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Dave Brockie Experience - Songs For The Wrong

Posted 16 July 2003, 5.17 am by The_Roach

Unintelligible and bizarre lyrics. Composition style that seemingly consists of having a hamster shit on a musical staff. Vocals that make you want to rupture your eardrums with whatever happens to be handy. These are the hallmarks of Dave Brockie Experience, side project of GWAR members Dave Brockie, Mike Derks and Brad Roberts.

Songs For The Wrong, the ambitious follow-up to their 2001 debut Diarrhea of a Madman, is ... well, it's certainly something. You simply can't say that a group of individuals like this have "matured", but the album is far more cohesive than earlier work. This is probably more due to writing an album instead of slapping a group of previously unreleased tracks with a few newly written songs than any sort of new synergy between musicians who have played together for years already.

Juvenile tracks about getting head from unattractive women and having sex with the mentally challenged are the stock in trade. Still, the album manages to balance these out with songs about the massacre at Shatilla, a soldier thinking of his mother as he dies and I Wanna Be A Squirrel, a wacky ditty that's probably the closest thing to an honest love song Brockie is capable of producing. Toss in an Irish drinking song and a reflection on the lack of cheese in Chinese cuisine, and you've got a well-played if fucking stupid collection.

Is it good music? Yes and no. Derks' guitar work is spectacular throughout and, as Brockie's ego has apparently allowed for someone else to have a bit of the limelight, we do get the opportunity to enjoy a good bit of talented instrumental work on a few tracks (He's Going Crazy! being the best example). Much of the album is annoying to no end however, containing humor that was better left on the playground. I expect nothing less than to have it in my player for months to come.

And, whatever you do, don't look at the sixth page of the liner notes under any circumstances.

Buy it at amazon
on 16 July 2003, 7.54 am
I've never managed to get into GWAR, despite trying reasonably hard to. I just can't get over the fact that while they may look great and have really funny album and song titles, the music they produce is just shit.

That said, I think I might check out a sample of this album to see if there is any talent behind the outfit at all.

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