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please...this album is a masterpiece
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.