― Kris, Monday, 15 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ron, Monday, 15 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― maura, Tuesday, 16 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Yes; I don't think a record has ever made me laugh so much in my
life. It feels so good!
― Sean, Tuesday, 16 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― maryann, Tuesday, 16 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― bc, Tuesday, 16 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
It seems that not to like WK is apparently a sign of being anti-pop,
being anti-dumb fun, being a snob, being humorless, being too serious,
being a poor sport, etc. I find all these assumptions wanting.
― Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― bc, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
You, Ned, don't like Andrew WK because he's unmemorable - this tells
me nothing about you except your ears work in v.different ways from
mine (which I knew anyway) and that you make a lot of fuss about a
property (unmemorableness) that doesn't bother me. In fact it's you
who's applying an assumed framework to WK - he is pop therefore he
must be catchy. I happen to think he is catchy and pop but more than
that I love him for the noises and textures: WK tracks make me think
of cross-section pictures of the earth's crust, this vast layer of
magma and rock (the guitars) with this tiny pretty layer of trees and
grass perfectly balanced on top (the keyboards).
― Tom, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― geeta, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― di, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
It's basically a heavy sugary Devo, with a wrestler's voice. And
maybe a little Elton John/John Tesh on the piano bits. The whole
metal image seems to be a non-clever rue to make Mr. WK to be some
sort of rock god, where in fact, I enjoy the music for all the
― Brian MacDonald, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
he is pop therefore he must be catchy
*scratches chin* Now this makes me wonder...can it be possible to
create something intentionally uncatchy but aimed at a pop audience?
Nothing to do with Andrew WK now, more thinking about what pop
― celebrity scoop, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
Then maybe the answer is WK is the new Vanilla Ice.
― Dan Perry, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Maria, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
What Tracer said about "not selling out enough" is how I feel
about the whole Electroclash thing. I want one of those
opportunistic aging club kids to do something totally vulgar and
flashy and feelgood--create a new Ru Paul or Deelite--and
shoot it into the Top Ten. It's just so classy and blah right now, at
least the stuff I've heard.
― Arthur, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
I adore it unto my bosom. And then cast it from me like a bad
― Mr Noodles, Wednesday, 17 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
The future is so bright - at times I feel the need to cover my eyes
with my hands for fear of being blinded. But, as quickly as I can
cover them, something will tear them away, and I'm forced to
momentarily gaze into the explosion. What I see is almost too much to
bare - I see the absolute truth. That there is nothing to be afraid
of. There is nothing that can hurt me or anyone else. That my place
in this room is the same as my place in the universe. That these
things are not to be looked down upon, but to be looked up to. And
suddenly, all that ever once was is not any more. And all the stuff
that I was worried about is no longer upsetting, and all the things
that I was afraid of seem safe and warm. The truth has everything
inside of it - EVERYTHING. And it is O.K. and it is good.
I will work everyday to feel O.K. To truly feel O.K. is to accept
everything as such and that you have a place inside of it all. And
that place is a miracle, not something small. We can do so much, so
easily, so fast. We have so much power, and so much ability. Human
beings are one of the greatest achievements in the history of the
world. We are our own achievement. So many people have dedicated
their lives to working for our benefit. So many things that we have
now came from people before us. We owe to them to make the most of
our times now. We can create things of such beauty and magnificent
dimensions, and we have the potential to destroy and tear down and
deplete as well. This is so simple and so clear. The future holds
everything. In my life I want to feel as good as possible and help as
many people as I can to feel the same. I want to do everything and I
want to help as many people do everything too. Everyone is invited.
No one is turned away here. This music is about freedom and this
music is much bigger than just me. I don't own it - I couldn't try to
keep it all to myself even if I wanted to. It belongs to human
beings. It belongs to you. The music is perfect. All it wants is for
people to be happy. It doesn't even exist except as a moment of time.
The more you believe in it, the stronger it gets and the stronger you
get. The music is your best friend, and it will never turn its back
on you or let you down. It loves you unconditionally and thinks that
you're great. It wants to do whatever it can to make you smile and
feel good. You can do no wrong. There is nothing you could ever do or
say or feel or think that would make it leave you. It will always be
there for you - from the first time that you hear it to the last time
before you die. In the morning when you wake up, and right before you
go to sleep. And it will visit you in the dark, in your dreams and it
will make you're happiest wishes come true, and in your nightmares it
will protect you and fight for you and keep you safe. The only thing
happening here is acceptance and excitement. This is real and true.
