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freakshowThis week, I was trying to think of an album to cover for Album of the week seeing as we are getting close to our 200TH album. I wanted to cover another hair metal band considering it’s been a while since I covered an album from one of my favorite genres and I stumbled upon one you may not have expected me to cover. The name of the band is the Bulletboys and they hailed from Los Angeles, but there is an interesting tidbit about some of the members. Marq Torien (Vocals) is one of those guys that has been around the block when it comes to bands as he was once a guitarist in Ratt (before they were signed), Hawk, and King Kobra before taking over vocal duties for the Bulletboys. Mick Sweda (Guitar) and Lonnie Vincent (Bass) were in King Kobra before leaving to join Bulletboys along with Torien. Jimmy D’Anda (Drums) is the only member that auditioned for the band. The album I chose for you guys this week is the band’s sophomore effort Freakshow whcih believe it or not is the first album I ever received from them. I was apart of a Columbia House Records and I remember this was one of the cassettes I received as part of the deal they had then. In 1991, the album would peak at number 69 on The Billboard Top 200 charts and was produced by Ted Templeman (Van Halen, Captain Beefheart).

bulletboys-freakshow-back-cover-373811. Hell Yeah!– To get your blood pumping, they start with the bluesy Hell Yeah! to get you moving. 4/5

2. THC Groove– They keep the sleaze like bluesy like riffs going for this next track with a nice bass riff that drives the song. I think you can figure out what the lyrics are about to this one. 4/5

3. Thrill That Kills– This is definitely a harder edged track all about finding that Thrill that will probably kill you eventually. 4/5

4. Hang On St. Christopher– The band had a huge hit with this cover of the Tom Waits track. They definitely sleazed it up to their standards. 5/5

5. Talk To Your Daughter– This is another cover on the album of Chicago blues legend J.B. Lenoir that the band modifies and does an amazing job with. 4.5/5

6. Freakshow– The title track is next and it builds up before it launches forward, but like many tracks before it, it has that bluesy tinge to it. 4/5

bulletboys-freak_show-cd7. Goodgirl– The intro is sleazed up just right with that guitar riff and Marq Torien rocks the mic like a rebellious leader almost like Paul Stanley in All Hell’s Breakin Loose. 4/5

8. Do Me Raw- a sleaze blues track that has elements of Van Halen in it and I think you can guess what this song is about. 4/5

9. Ripping Me– The track kicks off a part of the album that is truly rocking where if you want that hard rock, this is it and they do it with a Van Halen like edge to it. The track seems to be talking about addiction or at least that is what I get from it.

10. Say Your Prayers– This is one of my favortie tracks on the record as it opens with a cool drum beat very reminiscent of an Ozzy drum riff from No Rest For The Wicked album. The song is definitely the most rocking track on the album. 5/5

11. O Me O My– Another groovin track from the album that shows off the band’s rock wild side and it features a cool guitar solo. 4.5/5

12. Huge– The last track on the album has a slow build up with D’Anda hitting the high hat before Sweda comes right in to kick it into overdrive. The lyrics are very simple because they are just chanting, “Do you have the balls” so it’s a showcase for the band. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– The track listing for the album is going to be different no matter where you look because it has been released in multiple ways. I truly believe that musically this was the band’s best record, but I always felt it was overshadowed by the self titled. I am going to give the album 4.25 stars out of five for a final grade.

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primusFor the album that I chose for this week’s album of the week, I wanted to go outside my tastes a little so that I could expand my horizons musically. Plus, I have a lot of respect for Primus bassist/lead singer Les Claypool who may be the best bassist out there in the metal world. The man has done great things for the bass guitar as many have done for the electric guitar. I chose the album Antipop because it was the very album the band was supporting when I saw them on Ozzfest 1999 with Buckethead (Note: Buckethead is not credited on the album). The album features lots of musical guests from Tom Morello to James Hetfield of Metallica as well as some guests also producing tracks on the record. It was the band’s sixth studio album, it was the last to feature drummer Bryan Mantia, and it would be their last until 2011’s Green Naugahyde. When talking about the record Les has stated, “Antipop was the most difficult record we ever made, because there was a lot of tension between the three of us, and there was some doubt at the label as to whether we knew what the hell we were doing anymore. But there was some great things to come out of it, like the tune we did with Tom Waits, ‘Coattails of a Dead Man’. I love that song.” The album peaked at number 44 on the billboard top 200 charts and unfortunately songs from this record are rarely ever played live.

1. Intro- The intro is only 17 seconds long and it features Tom Waits.

2. Electric Uncle Sam– The track has an intro to it, but once the music kicks in it’s like a funk metal party that rocks. The track is about The Man and you shouldn’t be surprised as it was co-written and features Tom Morello on it. 5/5

antipop back3. Natural Joe– This is a track that is co-produced by Matt Stone of South Park fame and it’s another bass driven funktastic track that is about how people aren’t always what they appear to be. 4/5

4. Lacquer Head– This is a track that was produced by Fred Durst which the three verses in it are all about three different kids who puff on inhalants and the harm that comes to them from doing it. Fred has said that he wanted Primus to go back to their heavier sound and it worked. The track is amazing with a thumping bass line. 5/5

5. The Antipop– The track starts off real slow and with an eerie bass line in the beginning and then Mantia’s amazing drumming comes in before the song kicks into overdrive about being Anti-pop because pop music is just bland and not compromising just to get on the radio 4/5

6. Eclectic Electric– This is the track that features Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More) and James Hetfield (Metallica) playing guitar on the song and it’s another track that starts off slow as it is an 8 minute track. The track seems to be different stages of someone not being able to grow up. 4/5

7.  Greet the Sacred Cow– At first there is something playing in the beginning that sounds like praying in the Middle East before the music kicks in with a middle eastern flavor to the guitars, but in the chorus they get heavy. 4/5

antipop cd8. Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool-This is definitely a bad ass rock song with a little more guitars thanks to the fact that it is the second track to feature Tom Morello playing guitar and producing os it has that rock/rap flavor to it. 4/5

9.  Dirty Drowning Man– The track starts off with some crazy bass beats from Les before it settles down during the verses in a track that is about calling out to see who your real friends are. The track features Martina Topley-Bird on it and it was produced by Stewart Copeland 4/5

10. Ballad of Bodacious– a bluesy guitar track with funky bass riffs in a track that is about a bull (I think). 4/5

11. Power Mad– This is the third and last track that features Tom Morello’s guitar work and production in a track that talks about various presidents of the US that were power mad. 4/5

12. The Final Voyage of the Liquid Sky– When the track first starts you feel like you are in space and then Les’s creativity comes in with his opening bass riff and then the funk starts in a track that is about going against the grain. 4/5

13. Coattails of a Dead Man– Surprisingly that someone had the balls to do it, but the song is essentially about Courtney Love ridding the coattails of Kurt Cobain. The song features vocals from Tom Waits and Martina Topley-Bird. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I have to say that back in the day, I didn’t understand the craze behind Primus, but after listening to this album and loving the guitar, I have a whole new found respect for Primus and what they were doing and still are doing. I really liked the album and enjoyed listening to the creativity that is displayed on it. I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.

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