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Younger,Louder,& Snottier
Younger,Louder,& Snottier

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk classic, 15 Aug. 2003
The Dead Boys were one of the best bands of the era, and these alternate mixes of the already classic "Young, Loud and Snotty" really hit the jackpot with this reviewer. Sounds the way punk should sound, really crude and rough. Cheetah's guitar is right in ur throat from the first note, and Stiv's maniacal Iggy on a bad day vox are perfect for this mess. All songs on this torch you like an outta control flame thrower. "Sonic Reducer" is the covered-to-death classic, but everything else kills too. The S/M anthem "What Love Is" , the boredom oozing "Ain't Nothing to Do" the drugged out, hungover desperation of "High Tension Wire" or my personal fave, Stiv yelping and screaming his way thru "Down in Flames". Not intellectual like the Voidods or Television, not funny like the Ramones or the Dictators, just seeking cheap thrills by wading thru the same knee deep depravity that was first explored by the Stooges, this album is a must have for anyone who claims to dig punkrock sez me.

Saturday Night Fever
Saturday Night Fever

5.0 out of 5 stars Great rock 'n' roll, 14 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Saturday Night Fever (Audio CD)
The Devil Dogs were one of the best rock 'n' roll bands in the early nineties, and I guess this is their best record.Kurt Bloch really hit this one the way it was supposed to be done, RAW ballsy FULL and mighty mighty loud rock 'n' roll with equal parts Dead Boys/Ramones and DMZ/Customs. All songs on this record are great, originals like "Big f**king party" and "Gonna be my girl" fly at u at high speed and punch u good. Their covers are are over-the-top too, especially their outta-this-world ferocious cover of the Victims "Dance With U Baby". Only let down is their cover of Gene Pitney's "Backstage", which kinda reeks on ice, but is funny nevertheless.
Bye, bye for now.

In The Eyes Of God
In The Eyes Of God
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £14.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best?, 14 Aug. 2003
This review is from: In The Eyes Of God (Audio CD)
Today is the Day are one of my definite faves, and this may well be the best from them. It's heavy, it's dissonant and it's more agressive than a train full of soccer hooligans. How they come up with riffs this spazztic and evil is beyond me, but thx so much. Austin is his usual angry, misantropic and anti-social self, as he announces on the opening track, shrieking "I am the enemy" at the top of his lung, and continues with "f**k the world tear it down" in "The Color of Psychic Power". They've turned down their previous use of eerie, twisted samples. I honestly don't know if this is an improvement, but it means this is a TITD album you can listen to, and preserve a shred of your sanity. BUY BUY BUY

Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Price: £13.60

3 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Totally overrated, 14 Aug. 2003
It seems this album is considered a classic and a favorite among a lot of punk fans, so I might be wrong here, but the greatness of the record escapes me by a mile. The music here is way too unrocking for my taste, and Jello Biafra must have the most annoying voice of any punk singer I can think of at the moment. It gets an extra star for the anti-Reagan sentiments evident in the lyrics, but seriously, anti-Reagan rants are done much better than this, try any Bill Hicks album and see what I mean. For the truly classic bay area punk of the time, I suggest you get either the first Avengers album or the Crime compilation "San Francisco's Doomed". Well, over and out from here

28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
28 Days Later (2002) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cillian Murphy
Price: £2.26

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great update of the zombie genre, 4 July 2003
This review is from: 28 Days Later (2002) [DVD] (DVD)
Zombie films were the craze of the late 70's, with the success of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" everyone and their mother had to do a zombie flick, with results varying from great to godawful. Then, of course, the genre kinda died with few new movies coming out (tho Soavi's "Dellamorte Dellamore" was pretty damn good). This movie is the zombie flick for the new millenium (sounded fancy, huh) by Trainspotting/Beach director Danny Boyle, and it's a great update. The first 30 minutes would've landed this film a straight 5 star review for it's extremely well-executed paranoia and mounting tension. The film is, of course, a lot faster paced than the old zombie flicks (some of those were close to growing roots) with the zombies being fast and aggresive purveyors of destruction rather than slow moving, decaying corpses. The film does borrow from Romero (shopping in an abandoned mall and keeping a zombie as a pet, borrow from Dawn and Day of the Dead).
The quality of the film drops a notch in the second half, but doesn't subtract enough to ruin the film. Nice to see someone make a horror movie, which is both stylish, original and just plain great.

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