It is the truth. I will work everyday, and be patient, and have
endurance, so that I can give to others what has been given to me. It
is not instant. It will take time, and when I'm dead it will continue
on without me. This is not mine alone, and I did not begin it. It was
begun when the first baby smiled and it will NEVER END. NO ONE CAN
STOP THIS - this is still just the beginning. The start of the
beginning. This has never happened before. We have never happened
before. You have never happened before. There are new horizons and
new frontiers that belong to us. These are our trails to blaze. THIS
IS OUR TIME. I LOVE YOU.
i have to admit, that makes his schtick exponentially more delightful.
he's due to appear on politically incorrect on april 29th. i am
eagerly anticipating this.
― bc, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― geeta, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
OK, more seriously, even as an Andrew WK fan I'm not quite sure how
you get from that to "Party Til You Puke".
― Tom, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― maura, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Dan Perry, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― maryann, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
So maybe his
music is NOT that bad, eh?
― Maria, Friday, 19 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― some guy, Tuesday, 9 July 2002 00:00 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Andrew R.J., Wednesday, 24 July 2002 00:00 (10 years ago) Permalink
― gareth, Wednesday, 24 July 2002 00:00 (10 years ago) Permalink
If I came across most people I suspect they'd have a right to
complain. Depends on the context, though.
― Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 24 July 2002 00:00 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Dan Perry, Wednesday, 24 July 2002 00:00 (10 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, I am going to damn the torpedoes and make the comparison. This album is very "Ramones-y." This a good thing. A VERY good thing. Songs with little lyrical merit, yet still make you feel good to be alive. Peppy and pointless. This is what I expect from musicians I like. Stay away from "art." Art is rarely good. I don't want to have to think and ponder. I want to bounce around, slam into the concert goer next to me, wind up bloody, and go home feeling snazzy.
The last time I felt this good about music was at the final Ramones show, and listening to his album, I get the same feeling. It's a very good thing. And that's what music's really all about, isn't it? Making you feel something. Good, bad, whatever. It's all good.
Kevin Buffington made some very good points in his review (http://www.culturedose.com/review.php?rid=10002497), and I'm not saying he's wrong. Do the songs sound alike? Yes. Is there a recurring theme here? Quite. Do they blend together? Of course they do. Will these songs change the world as we know it? Probably not, but all I'm saying is that this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Agreed, I won't call this metal. I'm almost afraid to call it Punk, but it definitely doesn't fit any of the other genres. I can't really call it rock, since I'm not feeling the need to airguitar. What I WANT to do is to violently slam my 270 pounds into someone, watch them "ooof!," turn around and do the same thing to me.
Loud guitars, screaming madman, no solos, AND keyboards on occasion, this album has everything I could hope for. No, he's not reinventing the wheel, he's not worried about difficult chord progressions (barre chord central, folks, have I made the Ramones comparison? By George, I think I did!), but he is having a blast doing it and I'm having a blast listening to it. Over and over and over again.
The songs are all pretty upbeat, a quick tempo with a driving beat. No, there's not much of an edge. Is a good portion of each song a repetitive chorus? Yes. Again, not a bad thing. The Ramones' "Beat On The Brat" is a perfect example. And while they seem to go by fast, the average song is about 3 minutes. This is the only flaw in my opinion. 12 tracks, yet the album only lasts 35 minutes. I want more, dammit.
Songs of note include "Ready To Die," a very peppy happy song about killing you (with cheerful keyboards, no less. OK, so maybe art isn't dead on this album.) and "I Love NYC," which would make a decent anthem, and is sure to get tons of airplay, after all, not doing so would mean that the terrorists win. We can't have that, no sirree bob.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this piece of auditory magic. If you're tired of being spoon fed the latest crap MTV hands out, and really want to feel good about music again, this album will do it for you. I'm going to end this now. My cats need to learn how to mosh with the big boys. Pray for them.
― Shell, Saturday, 30 November 2002 11:15 (10 years ago) Permalink
― chaki (chaki), Saturday, 30 November 2002 11:53 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Tom (Groke), Saturday, 30 November 2002 12:02 (10 years ago) Permalink
― chaki (chaki), Saturday, 30 November 2002 12:02 (10 years ago) Permalink
― chaki (chaki), Saturday, 30 November 2002 12:03 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Saturday, 30 November 2002 12:09 (10 years ago) Permalink
I was there too! I briefly appear in the video on the bottom right about 10 seconds in grinning like an idiot. Hilarious and glorious sums up the experience, can't remember a rock gig when I've seen so many people just smiling.
― fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Sunday, 15 April 2012 15:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
haha i went to this too, it was awesome
― just sayin, Monday, 16 April 2012 00:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
Does he straight-up run through I Get Wet in a Don't Look Back fashion, or does he play other material?
― etc, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 07:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
Put on "Close Calls" and "Mother of Mankind" again. Those are both killer. At his best he's got this awesome Sparks/Cardiacs vibe, but a little heavier. I observed the same thing that someone upthread did about "Kicks and Bricks" - when placed next to everything else, it does really sound like a different person. Of course, maybe he's the same but he just decided to stop singing like that to preserve his voice...?
I admit to being really baffled by the guy. For someone who writes 800-word responses to simple questions in interviews it's crazy how little actual information we have on him. All the stuff contenderizer and co. posted on CCWBW were totally OTM - there's something very sinister about this record, and it doesn't feel contrived or put on or anything, just really bizarre. I wonder if he'll do another one like it.
To answer etc's question, in Milwaukee he played all of I Get Wet, with some interludes of him banging on a piano, then a few from the Wolf, and only one tune from Close Calls ("You Will Remember Tonight"). "Head Bang" from the new EP was played and it's as awesome live as you'd expect.
― frogbs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
I mean this raises so many questions:
― frogbs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
no it doesn't
it is highly entertaining though
― ┗|∵|┓ (sic), Thursday, 17 May 2012 22:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
repping for multinational junk food IS pretty sinister, even if he's being ironic/over-the-top:"Andrew W.K. - I eat all the best food! Taco Bell, always! And lots of candy, obviously. And I eat tons of Pringles chips, and cheese crackers like Cheese Nips, and I eat lots and lots of microwave meals, like frozen burritos, Hungry Man XL dinners, and Stouffer's meals. And I also love Chunky soups - just all the best tasting food. It's my joy! I eat this food at home too, not just on the road. My goal is always to just eat as much good food as possible, all the time. When we stop at gas stations and truck stops, it's like an amusement park for me! I'll buy three of every single candy bar they have, and then lay them all out on the table in our bus so you can really appreciate the spread and their awesome wrappers. You can have any of them that you want! It's like our own personal candy store. I also get lots and lots of pizza and cheese burgers, french fries, fried chicken. And like I said before, I eat at Taco Bell whenever I see one, even if I'm not that hungry. Sometimes I'll eat at Taco Bell three times in one day. It's all part of my heavenly life. It's just pure happiness. "
― Philip Nunez, Thursday, 17 May 2012 22:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
i really feel like he and alice waters and michael pollan should have a sitdown.
― Philip Nunez, Thursday, 17 May 2012 22:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Matt DC, Monday, 26 November 2012 11:34 (5 months ago) Permalink
This should go in the 'shit that looks like an Onion article but isn't'.
― fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Monday, 26 November 2012 11:48 (5 months ago) Permalink
Next series of Destroy Build Destroy to be filmed in Gaza.
― studge_siren.gif (onimo), Monday, 26 November 2012 15:09 (5 months ago) Permalink
If all else fails, dude! Party on!
― frogbs, Monday, 26 November 2012 15:25 (5 months ago) Permalink
Bah, State Department have pulled the plug http://www.avclub.com/articles/andrew-wk-seriously-named-us-cultural-ambassador-t,89082/
― fun loving and xtremely tolrant (Billy Dods), Monday, 26 November 2012 19:51 (5 months ago) Permalink
strange things are afoot with the W.K.
― del griffith, Monday, 26 November 2012 20:23 (5 months ago) Permalink
In the days since the cancellation, I’ve received inside tips that there was a passionate debate in the State Dept. about my going at the last second. It’s possible that someone outside of the State Dept. who wasn’t aware of the trip initially became incensed that they weren’t informed before. Apparently some of these unknown higher-up officials were on my side and others were deeply offended by the idea of me going.
― How do you say Dedéckenbauer, Dedélícia, Dedélíte? (onimo), Tuesday, 4 December 2012 17:55 (5 months ago) Permalink