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Way to Salvation

King MissileAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic/Q Records
  • ASIN: B000002IQR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Way To Salvation
2. Life
3. The Boy Who Ate Lasagna And Could Jump Over A Chruch
4. The Story Of Willy
5. Dinosaurs
6. I Wish
7. The Indians
8. It's
9. My Heart Is A Flower
10. Pickaxe
11. Sex With You
12. Part Two
13. Betrayal Takes Two
14. Listen To Me
15. Come Closer
16. Scotland
17. To Walk Among The Pigs

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have wondered what the stuffed shirts at Atlantic Records must have had running through their minds when King Missile delivered their major label debut. Scattered songs that often just seem like prattling narratives only to pick up a couple songs later. Acerbic lyrics that are either bizarrely funny of insanely disjointed. A lead singer that does the majority of the album in sing speak. And nothing that even remotely sounds like a pop single.

My guess is they crapped themselves.

As for me, the first time I heard "I Wish" on legendary alt-rock station WHFS, I was hooked. John S. Hall's lyrics often came across as brilliantly smartasch, and the songs often were utterly without melody. But when the words coming at you at 100mph included such non-sequiturs as "I have clairvoyant paranoia," melody wasn't important. One imagines a young Beck hearing "Life" or "I Wish" in the years before "Loser."

The politically correct kick in the crotch "The Indians" is the perfect example. A native American tom-tom pumps away as Hall chats about corn, maize, Columbus and cockroaches. It makes little sense in bits but is a terrific whole. You can see on "The Way To Salvation" how Hall would eventually make his move into the world of Poetry Slams. But King Missile was a heck of a band. Drummer David Ramirez, Guitarist David Rick and secret weapon keyboardist Chris Xefos gave Hall everything from punk rock blasts to artistic cacophony worthy of Frank Zappa to lay his words upon. On "The Way To Salvation" (and for the follow-up "Happy Hour" and the near hit "Detachable Penis"), this is the album that King Missile had their act down.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smart or smartass - it doesn't matter anyway July 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The first time I ever heard King Missile, it was at an outdoor July 4th show in Reston, VA, sponsored by WHFS. They played many songs from this album, as it had just been released. I was a religion major in college, getting a BA in "BS", during the rise of "Political Correctness" on the university front. When I heard King Missile play, I knew that we had a common goal in life.
I had to have this on tape and since I have played it to death I am about to purchase it on CD. This CD pokes fun at EVERYONE and helps us laugh at ourselves. And, they ROCK in their own special smartass way. This release is polished in comparison to their earlier stuff, but not as disgusting as their later stuff. Listen to the samples before you buy though... It's not up everyone's alley.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foolish or philosophical? November 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A friend let me borrow this CD, and after one listen, I had to have the damned thing. Hall is a foolish genius, who converses with the audience rather than singing to them, while everything from whirling caliope-sounding music to hard-driving pure punk rawk blasts out in the background. The music provides just the right mood for everything he's on his soapbox about. For instance, "The Indians" is a hilarious diatribe (pardon the pun) about how we messed up everything on the natives "because we're pigs", as a native drum pounds out a steady beat in the background. "The Story of Willy" is great as well, as it takes the philosophy "that would've been great, but things got messed up, so just move on."
If you don't know King Missile, they're hard to describe. Take a listen to the tunes and decide from there if they tickle your fancy. That's all I can say about 'dat.
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