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It Just Gets Worse
It Just Gets Worse

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Thing Ive Ever Heard, And Thats The Point!, 2 Nov 2003
This review is from: It Just Gets Worse (Audio CD)
This cd is dreadful. But that is the point of the grindcore genre, to produce the worst music (and I use the term loosely) possible.
A.C are the musical equivalent of South Park, so offensive that you cant take it seriously. Buzzsaw guitars, dog chewing a man's face off vocals, heavy as hell drums and lyrics about beating women and killing children. You cant take this seriously, possibly more offensive than GG Allin but thats up for debate.
I first got into grindcore by listening to Napalm Death's Scum album, the first grind album, but this is definitely the most offensive album of the lot.
Would'nt it be great to play this to a right wing conservative, hell yes!!


Bill Hicks: Totally Bill Hicks - It's Just A Ride/Revelations [VHS]
Bill Hicks: Totally Bill Hicks - It's Just A Ride/Revelations [VHS]
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Poet Speaks!, 27 Oct 2003
I think that Bills Hicks is easily the greatest comedian of all time, so you see, Im not biased. The video is divided into two halfs and I will deal with each one seperately.
1) Its Just A Ride
A documentary about Bill's life and comedy. It is quite ironic seeing Jay Leno singing Bill's praises and then listening to what Bill had to say about Jay (check out "Artistic Rollcall" from the "Rant In E Minor" cd). This would of been better had it featured interviews with people who had really been massive fans of Bill and then became comics themselves or people who really knew Bill (Mary Hicks YES, Eric Bogosian NO). It contains footage of Bill performing from "Relentless", "Revelations" and various other TV appearances. My favourite part of this half is the "Play From Your Heart" bit taken from the "Relentless" video.
2) This is a great Hicks show but I think that its the censored version shown on Channel 4. Still great though, check out "Go Back To Bed America" and the only commercial videotape appearance of "Goatboy". This isnt as aggressive as the "Relentless" tape and presents a more restrained Hicks.
Check it out for yourself, and wait for the "Relentless" DVD.


In Utero
In Utero
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Deeper And Darker Than Nevermind, 24 Oct 2003
This review is from: In Utero (Audio CD)
Just prior to this albums release, Kurt said in an interview that he felt that this record would lose him a lot of his audience. From the first track, you can see how it would.
This album is far, far superior to Nevermind. Kurt could not have topped Nevermind, so he went another way. Nevermind is a very catchy, poppy, melodic album. Nevermind was Kurt fusing punkrock, Pixies style melodic indie and pop. In Utero is the Yang to the Yin of Nevermind.
Many indie bands have tried to achieve what this record is, but none have done it so well. Heavily influenced by Jesus And Mary Chain, Black Flag and Surfer Rosa era Pixies, In Utero manages to achieve what so many indie bands havent. It manages to swamp poppy melodies with feedback and distortion, screaming and howling guitars but not losing any of the melodicism.
The basic tracks of In Utero were recorded in two weeks. This gives the record a real hardcore feel. The lyrics have been analysed time and time again for clues to Cobain's mind state at the time and it is pretty obvious that Kurt was going through hell at the time. The fact that this record was made at all is a testament to Kurt's genius.
This is why Nirvana are more important than Pearl Jam or Mudhoney, they managed to have the status of a big rock band but managed to transcend all of the big ego rock star s**t that destroyed the Smashing Pumpkins. Along with The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers this the ultimate rock album of all time.
Joy Division misery + Surfer Rosa era Pixies abrasiveness + Black Flag punk rock + Beatles style melodies = In Utero.


American History X [DVD] [1999]
American History X [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Edward Norton
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great films of all time, 12 Oct 2003
This is a truly great film, intelligent and thought provoking. Edward Norton is amazing.
Films like this need to be made because the problems confronted are still very real. The film takes you into the mind of a hardcore, militant racist in a world were he has to confront that which he hates. The debate between Norton and Eliott Gould is masterful, Gould's character being Jewish leads to inevitable consequences. The politics of the white power movement are depicted amazingly and it is a refreshing change for a skinhead to be depicted in a morally balanced way.
It is a shame that, because of the language, this film will never be shown in schools. If the teachers werent so seemingly scared of the language that most teenagers use anyway, this film could easily be used as a great film to analyse morals and beliefs in our society.
In the year 2003, we should have evolved past racism. Unfortunately, we havent.


Leader of the Banned
Leader of the Banned
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his other work, 24 Sep 2003
This review is from: Leader of the Banned (Audio CD)
Only about 30 minutes of this cd is worth anything, that is the first track. The songs are pretty much worthless and even the first track is nowhere near as strong as his other work (which is very limited).
The live set is very short (30 minutes or so) and apart from the "Phone Call From Hell" is pretty much lacklustre and not as agressive as his other stuff.
I first got interested in Kinison after hearing about similarities between him and Bill Hicks. Kinison is nowhere near as articulate as Hicks, but then again Hicks is the greatest comedian of all time.
Buy his last album, the posthumous "Live From Hell", more agression, more defined and more concise. But still not as good as Hicks.


