'm a diamond in the rough/could I suffer enough?" and "a thousand cigarettes won't change the way we feel." Another one of the best 5 tracks. 10/10

6.Butterfly - If you've heard of Crazy Town, you've probably heard this song. This is their only real hit. It a kind of ballad with a funky beat sampled from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Funny lyrics about the perfect girl, the perfect love. It's cool, but there's a hard-rock remix of this song that I think is better than the original. One of the 5 best tracks. 9/10

7.Only When I'm Drunk - An immature, cheesy fun song about being drunk and doing things you wouldn't normally do. It's funny, not one of their best. 5/10

8.Hollywood Babylon - Standard rap rock track. Funny, trashy, everything you would expect. 7/10

9.Face the Music - A fight song with more bragging. (...) Some really cool lyrics about dancing with the devil, great track, nearly made it to the top five tracks. 9/10

11.Revolving Door - Alright, this is where their trashiness and machismo starts to get annoying. (...) This song is about one of the rapper needing a revolving door on his house because there are so many ladies coming in and out. He also brags about everything, from the size of his house (...) Bad song. 3/10

12.Players (Only love You When They're Playing)- This is the pure hip-hop track, and it RULES! If this track had got some airplay, it could easily have been their first single instead of Butterfly! The chorus has some great R&B female vocals. One of the best 5 tracks. 10/10

13.B-Boy 2000 - Another hip-hop track with KRS-ONE guesting. The rapping is great on this one! Great hip-hop beat with spiraling guitar riff! Catchy-(...) chorus that says, "I'm a bad-(...) b-boy 2 triple-O/a space-age hip-hop superhero!" One of the 5 best tracks. 10/10

14.(...) Man, sometimes rappers come up with the stupidest [work] for their intros and outros. 2/10

Anyway, this band is not bad, they are very catchy and they do have talent, but if you want teenage-minded, kick-(...) rap/metal, Limp Bizkit is the better choice over Crazy Town. If you want thought provoking metal, choose Tool. If you want rap, get Outkast. If you want the best rap/metal ever, get Rage Against the Machine. But if you want something catchy that has rap in it but also rocks, get some Crazy Town or Limp Bizkit.

Bottom line: for what this band is, they are great. 6/10

1-0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE ????
crazy crap, the gift of garbage and queers would be a more accurate title. I'm surprised RHCP didn't kick their ass. How much more unoriginal could a "group" be. Pretty little ditty from the Mother's Milk cd was much better. For one, it was meant to be instrumental, and all these fags did was put a bunch of stupid worn out lyrics and a stupid beat that wasn't even made by a drum in it that no one wants to hear, well say maybe a bunch of dumbass preps. Rap, by the way, is not even music. It's just a combination of ripped off music styles with a bunch of macho ignorant words written all over it. I'm glad to see alot of others who are RHCP fans like me agree with me. All you others, you are stupid, bulligerent dickwads and i feel sorry for you that you don't even know what music is

1-0 out of 5 stars Crappy Town
They dress like punks and play limp-wristed rap-rock. Lameness personified. ... Read more

Asin: B0000296JD


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Paul's Boutique
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (19 July, 1989)
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After the out-of-nowhere success of Licensed to Ill, the Beasties had to prove they were more than one-album wonders, and they hit it out of the park with this follow-up. The Boys' lyrics are a hysterical deluge of cultural allusion (Ponce De Leon, Sadaharu Oh, and Love Connection's Chuck Woolery all get name-dropped), compressed wordplay, and adenoidal snottiness, but the real stars are the Dust Brothers, whose production is a hip-hop landmark. Their music tracks sound like the history of rock and funk radio boiled down to a pure concentrate--monster jams built out of thousands of unexpected samples (Johnny Cash! The Sweet!). It's a killer party album, kinetic and dense, and it never slows down. --Douglas Wolk ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute masterpiece
Every time I listen to this album (and that would be almost every day) I can't help but be awed by one simple thought: by all conventional rules of music, this album is not supposed to work. How many of you could add rhymes like "Tom Thumb/Tom Cushman/or Tom Foolery/date women on TV with the help of Chuck Woolery" over samples of the Commodores AND a cowbell? Can you drop Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" into a rockabilly groove about a homeless guy? I didn't think so, and it's a testament to the talent of the Beastie Boys and the Dust Brothers that this album not works so well, but that it works at all.

Lyrically, this is probably the most inventive album I've ever heard, as the Beasties will rap about ANYTHING. Pop-culture references include "The Brady Bunch", "The Flintstones", Donald Trump, Humpty Dumpty, Houdini, Ben Franklin, Ponce De Leon, Jack Kerouac, Vincent Van Gogh, Rapunzel, and "Amazing Grace", among others. They're simply hilarious. However, the real highlight of the album is the music, which is unbelievably rich and creative. "Paul's Boutique" contains a mind-numbing **400+** samples, including: Johnny Cash, the Ramones, the Beatles, Isaac Hayes, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Chic, Public Enemy, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, the theme from "Psycho", Sly Stone, Alice Cooper, James Brown, and so many more. The samples are layered and used so creatively that they're never simply theft; instead, they create something new out of something old.

"Paul's Boutique" is not just one of the best rap albums of all time, or one of the best "alternative" albums of all time, or one of the best dance albums of all time. It is one of the best albums ever, period. If you don't own it, it needs to be the next CD you buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Beastie Boys Cd - BY FAR
More serious than their joke debut album, yet not as serious as Check Ur Head and Ill Communication. Paul's Botique is the greatest Beastie cd that combines both revolutionary samples and ill rhymes. Also, in my opinion is the ultimate party album from To All the Girls to the and of B-Boy B. Heres wat i think of each song.

1)To all the Girls- classic intro, cant picture album w/o it
2)Shake Your Rump- funny @$$ song, "well im mike d and im back from the dead"- lol wat else can i say (had a pretty funny video)-- a must listen
3)Johny Ryall- song about NYC "hasbeen" bum - not my favorite
4)EGGman- samples Curits M.-Superfly and rocks!- beasties take it to another level-- easily one of the best on the cd
5)High Plains Drifter- least revolutionary sounding sound on album- sounds like its from Licensed to Ill
6)THE SOUNDs of SCIENCE- AWEsome! starts off with slow rhyming and climaxes with the sampling of the beatles "the end"-- "ROPE A DOPE"
7)3-minute Rule- only song with ping pongz lol- MCA's "freestyle" is illmatic!!
8)Hey Ladies- only song off album to hit the Top 40- my least fav tho. gets annoying
9)5-piece chicken dinner- just a whacky musical interlude
10)Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun- sounds like songs from future albums(Check Ur Head)- personally i like the whole rap/rock thing
11)Car thief- Kool if not awesome intro- kinda funny but gets boring during verses
12)what comes around- funny funny funny -- "got more lewie than phillip risuto"--- nice beat 2
13)SHADRACh- BEST SONG (except possibly #15)- great samples and chourous-- ¡¡¡the verses are hillariousy funny !!!---"Dirty minds with dirty thoughts.. we salute u" ... "better than mad's alfred e nueman"
14)Ask For Janice- kool to here the dude from the actaul paul's botique
15)B-Boy Bouillabaisse!!- Classic mix of beats and rhymes to fuses for the best outro of any any any cd/album--- "Took her to the place, threw the mattress in her face.".... "Hot cup of coffee and the donuts are Dunkin
Friday night and Jamaica Queens funkin
Elevated platform I'm never gonna conform
Riding over the diner where I always get my toast warm
Bust into the conductor's booth with busted out rhymes
Over the loud speaker about the hard times...."

