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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

brains, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Reactionary?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ron, Thursday, 6 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like him!

Sean, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Dan Perry, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Tracer Hand, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Dan Perry, Friday, 7 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

Brian MacDonald, Tuesday, 11 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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

dyson, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

was his nose bleeding at any point?

dyson, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

no - but he did get wet.

Shaky Mo Collier, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Shaky that sounds awesome. I wish I was there!

Sean, Wednesday, 12 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
i love andrew wk

gygax! (gygax!), Sunday, 16 May 2004 02:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

GYGAX! LISTEN TO THIS!!!

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

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

Eisbär (llamasfur), Thursday, 17 February 2005 07:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Me too. Pretty deeply.

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

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

iang, Thursday, 17 February 2005 17:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

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

ksh, Tuesday, 2 February 2010 04:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

AWK is seriously underrated, imo

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

two years pass...

Still going w Steev Mike controversy:

http://awilkeskrier.homestead.com/

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

that page been around a loooong time

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Hahaha. Homestead.

MarkoP, Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:05 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

"Close Calls" has a real Roxy Music vibe.

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:24 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

"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 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

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 (six months ago) Permalink

Sorry, wrong link. This is the one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXnmNFHNOuQ

everything, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 22:33 (six months ago) Permalink

the conspiracy rabbithole with this guy is intense

best to stay away from imo

Unchanging Window (Ross), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 01:51 (five months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

took me a full day to recover from that live show but it was totally worth it. consider my life affirmed again

frogbs, Monday, 23 October 2017 14:04 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i saw him last night, holy shit, so good!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 11:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Glad to hear he's still got it. Seen him twice, both times were incredible. Dude puts every ounce of himself into the performance and gets it back from the crowd. My body might be too old to handle his show nowadays though

Vinnie, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 12:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I saw him the Sunday before last, I left exhausted and covered with bruises but smiling. An amazing, joyful live experience.

airdnb (Tom Violence), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 19:58 (one month ago) Permalink

hahah yeah you keep waiting for him to do a slow song so you can breathe a bit but then you remember he doesn't really have any

frogbs, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 20:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Never Let Down is slow! So um he has one.

albvivertine, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:07 (one month ago) Permalink

well ok yeah but I was shouting that one at the top of my lungs along with everyone else so it doesn't count as much

frogbs, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I never said it was quiet. It doesn't feel slow, even on a stereo.

albvivertine, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:15 (one month ago) Permalink

hah he did do a 2-3 minute solo synth improv piece, that was a nice break. but yeah a totally unrelenting show of pure joy! the band had the biggest grins on their faces the whole time but esp during dueling guitar solos.

it was a pretty great set, he hit all the high points, stuff from all three albums. took me by surprise when they played "Pushing Drugs" as a first encore! "Party Hard" was the last song they played and he had the crowd count down. the count-down started at 93 so by the time everyone was yelling "ten!....nine!...eight!" the room was about to explode in anticipation

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:35 (one month ago) Permalink

"Take It Off" was so awesome. always liked it as an album track but played live that chorus is like going to church or something.

the opener was a local punk act that had also done stuff in the early 2ks and had reunited so it was very nostalgic. i felt like i was on the verge of flashbacks to the old hardcore scene days RIP

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:38 (one month ago) Permalink

we got the synth break too. he also gave a little speech about...god I can't even remember, I was too worn out. it was cool that nearly all sides of AWK came out at some point (besides the weatherman I guess), including a part where he just stood still on stage alone with his eyes rolled back for a solid minute.

I think the set list must be the same from night to night. I didn't recognize the first song they played (maybe a new one?), other than that it was what I expected. really glad to hear "We Want Fun" too. "Take It Off" was great but "Totally Stupid" was even better. I decided to purposely avoid listening to any of his music when the show was announced so yeah it kinda hit me all over again what an insane amount of hooks IGW has on it. it's basically a perfect album.

frogbs, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:52 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i think the first song was a new one! reminded me a little of "Long Live the Party" so that's a good sign.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 21:58 (one month ago) Permalink

So jealous of you guys btw

albvivertine, Tuesday, 24 October 2017 22:08 (one month ago) Permalink

heh i slept on seeing him a few times before (and now i feel very stupid for this) but when i heard he had reunited his full band i just had to go.

it was kind of weird timing, the show i went to last night actually got cancelled and postponed. it was supposed to be the first show of the tour and ended up being the last!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 24 October 2017 22:14 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Next year, Andrew W.K. will release his first new album since 2009. Today, he’s revealed the record’s title: You’re Not Alone. It arrives March 2 via RED/Sony. W.K. has also shared the tracklist and cover art, which was painted by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. Check those out below, and watch W.K., Vallejo, and Bell discuss the painting here. This past September, W.K. said of the album: “I’m going for the sound of pure, unadulterated power; every emotion, every thought, every experience, every sensation, every fear, every joy, every clarity, every confusion, every up, every down... all extruded and concentrated into one thick syrup of super life-force feeling, and then psychically amplified by the celebratory spirit of glorious partying.”

You’re Not Alone:

01 The Power of Partying
02 Music Is Worth Living For
03 Ever Again
04 I Don’t Know Anything
05 The Feeling of Being Alive
06 Party Mindset
07 The Party Never Dies
08 Give Up on You
09 Keep on Going
10 In Your Darkest Moments
11 The Devil’s on Your Side
12 Break the Curse
13 Total Freedom
14 Beyond Oblivion
15 Confusion and Clarity
16 You’re Not Alone

https://pitchfork.com/news/andrew-wk-details-new-album-youre-not-alone/?mbid=homepage-more-latest-and-video

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:30 (one week ago) Permalink

i really want to hear "The Devil's on Your Side"

jk i want to hear the whole thing

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 30 November 2017 02:33 (one week ago) Permalink

That album artwork is incredible

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:13 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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

frogbs, Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:56 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

what a fool schreiber is/was

imago, Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:56 (one week ago) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:05 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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

MarkoP, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:14 (one week ago) Permalink

hahahaha

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

Partying takes its toll

circa1916, Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:15 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

Classic album.

treeship 2, Saturday, 9 December 2017 04:19 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink

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 (four days ago) Permalink


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