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Not a lot like Green Day, but just as catchy
on 1 February 2006
I first heard "Supermodel Robots" on the Adeline Records website. I loved it immediately and couldn't get it out of my head for days. I decided to purchase the album Money Money 2020 simply on the strength of that one song, so that says a lot about the its quality, especially since the album cost me £12!
Supermodel Robots is probably the most immediately likeable song on the album, though Right Hand A Rama and an excellent cover of the Misfits song Teenagers From Mars come closely behind. A few more spins and now I love every single one of them: from the answerphone messages of the cheapskate Spike, to the collection of strange words compiled on Spastic Society. Transistors Gone Wild, Roshambo, and Hammer of the Gods are also particular favourites.
There's not a lot of doubt that The Network is really Green Day dressed up in masks, although both bands continue to deny this. It is even possible to tell which member sings which song, despite all the distortion. Billie Joe / Fink sings most, but surprisingly Mike / Van Gough does quite a few songs, including Spastic Society and X Ray Hamburger, judging from the vocals. Tre / the Snoo sings the brilliant Hungry Hungry Models.
Perhaps there was such a large gap between Green Day's albums Warning and American Idiot partly because they were creating this album, and the chorus of the song Governator on the the American Idiot single does sound suspiciously like that of Spike; was Governator originally on Money Money 2020 but ditched in favour of Spike?
It doesn't sound like Green Day will be admitting anything concerning The Network, which I am very glad about as I would hate the elaborate stories concocted about The Network's background and members actually to be PROVEN untrue!
My musical tastes include Green Day, The Who, The Clash, My Chemical Romance and Blink 182 if that's helpful for you to decide whether you'd like The Network. The 5 stars I gave this album are thoroughly deserved.