More cds should be like this one-- just my opinion

5-0 out of 5 stars the album that kicked off the 70s revival
I first heard Paul's Boutique in 1988 after coming back from London. There, a 1970s fashion craze was sharing the stage with acid house, acid jazz, etc. The Beastie Boys were the first to put something out like this in the states.

I love the city street scene on the cover, the dirty sound that smacks of vinyl records and 8 track tapes. Each track is dense with references to pop culture and samples and snippets from everywhere, I don't know how much of the sound is Beastie Boys and how much the Dust Brothers, but it all comes together.

The snot nosed kid sound of Licensed to Ill is still here, looking for a piece of ass and a window to break. Hey Ladies is a fine example of the good natured fun, slightly malicious and politically incorrect. Likewise with Car Thief, but there is a kind of warped record sound that makes it all sound a bit ominous. In the lyrics, there are stirrings of deeper things to come such as A Year and a Day which are gonna lead into the Buddhist chanting and philosophizing in Check Your Head. Most of all it is funny as hell and has an excellent groove from start to finish.

If you buy one Beastie Boys CD this is the one. ... Read more

Asin: B000002UUN


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Infest
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 April, 2000)
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Papa Roach is a breed apart in the nearly overfull rap-rock arena. The Northern California-bred quartet lacks the bluster of Limp Bizkit and the political agenda of Rage Against the Machine, instead serving up an ultra-intense, highly personal brand of funk-punk-rock-rap on their stunning major-label debut. Closer in spirit to Faith No More than Korn, Papa Roach's signature sound is defined by Coby Dick's raspy, forceful vocals. Dick's pointed lyrics astutely address everything from divorce ("Broken Home") and attention deficit disorder ("Thrown Away") to alcoholism ("Binge"). Jerry Horton's memorable, melodic, and insinuating guitar lines and the band's aggro, moshable rhythms provide added weight. Papa Roach's intensity is never forced; the songs here are varied, discrete, tuneful, and cohesive. Indeed, the mellow, reggae- like "Tightrope" is as compelling as the commanding "Last Resort," making Infest one of the most arresting heavy-music debuts of 2000. -- Katherine Turman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Decent. Few Slips.
Papa Roach's debut disc, Infest, is your average rap/metal album:hate-driven lyrics about the world and songs of "Broken Home"s. I don't see why this album's averaged rating is so bad. This is a really good CD. But there is a few bad songs. You'll see.

1.Infest-1/5-I don't like this. Boring beginning and overall bad song.
2.Last Resort-4/5-Yeah, you've heard it. Would've been a 5, but I've listened to it too much.
3.Broken Home-4/5-I think this is pretty much Coby Dick's past. Sad...but, it's a good song. Cool guitar intro.
4.Dead Cell-5/5-This is the best song here. The whole thing's fast. Rap/Metal at it's finest.
5.Between Angels and Insects-4/5-This song's OK. Nothing else to say.
6.Blood Brothers-5/5-I know you heard this on the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 soundtrack, so I won't put anything.
7.Revenge-5/5-This is a very dark song about a girl "abused with forks, knives and razorblades" getting...revenge!
8.Snakes-4/5-This is a dark song, too. More rap than rock, but still some rock. Thank God.
9.Never Enough-5/5-I like the guitar solo at the beginning. The versed are very...different. Good sound. 2nd best.
10.Binge-1/5-I've listened to this once and didn't like it, so I can't review it.
11.Thrown Away-1/5-See #11.

Overall, this is a good effort from Papa Roach. Get it if you like Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, POD, or Crazy Town.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good rock
This is a great rock album. I personally wouldn't call them a nu-metal band, their sound is much more consistent and exciting than what I usually see around these new bands. Highly recommended! Check it out

5-0 out of 5 stars Papa Roach RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am one of the many real Papa Roach fans, by that i mean, i like all their music and ive been lucky enough to see them in concert, they were amazing and the concert featured songs from their first major album Infest and their second album Lovehatetragedy. Both albums are amazing! Both are worth getting, however they are both different. The first album contains more rap..which is great, (e.g Revenge, Snakes) and the hidden track after Thrown Away called Tight rope is amazing! At first i didn't recognize who it was by, because Coby sounds so different, the song sounds more melodic and its different to Papa Roaches usual style.I wont go through every single song on both albums, but Infest and Lovehatetragedy are 2 of the best albums i have. Here are some of my favourite songs on both albums:
Infest:
Infest-great opening to the album
Last Resort-their first single? An amazing song
Broken home-one of the best on the album
Between Angels & Insects-this song was sensational in concert
Blood Brothers-love the whole song

Lovehatetragedy:
Time and TIme again-so catchy!
Walking thru barbed wire-one of the best songs on the album
Decompression period-a depressing song that means alot
She loves me not-a funky tune lol with a cool rap part
Black Clouds-great again
Bonus tracks gouge away and never said it are great!!!
(Someone called josh said that he can't believe kids actually like papa roach and give it 5 stars, well maybe he should try spelling first :p nothin personal but p-roach rock, sorry if u can't handle the album-you should leave the real paparoach fans to rate it!) P.s PAPAROACH AREN POISON :P THEY RULE AND CAN ACTUALLY SING. ... Read more

Asin: B00004STPK


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Pretty Hate Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1989)
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Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Trent's Phenomenal Debut...
Nine Inch Nails broke into the mainstream with the industrial magic of PRETTY HATE MACHINE. It wasn't hard to appreciate the underrated early efforts of Trent Reznor, who proved himself quite worthy with a rabid cult following with the first single "Head Like A Hole". That song broke NIN into the mainstream, and Trent Reznor would only shine brighter from there.

