Posts Tagged ‘Jackass’

ultraspankFor the last two weeks, we have been exploring the Nu-Metal scene which was a scene that I heavily promoted on my early college radio show from 2000-01. One of the bands that I was admittedly obsessed with back in those days was the band Ultraspank which formed in 1995 after the break up of another band. On May 30, 2000, the band would release their most critically acclaimed album Progress which featured Pete Murray (Vocals and Programming), Dan Ogden (Bass), Jerry Oliviera (Guitar), Neil Godfrey (Guitar), and former Snot drummer James “Fed” Carroll. The album was produced by the great Peter Collins who had produced albums for bands such as Alice Cooper, Gary Moore, Rush, Queensrÿche, and so many more. I can’t find much online as far as the band’s chart history or how many albums the band sold, but it is considered by some critics as the best Nu-Metal album that was ever released.

51NZls8K2bL1. Push-An cool industrial like bass riff along with some drums opens up the track and launches into overdrive as soon as the chorus kicks in. I think the track is about that fear of growing old and knowing change is taking over, but you just have to push through it. 4.5/5

2. Crumble– A cool guitar riff leads us in to this track that is about someone who realizes that they are not growing as a person like their counterpart, so they need to change it. 4.5/5

3. Stuck– A ferocious track right from the get go, the song follows someone who feels like they are stuck in a situation that is going nowhere. You can hear elements that are very similar to bands like Taproot in this track. 4.5/5

4. Feed-The opening riff reminds me of Korn’s Shoots and Ladders until the song progresses forward. the song is about someone who constantly feeds you BS and pretends to be your friend, but they prey on you because he thinks you’re weak. 4.5/5

5. Smile-Bass and drums once again open the track with a mellow guitar riff that eventually follows in this track that has a huge similarity in style to Tool especially as Pete channels his inner Maynard James Keenan. 4/5

6. Click-A rockin tune that has a driving riff that will have you grooving to it especially when the chorus hits. The chorus has a flare to it that sounds like Static-X’s Push It. One of the best tracks on the album for sure. 5/5

R-11096097-1509798523-3387.jpeg7. Jackass-A hard driving rock track that slows down the tempo for the verse to the point that it’s only bass and drums with that ominous guitar riff that comes in to signal the chorus is near. This is another amazing track on the album that seems to be talking about someone who thinks they are great, but there really a…. 4.5/5

8. Crack– A track that seems to be talking about someone who is cracking under the pressures of what life brings that they are shutting themselves off to the world. 4/5

9. Invite Yourself In– A 16 second intro to the next track 4/5

10. Thanks-A track that is purely metal and in your face as it may be one of the heaviest tracks on the album for sure. 4.5/5

11. Left-A cool track that starts off heavy, but then it gets very melodic and evil sounding which is pretty cool. It has that Tool influence to it which I think is a cool touch in a track that seems to be about someone who needs to leave the place he is over guilt for something. 4.5/5

12. Where– This is one of the best and my personal favorite Ultraspank track that I played every chance I could on my radio show. It starts off with this cool acoustic side to it then a cool programmed riff comes in before the band launches into overdrive for the chorus. I just think it’s about keeping your head up because somewhere out there is a better place than this. you just have to find it. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– The track features so many sounds that would be utilized in the scene right after it’s release and you can definitely hear the similarities with bands on the scene. This was an amazing release and it’s too bad that the band would break up shortly after the release, but those things happen. Check this one out on Spotify, iTunes, and on CD if you can find it. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five.

motley crueTonight is supposedly when all bad things come to an end for hair metal legends Motley Crue as they prepare to play their last show ever tonight at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. It’s kind of a sad moment for yours truly as Motley Crue was the first metal band that I fell in love with when I was a kid. I can remember hanging out with my older brother listening to Shout At The Devil on Cassette at night. I can still feel the electricity I felt the first time I saw all the original members back together again in 2005 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. I can remember being right in front of Tommy Lee when he shot up to the ceiling to do his drum solo at The Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI the following year. I remember riding the bus to school every day with my walkman listening to Dr. Feelgood which I forced my mother to buy me (I was only 7 when the album came out).

