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Midwesterner Ike Reilly attacks like a cross between Loudon Wainwright III, Dan Bern, and Bare Jr. on this debut disc. A wiseass singer-songwriter with an agenda--the title comes from the CD's opener, "Last Time," and damns racist jokes while playing with a handful of epithets fast and loose like Lenny Bruce would--Reilly spits and howls like a less-focused Bern. Sometimes scattershot to the point of incomprehensibility, begging the question of whether anyone still finds the word commie funny--that's Ike, brother. With a fairly hard-hitting band behind him, though, he can convince you that he truly believes that "no limey ever made nothin' like 'I Walk the Line.'" You could call the best songs here shock value with a heart; when Reilly tips the balance for a rare feel-good moment ("Put a Little Love in It"), it's hardly as affecting as when he mourns the death of a relationship as a "God Damn Shame." Reilly's artistry is still developing, but the best moments here arouse curiosity about just how good he might turn out to be. --Rickey Wright

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listen  1. Last Time (Album Version) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Commie Drives A Nova (Album Version) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hip Hop Thighs #17 (Album Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hail! Hail! (Album Version) 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Assassination Of Sweet Lou Diablo (Album Version) 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Put A Little Love In It (According To John) (Album Version) 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. New Years Eve (Album Version) 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Duty Free (Album Version) 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. My Wasted Friends (Album Version) 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Crave (Album Version) 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Cash Is King (Album Version) 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. God Damn Shame (Album Version) 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B00005MKA5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What impressed me most was how "musical" the music was.
bagassosis
I just 'discovered' the band this year and will buy their next release, as I bought this CD, without having heard it.
TSC
This is the best CD I've heard in a very long time and highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bagassosis on January 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some of the teenage kids in the neighborhood were talking about Ike Reilly from Chicago. Well, in the 70s while in college I dated a girl from Chicago(Libertyville)whose punk kid brother was Mike Reilly - a brash, funny, sarcastic, smart ass but very likeable young man. When I would visit I usually had to share a room with the young lad(he must have been 12 or 13 at the time) and he had me listening to Dylan into the wee hours of the night. Incredibly, he knew all the lyrics and their meanings which he shared and which helped me gain a more profound appreciation of Dylan.
So anyway - I get on line and look up Ike Reilly and yep it's the little weasel Mike Reilly now all grown up.
So I get the CD and wow - really good stuff.
One can really appreciate the Dylan influences. Outstanding lyrically speaking!
What impressed me most was how "musical" the music was. Very catchy, pleasing riffs. Almost as if the Beatles met Dylan.
I can't understand why the punk hasn't become a larger national presence. This is better than 99.99% of the stuff out there. The only thing I can figure is that Ike has the same attitude that the young Mike had. He probably doesn't give a rat's ass whether or not he "makes it big". His values are founded in being true to himself, his friends and family.
Bagassosis M.D.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chris howe on October 9, 2001
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I am going to keep this short and sweet. I bought this CD after reading reviews on this site and sounded like a must have. After several listens i definately do like this CD. What initially attracted this disc to me was the Replacements/Westerberg references, and they are here just in a different way. The CD is just a little too "new school" for me. Maybe its me but i can't help but hear a little Kid Rock in here and on the whole the writing seems to be "reaching" a bit to a younger audience than a 38 year old should be trying to reach. though its only rock and roll and i do like it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D Bourgie on September 10, 2005
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This is really really good. This guy is going to be really big. He is a great lyricist and has a very compelling voice. I love the heavy guitar and the political messages. Ike Reilly is a true musician which is very hard to find in new artists. Some songs give chills to my spine. Favorites include Last Time, Commie Drives A Nova, Hip Hop Thighs #17, The Assassination of Sweet Lou Diablo, New Years Eve, My Wasted Friends, Crave, Cash is King, and God Damn Shame. Highly Highly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Wachtel on August 21, 2001
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This is an easy review: its the best album I've bought in 2001, and I've bought a lot! It answers the musical question: What if Bob Dylan and Joe Walsh had a child that was raised by Black 47? The album is smart, well-written, and catchy.....what more could you want?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 8, 2001
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This album simply rocks. Can one word really do it justice ? From "Commie Drives a Nova" to "Put a little Love in it" to "My Wasted Friends"....hell I could name every song as an example as to why to own this.
Brillant lyrics that are far more complex then the ... the record companies are trying to sell us currently, this is the kind of CD that never leaves your player once you put it in. It's the kind of CD that makes you want to crank your amp to "11" and celebrate why you like rock'n'roll music in the first place. Reillys's voice, the driving guitars and awesome rythem section just makes this CD so memorable, so much one of the best albums of the 2001.
If you've been just as bored with the current music scene as I have (you know, nothing but boy-bands and hip-hop) then this one is for you. Who could have guesses that a unknow musician from the Chicago burbs could have saved music in 2001 ?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon N. Woll on August 2, 2001
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First off, don't let my title of "Return to Rock" scare you off. This isn't the sort of "Return to Rock" phrase that's been loosely thrown around with bands like Creed and their ill like. What this is, is a return to what made America great, and that's pure un-adulterated rock n' roll.
The music and words evoke images of people who've seen the good and bad times of life. This isn't necessarily the life of Ike, but rather an astonishing observation of life in general. When it's all said and done he's managed to either make you laugh, make you cry, make you mad, or make you come.
If you truly love rock n' roll you need this album. Not because I think so, more because you're fans of Bob Dylan, The Clash, or Chuck Berry. If you've got the time, listen to a few tracks posted here at Amazon, and really listen. Try a few of the following. Put a little love in it Angels and Whores Commie Drives a Nova Hip Hop Thighs #17 Last Time and my personal favorite My Wasted Friends
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Kelley on December 4, 2001
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This a great cd by an up and coming artist. The things I like about this effort is that the music encompasses several different styles and still maintains a raw edge. It seems that Reilly draws from rock, punk, hip-hop, ballads to produce a solid effort. Another feature of this disc that I love is the lack of over production found on so many releases these days. This disc reminds me of "Exile on Main Street" by the Rolling Stones. The music is solid and the production is loose. There are times during the disc were the musicians and producer can be heard talking about recording strategies and I also like how the songs tend to blend into each other without much dead air. As I mentioned earlier in this review this disc also is comparable to "Exile" in that several different styles of music are covered and they all covered well. This a great cd and I look forward to more releases from Ike Reilly.
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