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on April 20, 2003
I HATE the fact that the Blue Meanies, a group that has incredible ingenuity and vituosity and an almost entirely original sound was ever pigeon-holed into the genre of Ska. Their having played alongside mediocre, run-of-the-mill punk/ska acts throughout their entire existance is a true tragedy...they were never given the attention they deserved and never found their way to the ears of a broad enough audience. This album should have inspired a whole new genre of music. The energy in this music is unparalleled. It is hateful, chilling, unpredictable and uncontrolable (and also, in a sort of twisted way, incredibly fun). The Blue Meanies aren't deliberately combining genres. You certainly won't find any Klezmer here, although I would argue that you can hear strong punk and avant-garde jazz influences. It also certainly isn't ska (anyone who can trace a real connection between this music and that of say, the Skatalites, deserves an award). Their sound really is original and different.
There are so many things that I love about the band. The wild guitar and organ sounds, the amazing horn lines, Billy Spunke's abrasive vocals and rebellious, exciting lyrics (reminiscent in some ways of Ginsberg)...This is arguably the best rock album of the nineties. If you have open ears this will blow your mind.
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on July 10, 2000
The Blue Meanies are the true underground of the punk-ska world for the simple reason that they don't fit into any type of category or genre. Easily one of the most creative bands in any genre. If howver you are not accustomed to the B.M's, then give it a while before you make a final decision on your opinion of them. It will take some time before you can appreciate and enjoy their oddball sounds.
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on June 29, 1999
There is definately no way to catorgorize this ball-o-talent. Billy Spunke slams out impressive and thought provoking lyrics with every song. The creativness put into this "pshycho clown" music will put a new taste in your mouth. The experimental noise and the cover of Motorhead's "The Ace of Spades" is, by itself,worth buying this album.
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on January 21, 2003
An insane collection of talent produce this pyscho circus music. There's two opinions of the Blue Meanies either you love them or you hate them. So preview the songs and decide whether they are great or awful to you.
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on July 9, 2000
The Blue Meanies are an awesome group that are not only ska. They are ska, jazz, rock, ect. all in one. Their songs are insane. This CD is definately worth buying.
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on February 15, 1999
I've been a listener of ska for a little over a year. At first I thought these guys were crazy, but after hearing this cd, I totally changed my mind..."Blue Meanies For Ever!!"
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on December 23, 1998
This is a good cd, I highly recommend it
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on May 25, 1999
This is another great Blue Meanies Cd. I love their music, style and pretty much everything about them.
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on November 25, 2000
I saw this band live at a Less than Jake show and another time with Mustard Plug. These guys are the worst band I have ever heard. I tried to avoid seeing them at the LTJ show but it didn't work. I feel dumber having sat through the show. Don't buy the CD, you will regret it!!!
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