You know that line in Superbad where he "It was like the first time I heard The Beatles"? Well hearing this album is like that, that perfect moment where music makes you forget about everything else and you're sucked into a different universe.
The guitars, the songs, and the HARMONIES are all heartbreaking in some way to know no one has ever even heard of this band when they should've been as big as Oasis with this album. That's who they remind me of but they're different, the songs are definitely up on that level.
Before I always though that The Vines had been influenced by a combination of Nirvana and The Beatles, but instead it sounds like The Vines are huge Redd Kross fans. Although I don't think The Vines never scraped the sky for an entire album like Redd Kross does here, you should get this NOW! Seriously if you like The Vines get this now, if you like The Beatles get this now!
I would pick a favorite track but its all so good I don't know what to pick. Also the guitar work is awesome. Great, great album.
People laugh when I tell them that "Show World", by LA's finest Redd Kross, is the greatest album of all time. This is for several reasons: the album is too recent, it's not by Radiohead, and that it is too "lightweight" or "bubblegum" to be a serious contender for such a status. Bubblegum it may be, but never before has an album been available that is truly deserving of full marks like this album is. "Show World" plays like a greatest hits collection to rival even "Abba Gold" in terms of truly uplifting, passionate music pop music. It may seem an absurd statement to be accepted the average ignorant sceptic, but this truly is THE ultimate pop LP. Potential Criticism 1:- track one is a cover version - how unoriginal. Response:- Pretty Please Me simply contains the best chorus written by a human being, regardless of who performs it. Potential criticism 2:- On "Show World", Jeff McDonald has become a shameless Lennon copyist. Response:- JEFF McDONALD IS MORE TALENTED THAN JOHN LENNON, RAY DAVIES & PAUL McCARTNEY PUT TOGETHER BY GENETIC SCIENTISTS. There really isn't that much else left to say, except that there really is no excuse for not at least wanting to own this fantastic LP. It really is the greatest album of all time.
Simply put, this is one of those great lost treasures, a true classic in Rock And Roll. This rocks from start to finish, and every song is a gem. What we get on "Show World" are catchy pop songs with hooks a-plenty, gorgeous, lofty melodies, rip roarin' riffs, killer drumming from Brian Reitzel, and more off beat, heart-felt, witty lyrics from Jeff(who sings lead, he's a great rock singer, truly a lost art these days) and Steve McDonald, who plays bass. Favorite tracks are "One Chord Progression", "You Lied Again" "Follow The Leader", "Ugly Town" and the killer opening number, (a Quick/Dickies cover)"Pretty Please Me". Also, this album features some of the best rock guitar playing ever, from the late, great Eddie Kurdziel, who passed away in 1999. Eddie's playing was a crucial element to the band's sound, for sure. "Show World" is a cd I can put on at any time, in any mood, and still be amazed at how brilliant it is. Redd Kross is a great band, and this is their masterpiece. Cheers! <Mike Acquisto
Man, I think this blows the fabled "Neurotica" out of the water. This is a really solid, nearly great collection of tunes. Rock with a pop underbelly, songs with dangerous hooks; you gotta love it. Hard to listen to this one and NOT be impressed. All you can do is shake your head and wonder why this album isn't better known, and why Redd Kross isn't as popular as bands like Cheap Trick, which some of these tunes do indeed remind me of. Powerful, addictive tunes on here. I'm overjoyed that I belatedly discovered this album.
No, I'm not a member of the band....just a fan of good music. Red Kross, probably one of the most overlooked bands ever kicks it with this album. The album starts off with "Pretty Please Me" from the seminal punk band the Dickies the most overlooked punk band ever (if you don't know their music look them up now!), and this tune rocks!!! A fantastic cover. "Stoned" is probably the strongest tune on the album, great power pop with fantastic riffs. Brit pop influences are perfected in "You Lied Again", which plays off of The Beatles. The songs "One Chord Progression" and "Ugly Town" also stand out as fabulous tunes. Buy this one!!!