Andrew WK: C/D?

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How can anyone argue with the sentiment "We Want Fun (And We Want to Get Wasted)"? The man is Gary Glitter v. 2.0 (without the pedophilia!)

Shaky Mo Collier, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Dud dud dud dud dud dud dud dud dud.

He is what is wrong with the world.

His 'music' is a fucking pile of tripe, no matter what rehashed sentiment he bolsters.

Andrew, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Everything old is new again -- even threads! So retro, Mo. ;-) (The archives are your friend...)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

dude the song "i get wet" rocks hard, with the harmonized "i really don't care"s

brains, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm gonna see the man and his Obituary backing band live this coming Tuesday in Seattle. I love the album, but will the show party hard or hardly par? I'll let y'all know.

Brian MacDonald, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'd rather hear Andrew WK when I listen to the radio than Linkin Park or something. He's hardly "everything that's wrong with the world". The production on I get wet is certainly miles away from that of most commercial rock these days. Anyone who rags on him too much is simply being reactionary.

Clay, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Reactionary?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

His schtick is nowhere near funny enough to make listening to his music a less than painful experience. And likewise his music is just too fucking atrocious for me to get any sort of laughs out of it. 3 words: fucking awful mess

justin, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

the archives are your friends - Ned Raggett, June 06, 2002

Ron, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

hahahahaha "all wk haterz are hype reactionaries" - i tried that one on a white stripes thread (didn't work) ;-)

Ron, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I'll admit, I am a reactionary. I'm reacting to the fact that Andrew WK produces some of the least enjoyable music I've ever heard.

Andrew, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Though Andrew's music leaves me cold, you can't fault his ability to wring the "fratboy" niche dry.

Take the cash and run, yo.

Nichole Graham, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

domino, since you are such an andrew wk fan why don't you cop some of his moves when you're on stage? i'm certain that i'm not the only one who would love to see you smash a brick into your own face.

jarv, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I like him!

Sean, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i would rather eat the contents of an ashtray then listen to even a second of andrew wk (song or speaking). his very existance is offensive. and he probably is a pedophile too. every single one of his songs sounds like kim mitchel's "i am a wild party" done by a crappy metal band. listening to him will turn you stupid(er).

dyson, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

listening to him will turn you stupid
Which is reason enough to listen. Musical alcohol! I got tired of him pretty quickly, but it was fun while it lasted. And after several weeks away, "I Get Wet" still sounds pretty great.

Miranda, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"He's probably a pedophile" = funniest arguing tactic EVER.

Dan Perry, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

but Dan it's okay, he has sex with LOTS of people

Tracer Hand, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Have I mentioned lately that I love these forums? Because I do.

Dan Perry, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I decided not to go. It dawned on me how impossible it would be for the man to do the live thing, and have it come close to the record. I might regret this decision later...

Brian MacDonald, Tuesday, 11 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Shit shit. Fuck it. I'm gonna go. Insert Butthole Surfers Sweatloaf quote here.

Brian MacDonald, Tuesday, 11 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

bwa ha ha ha haaaaaaa! how was the show???

dyson, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I saw the show here in SF and it was pretty amazing/really fun - I should make that F-U-N for emphasis. The sound of the record was remarkably well-duplicated (there was a DAT/click-track in there somewhere, cuz no one was playing those synth parts on-stage) but the best part about it was just the overwhelming energetic positivity of the whole thing. These guys are grinning ear to ear, doing ridiculous David Lee Roth-style acrobatics, pounding guitar lines, leading sing-alongs - I tell ya, as far as live shows go it bore a startling resemblance to a Van Halen show circa 1982. The crowd was very diverse (lots of girls, indie kids, metal heads, punks, a few gay couples, even some little kids) and really into it - it was what a rock and roll party show should be.

And Andrew WK totally did this Jerry Lee Lewis piano-playing bit in the middle of a new song - it was rather odd to see him turn away from his fist-pumping cheerleading and lay into these fucking super- speed piano riffs. great great GREAT!

Shaky Mo Collier, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

was his nose bleeding at any point?

dyson, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

no - but he did get wet.

Shaky Mo Collier, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Shaky that sounds awesome. I wish I was there!

