22 Songs That You'll Never Want To Hear Again

Darkbuster

Independent release, 2000

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REVIEW BY: Paul Hanson

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 01/18/2001

I disagree with the title of this CD immensely. It is not the greatest punk CD ever released but I think it is one of the better ones to come along recently. It's been too long since I heard a band that, if stripped to its musical underwear, would stand tall, both vertically and horizontally.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

What I mean by that is this trio from Norwood, Massachusetts, have a musical vision. Starting with their anthem "That's Correct," bassist Mike Gurly, guitarist Lenny Lashley, and drummer Eric Edmonston bash out short insults, such as "Sick of the bullshit/ sick of the lies/ all your complaining/ all of the time/ I don't know what I'll say/ I don't know what I'll do/ I know it's getting old/ I'm getting tired of you." How much more direct can these lyrics be?? They can't. The band then slides into a parody of "Piece Of My Heart."

Second track "Nothing at All" talks about someone being "beat up/ . . . you smell like shit and alcohol/ . . . you've got no friends/ you've been left with nothing at all."The 7th, 14th, and 20th tracks of this release are three movements of a single song. The first movement is the single word "Jerk." The second is "You Jerk." The third is "You Fucking Jerk."

Another brilliant moment is their parody of the Budweiser theme. "Miller" proves one point: beer is beer.

"I Hate the Unseen" describes a gig the band played with the Unseen, a band. The song is the "one thing I wish I would have said: I hate the Unseen" because "they're singing songs about Social Security/ that doesn't mean any thing to you and me."Following "You Fucking Jerk" is the band's cover of the Steve Miller Band's "Space Cowboy."

I imagine a Darkbuster gig is a lot of fun. This CD is a lot of fun. It tweaks the sense of humor in the right direction and doesn't overstay its welcome, clocking in at 33 minutes.

Rating: B+

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