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Cocaine Rodeo

Mondo Generator Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B00004U1E8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cocaine Rodeo comes as a semi-reformation of fabled stoner-rock band Kyuss, bringing former members Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme (now of Queens of the Stone Age), and Fu Manchu's Brant Bjork together on the same recording. To simply describe Cocaine Rodeo as stoner-rock, though, would be to vastly underestimate Mondo Generator's voracious drug intake--with certified sociopathic bassist Nick Oliveri playing the lead, this is a record of terrifying chemical psychosis, as gory as it is unrelentingly heavy. A near-molten pile-up of dismembered Black Sabbath riffage, the likes of "Uncle Tommy" hark back as much to the aggressive punk of Black Flag than any conventional stoner-rock template. The closest that Cocaine Rodeo comes to radio-friendly rock & roll is on "I Want You To Die", and it's fair to say that title scuppers any serious crossover potential. "Be afraid! Be afraid! Be very, very afraid!" Oliveri bellows over the lumbering groove of "Simple Exploding Man". He's not the sort of man that you'd usually take advice from, but here he's got a point. --Louis Pattison

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Featuring Nick oliveri and Josh homme from Queens as well as the original Kyuss and fu Manchu drummer Brant Bjork the lineup almost guarantees good things.
Well the album is a weird mix of Stoner Metal sounding a little like Mudhoney ("Miss Mary Gets a Boob Job" reminds me a lot of Mudhoney) and Punk rock sounding a little like west coast legends Black Flag ("Uncle Tommy"). "Simple Exploding Man" is the central masterpeice of the album, sounding like Queens of the Stone Age on a very bad acid trip the song rolls on for a good 11 mins only to come back after the quirky "Cocain Rodeo" for another 4 mins of aural torture.
13th floor will be familiar to Queens fans as it appears on rated R (granted a little less loose on the bottom end) as "Tension Head".
The mix of Punk rock, Stoner metal and mudhoney style grunge does the leave the album lacking a real theme or feel other than Nick Oliveri's over the top aggressive vocals. However this album is great collection of songs for any hardkor Queens, Desert Sessions, Kyuss etc fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get blown away! 4 Mar 2003
By The Librarian VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album is VERY loud, VERY aggressive, VERY evil, and GREAT! It's tempting to say "if you like QOTSA or Kyuss, etc, then you'll love this", but ... not necessarily! 13th floor is on Rated R as Tension Head, but this version is better, I think - less slick, and much more gutsy and emotional, (if that's a word one can safely use about Nick Olivieri!).
Track 2, Shawnette is the star of the show for me. It has a super-powered spiky riff crunching behind, overlaid with the Olivieri scream - as though it was a preliminary sketch for No-one Knows, written whilst having the world's worst nightmare - superb. Much of the rest is more punk/thrash, and less stoner/melodic, and some, eg I want you to die, is quite ordinary. Simple Exploding Man is another masterpiece - an eleven-minute grind of heavy guitar and mixed vocals that will blow you utterly AWAY! You even get a reprise as the hidden track.
Cocaine Rodeo itself is ... odd - a little piece of misogyny like an old-time redneck rag. However, it's very amusing, if a little out of place on this album.
Kyuss, QOTSA, Fu Manchu, Dwarves, etc completists will want this, but it has plenty to offer those who just like heavy-heavy rock with an evil edge. If the only one of the above you own is Songs for the Deaf, then think twice, but if your fave tracks are Millionaire and Six-shooter, then buy this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Weak Lyrics Kill Great Music 25 July 2009
By NSMaster - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, to be fair, I am no Music master. By far.

I enjoyed the 'Desert Sessions' and figured Oliveri would follow the creative genius of his Kyuss and QotSA brethren on his little pet project called 'Mondo Generator'.

In the end I found it failed to live up to the expectations I had set.

First the good:

Mondo Generator bang out great music; riffs, bass, drums, so on. Nick Oliveri and co deliver the goods in this department hands down.

Then the bad:

Unfortunately the lyrics are subpar at best; simple, cliched, tacky sometimes painful (not so much on this particular album, but more so on the future 'Mondo' releases).

If I could cut the lyrics/vocals from half of 'Mondo's' tracks (on all their albums) I think I'd enjoy them MUCH more.

Overall, I'd say their collection is worth a listen, because some people won't be offput by the lyrical shortcoming and get lost in Oliveri's eclectic rock assault.

So while I find 'Mondo Generator' doesn't deliver the overall genius of QotSA or Kyuss, they are in their own right a head-banging rock band worth a listen or two.

5 starts for music, 2 MAX for lyrics. 4 overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up and comers 17 Nov 2007
By Jason Rumbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This Band is awsome. It's a new sound. I'm a fan of Pantera, Down, LOG, Mastodon and Slayer. These guys don't really sound like my typical music to be honest. But thier songs will be stuck in your head for days and you'll just want more. Very addictive and heavy. These guys are gonna be big very soon. Great live band, I saw them in concert. I'd say it's kind of like Punk Metal. If you like this CD you'll love "Dead Planet" The newest one. Even better and more matured.
5.0 out of 5 stars An explosive album 4 April 2014
By Jeff Felker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This band is great and fun to listen to, Nick Oliveri has so much energy and is truly refreshing to listen to, great album full of great songs.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queens Of The Stone Age side project mastery 30 Jan 2003
By purerockfury - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been anxious to hear this album since discovering the mastery of QOTSA and upon dowloading the first song, I was slightly disappointed to hear a song from QOTSA's "Rated R". Nonetheless, my curiousity never faltered and I proceeded to seek out this album from Nick Oliveri and co. Much like QOTSA, Mondo Generator is a healthy and balanced blend of vaious styles of rock, not falling directly under the "stoner rock" mantra. It has a very unique blend of more punk rock a' la Black Flag or Bl'ast with some indie rock undertones that remind me of Shellac that is rounded off and solified with a stoner rock vibe. Much like QOTSA, there isn't a disappointing moment to be heard on this recording that should be sought after by those seeking something more than your average radio schlock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intergalactic rodeo in space 30 Aug 2000
By Kuroneko1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Mondo Generator is a stoner band that consist of Ex Kyuss/queens of the stone age members. Cocaine Rodeo is a good release and will not leave stoner fans dissapointed after a couple of listens. Yes this is a stoner record but it is not a laid back psychedelic album. It is furious , hard and even has a touch of punk that makes this album more interesting and avoiding it being another stoner record without a name. Songs are well crafted and band plays like they are trying to demolish stonehenge with a huge wall of sound. Stoner fans shouldnt avoid or overlook this release.
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