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Bad News

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bad Dreams Rehearsal
  2. A.G.M.
  3. Introducing The Band
  4. Bad News
  5. Hey Mr. Bassman
  6. Hey Mr. Drummer
  7. Masturbike
  8. Trousers
  9. Drink Till I Die
  10. Vim Is Angry
  11. Hey Hey Bad News
  12. Warriors Of Ghengis Khan
  13. Excaliber
  14. Bohemian Rhapsody
  15. Double Entendre
  16. Cashing In On Christmas
  17. Dividing Up The Spoils


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032RP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When it comes to parody bands, two reign supreme. Spinal Tap's story, told in their famous "Rockumentary", is the classic 70s Rock dinosaur has-beens who had trouble adapting to the challenges of the 1980s. The band saw their career slipping away due to a combination of comical disasters and general apathy from the listening public, only to be rescued by unexpected popularity in Japan.

Whether the Japanese even know who Bad News are or not, their story is far more pathetic, and far, far less classy. Bad News were so bad they weren't even has-beens. The quintessential struggling Heavy Metal band, Bad News were the subject of a 1982 documentary, which followed the band on the tour which basically spelled the end because it was so disastrous. However, the album `Bad News' was the result of a reunion five years later, as the band prepared to play at the famous Donnington festival.

The album is a number of studio outtakes of songs being recorded, behind-the-scenes incidents, demoing songs, the band arguing, and then there's the odd actual song. Kicking off with "Bad Dreams Rehearsal", where the four distinct personalities of the band combine to create something mind blowingly... awful. Thick as a plank rhythm guitarist Den Dennis presents the embryonic song to the rest of the band, using acoustic guitar and unfinished lyrics. Self-proclaimed creative genius and band leader Vim Fuego (real name Alan Metcalfe) hates it, and makes a few suggestions. Musically inept bass player Colin Grigson tries to make the song sound tough, but it turns camp. Meanwhile, drummer Spider Webb contributes very little due to being wasted on some substance or other. The band's "A.G.M." follows, the second such meeting in a week, in which names for the new album are discussed.
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"Hey Mr Bassman! What is your name! My name is Colin Grigson And playing the bass guitar is my game! So lets play the bass guitar now! ..."
This CD got me and my friend through college. It is absoutely hysterical - an audio Spinal Tap. Vim Fuego, Den Dennis, Colin Grigson and Spider Web are hilarious with their arguments and egos getting in the way of their musical attempts at every opportunity. A must have for any fan of the Young Ones or anything by Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson
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i find that 'spoof' bands are usually rubbish or suffer a limited lifespan - and i include Spinal Tap in this.

yet i've listened to Bad News since it was released and one can never get bored of it. although the songs are oddly listenable it's the banter between the 'musicians' which give this CD its long life.

i must also warn you though, after listening to this you will be prone to stating:

"That's a load of b*ll*cks!"

"Well why dont you just F*ck off then!"

"Everytime i sing 'eat my brains' my rectum seems to prolapse."
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Why is that? Because Bad News do what the creators of Spinal Tap didn't want to; they make the music obviously total crap. Like Tap the lyrics are funny, but unlike Tap there is no attempt to pass of the songs as anything other than UTTERLY AWFUL HILARIOUS CRAP. Den and Colin's solos are two of the funniest moments in comedy! The 'studio talk' between the songs is great too. Really. Trust me, trust the other reviews: Buy this and laugh again and again.
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Adrian Edmonson is one of the best comedy writers of the last fifteen years. This look at heavy metal is probably his bet work. If you're a fan of 'The young ones', 'bottom' and any of the comic strip stuff, you will get a kick out of this. Intelligent and very real. Anyone whos ever been in a band will recognise themselves. A must.
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As an enthusiastically recruited Warrior of Ghenghis Khan, I can reccomend this to anyone whose values in life are similar to mine. If you're into music, partake of a shallow lifestyle and enjoy thigh-slapping laughter, the kind that will make your sphincer prolapse, then this is for you. Join up immediately, I say.
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This album had me in hysterics. Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planner and Peter Richardson were absolutely terrific in portraying these unruly rockstar wannabees. The dialogue is hilarious and the songs are even better, especially their version of "Bohemian Rhapsody." I'd highly recomend this album.
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If swearing, violence and toilet humour is your cup of tea then this is the best CD you can get. I wish I was involved in the creation of The Young Ones, Comic Strip etc. Lets just hope they never give it up. Bad News rocks (the deaf).
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