Mindless Self Indulgence - You'll Rebel to
By Dan Century
It's been over five years since Frankenstein Girls Will Seem
Strangely Sexy hit the stores back in February of 2000. Since that time,
the stock market crashed, Bush became president, 9/11 happened and the US has
gone to war in Iraq. The music industry has changed as well:
· Major labels have merged and
· "Big Box" stores like conservative Wal-Mart and Best
Buy have eliminated most of their competition by pricing new releases below
cost, as well as influencing the type of music labels offer (i.e.: safe,
boring, disposable music).
· Radio stations have also merged and
consolidated, and have become even more boring and homogenized than ever.
· Shock jocks are moving to satellite radio.
· The only
cool radio stations are online radio stations.
· Rock and metal has
all but disappeared from the main stream.
· People have figured out
that they can steal I mean, "share" music over the Internet,
rather than pay for it.
· Online music sales have exploded: Apple
iTunes, Yahoo Music, Wal-Mart, Napster, etc.
· Even your mom owns an
It's hard to imagine a band surviving all these changes, but
Mindless Self Indulgence has and 5 years later they still kick ass.
Frankenstein Girls was an even mix of hip-hop, metal and agro-industrial
music styles. The album featured 30 songs and skits, clocking in at just over
51 minutes. The standout track on Frankenstein Girls was Bitches:
a super-catchy rap-rock anthem that was too humorous to be considered
You'll Rebel to Anything features 10 short songs,
lasting a mere 26.3 minutes. Since Frankenstein Girls the MSI style has
grown away from hip-hop and towards aggressive rock and heavily processed
metal. Lead singer and programmer Jimmy Urine (that's the type of name that
makes baby Jesus cry) is as entertaining, vicious and hilarious as ever and I'm
happy to report that Lyn-Z and Kitty are still totally hot. So hot that you'll
probably find yourself searching for pictures of them on the Internet.
The theme of the CD artwork is video games. The cover
features a cross composed of dozens of video game controllers and the inside
artwork features the band engaged in a video game battle royale. MSI freaks and
gamers will find themselves studying the artwork, trying to name all the game
system controllers. The video game theme is woven into the sound of the album
as well; Jimmy's keyboards screech, hit and dive like sounds straight from an
80's arcade. The band as a whole is as brutal and unrelenting as a game of Halo
or Metal Gear Solid.
Rabid fans, and people who buy their music at Wal-Mart, will
also find that the "clean" version of the album features entirely different
artwork inside and out as well as an eleventh song titled Microphone
Commander. I guess video game idolatry would piss off the average Wal-Mart
You'll Rebel starts with Shut Me Up, an anthem
than explodes from your speakers like a grill-busting brass knuckle punch.
Shut Me Up is an instant classic: meat-slicing guitars and rib-cracking
beats frame some of the most screamable and comical lyrics I've heard in years:
The Bass, the Rock, the Mic, the Treble, I like my coffee
black, just like my metal.
Shut Me Up slides into 1989, 2 minutes of rock
fury and anger. I couldn't tell you want these lyrics mean, but they sure are
fun to sing:
Back off you little shits. Gnawing at my fists. I see they
breed you by the boatload.
Back off you little whores. Get 'em on all
onboards. And let me beat you to the fucking punch bowl.
The title track You'll Rebel to Anything (As Long As Its
Not Challenging) is a vicious attack on people who fake rebellion to get
attention. Jimmy Urine has no time or tolerance for posers, and neither should
Stupid MF is a song that needed to be written and
recorded. How can you not love a song whose chorus is: "You stupid
motherfucker, you stupid motherfucker, you stupid motherfucker." From now until
the end of time, whenever someone pisses you off, this song will pop into your
head: "You stupid motherfucker, you stupid motherfucker, you stupid
You'll Rebel closes with Bullshit, the final
brutal track, featuring another chorus that you'll find yourself chanting at
key moments in your life: "After this the rest is all bullshit, after this the
rest is all bullshit, after this the rest is all bullshit, after this the rest
is all bullshit!"
You'll Rebel is so good, and so much fun, that I
can't stop listening to it. It's as addictive as nicotine, caffeine, booze and
the Internet combined and I just can't get enough!
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