Songs like the seductive "Sanctified", the beautifully haunting "Something I Can Never Have", and the bonafied smash rock hit "Head Like A Hole" were important songs in the mainstream of industrial music, and influenced many future industrial bands. The sinister and angry "Sin", the subdued but untame "The Only Thing", and the keyboard blip, catchy-beat closer "Ringfinger" are also signs of important potential. But even more important are "Terrible Lie" and "Down In It", two songs that also caught the attention of radio. All of the ten tracks on here seethe with anger, writhe with emotion, and strangle your senses. You can't help but be sucked into Trent's world.

PRETTY HATE MACHINE was a great debut, but it was only a hint of things to come for the musical mastermind that is Trent Reznor.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is synth-pop at its best!
What makes this album great is that people who have listened to it believe that it was something truly revolutionary. Ironically, however, a simple dissection of the roots of PHM yields a strong influence of the popular music that dominated the 80's. Trent dabbles in hip-hop- yes that's rap in Down In It -funk, and traditional pop piano melodies that make Elton John swoon(Something I Can Never Have). The drum-machine samples of PHM are ones that will bring back memories of other synth-pop songs. Nevertheless, this album makes good of its genre, and anyone claiming to like NIN beyond Closer is lying unless he/she owns this album. An endnote: IMHO, the best songs of this recording time for NIN come not on this album, but on the three singles (Halos 1, 3, and 4) released supplementary to PHM. The various remixes of Head Like a Hole (particularly "opal" if you can find it), Down in It (the "demo" on halo 3 is best), and Sin are a treat, and the non-album Get Down Make Love is a classic. The true NIN fan owns all the albums and the singles and ep's.

5-0 out of 5 stars freekin excellent
by far the best nine inch nails album ever. I remember buying this from the local record store on vinyl back in 89. My mind spun watching the blue and pink decals twist on the turn table forming this wierd filament of psychodelic colors; WAY cool!. Despite this being an 80s album, this music would still be considered hot today. This record has so much variety in the techno/ industrial genres let alone Reznors other albums. This one is unique and a must have for all nine inch nail fans. ... Read more

Asin: B000000GPY


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Chocolate & Cheese
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 September, 1994)
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Those of us who worship at the Church of Ween (Hail to the great god Boognish!) know that skinny blond twerp Beck stole his whole shtick from New Jersey musical geniuses Dean and Gene. Always ahead of their time, the brothers Ween have responded by abandoning their traditional lo-fi four-track recording methods and giving us their lushest album yet, Chocolate and Cheese. Not that Ween's fourth effort is polished; that adjective could never describe an album that veers wildly from acoustic Mexican folk songs, to pure '70s disco, to the appropriately named single, "I Can't Put My Finger On It." But Chocolate and Cheese may come even closer than "Push Th' Little Daisies" to fulfilling Dean's goal of establishing Ween as the next Counting Crows. --Jim DeRogatis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My First Time - In The Backseat With Gene & Dean
Although I have "owned" a few Ween tunes over the past few years, this was my first legitimate album purchase. How did I like it? If it's any indication, I have bought Pure Guava and Quebec within two days of each other - thats 3 albums in under a week! I haven't gone on this kind of music binge since...well, ever. I feel like my ears have been asleep for the last 10-15 years, just waiting for some band like Ween to remind me why I listen to music at all. This, like any other Ween album, will take a few spins before the listener falls in love - but it will happen, friend. Save your lunch money and start buying Ween. It is easily good enough for the mature musical tastes out there...maybe too good for a few.
I can ramble on about this one, but do youself a favor and add it too your cart. IT WILL INVARIABLY FAIL TO DISAPPOINT.

4-0 out of 5 stars Are you surprised when I touch the dwarf Inside?
Notwithstanding his actual biological offspring and anyone else he has inspired, influenced or musically begotten, I hereby assert that Dean and Gene Ween are the true heirs to the rock n' roll legacy of Frank Zappa. While their over all sound may not be completely Zappaesque, they are, like Zappa, irreverent and musically accomplished. "Chocolate and Cheese" contains plenty of examples of these qualities but I will choose two of my favorite tracks to illustrate.

1. "Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)" - Some might call this mean spirited but I prefer to think of it as irreverent with a vengeance. This track about a child with the title condition leaves me shaking my head at the sheer audacity of it every time I hear it - the tiny voice imploring his "mommy" not to let him die, the chiming beat and the great guitar riffage which close out the song simply must be heard to be believed. Not for those lacking a BIG sense of humor or the easily offended.

2. "A Tear For Eddie" - Melodic instrumental piece featuring alternately gentle and blistering guitar work. I'm not sure to whom the title refers (Eddie Van Halen? Eddie Vedder?) but this track displays surprising musical prowess that let's us know just who the Ween joke is on.

Musically, as others here have noted, this disc is all over the map, touching upon 70's flavor disco and funk, twisted country and more - all the while retaining the goofy Ween charm that has endeared them to so many. This is definitely a masterpiece of sorts. I give it only four stars because there are a couple of tracks (the last two actually) I don't like as much as the rest of the album.

5-0 out of 5 stars brown saves lives
it was summer of 1999 or 1998, me, p and the kids all gathered at the corner and it was a special day because p brought with him sacks loaded with homegrown shrooms. "here," says he, handing me about 3/4 of an ounce of dried psillocybin, "these are for you." i eat a couple and he says, "no, eat the whole thing." this is probably the second or third time ever i'd dosed shrooms, so i take the whole bag. needless to say, within an hour the walls were bleeding and every cop on the beat knew i was high and were out to get me--so in desperation i went over to debbie's apartment, cg's girl, and she, cg and i listened to this album over and over for the next few hours while i hid in a fetal ball under a comforter on her ratty couch and smoked hash. later on i went to see ace and the rager's at the old grog. thanks, gene and dean, for pulling me out of my hellish bad trip.

also, this is the best cover ever. screw any humorless birkenstock wearer who says otherwise! ... Read more

Asin: B000002HFE


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The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning!!!!
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan is an amazing album to say the least. The songs are classic, the band is great, and the production is really good too. This is the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their pre fame peak, this album is also sad in a sense because it is the last album to feature their amazing guitar player Hillel Slovak who died of a drug overdose. The tracks on Uplift are for the most part very funky but there is also some rock added in for good measure. The first song on the album is the classic RHCP fan favorite Fight Like A Brave, this song is fantastic. The next song is called Funky Crime, with a title like that it doesn't even need an explanation. Me & My Friends is another fan favorite and a live favorite as well but to be honest I'm really not into this song at all. Backwoods is another classic Chili Peppers song, some great slap bass courtesy of Flea. One of my favorite RHCP songs is next, Skinny Sweaty Man, even though it's barely over a minute long, it's just awesome. Behind the Sun is also a great classic song. Subterranean Homesick Blues and Special Secret Song Inside are very similar, they are both very funky and Anthony Kiedis' vocals are great. No Chump Love Sucker and Walkin On Down the Road are also similar, they are pretty much the same funk rock style as the others it's just these lean more towards the rock end of things. Love Trilogy is a decent slow song, nothing more to say. The album ends with Organic Anti Beat Box Band, this is an amazing song, probably one of their best ever. Any Red Hot Chili Peppers should definately pick this one up, but a word of warning to casual fans If you are expecting this album to sound like Californication don't because there's not one song that even remotely sounds like it could be on Californication

5-0 out of 5 stars Uplift Mofo Party Plan
The Uplift Mofo Party Plan is the 3rd album of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The first 2 were beautiful experiences but none of them was as much a quality album as Uplift Mofo.