10508181_104158163295753_1280681589_nI remember being blown away by how close to the stage I was when I worked the Pit for Cruefest 2 at The Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. Motley Crue has filled my life with so many great moments and memories that I just wanted to take the time to thank the band. I can’t believe that this is the end, but the end is just the beginning of something new. We have solo material to look forward to from Vince Neil, we have Nikki Sixx’s amazing band Sixx AM to look forward to, and whatever Tommy Lee or Mick Mars decides to do in the future. So, for all you lucky Californians that get to see this show, revel in the moment and soak it all up and party like it’s 1985 all over again. Never fear though because the band announced that the final show is being taped for a concert film that will air in theaters and be shown on Pay Per View. The concert side is being directed by Christian Lamb while Jackass director Jeff Tremaine directs the documentary side of the film. Be on the look out for that and stay updated by going here. With all of that being said, R.I.P. Motley Crue (1981-2015) thanks for all the memories.

At one time, it seemed like MTV Jackass, Viva La Bam star Bam Margera almost had a thing where bands he discovered from Europe were making a name for themselves here in the states. Let’s see, there was Him which gained fame from the CKY home videos, there was the 69 Eyes, and then there’s the band which is the subject of today’s cover of the week post Vains Of Jenna. In 2007, I saw Vains Of Jenna open up for Poison and Ratt on that summer tour and I was blown away by the band’s energy and a cover the band performed that day. During the live show, the band covered the classic Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers song Refugee. I thought it was awesome and I remember hoping that the band would release the cover one day and they did. The track was produced by Brent Woods who was apart of the most underrated band in LA called Wildside and it was released on their The Art Of Telling Lies record in 2009. The track is heavier than the original and it possess a little more of that wild energy that Vains Of Jenna were known for. It’s definitely one of my favorite covers and a reason why I chose it for today. If you are going to cover a song, make it your own while still staying true to the original. The point of covering a song is to make it your own like your own interpretation. Unfortunately, Vains Of Jenna disbanded back in 2012, but we still have the music to enjoy which you can check out below:

tvLong gone are the days where National Lampoon movies were actually good enough to qualify out of this category, but now they just end up in the Cheeseball Cinema. This film came out around the time that Jackass was still a good program producing movies that actually made people laugh so National Lampoon thought it was a great idea to take the guys to try and capitalize on their success in Steve O, Preston Lacy, Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña, and so many others. They all star in this film that spoofs everything that is popular in mainstream America from XXX (calm down, the Vin Diesel film), Cops, Fear Factor, Girls Gone Wild, and so many others. The film also stars Dian Bachar (Orgazmo), Abraham Benrubi (George Of The Jungle), Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim), Tony Cox (Bad Santa), Elisa Donovan (Clueless), Keren Gilbert (Beer League), Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man), and so many more.

tv-2-copyAs I said above they spoof everything you could possibly imagine, but not all of them are great. The best spoofs in my opinion in this film is the Tijuana Cops (which features Clifton Collins Jr), The Real Fear Factor with Judd Nelson, Miami Mice (Weeman and Tony Cox), and Trading Races. Those spoofs actually make you laugh where some of them are just stupid (i.e. Pads, El Apprentice), or they started good, but ended pretty bad (i.e. XXXL, FNN Interviews). Steve O to me was just way out of his element because he isn’t funny at all. Make him do something stupid like pouring beer up his anal cavity and people are entertained, but don’t give him roles and think that acting drunk and drugged out is funny. One of the other great spoofs is Your in The Army Now which features Dweezil Zappa and it’s a spoof of Punk’d except the victim gets thrown into the army. That I thought was great and very entertaining. Overall, the film was completely bad and there was enough that was enjoyable and if you like lots of nudity then you’ll enjoy what’s in this. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-List Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am going to give this one a 3 for a final grade.