Sean, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
i love andrew wk

gygax! (gygax!), Sunday, 16 May 2004 02:34 (sixteen years ago) link

GYGAX! LISTEN TO THIS!!!

Be sure to Loop! Loop, Loop, Loop. (ex machina), Thursday, 20 May 2004 18:01 (sixteen years ago) link

eight months pass...
i love andrew wk, too!!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Thursday, 17 February 2005 07:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Me too. Pretty deeply.

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 17 February 2005 16:07 (fifteen years ago) link

I don't like Andrew W.K. But Children of Bodom just covered his song "She Is Beautiful," and it's pretty good.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Thursday, 17 February 2005 16:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Is Matos a big fan or did he just think "Matos W.K." was a cool name?

cool!

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 17 February 2005 16:13 (fifteen years ago) link

He's Sparks with fewer chords and bigger sweaty heterosexual balls. What's not to love?

iang, Thursday, 17 February 2005 17:38 (fifteen years ago) link

i listened to the wolf with my roommate yesterday and i realized exactly what it is that makes that one so inferior to i get wet, which is clearly one of my top 10 albums of all time.

awk's voice is so enervated and propped up (background vox, more production), he sounds sort of fatigued, where on IGW, he sounded like he was actually going to kill you. maybe its just a production change, in which case he should change back. maybe he wrecked his voice touring nonstop between the records. in either case, i hope he gets everything back where it belongs on the power never stops forming. or else does something different but awesome. whatever.

peter smith (plsmith), Thursday, 17 February 2005 17:47 (fifteen years ago) link

i have never heard "the wolf" but reading that i'm not sure i ever have to.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 17 February 2005 17:50 (fifteen years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdPB-hi26Yk

ksh, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 04:17 (ten years ago) link

ten months pass...

"Close Calls With Brick Walls" is such an amazing record. Much more diverse than what he's known for but just as much fun.

frogbs, Thursday, 16 December 2010 16:52 (nine years ago) link

AWK is seriously underrated, imo

Lazarus Niles-Burnham (res), Thursday, 16 December 2010 17:01 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

Still going w Steev Mike controversy:

http://awilkeskrier.homestead.com/

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:48 (seven years ago) link

that page been around a loooong time

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:59 (seven years ago) link

Hahaha. Homestead.

MarkoP, Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:05 (seven years ago) link

i have him on FB and he just linked it even though i don't think it's been updated in years. he's definitely enjoys bringing it up

frogbs, Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:06 (seven years ago) link

hell my AWK review page mentioned the Steev Mike thing and his twitter linked to it right away. I wondered how it got 1000 hits right off the bat.

frogbs, Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:07 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

"Close Calls" has a real Roxy Music vibe.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:56 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

I'm trying to reconcile everything I've read about him with his kids show with Jack Black and Stampy that my 7-year-old likes. Maybe it's better if I just don't bother finding out about Andrew WK. Good show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IhSjrfSt7k

dlp9001, Monday, 6 October 2014 00:29 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q-tS27EqFc

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:24 (three years ago) link

just found out he's coming to Milwaukee with a full band in October, I'm beyond pumped

frogbs, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:25 (three years ago) link

"Close Calls" has a real Roxy Music vibe.

― Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, January 11, 2014 2:56 PM (three years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ive been listening to the Close Calls/Mother of Mankind set again. still feel the Roxy vibe only to be more precise it is a Bryan Ferry goofy crooner vibe ("Can You Dance With Me?" like some weird metal version of "Do The Strand").

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:26 (three years ago) link

some of those tracks feel like 70's Sparks to me, particularly "I Want Your Face" and "This is My World"

feel like you could combine the best stuff from those two discs to make an incredible hour-long album that would be (imo) one of the greatest albums of the decade

frogbs, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:46 (three years ago) link

Apparently I haven't yet mentioned on this thread that I'm in this video - in the cd library at the very beginning and then jumping up and down on the couch holding a paper mache parrot. This was quite the day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnzGF0wkeTc

everything, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 22:32 (three years ago) link

That album artwork is incredible

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:13 (two years ago) link

also the posts at the start of this thread (all the way back in 2002!) really confound me. How could anyone dislike andrew wk!? even if you don't like his music, it feels impossible to dislike his spirit and positivity

