Imagine for a moment if Marilyn Manson or Jonathan
Davis (of Korn) had joined a new wave/synth band, and
with them brought a Nu Metal guitar sound. Now hold that thought
for a moment, throw in some overt influences of Ministry,
Atari Teenage Riot, and every punk band that has ever lived,
and the sophomoric hijinks of twelve year olds, and you've got
the sound of Mindless Self Indulgence's new album You'll
Rebel To Anything.
M.S.I.'s new album toes the line of their earlier full length
albums, the alphabetized track arrangement of Frankenstein
Girls Will Strangely Seem Sexy (2000) and the everything-never-wanted-to-know-about-genitals-genesis,
Their brand of chaos metal, if you want to call it that, owes
a nod to the tongue-in-cheek albums of Stormtroopers Of Death
(S.O.D.), Public Enemy, and Devo, but with
an updated technological twist. Keeping with the punk aesthetic,
songs are quick to the punch - fist fights rarely, if ever, exceed
three minutes in length and the lyrics touch on anything and everything
that might remotely have an obnoxious and loud angle. Subjects
include their take on prostitution, drug-use, obtuse people, the
music played by their contemporaries, apathy and conformity. Included
is a cover of Rush's classic progressive rock track "Tom
Sawyer" that sounds as if it was eaten by a polka band and
thrown up by a punk band. It is entertaining, and an entirely
different twist on the usual cover of a rock standard even if
the lyrics are completely mangled by vocalist Little Jimmy
As a bonus, they've included a Quicktime music video of the title
track "You'll Rebel To Anything (As Long As It's Not Challenging)".
The video is comprised of romantic fifties clips that exhibit
the "joys" of conformity. These clips are contrasted
against the footage of today's youth, showing a stark difference
in belief structures. It even includes an outrageously funny clip
near the end of the video of a much younger George W. Bush
who appears to be on a television program of some sort surreptitiously
giving the camera the finger.
1. Shut Me Up
3. Straight To Video
4. Tom Sawyer
5. You'll Rebel To Anything (As Long As It's Not Challenging)
6. What Do They Know?
7. Stupid MF
8. 2 Hookers And An 8 Ball
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