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Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm Syndrome
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Babies come up trumps again!!, 15 April 2004
This review is from: Stockholm Syndrome (Audio CD)
It was always going to be a challenge to come up with an album quite as good as 'Making Enemies Is Good', however with 'Stockholm Syndrome' they have definatley done this.
As usual the album opens with a taster of things to come as they taunt 'Everybody ready!?', each song is a powerful mix of sleazy-rock remanisant of G'N'R in their 'Apitite...' days. The best, and most catchy song is 'Friends' which boasts a who's who of sleaze, but other great tracks include the single 'Minus Celsius', 'Pig for Swine', 'Be myself and I'.
So whilst the mouth-watering tour with The Wildhearts, fell at the last hurdle, they are embarking on a British tour which is well worth a visit. If these guys were American then they would be huge and talented, as it is they are just talented. Swedish rock seems to be going from strength to strength, and these guys still remain the best, however check out Hardcore Superstar's 'No Regrets' album, which is just as good.

Toilet Boys
Toilet Boys
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3.0 out of 5 stars Polished Glam Rock, 21 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Toilet Boys (Audio CD)
It appears that you either love this band or hate them, and your opinion weighes heavily on whether or not you loved the glam revolution. I would give them 3 and a half stars though.
The first thing that I would like to comment on is that after hearing (and indeed owning) their earlier two EP's and inport CD, this is a bit of a let down as the raw sleazy edge has been polished too much with bigger budgets and picky production. A good example of this would be the song 'Blue Halo' which appears on the earlier album/ep's. The chorus has been changed to a more softer singing sound and turns the song from a real stand out track to barely keeping its head up and above the others. Other tracks that also appear on earlier recordings are also the stand out tracks like 'Ride', 'Saturday Nite', 'Runaway' and the great 'Another day in the life'. However, 'Rock'n'Roll Whore' sounds like some of the worst glam bands of the late eighties and should really have been replaced with the bonus track, which although isn't anything special, certainly doesn't make you cringe.
The sound is like Hanoi Rocks'Rachel Stamp mixed with Glam from the late 70's and late 80's. The guitars are blazing, the drumming loud and punchy and there's no holding back on the cow bell - great!
However, I would suggest getting their earlier stuff first as this album has about three tracks that I would consider as fillers, their earlier stuff doesn't and indeed has tracks that I personally think are better than what they have decided to put out on this, their official first album.

Making Enemies Is Good
Making Enemies Is Good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Millenium Sleaze? Yes, pleaze!!, 20 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
As one of the reviewers correctly stated there isn't anything under the 'sleaze' title as good as this around now.
Since their first album 'Diesel & Power' which is also a fantastic album, they set out their stall which was a dirty and gritty sound with whisky soaked vocals and loud guitars, and you could almost imagine bar-room brawls in the background. It was a mystery to me how they didn't become big off of the back of this album (I guess the small thing called grunge may have something to do with it!).
So another album and EP down the line and this album 'M.E.I.G.' shows how they have grown and been able to sustain a strong fan base by evolving into a tighter band with even better songs.
For me the stand out tracks are 'Heaven 2.9', 'Brand New Hate', 'Ex-files' & 'The Kids are...', but it is also worth taking note that if you read the other reviews most of the songs are named as people's favourites which suggests that there aren't any fillers, and that there are songs for everyone. 'Heaven 2.9' is catchy, though more classic rock'n'roll than pop. The 'slow' songs are by no means ballads and are more in the vein of Marilyn Manson's 'Dope Show' song than say a Guns'N'Roses ballad like 'November Rain', or 'Don't Cry'.
Influences do indeed come from the likes of Hanoi Rocks, The New York Dolls and Guns'n'Roses. The song 'Star War' sounds a lot like The Toilet Boys, and as already stated by someone else 'Brand New Hate' was co written by Thw Wildhearts/Silver Ginger 5 singer Ginger.
Well done to Backyard Babies for keeping this sort of music alive (also other Swedish bands like Hardcore Superstar, The Helicopters etc.)
So to conclude, with a handful of catchy rock anthems and more than a handful of other good strong songs, then this is the album to go and buy. Whilst you're at it, why not spike your hair, get some tattoos, where sweatbands high up your arms (these guys were doing it long before Mr Timberlake decided it was cool!)and sip some JD.