Every song is amazing and unique. Flea and Hillel make Uplift Mofo the definitive party cd. Anthony isn't the best singer in the world but his voice is very special. 'Fight Like A Brave' displays an everlasting energy and it stands for the whole album.
'Backwoods' has got Kiedis' best rapping part ever. 'Behind The Sun' is a melodic song about relaxing on the beach and has a beautiful guitar part in the middle.

'Subterranean Homesick Blues' is a rap cover of Bob Dylan and much better than the original. The funkiest song the Peppers had ever released is 'Special Secret Song Inside'. Funny lyrics, great vocals and one of the best guitar solos. 'Walking Down The Road' is a bass masterpiece and 'Organic Anti-Beat Box Band' makes me wanna freak out.

'Uplift Mofo Party Plan' is one of the best albums by the most creative and (by that time) funky band in the world. Buy it and have a nice party!

4-0 out of 5 stars This is why they're "Red Hot"!
Of all the "Red Hot Chili Peppers" albums, if I had to choose my favorite, this would easily be it. To me, even though other albums are great, this is exactly what made the band who they are. It's so funky, so rockin', so full of energy, I just can't praise it enough. "Mothers Milk" is almost as perfect, and I love that one too. "Fight Like A Brave" and "Behind The Sun" were the only "hits" on here, but every other song is as good, and tons of fun. I feel sorry for those who only know them back to the "Blood Sugar Sex Magic" album, even though that's considered to be their masterpiece. This disc might not excite the "By The Way" crowd, but if you want to know why the "Chili Peppers" are red hot, this is why. Plus, where else are you gonna get "Party On Your P***y"? ... Read more

Asin: B000002UD8
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Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 November, 1990)
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2-0 out of 5 stars At the time.. decent, maybe.. but now..
At the time of the release of this album, it might have been a decent album. This was at a time where rap was just starting to evolve, and the "old-school" sound was the ticket to ride. When you look back on those albums now, you almost have to laugh at the lack of talent displayed on those albums. This album might have been good back in 1990, but now, in 2001, you almost have to laugh at the sound. This might be a good purchase for an EXTREME kid rock fan, but for anyone else, don't waste your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars grit sandwiches for breakfast
I DIDNT HEAR THIS CD UNTIL ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND I THINK IT IS AMAZING. IT IS DEFINITLY HIS BEST. NOTHING BUT KID SPITTING OUT HARDCORE RYMES ONE AFTER ANOTHER. THINK ABOUT IT, HE WAS ONLY 19 WHEN THIS CAME OUT. THATS PRETTY DAM AMAZING. KEEP IT UP KID, YOU F****** ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ADAM DICKSON

5-0 out of 5 stars Huh?
There's somethin' about Kid Rock I want you to know,This is way before The Polyfuse days. There is no Twisted Brown Trucker band in there because Jive Records ust uses rap and pop mostly. But I only heard a snippet of Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley and it didn't have a explict sticker! This was before 1991 when they started to
put PA stickers. And I'm just 11 and I like Kid Rock.
(No Joe C. and Uncle Kracker in there) ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 May, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great album
This is a great album. This is back in the days when Lemonheads were a bit more Husker Du than R.E.M. It's catchy hardcore punk with a fair dose of melody thrown in. The soft songs are good too. Your Home is where your happy has to be my personal favourite here. This is one overlooked 80's album, good stuff

5-0 out of 5 stars DANDO & DEILY...DYNAMIC DUO
THE best album released that year. Starting with the very first
song, you'll hear ALL their influences, from Black Sabbath, the
Psychedelic Furs, Kiss, the Replacements...hell, Ben Deily's
guitar bridge in the middle of "Come to the Window" will remind
of early Hot Tuna. At this stage (and with this "once in a
lfetime" line-up) the 'Heads were an unstoppable, untouchable
supergroup. After Ben Deily's departure and Evan Dando's descent into the "abyss", they were never the same. Just think
kids-Dando/Deily up there, along side, hmmm...let's say...
Jagger/Richards...Lennon/McCartney...Mould/Hart. Who Knows?
Forget the haphazardness of "Lick" or the rawness of "Hate
Your Friends", on this disc this is one MAJOR force to be
reckoned with.

5-0 out of 5 stars Charlie's Song
I think the Lemonheads did by far the best version Charlie's song "Home Is Where You're Happy" that I have heard so far by any band. The Beach Boys messed up his song "Cease To Exist" and Guns-N-Roses ought to be shot for stealing Charlie's song royalties. They were a great band in their time but not only did they do a real [bad] version of Charlie's song but they gave the profits to someone Charlie NEVER killed. To me that is not justice. That is a royalty shame. ... Read more

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Frizzle Fry
Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 May, 1990)
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Released on the independent Caroline label in 1990, Frizzle Fry documents the San Francisco Bay area thrash-funk trio at its energetic best. The bare-bones production serves the group's skeletal sound well and makes the most of nearly live performances of gems such as the antiwar "Too Many Puppies," the stoner testimony of "Spegetti Western," and the madcap litany of "Groundhog's Day." Larry LaLonde's guitar is more melodic and concise than the squirrelly avant-gardisms of later albums such as Pork Soda (many of the lines were written by original guitarist Todd Huth). Bassist Les Claypool, meanwhile, is just stunning. By turns sounding like a scrappy Larry Graham or a dirty-minded John Wetton, his four-string slaps, slurs, and squeaks form a perfect union with drummer Tim Alexander's jazz-informed power beats. Claypool's goofy vocals owe a lot to P.I.L.-era John Lydon, with lyrics about Corn Chex, striped bass, and porn films. An inspired and assured studio debut. --James Rotondi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars come on kiddies, gather 'round. it's time to hear a review
Frizzle Fry. Don't the words just fiz out of your mouth like cold root beer on a hot day? To me Frizzle Fry is a cd that marks the beginning of my Primus fanship. I had listened to Seas Of Cheese about two weeks before purchasing Frizzle Fry and became immediately enthralled, I was not yet a fan, but I was craving more. I bought Frizzle Fry thinking that it was going to be similar to Seas of Cheese. Ofcourse it goes without saying that i was mislead. Frizzle Fry is layer upon layer of smooth jazz, fuzed with jagged funk and tossed with a comic energy that only Les Claypool could provide. I personaly feel that Frizzle Fry is primus's greatest album to date. The unprecedented songs such as "Spagetti Western," "Harold of the Rocks," and "To Defy the Laws of Tradition" would not only remain some of the greatest Claypool works ever, but become the definition of Primus's genius. I cannot help but clap every time I hear the classic ending of "Harold of the Rocks." It is the perfect link into the final song "To Defy" which wraps up an entire album of creativity, spontenaety, and lesclaypool-ity. I love this album