Rant In E-Minor
Rant In E-Minor
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Comedian/Preacher Of All Time, 24 Sep 2003
This review is from: Rant In E-Minor (Audio CD)
This is quite easily Bill's best work. It contains the bulk of his lifes work and anything that isnt here can be found on one of his other releases.
"Easter" is quite easily one of the mans best routines and the rest is just as good. As well as amazing quality, the cd lasts for 75 minutes so there is plenty here. Bill's angriest work is not to be found here but Bill was usually about controlling the agression. That is why he is superior to the other American comedians who copied his style. Leary is very funny, but is an at times inarticulate angry psycho.
Bill rose above all of this to become the greatest comedic voice of all time, taking the legacy of his predecesors like Bruce and Kinison one stage further. The world hasnt changed very much since the man left us and it makes you wonder what he would say if he was still here.


Generation Terrorists
Generation Terrorists
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like 1977 Was Only Yesterday, 17 Sep 2003
This review is from: Generation Terrorists (Audio CD)
This album is by no means perfect. However, the overall feeling you take away after listening to an album like this overcomes the odd song that isnt great.
For me, the great song of this record is "You Love Us". It condenses everything the Manics were saying in '92 into one song. Aimed at the music press, and there isnt a more deserving target for purest vitriol than the NME, this is more explosive than anything else Ive ever heard. It just takes the inflamatry, iconoclastic nature of "Motown Junk" ("I laughed when Lennon got shot") one step further.
Not to say that the rest of the album is filler. "Slash N Burn" does exactly that. "Motorcycle Emptiness" is one of the Manics truly great songs and "Little Baby Nothing" tackles the subject of prostitution (a subject that would be tackled 2 years later on the "Holy Bible" album in the shape of "Yes"). And as for Repeat, "God Save The Queen" for the 90s.
The album is very long, 18 tracks taking up around 70 minutes. You dont often get albums that long any more. The Manics have always wrote about things lesser bands will not touch. When Shed Seven were singing about love, the Manics were writing about anorexia. This is what sets them apart from all other bands, and long may they continue.


It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political Rap's Finest Moment, 17 Sep 2003
This is the best rap album Ive ever heard. PE come across with the mind of Malcolm X and the aggression of the Manics' Holy Bible album.
This album made Public Enemy, sure, but it also made politics in music defined. Rage Against The Machine would never have happened without this record. Over the duration of the entire album, Chuck delivers nothing less than a perfect lyrical attack on the corruption in America, an african-american Bill Hicks. Chuck leaves no stone unturned, attacking racism, the media, corrupt goverment and many more targets, something that punk rock bands had been doing for years but hadnt cottoned on in rap culture untill PE.
This is also the Bomb Squad's finest moment. They would never produce anything this abrasive and raw again. Cutting up party jams with rock riffs, this is the hardest rap music has ever got.
If you like this, I recommend Chuck D's book, Fight The Power. Boy, the man never calms down, just as p***** off now as ever before.


The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great.. For Half The Readers, 13 Sep 2003
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
I will tell you now before I start properly, if there was one book ever written that polarizes opinion its "The Catcher In The Rye".
Its a masterful piece of literature. In much the same way that Harold Pinter's main trait was banal dialogue, Salinger uses the banality of everyday life and then comments on it. Ive just read it for the first time, and being 17, I can relate to "Holden" at times.
The only thing that frustrated me about this book was the overuse of certain words, especially "Goddamn" which pops up many times on one page especially at the beginning. The only thing I can think of that goes down the same type of road as this book is the film "If".
Strange as it is, I did'nt know what this was about when I first bought it. I bought it purely on the basis that its one of Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers lyricist) favourite books. By the way, as well as that and a book loved by Mark Chapman, another music connection is that this book is namechecked in "We Did'nt Start The Fire" by Billy Joel. So all Billy Joel fans, buy it.


Manic Street Preachers: Forever Delayed [DVD]
Manic Street Preachers: Forever Delayed [DVD]
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music And Manifesto, 13 Sep 2003
Okay, this isent complete. The Manic's first promo, "Strip It Down" is'nt included and the remixes are boring as hell. Now I will come out of my Fred Durst Winging mode and tell you the good stuff.
All of the videos since "Motown Junk" in near chronological order (Sony released "Stay Beautiful" before they released "You Love Us" but it does'nt really matter). The video tracks every stage of the Manic's career from the Clash/Guns N Roses/Camus/Public Enemy collision that was the "Generation Terrorists" era up to and including the "Forever Delayed" era.
All throughout their career (well, with the exception of "Gold Against The Soul")the Manic's have put slogans into their videos. Rage Against The Machine used this in later videos but the messages flashed by so quickly you couldnt read them. No such problem here though, the Manic's having always used the iconography of the obvious (Strummer, Monroe and Burroughs as opposed to Buchanan, Tate and Anton Wilson). The slogans are often political ("Violence For Equality", "Hope Lies With The Proles")in a much more effective way than RATM's, some of the videos are very glossy and clear("You Love Us", "So Why So Sad") and some are very lo-fi and rough ("Found That Soul", "Faster") but all are highly enjoyable, and often informative.
If youre a Manics fan you dont need to read any reviews, if you arent where have you been. A great intro for newies and a great collection for older fans.


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