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:29 (two years ago) link

I think "Music is Worth Living For" was the song he opened his show with last month

frogbs, Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:56 (two years ago) link

anyway I'm definitely springing for the vinyl on this, just cuz I want to hang it on my wall

frogbs, Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:45 (two years ago) link

XXp if you can't believe that then you're in for a feast of incredulity here - https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/184-i-get-wet/

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:51 (two years ago) link

what a fool schreiber is/was

imago, Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:56 (two years ago) link

that album got a lot of shit from a lot of (stupid) people

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:05 (two years ago) link

man, I remember reading that review way back in the day and thinking "hell, that sounds kind of awesome"

didn't actually hear the album until 5-6 years later, but hey I was right

frogbs, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:07 (two years ago) link

I'm glad they gave it a reevaluation:
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16836-i-get-wet/

MarkoP, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:14 (two years ago) link

hahahaha

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:16 (two years ago) link

I have friends in a band who opened for Andrew W.K. and he was reportedly kind of shitty to them. They were fans and happy to meet him and he basically refused to interact with them or address them in any way, until they left. I think there might be a difference between the public and private personae.

Old Neon, Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:01 (two years ago) link

Partying takes its toll

circa1916, Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:15 (two years ago) link

But he was a total sweetheart when I saw in like 2003. Stood outside in the freezing cold and entertained the kids with pics and autographs and general friendliness after the show for a long time.

circa1916, Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:17 (two years ago) link

Classic album.

treeship 2, Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:19 (two years ago) link

hah I've heard the exact opposite, that he's exactly the same in private

that said don't forget there are two AWKs, maybe your friends met the grumpy one

frogbs, Saturday, 9 December 2017 14:08 (two years ago) link

isn't he famously something of an anguished existential philosopher type, and partying his chosen lifestyle to dispel the doom

imago, Saturday, 9 December 2017 14:31 (two years ago) link

he's a man of mystery. he loves midtown.

Where do you go for a drink?
Any and all bars that don't have dress codes. The best one is Gabby O'Hara's on 39th Street—because they have the best bartenders. I also really like Kabooz's in Penn Station because of the atmosphere and location.

treeship 2, Saturday, 9 December 2017 17:25 (two years ago) link

isn't he famously something of an anguished existential philosopher type, and partying his chosen lifestyle to dispel the doom

the track listing above reads like the chapter titles from a selp-help book for sure.

new noise, Saturday, 9 December 2017 17:57 (two years ago) link

isn't he famously something of an anguished existential philosopher type, and partying his chosen lifestyle to dispel the doom

party

partying

never stop partying

can't stop partying

must not stop partying

Simon H., Saturday, 9 December 2017 19:41 (two years ago) link

one of the featured entries on wikipedia yesterday was for the song habits (stay high) by tove lo

treeship 2, Saturday, 9 December 2017 19:43 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=59&v=1_HFVg6TvDw

this little mini-doc on the artwork for the album is very good

frogbs, Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:53 (two years ago) link

don't know if y'all caught this, Andrew did a little piano-only set for Stereogum. Played the new single, a little Bach piano piece, and obviously PARTY HARD. I liked the single a lot more after I heard his piano version.

https://www.facebook.com/Stereogum/videos/10156157190531979/

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:05 (two years ago) link

holy shit I never noticed how thick a Midwestern accent he has

frogbs, Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:09 (two years ago) link

Ann Arbor native, baby

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:17 (two years ago) link

Dude is a treasure.

how's life, Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:22 (two years ago) link

new video later today

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 28 January 2018 19:22 (two years ago) link

how much later

Haribo Hancock (sic), Sunday, 28 January 2018 20:55 (two years ago) link

I bet these dudes are big fans of AWK:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFUKsthR-Ts

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 28 January 2018 22:15 (two years ago) link

dang he hyped it up all day yesterday.

Steev Mike strikes again!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 29 January 2018 12:05 (two years ago) link

wow, that stereogum piano live is FANTASTIC !
thanks for posting that !
I love that performance of "Party Hard"...