5-0 out of 5 stars Frizzle Fry is the greatest Primus album ever!!
In 1989 a trio of Les Claypool (bass, vocals) Larry LaLonde (guitar) and a drummer named Herb released "Suck on this", a live album that spawned an underground horde of fans. Not long after came "Frizzle Fry". Primus is the most original, funk/thrash band to exist. And "Frizzle Fry" is without a doubt, the BEST PRIMUS ALBUM EVER! Most people who hear Primus for the first time can be caught off guard by Les Claypools cartoonish vocals, but when you listen to the album a few times, you will be amazed at how much you'll love it! The album captures all the slap pop bass and wacky sound that makes Primus different from the regular trendy music of today, and because of this originality, YOU WILL NEVER GET TIRED OF FRIZZLE FRY!

5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding
Primus was definitely at the top of their game early on, and this album proves it. I'll give you my ratings of the songs individually, so it's easy for you to get what I'm trying to say here.

TO DEFY THE LAWS OF TRADITION: Too long, but a great song nonetheless. I love the bass solo at the beginning. It sounds like three bassists at once. (10/10)

GROUNDHOG'S DAY: Another great song, with Les playing three-note chords on the bass. Cool lyrics and neat guitar riff. (10/10)

TOO MANY PUPPIES: I don't like this one as much as some of the others, but I still like it a lot anyway. I wonder if "puppies" is a term used by Les to describe men at war, because it seems like that's what the song is about. It's also about 45 seconds too long. (8/10)

MR. KNOWITALL: Most people don't like this song but I love it, especially that part near the end. It sounds like mosh pit material. Odd bassline and guitar riff that sounds to me like a superhero song (I have no idea why). (10/10)

FRIZZLE FRY: Here's another great song. It starts with a neat little fingernail-picked intro, then moves into this slow song about a creature that doesn't believe in anything but Capn' Crunch. (9/10)

JOHN THE FISHERMAN: This began the infamous Fisherman Chronicles and is great both lyrically and musically. Too bad John the Fisherman drowned, or maybe he'd have caught the ol' diamondback sturgeon. (10/10)

YOU CAN'T KILL MICHAEL MALLOY: This is the only interlude I like. (7/10)

THE TOYS GO WINDING DOWN: Odd, dark, awesome song with a triplet bassline and lyrics about how the world's going to waste (I guess, heaven only knows). This is one of my favorite songs by Primus ever. (10/10)

PUDDING TIME: It's pudding time children! A nice little ditty about people so greedy they don't care about dying creatures. This has about 1,000,000,000 different riffs, but it's Primus, and who cares anyway? (9/10)

SATHINGTON WILLOUGHBY: Give me a break. (1/10)

SPEGETTI WESTERN: Freakish, spooky song about unemployed people watching spaghetti westerns. At first it just seems like Les and Ler are making noise over a drumbeat, but then the bass moves into a slap and pop riff with the guitar overshadowing it. Some people don't like this one, but I do. (8/10)

HAROLD OF THE ROCKS: Mostly a story set to music, but goes into this great guitar solo that has kind of a jazzy feel to it. Lyrics about a guy named Harold who "rambles on and on" and appears at a party "Trouzy threw late one night" and then is never seen again. Silly but perfect ending. (10/10)

TO DEFY: The first track only three thousand times worse. (2/10)

Overall, a great album by a great band with a great review by a great guy. ... Read more

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Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 August, 1991)
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As a jam band in the vein of Blues Traveler and Phish, Spin Doctors built a grassroots following by playing anywhere and everywhere. After a live EP caught their early potential, they released this uncharacteristically tight debut album. Featuring several hits that could have appeared on a Steve Miller Band album, Kryptonite became an immediate frat-rock favorite. Thanks to a spotless production, the tight groove of "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," "Two Princes," and "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" immediately connected with audiences who seemed to find singer Chris Barron's hapless hippie lyrics and goofy grin a winning combination. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Spinning Some Fun
Pocketful Of Kryptonite took the Spin Doctors into the top by riding the extremely catchy "Two Princes". The band is basically a jam band by nature, but they keep things moving along in a crisp manner on the album. The songs are basically full of hippie-drippy lyrics, but since they are fun and full of hooks you look past that fact. "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong, "More Than She Knows", "Off My Line" and "How Could You Want Them" are just good time music. The band falls off on songs like "Shinbone Alley", "What Time Is It?" & "Refrigerator Car" that break away from the light, breezy feel. The best song on the album is "Jimmy Olsen's Blues" that pulls all the band's best features together with its catchy chorus, big guitar hook and its overall party feel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice...
The Spin Doctors are definitly an excellent band that should not at all be overlooked. However, they are in many cases. Many people have heard the song, "Two Princes", but are unaware of its creators, The Spin Doctors. Many have heard the name, but are totally ignorant to the names of any songs they have written and released. I will have to say that this needs to change. The Spin Doctors are an excellent band who deserve recognition for their talents. A simple lack in number of songs is the only reason they did not seem worthy of a 5-star rating. But, with the length of the songs being an average 5 minutes each, only one or two extra songs would be needed to make this album complete. My personal favorite songs on this album include, "Two Princes", "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong", "Jimmy Olson's Blues", and "Shinbone Alley" (which eventually turns into the excellent bonus track, "Hard to Exist"). Had this album been given a total of 13 songs or so (including the bonus track), this would have been a masterpiece. Unfortunately, with the lack of songs being present, this album is often overlooked and is the reason for not a perfect score. If the lack doesn't bother you, and you are in to good original early 90's sound, this is the album for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Spin Doctors Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
The Spin Doctors had their own style which I liked they new how to grove. I feel bad the band was cut so short they dont even sell this CD at stores anymore like Fye Music, or Wal-Mart. So if I were you I would buy this CD on amazon for the best price. This is the best Spin Doctors CD out their it includes your favorites like Little Miss Cant Be Wrong, and Jimmy Olsen's Blues. This is a classic album add this one to your collection and be satisfied. ... Read more