Don't Try This at Home
Don't Try This at Home
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRIT POP/PUNK AT IT'S BEST!!, 12 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Don't Try This at Home (Audio CD)
After seeing their catchy tune 'Britney Sucks...' on Scuzz, I gambled and bought the album, wondering whether it was to be another album with one good song and bunch of fillers - it is not!
Their sound is somewhere between Bowling For Soup and Good Charlotte, that said, they have a unique up tempo sound, with catchy chouruses, and lyrical content regarding doing unsavoury things with your friend's mum or girlfriend, problem solving with the use of firearms, sex, drinking, drugs, sex, partying, and did I mention sex?
Apart from 'Britney...', the first song 'Messed up' is a great opener and wets your apetite for what's to come, whilst 'I can't remember', 'we do it all again' and last song 'It's my life' (Not a cover of the Bon Jovi song of the same title!)are all great songs in their own right, however the best song is 'Everything I do' with funny Blink 182-esque lyrics and a sing-along chorus that could have been conceived in the mind of a Touretts syndrome sufferer (I'd type a couple of lines but don't want to wear out the * button!!), the same could be said of 'Shoot da mutherf**ker in da head'. Flan-tastic!!
If you are looking for deep meaningful lyrics then you won't find them here, however if you want to taste the cream of the British crop (which would include Farse, Jesse James, Uncle Brian & Spunge, to name but a few)then look no further.
I have yet to see them live but judging by the other reviewers comments, they seem well worth seeing - maybe next time I will see that they are playing at the Oxford Zodiac longer than two days before the show!!

Freezer Burn
Freezer Burn
by Joe R. Lansdale
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you giggle like a schoolgirl with a popsicle!!!, 11 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Freezer Burn (Paperback)
This is the funniest of Mr Lansdale's fine work which always makes me chuckle outloud (can be emabarrassing in church, though!). Considering the popularity of usual characters Hap & Leonard, it is strange to find an unlikely hero here in Bill - a guy who's lift doesn't quite go all the way to the top floor, if you know what I mean!
You see, ignoring your dead mum is one thing, and the inability to forge her signiture for her benefit cheques is another, but trying to heist the firework stand outside of your own house is about as clever as trying to sell pork in a synagogue!
But the funniest and stupidest part has got to be after having his face disfigured, Bill tells the guy who finds him, (who happens to be in charge of a freakshow), that he was born like it! So after joining the sideshow, Bill has to decide what to do before his face heals up and he is left trying to proclaim a miricle. Add to this, fighting siamese twins, midgets, beaded ladies, oh, and the body in the freezer that Bill shares a room with.
If this is your first read then do yourself a massive favour and go out and get the rest too. My only complaint with Mr Lansdale in the length of time it takes before us British fans can get hold of his books - 'Captains...' had been released over a year in paperback before I could get a copy, but this is maybe due to the frequent English publisher changes. Maybe they will realise just what a huge fan base there is and get the books to us quicker!!
Also try his books 'The Bottoms' and for a great Hap & Leonard story 'Mucho Mojo'. Whilst you're at it try books by Carl Hiassen, Dave Barry, Kinky Friedman and Christopher Brookmyre - All great crime writers with lashings of humour.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedic Songs From 1000 Influencies!!!, 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Gusto (Audio CD)
'Gusto' is pure pleasure for your ears. 14 songs of many different styles makes it easier to distinguish between the songs, which can be unusual for a punk band in this genre.
'Scholarship of punk' is probably one of the only true 'punk' songs on here and will have you jumping around the room like a loon within seconds (or was that just me?).They could be forgiven for sounding a lot like The Vandals (which isn't a bad thing). The only pimple on the butt here would be the song 'My Town' which sounds like the B52's (not a problem if you like the B52's). Elsewhere you have sing-a-long irish song of 'Looking out for #1' (a bit like The Dropkick Murphy's), catchy stand outs like 'Camp fire girl #62', 'Gusto' & 'My grilfriend'. 'Lemon Water' is about as funny and entertaining as you can get with a song that is purely drunken ramblings from a guy in a bar.
One word of warning with this band, however, just like The Vandals be aware of earlier albums, if you like the more raw sounding punk, then ignore me - but if you enjoy the sugerey sweet edge of more pop-punk then you may want to listen to some of their earlier stuff first before purchasing it!!
This is well worth the price, and whilst you're at it get 'The Vandals - Hitler Bad, Vandals Good' too.

Steppin' on a Rainbow
Steppin' on a Rainbow
by Kinky Friedman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chuckling and thigh-slapping dialogue, 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Steppin' on a Rainbow (Paperback)
This was the first book of Mr Friedman's that I had come across, and after the first paragraph I knew that I would eventually purchase and read all of his others.
The plots are never too complex and hard to follow like other top writers, which allows you to sit back and enjoy the funniest dialogue out there in the literary world today (think Joe R Lansdale and Carl Hiaasen).
This book was also of great meaning to me as I had recently visited Hawaii and knew of the places meantioned in the book.
So to conclude, if you want a mystery with lashings of humour, great characters and classic capers, don't just get this book - go ahead, get them all!!

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