Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 12 -Sponsored by Mad Rush Media

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More musical goodness from my collection that I’ve amassed over the last few weeks thanks to my obsession with tunes! Make sure to check out (and get) releases from Mad Rush Media!! There’s a video at the end for all of these, too! Here we go with his edition…

The Bloodhound Gang – Hooray for Boobies (Interscope, 1999)

I got this re-release because I’m a fan of quite a few songs on this album (not “The Bad Touch,” though). Nothing beats One Fierce Beer Coaster for me as I find that album to be hilarious and well thought out. The album comes in turquoise (my wife helped me…I’m colour blind) and features an inlay. It’s nothing too special but it sounds really good without and pops or hissing. I was hoping for a little bit more with the overall package as I’ve seen this go in the stores for almost $50 Canadian. Rip-off! Thankfully I got mine through a seller on Amazon for $35 – which is probably still too much.

Pallbearer – Fear & Fury (Profound Lore, 2016)

I have all this band’s releases, including their demo they released on vinyl last year. While I usually don’t buy LPs that just feature three songs, Profound Lore IS a Canadian Label I’d like to support more. Let’s also add the band makes excellent music and the packaging is fantastic (including a pretty impressive etching on the B-Side)!

OK…more bonuses include a special colour only for the Canadian market AND they do a cover of Type O Negative’s “Love You to Death.” I had to check the cover song out, so I waited until this arrived to actually listen to it (I stayed away from streaming spoilers –ha!).

I really liked the remastered song, Fear and Fury and it sounds larger in scale on here. As well, their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Over and Over” was decent, too. Their cover of “Love You to Death” is pretty good but there just seems to be something missing. I don’t know if it’s all the ambience and atmosphere that Type O Negative created on the original that is gone from this or maybe I was expecting a different take of some sorts of the song (as the cover is basically follows the original to a tee). Overall, it’s a nice package and something I’m glad I bought, although I don’t know how many repeated spins I’ll give it.

Extreme – III Sides to Every Story (A&M Records 1992/Music on Vinyl 2016)

I LOVE Pornographitti. I think it’s such a catchy album and I can jam it over and over. When this album came out, I was ready for more goodness. What I got was something I didn’t want – a lot of ballads and mellower material. I didn’t want that. I NEEDED fast paced rock! I was in my phase where anything that wasn’t metal (and metal that wasn’t getting more extreme) was tossed out of my CD library and traded in.

I think I owned this CD for maybe 4 months before I sold it as while I like the first few tunes, after that, it was a disappointment to me. Plus it gave me money to put towards my new love: Death Metal! Now, over 20 years later, I can go back and appreciate what the band was doing with this album, although I would have still preferred more of their upbeat approach. Having the CD again for the last few years and finding stuff in it I passed on before made it easy for me to decide to pick this up when Music On Vinyl released it last month).

2 Live Crew – As Nasty As They Wanna Be (Luke Skyywalker Records 1989)

You can watch the YouTube video that accompanies this article for more of a rundown about this album, the story behind finding it and my views on the material they rap about, but before I discovered the real shocking side of heavy metal, my shock factor came from horror movies and hearing people swear as much as humanly possible. Let’s not forget that I was 11, turning 12 when this came out so to hear songs like “Me So Horny” and then it getting worse from there, man…to a preteen, this stuff was GOLD!

Hell, I’m sure that I had no idea half the sexual shit they were even talking about. This stuff got traded around school yards everywhere and I grabbed a copy on CD years later after all the hype and controversy settled. To see this in a little shop for $35 in mint condition made it an instant buy. Best song on here: “My Seven Bizzos.” I can’t stop laughing when I listen to it because it’s just so over the top.

Note: I don’t condone what the lyrics are on this release,  just like I don’t condone the brutal violence in horror movies or heavy metal. There. Done.

The Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill (Def Jam 1986)

Speaking of controversy, holy shit, did these guys cause some when this album first came out and I had a copy of it on cassette. My mom’s friend’s daughter ended up giving it to my mom to pass to me because she didn’t like it. My mom had no idea what it was. All she knew was I loved music.

I put on the tape and was blown away. I had never heard anything like it. It was rebellious, there were some swears, I loved the beats (I was always a fan of beats – hence why I grew up to be a drummer), and it was diverse.   All the songs sounded different and vibe. This was one of the cassettes that I can honestly say that I practically wore out as I could listen to this front to back nonstop.  My favourite memory, where I knew this was great, was when my dad walked in my room and heard it and said, “what is this stupid shit?” Bingo – win for me. I’ll never get tired of album.

Suffice to say, I’ve been waiting for this to be re-released for years now and I put it on immediately and cranked it (the best I could with a sleeping baby upstairs and not to bug my wife), while sipping on a brew (or two) and taking pics. I couldn’t believe how clear and large it sounds – with some amazing low end. Now I can’t wait to upgrade my record player and audio equipment within the next year to appreciate albums like this even more.

Suicidal Tendencies – The Art of Rebellion (Epic 1992/Music on Vinyl 2016)

I have waited for years and years to finally get a copy of this on vinyl. I first heard this album when visiting my cousin in Ottawa the year it came out. While I had some classic ST in my tape collection, I didn’t know this had come out, nor had I really followed the band meticulously. Once I heard this album, I made myself a copy and I think I wore the fucking thing out. As soon as I could find it, I snagged it on CD and to this day, I must play this album at least 50 times a year.

While this album isn’t the thrash and slam (or punk) that the band was known for in the past, I found the songwriting, the diversity in the songs themselves, and the performance to all be top notch. I don’t think there is one awful song on this album. If you’re not a fan of this band’s past stuff, don’t pass up the chance to hear this one. Is it their most commercially accessible album? It sure is, but I don’t look down on them for that. I can enjoy their other albums just as much, but I will always go back to this one for more repeat listens any day of the week.

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