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Use Your Fingers
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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White rappers generally divide into two camps: the Beastie Boys disciples and the House of Pain clique. For the former, honky hip-hop has nothing to do with the African-American experiences that gave birth to the rap form; rather, it is borrowed to express the middle-class, often suburban, ennui that comes from too much pop culture and too much time on one's hands. In the latter, groups attempt to co-opt the Afrocentrism and identity worship from black rap and use it as a template for their own particular ethnic trumpeting--Irish, in HOP's case.On their debut album, Use Your Fingers, Bloodhound Gang make it clear which group they expect to be confused with: "No, I'm not the guy from the Beastie Boys!" yells Jimmy Pop (or is it his partner Daddy Long Legs?). Hailing from suburban Philadelphia, BG are a self-contained frat party dying to offend anyone who'll listen with their often hilarious, in-your-face political incorrectness. They fight for their right to be moronic throughout--whether worshiping Rip Taylor or invoking the Cavity Creeps from an old toothpaste ad.It's not all just fat-chick and cripple jokes, though: BG back up their obnoxious idiocy with some fairly wise musical maneuvering. While their age and background lead them to repeatedly mine the '80s for material--Duran Duran and Cure samples, Michael Jackson and Blondie interpolations, a "Kids in America" cover--their sly comments and ingenious a cappella snippets prove they're surprisingly sharp and able lads. --Roni Sarig ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars NOT TO GOOD
After hearing the hooray for boobies album and loving it i purchased use your fingers, its no where near as good as hooray for boobies. Some of the tracks are just stupid. Not stupid in a good way like hfb, stupid in a bad unfunny way. Some of the songs and skits made me laugh but most arnt funny.
1.Rip Taylor is god- first time i heard it didnt laugh , after i listened to it a couple times i laughed. 3 out of 5 stars
2.We are the knuckleheads-this song sounds like beastie boys- 3 stars
3.Legend in my spare time-pretty good beat/3.5 stars
4.bhgpsa- another short skit/1 star
5.Mama say- pretty good- 3.9 stars
6.Kids in america- i really liked this one/another good one- 4 stars
7.Youre pretty when im drunk-not to good , no instruments just them using thier mouths for beats and rapping dumb song- 1 star
8.the evils of placenta hustling- a skit- all it is knocking on a door sounds like carmans voice from south park saying have you seen my wifes placenta its about 10 seconds long. 2 stars

9.One way- another song thats sounds like beastie boys- 3.5 stars
10.S****y record deal- a skit with them singing songs from 80's tv shows in a annoying screaming voice/ sounds like a really bad version of axel rose- 3 stars
11.Go down-not good to ok song about 2.5 stars
12.Earlheymer the butt pirate-about a 3 second long skit with a parate saying oy what you got in your mouth- 1 star
13.No rest for the wicked-2.5 stars
14.She aint got no legs- this song would sound good if the lyrics wernt so stupid/ got a smooth beat- 3.5 stars without the lyrics and other lyrics replaced with somthing more funny 4.5 stars
15.We like meat-about 2 second long skit- some guy saying hey look at all that meat/ 1 star
16.Coo caa ca choo-3 stars
17.Rang dang-2 stars/ chorus is sort of good 4 stars for the chorus
18.Nightmare at the apollo-some guy at the apollo and at end of his act he gets a couple claps/ thats it-1 star
19.Kids incorporated- has a punk sound to it , i like it- 4.5 stars- probably best song next to kids in america
Overall about 2.5 to 3 stars though some tracks stand out and are good but majority of album isnt.

3-0 out of 5 stars Worst Bloodhound Gang CD
While it may have a few tracks that I absolutely love, this album is definatley the worst of them all. Jimmy Pop's lyrics are all up to par on cleverness, but either the second vocalist (Daddy Long Legs) or the heavy hip hop influence on the sound of the music makes this CD the black sheep of The Bloodhound Gang's awesome releases. The few tracks that are really good on this album are, 'Mama Say', 'You're Pretty When I'm Drunk', and the covers of 'Kids In America' and 'KIDS Inc.' If you are a fan of The Bloodhound Gang's latter material, be skeptical in buying 'Use Your Fingers'.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some of their newer stuff.
I hear many people say that this album is only for "true Bloodhound Gang fans" and that "MTV Bloodhound Gang fans will hate this". I don't even watch MTV, and I also hate to disappoint those that say that, but this album really isn't something to be very proud about. Most of this album is just filled with pointless skits that don't even make sense or aren't funny at all. I also hated how most tracks were just filled with what seems like the band just shouting the same word at the same time (If you want to know what I mean, just listen to the chorus of "Rang Dang" and I think you'll know what I'm talking about). The only songs I really enjoyed were "Coo Coo Ca Choo" and "No Rest For The Wicked". Then there are a couple of decent songs too.

If you want to hear a great Bloodhound Gang CD, then get "Hooray For Boobies" or "One Fierce Beer Coaster". They both show how a group can improve from a lousy album like this. ... Read more

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Nothing's Shocking
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Though the songs aren't quite as good as those on Ritual De Lo Habitual, this album is much more consistent, with a heavy rock-funk-punk mix that's a pleasure to hear. The slower songs (especially "Summertime Rolls" and "Jane Says") work well, while the up-tempo material--in particular the closer "Pig's in Zen"--is both catchy and ambitious. It's a fine album overall, and if the band's Zeppelin-ward aspirations don't quite work, their music is still quite good in its own right. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars thirteen years old and the album is still fresh and powerful
simply the most important album I own. though the songs are not as polished and complex as on the follow-up, Ritual de lo Habitual, Nothing's Shocking is a more primal and powerful piece of work. Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins are a driving, thumping rhythm section, Dave Navarro's guitar work is alternately whiplash and tidal and always electrifying, and nobody can wail like the inimitable Perry Farrell.

"Jane Says" (track 9) was first recorded as a studio track on this album, but that song's enduring popularity has overshadowed the other, better songs that surround it.

"Ted, Just Admit It" (track 4) may be the most cataclysmic track here, a seven-minute epic that lends the album its title and a lot of its essential character.

"Summertime Rolls" (track 6) is a beautiful, hedonistic ode to summer bliss.

"Mountain Song" (track 7) is at the moment my favorite Jane's Addiction song -- thundering drums, cascading guitars, an unforgettable baseline, and Perry Farrell in peak wailing form.

this album, more than any other, illustrates to me how far popular music has fallen in recent years -- because nothing has come close to Nothing's Shocking.

