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3.0 out of 5 stars Chicago rock jukebox, 22 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Rock'n'roll Will Never Die (Audio CD)
Love him or hate him, Wesley Willis is insanely prolific and never fails to give his fans what they've come to expect. With well over 20 releases under his belt in just the last decade, consisting of both self-released tapes and CDs as well material on various major and independent labels, he's gained a wide cult following. Almost his entire catalog of songs follows the same tried-and-true formula of brief spoken verses alternated by the chorus (which is essentially him bellowing the title four times) and all done over the same rhythm track generated by his trusty synthesizer. Wesley ends every song with the same outro ("Rock over London, Rock on Chicago!"), amended with a random advertising slogan ("Walgreens, it's the pharmacy America trusts" or "Dunkin Donuts, it's worth the trip"). Sometimes the tempo will be faster, he may add some reverb to his voice, or even throw in some fake crowd noise, but he rarely strays very far from his template when composing. His songs usually have blunt and often foul-mouthed titles, describing imaginary events or written in tribute to individuals he's met and places he's been. This CD collects 24 tracks culled from 10 of his past hard-to-find releases, chronicling different musical acts that Wesley saw perform in Chicago. He opens each song with a quick review of the event, citing the performance space, a rough estimate of how many folks attended, and his opinion of the show. The concert will be praised with such Wesley-isms as "It really whupped a camel's ass!" or "The crowd roared like a lion!," regardless of whether he's referring to Morbid Angel or Hootie & The Blowfish. Although his sincere odes to rock celebrities are amusing, it doesn't take long for the moment to wear thin. As with all of his stuff, once you've heard one Wesley Willis song you've literally heard them all, and this collection is as good as any. It's guaranteed to catch you smiling, but this disc is best suited for spicing up mix tapes rather than a full sit-down listen. Wesley also did the snazzy magic marker artwork on the cover.
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