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 29 January 2018 12:21 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_EupMUsb50

MarkoP, Monday, 29 January 2018 20:28 (two years ago) link

hah this is just "Everybody's Raging" with a different verse

pretty good though

frogbs, Monday, 29 January 2018 20:44 (two years ago) link

not really sure what the lyrics are getting at here but I'm sure the AWK conspiracy theorists will have fun with it

frogbs, Monday, 29 January 2018 20:49 (two years ago) link

Somehow I never listened to the Party All Goddamn Night EP. And I'm someone who's listened to both The Japan Covers and Gundam Rock.

MarkoP, Monday, 29 January 2018 20:59 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

did we ever discuss this video, this is brilliant(ly creepy).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZyexSqR-cc

frogbs, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:22 (two years ago) link

jesus

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 23 February 2018 21:23 (two years ago) link

lol so good. it sounds like they were playing the moaning vocals in the room while they did the interview.

imo the most creepy stuff he did was in the "Who Knows?" video. it's mostly a tour video but it has a lot of in between segments including short wordless performance art stuff like him really slowly creeping around a doorway and stuff. i think at the end of the video there is a part where someone just follows him walking down the street in the dark while weird ambient stuff is going on in the soundtrack. really spooky shit! when you realize it's just one guy in a room acting like a weird snake or something it makes it even more special. heh i love it.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 24 February 2018 20:14 (two years ago) link

link?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 24 February 2018 20:27 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SojYssRUoWI

lucky for us looks like someone uploaded the entire full-length video to youtube in 3 parts!

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 24 February 2018 20:45 (two years ago) link

Wow, that was great. genuinely unnerving in spots but all the concert footage is great. I forgot how fuckin' gnarly his original band looked. Whoever here said this was kind of like a springboard to Close Calls With Brick Walls was pretty OTM. I still think that's one of the most fascinating albums I own, especially from a bait-and-switch/pulling the rug out perspective. I'm always floored by the first song, not just because of how bare and desperate it is, but also because it's the first time you really get to hear him sing without all the processing and extreme multitracking. Even the bonus live tracks on IGW/The Wolf all have several lead vocal lines, they almost sound like 2+ performances overlaid on top of each other. But on Close Calls its like his personality splits in two - I don't think there were ever really two Andrew WKs but the whole story of AWK being this manufactured and heavily coached 'character' that went sour and wound up leaving him on his own does make sense in this context. The fact that the record took an additional four years to come out in America does point to some real drama going on behind the scenes. I really have no idea what this new album will bring, but I do have pretty high hopes for it right now - I relistened to IGW/The Wolf/Close Calls this weekend and they've all held up remarkably well.

frogbs, Sunday, 25 February 2018 20:53 (two years ago) link

Going to see play a barn in Iowa, Codfish Hollow. Playing with full band. We're driving down and camping.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:09 (two years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHDCRsqQmKQ

kolakube (Ross), Sunday, 25 February 2018 21:18 (two years ago) link

Its here folks

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/26/587251882/first-listen-andrew-w-k-you-re-not-alone

geez, I remember when people used to scoff at the idea of this dude having classical training and being way into Bach and all that. those long instrumental bits on the second half are just outrageous.

frogbs, Monday, 26 February 2018 15:17 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKjs4qoSZ0c

Cheap Trick - "Hello There"

this song makes me think of Andrew W.K. a lot! its that caveman robot motorik party pop stylee!

it really makes me think of Close Calls-era tracks like "Can You Dance With Me" ("Would you like to do a numb-ah with meeee? Would you like taaa? Would you like taaa? Would you like to do a numb-ah with meeee?")

replace the word "rock" with "party" and this could be a AWK song.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 6 April 2018 21:31 (two years ago) link

Or a cousin to "Birthday" by the Beatles.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 6 April 2018 21:47 (two years ago) link

heh yes "I would like you to dance!" that OTT rock insanity

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 8 April 2018 13:20 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Andrew WK just signed with Napalm Records which seems an odd pairing to me.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:26 (two weeks ago) link

Does Breitbart not have a label?

Quiet Storm Thorgerson (PBKR), Thursday, 15 October 2020 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

*jerkoff motion*

it bangs for thee (Simon H.), Thursday, 15 October 2020 01:34 (two weeks ago) link

Whatever gets u off.

Quiet Storm Thorgerson (PBKR), Thursday, 15 October 2020 11:54 (two weeks ago) link


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