I Like It When You Die


Earache Records, 1997


REVIEW BY: Paul Hanson


It's all in the title. A.C.'s 1997 release I Like it When You Die contains 52 songs. Yes, 52 songs and the total run time is less than 45 minutes. A.C. is the abbreviation for the name of this band, Anal Cunt. Their sound teeters between death metal and crap.

I could pull the spin that this is a band of talented overlooked musicians that are merely rebelling against the mainstream music world. Or maybe that the members came from broken families and creating this style was the only way they could survive in this world. Or that this is the genre that mainstream media will gobble up them up like Hanson and soon you'll hear cuss words in every mainstream song.

No, I don't have any more of what I've been drinking.

And I'd be lying if I said I think the "next" Neil Peart is playing drums or the "next" Eddie Van Halen is playing the guitar. Certainly, it's no Robert Plant or Eddie Vedder singing.

But none of those musicians would fit here. This is a disc with nothing but screaming, fast drumbeats, and a thick guitar sound.

And I like it... with some stipulations.

I would like this disc more if I wanted to peeve my neighbor. I would like this disc more if I wanted to infuriate my relatives, in-laws and out-laws. I would like this disc more if I wanted to lose all credibility as a reviewer. I would like this disc more if I wanted to torture my worst enemy. I would like this disc more if I wanted to alienate my friends.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Despite all that, I like it. Some.

To get a better idea as to what this band is about, I'm going to list the 52 songs that are on this release. More than anything else, the mere song titles should give you an idea of where this band is coming from. The only bad thing about the actual song titles is that the vocals are so buried in the mix that you'd have to listen to this at least 10 times before you could pick out any words. Hopefully, the next release will bring the vocals closer to the front of the mix.

These are the 52 song titles on this release:

1. Jack Kevorkian is cool

2. Valujet

3. You've got no friends

4. You keep a diary

5. You own a store

6. You got date raped

7. Recycling is gay

8. You're a cop

9. You can't shut up

10. You've got cancer

11. We just disagree

12. Hungry hungry hippos

13. You are an interior decorator

14. Pottery's gay

15. Rich Goyette is gay

16. Brainscombe Richmond

17. You live in Allston

18. You are a food critic

19. Just the two of us

20. Your band's in the cut-out bin

21. You're gay

22. You look adopted

23. Your cousin is George Lynch

24. You have goals

25. You drive an Iroc

26. You play on a softball team

27. Because you're old

28. You sell cologne

29. Being a cobbler is dumb

30. You live in a houseboat

31. Richard Butler

32. 311 Sucks

33. Your kid is deformed

34. You are an orphan

35. You're old (F@#k you)

36. You go to art school

37. Your best friend is you

38. You're in a coma

39. Windchimes are gay

40. No, we don't want to do a split seven inch with your stupid F@#king band

41. Rene Auberjonois

42. The internet is gay

43. Ha ha your wife left you

44. Hootie and the Blowfish

45. You went to see Dishwalla and Everclear (You're Gay)

46. Locking drop dead in McDonalds

47. Technology's gay

48. Your favorite band is Supertramp

49. I'm in A.C.

50. You (Fill in the Blank)

51. Kyle from Incantation has a Mustache

52. Bonus Track #3

You should know the range of this band's sense of humor. Track 32 is noteworthy because they thrash through "Down," 311's breakthrough single. Of course, A.C. end the song with "You f@#cking suck!!!" which, not surprisingly, is quite audible!

Rating: C

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