What I Call Sludge, Vol. 1
By Marie Braden
Metal Sludge, well known for its unstinting,
fearless parody of the excesses of Eighties metal, has finally released
its initial CD offering, Hey, That's What I Call Sludge, Vol. 1. Interspersed
throughout the collection are skits by the Metal Sludge All-Stars, better
known as Sunset Strip regulars Metal Skool, and their humour, while occasionally
sophomoric, embodies the spirit of this disc. Even those who fondly remember
the Spandex days of yore are likely to be amused by this collection, even
if the joke is sometimes lost on them.
Lead-off song "Reign in Pain" by Sum 41
side project Pleasure for Pain, while obviously ironic, is enough to make
anyone who lived through the Eighties cringe in reminiscence. Not because
the song is bad, as it is appealing in a fiendishly arch manner, but because
it brings up frightening reminders of a time when this sort of music was
performed in earnest, and the teeming hordes ate it up like an "egg fried
on some hot chick's tight little ass". Lit's contribution ("No Turning
Back") is a catchy tune that evokes the good memories of extended
guitar solos while still retaining the best parts of today's pop-punk pantheon.
Bowling for Soup fit far more in that tradition, without any nod to nostalgia,
in the amusing "The Bitch Song", with its harsh lyrics yoked to a sunny
40 Ft. Ringo
are a band well-known to "Sludgeaholics" and "Sludgettes" (not to mention
"Sludge Piggies"), due to being a frequent target of Sludge's ire, if only
for the fact that it is the current project of *NAMES* from Trixter, a
band frequently mentioned as the last nail in the coffin of pop metal,
due to their unvarnished commercial calculations. "Inside Your Heart" sounds
as if it were recorded back at the birth pangs of grunge, and it would
not be surprising to find out that it was actually an old Trixter tune.
A later track on the CD, "I Can't Resist You" by Kevin Dubrow and Little
Women, makes no bones about being something old made new again, as it is
from sessions in 1990.
Tuff, fronted by Sludge posterboy Stevie
Rachelle, contribute the hilarious parody "Dear Jani Lane"--a litany of
inside jokes at the expense of the erstwhile Warrant frontman, which will
be a delight to anyone who has continued to follow their career since they
dropped from MTV's heavy rotation. Also included is a track by former Warrant
guitarist Billy Morris, "Killingtime", which bears absolutely NO resemblance
to those songs that people remember. A driving rocker, its main flaw is
a pounding, relentless need to go for the obvious rhymes and guitar figures.
Drill 187's "187" and the Wildhearts track are fairly pedestrian offerings,
especially when placed against the squealing beauty of Jizzy Pearl's "Do
You Wanna Get High?", a standout track from his recent JUST A BOY solo
The dark mood is lifted by the Brightness'
gender-revamped version of the classic show tune "Diamonds are a Girl's
Best Friend" and Murderdolls vocalist Wednesday 13's bracing "Your Mother
Sucks Cocks in Hell" with its Jerry Lee Lewis keyboard theatrics. Other
songs on the CD include offerings from (yet another former member of Warrant)
Mike Fasano's band GloryHole UK, London Calling (featuring Jamie Rowe,
whose "7-11 Isn't Too Far Away" mined the Warrant parody genre far before
Tuff), Supersuckers, the Thornbirds, Firehouse, LA favorites Killingbird,
and Steve Whiteman of Kix's current band Funny Money.
If you are a fan of Sludge, this disc will
seem like an affirmation of those countless hours spent at the Gossip Board
and roaming the streets in Sludge swag looking for elusive captures. Even
those who are not keen on Metal Sludge may just find this to be a worthy
addition to their collection-the Metal Sludge All-Star skits alone are
worth the price of admission, and the songs are a worthy overview of new
sounds in the Sunset Strip spirit. As the closing track impishly puts it-"Death
to All but Metal!"
What I Call Sludge, Vol. 1
1. Metal Skool "Rainbows & Witches"
2. Pain For Pleasure "Reign In Pain"
3. Lit "No Turning Back"
4. Bowling For Soup "The Bitch Song"
5. 40 Ft. Ringo "Inside Your Head"
6. Tuff "Dear Jani Lane"
7. Drill 187 "187"
8. The Wildhearts "You've Got To Get Through..."
9. The Thornbirds "Elephants & Tangerines"
10. Supersuckers "Someday I Will Kill
11. Metal Skool "LSD" (skit)
12. Jizzy Pearl "Do You Wanna Get High?"
13. The Brightness "Diamond's Are A Boy's
14. London Calling "Chasing The Satellites"
15. Killingbird "Beat The Bullet"
16. Firehouse "Crash"
17. Metal Skool "Making Up" (skit)
18. Funny Money "Good Boy Gone Bad"
19. Glory Hole U.K. "Misery"
20. Billy Morris "Killingtime"
21. Wednesday 13 "Your Mother Sucks Cocks
22. Kevin DuBrow & Little Women -
1990 "I Can't Resist You"
23. Metal Skool "Heavy s***" (skit)
24. Metal Skool "Death To All But Metal"
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