Thursday, November 8, 2012
Goosebumps - I Hate My Body
It's raining outside and the wind is blowing hard. Time for some bloggin'. It's been a while, man, life's so rad. This band's my favorite, don't you love em'? My cat is putting her paw on my arm to remind me to pet her. She's also licking my elbow, at which I'm laughing hysterically. Anyways...
The cover of this is so ridiculous it's pretty much comical. To me, the daughter in the corner pushes it over the top. It appears to be drawn by the same guy who does the Crazy Spirit artwork. I remember seeing those little creatures in the booklet for Crazy Spirit's latest LP. One guy is giving the cop a blowjob, another is stabbing him, and yet another is stabbing himself while jacking off. Not something you see everyday. The back cover conveys the band's feelings on the NYPD, Bloomberg, and other stuff that's too sloppy to read.
I like the A side of this record the best. It starts out pretty strong. I like the ascending high notes part of the verse riff. It also picks up speed about halfway through, which is good for someone that has a short attention span when it comes to punk (me). The high notes of the guitar against the bass part in the beginning of "Mad Problems" is cool. After that, it's a decent song, but its lyrics are sort of generic and it uses the tired old "head/dead" rhyme seen since the beginning of punk. The bass is also pretty low in the overall mix of the record.
The third song uses pretty much the same line as the previous one ("Every time I wake up I wanna die"/I wake up in the morning and I wish I was dead"). The third song, however, ends up transitioning really effectively into the fourth, and the songs go well together in that regard. The lyrics of "Needles" explores the futility of staying healthy when you're going to die anyway. I can't relate to this sentiment, but it's the fastest song on the record, so I like it.
"Jail Cell" begins the B-side, discussing the shittiness (and possibly rapiness, I'm not totally clear on that) of being in jail. I'll just take their word on it. "Street Scarred" has a great intro part. Bitch is my least favorite song. It appears to be a sympathetic portrayal of domestic violence from the point of the abuser. I hope it's not autobiographical, but if these guys are the druggies they want to portray themselves as, it could be. Obviously a lot of punk lyrics are written out of anger though. I guess I'm saying I don't take this stuff too seriously.
This was put out by Burn Books, who released a cool NY compilation tape early last year. It is sold out from the label (burnbooks.org) but it says the second press is coming soon.
I was actually wondering when somebody was going to use this picture for something punk related.
So my favorite songs on this are Goose Step and Needles. Yep....yeah