5-0 out of 5 stars So good its shocking
... This was the best album Jane's ever made, and arguably the best album of the late 80s.

First heard this album in 1989, and it stopped me dead to hear 'Summertime Rolls' and 'Mountain Song' on a friend's mix tape. 'Up the Beach' gets your attention, and there may not be a song ever written with more energy than 'Ocean Size' - unless it is 'Ted Just Admit it'. Those songs get me through cold winter days, while 'Summertime Rolls' is just that - a perfect song about warm weather and mellow days.

Everyone who knows Jane's Addiction because of "Been Caught Stealing' and 'Jane Says' has only begun to scratch the surface of this band - they were the most interesting, risk-taking, challenging and successful band of their day - and the best cover band ever as well - check out 'Deadicated' for their version of 'Ripple', and their first album for covers of V.U. and Stones songs.

I would buy this album and their first album before 'Ritual' in a heartbeat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Alternative
Jane's Addiction's Nothing's Shocking is one of the greatest CDs in the history of of Alternative Rock. Oceansize is great rock/metal/alternative song with its amazing guitarist Rob Navarro. Jane Says is a great example of Perry Farrel's vice used in acoustic songs. Had a Dad and Pigs Zen are just great up tempo songs. I can't describe this CD if I had all the time in the world. Just get the CD already!!!!! ... Read more

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Dookie
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (01 February, 1994)
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Take one part Ramones, one part Buzzcocks, and one part Husker Du, and you've got the basic foundation of Green Day, a punky, witty, melodic San Francisco Bay area trio who became overnight stars in 1994 when this album, their third overall release and major label debut, catapulted them to the top of the pop charts. Led by guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and their secret weapon, powerhouse drummer Tre Cool, Green Day put '70s and '80s punk in a compact '90s package with songs like "Longview," "Basket Case," "Pulling Teeth," and the hit semi-ballad, "When I Come Around." One the few modern alternative rock bands with a bona fide sense of humor. --Billy Altman ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars good, clean, fun staple of 90's rock
Yeah, it's vacant. And yeah, all the songs sound the same, but that's called "having your own style", people. Like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Sublime, Green Day is one of the only 90's acts that has a distinctive voice.

And what does this voice want? Well, mostly it wants to drop out of school, screw hot girls, blow stuff up, and eat really sugary cereal. There's no pretensious crap on this record. It's made by normal guys trying to live a normal life, and the normal guys are only good at one thing: making 2-3 minute catchy punk songs.

The secret to this album is that EVERY SONG could have been a hit single, and if I remember right, nearly all of them were, or I heard them on the radio at some point. "Burnout" kickstarts the album and it doesn't stop, with Chump flowing into Longview, the decade's most profane radio hit (well, maybe NIN "closer" was worse). Welcome to Paradise, a reissue from an older record, is killer, especially when mike dint starts doing his bass execises in the middle. Then, like a drum-powered nuclear rocket destroying the sun, "Basket Case" comes on. It's the best summer song ever, the perfect LENGTH--you always want a minute more when it ends. You think the album's done and then that damn "When I COme Around" hook gets you. And are we done there? Nope, you still got "seeeeeventeen and strung out on confusion" coming up to smack you around, and when its all over, there's a hilarious hidden track.

This album is like a bowl of fruit loops, or a bowl of weed. It's just fun. Too bad green day could never branch out like Sublime to create 5 star music. If you have this album, you dont need any of their others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop-Punk Perfection
This is the first album I ever bought, and I remember it changing my life. When you're a teenager the words of Billie Joe Armstrong on this album just really seem to speak your language. This album is filled with infectious catchy hooks, amazing bass lines, and driving beats, it's just one of the greatest albums of all time. As Ben, a friend of mine, would say; "This album should be issued to kids when they turn 13". I couldn't agree more. Every song on this album is an absolute gem, there really isn't any song on here that I felt could have been left off. Let's take a look.
1. Burnout - A song about getting old but instead of feeling like you're growing up you just find yourself feeling bitter, jaded, and burnt out. Features an awesome drum solo.
2. Having A Blast - More themes of frustration with the people around you.
3. Chump - A simple verse/chorus/verse number in the vein of Ramones style simplistic punk.
4. Longview - The big radio hit from Green Day, featuring the greatest bass line ever with subtle hints towards boredom and resulting "fun time with self" time.
5. Welcome to Paradise - A song originally from "Kerplunk!", this song talks about moving away from home and at first being scared to be alone, but then suddenly enjoying the freedom. Catchy as hell.
6. Pulling Teeth - The story of a sadistic girlfriend and the poor bastard involved with her.
7. Basket Case - Yet another of the big radio singles, Basket Case is basically a story about cracking up. going crazy man! going crazy!
8. She - My take on it is that it's a story about a girl that has to live up to certain social expectations, and her eventual moment of breaking out of the shell she lived in. Great song that kind of changes pace for the first time on the album.
9. Sassafras Roots - By far my favorite song on the album. It's got that great anthemic Ramones simplistic feeling again. Also has the greatest chorus in song-writing history "i'm a waste like you, with nothing else to do, may i waste your time too?". Brilliant
10. When I Come Around - Yet another radio staple, I think I like this one the best of the singles. Great chord progression.
14. F.O.D - I hate to skip ahead but this is running long, so let's end it with the great final track F.O.D. This song is great, with a nice sing-along chorus of "you're just a f*ck, i can't explain it cause i think you suck, i'm taking pride, in telling you to f*ck off and die".

So thus end my review of the greatest record of the 90's (yeah, that's right, to hell with Nevermind), everyond should have their own copy of it so it can change their lives like it did mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars really cool; good for any fan
Really awsome for any Green Day fan, but if you're not, step away. I, being a HUGE Green Day fan, think that you'll LOVE most of these songs, I recomend "Pulling Teeth","Basket Case", "Longveiw" and "Welcome to Paradise". The only song on this CD I don't LOVE is "Coming Clean", not really interesting. All really strict parents who hate cuss words as small as "crap", this is a bad CD for your kids. ... Read more

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The Ego Has Landed
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (04 May, 1999)
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Robbie Williams, a self-proclaimed casualty of the British boy-blitz Take That, scuffed his squeaky-clean image by rabble-rousing with Britpop troublemakers Oasis and reemerged as a part-James Bond, part-Frank Sinatra renaissance pop star. A little fast-living combined with his vocal charm, Williams's U.S. debut, The Ego Has Landed, offers a collection of cheeky, inescapably loveable songs served up with a nudge, a wink, and a pinch on the bum. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best album of the 90s.
I bought this album on the sole effort "Millenium", taking a chance on the rest of the album, and I was surprised! This album does not have a weak song on it. With incredible lyrics, and great music Robbie Williams has a winner. Williams voice is in fine form, with outstanding production. Williams definitely put his heart and soul into this effort. My favorites are "No Regrets", "Killing Me" and "Let Me Entertain You". The other surprise here is that Williams co-wrote the entire CD, unlike artists today who sing Diane Warren or David Foster re-treads or sample songs into rap, Williams is a refreshing look at what pop music can once again become. This album is at most reminiscent to overtones of the Beatles and Queen. This is definitely the best album of 1999 hands down, and should be a contender at the Grammies in 2000. I do want to make one more note that a review said he was the closest thing you will come to George Michael. Williams music and song writing is in a different venue, however between Michael and Williams, I think Williams is the stronger singer vocally, and as a songwriter more refreshing. I feel George Michael has stuck himself in the same pop nitch these last 10 years...just listen to his latest "Outside" which flopped here in the states. Listen to Williams you will not be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Get On Board
I've come to the Robbie Williams bandwagon late, I know, but please count me among those who recognize him for what he is: one of the best.

Why Williams isn't an ultra-mega-superstar here in the US is beyond me (if you've read my reviews of the Jam, XTC, Morrissey and others, you know I place much of the blame for their US stiffs at the feet of their short-sighted record companies and America's tin-eared radio executives, criticisms which I think are justified in Williams case as well). "Lazy Days," "Strong" and "Win Some Lose Some" sure sound like hits to me.

And then there's "She's The One," an absolute killer of a record. A gorgeous melody, a knock-out performance, a great big whopping sound, a classic lyric. If the rest of this CD had been junk, "She's The One" is good enough that it would have warrented a decent reveiw on its own merit.

On "Parkinson" (on BBC America recently, but I guess it was actually an 18-month old interview), Williams said he couldn't figure out why Americans wouldn't buy his records, and said he has toyed with the idea of retiring from recording. Elton John, on the same program, said Williams is one of the most entertaining singers he's ever seen.

Elton is right (Elton is always right). Wake up, America, before it's too late. Robbie Williams is fantastic, and "The Ego Has Landed" is a great Pop record.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love this album :)
I have been into Robbie's music since it all began with 'Take That' when I lived in England. I moved to the States in '93, so had to import his solo efforts.

This US release combines the best tracks from his first two albums "Life Thru a Lens" and "I've Been Expecting You". This combination makes a really great album from beginning to end, I love every track. Robbie has such wit in his lyrics, and the songs are just plain fun.

I would recommend, however, trying to get the original issue of "The Ego Has Landed" which included 'Jesus In A Camper Van'. This is a great track, full of humour, and for some reason the later issuing replaced it with the good, but slow "Phoenix From The Flames". I would also recommmend picking up other Robbie albums such as "Escapology" and "Swing When You're Winning" which sees a more mature side to the robster :) ... Read more

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Undertow
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (06 April, 1993)
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Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima. Edgy guitar riffs are complemented by spitting, heavy bass, especially on "Sober" and "Crawl Away". Lyrically, Tool are at their vitriolic best, targeting religious hypocrisy ("Intolerance," "Sober"; always a popular theme), the loss of innocence and its consequences ("Prison Sex"), and deliberate ignorance ("Swamp Song"). Henry Rollins makes a guest appearance on "Bottom," which, along with "4 Degrees," deals with questions of identity. Undertow is also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of Aenima, and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work. Very highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pulls you under and drowns you in darkness
"Undertow" is an incredible album by an extremely talented band. Maynard Keenan is never afraid to push a screwdriver into the most sensitive places in the human psyche, and this album does precisely that.

Tool's blend of amazing lyrics, musical talent and Maynard's vocals creates a sound that is somber and wicked, disturbing and powerful. The first single, "Sober", hooked a lot of people who were turned off by or intimidated by the rest of the album. The rest of us were drawn like moths to a flame, because every song on this record is compelling and thought-provoking. "Prison Sex" is as disturbing as the title suggests, calling up very dark images that made for a chilling video (even though they didn't deal directly with the title act). "Sober," actually, was not my favorite song on the album. It's a great song, but lacks the buildup and emotional crescendo of "Flood", nor is it equal to the dark brooding on "Bottom" (guest vocal by Henry Rollins).

"Intolerance" is an excellent opening shot, with Maynard spitting angrily at lying, greed and hipocrisy, while "Undertow" resonates with vocal beauty and lyrical artistry. "Disgustipated" is an amazing allegory on human suffering and the horrors man visits upon his brethren. This song inspired me to do an art project with my girlfriend.

I don't get all the comparisons to Korn. I like Korn a lot, but I think they bring a more visceral punch, while Tool will lull you to sleep at the same time they give you nightmares. Undertow is full of originality and depth... do not pass it by.

5-0 out of 5 stars Undertow
Tool is probably my favorite band and this is my favorite album that the band has put out. Opiate and Ænima are also great albums, but in my opinion, Undertow is the best of the three.

Some people have said that Ænima stands up better to repeated listenings than Undertow, but I don't agree. In fact, I think Undertow has the most replay value of Tool's three releases. Ænima is the best album to listen to straight through because a lot of the songs have similar sounds and it all flows together very well, but unless you always want to listen to the whole album, Undertow is the better choice. Contrary to what a couple of the editoral reviews say, Undertow has a fairly nice variety going. "Crawl Away" is one of Tool's heaviest songs (which makes sense, since it was one of the first songs they wrote), while "4 Degrees" is fairly soft-spoken by comparison.

Some people also feel that Undertow is "mindless rock," which blows my mind. Undertow has just as many philosophical concepts going on as Ænima. Songs like "Intolerance" and "Flood" deal with questions of faith, "Undertow" has been interpreted as being about struggling with substance abuse, and more.

In addition, a lot of self-professed "Tool fans" feel that "Sober" and "Prison Sex" are the best songs on the album, and the best that Tool has ever done. While they are good songs, I feel that they are actually two of the weaker songs here. "4 Degrees" and "Bottom" are so underappreciated that I can scarcely believe it. Then you have "Flood" and "Crawl Away," which are probably my two favorite Tool songs. As I said, though, there are no bad songs on this album.

If you don't own a Tool album yet, I would recommend buying Undertow first and then Opiate. If you buy Ænima first, don't expect all that many similarities between it and the other records.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Debuet EVER!
hands down.

every song is a 10

from Sober to Prison Sex to Crawl Away to Bottom to Undertow to Flood to Swamp Song to Intolerance to 4 Degrees and even the 15 minute Disgustapated.

Classic

There 3rd best album (that says a lot) ... Read more

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