Although I was only alive for two years during the 70s, I can definitelyappreciate the annoyingness of overproduced 70s arena rock (mostly through the magic of those VH1 "Behind the Music" specials).
Although I was only alivefor two years during the 70s, I can definitelyappreciate the annoyingness of overproduced 70s arena rock (mostlythrough the magic of those VH1 "Behind the Music" specials). This new3-song EP from Jello Biafra, Al Jourgensen & Co. aims to poke funat this very genre (well, at least the title track does). The 7-minute"70s Rock Must Die" contains just about every 70s rock cliche in thebook: the cheesy guitar riff, the cowbell, the tambourines, thefalsetto voice (which Biafra nails perfectly), the guitar-wanker solo,the chorus of "come on"s, the slow ballad-esque breakdown in the middleof the song, the kickin' drums, and just about everything else you everheard a million times in every Ted Nugent or Aerosmith song. The twoother tracks on the EP "Volcanus 2000 (We Wipe the World)" and "Balladof Marshall Ledbetter" are somewhat generic Lard songs, similar to thematerial on their last album, "Pure Chewing Satisfaction". They seemtacked on and unrelated to the whole 70s rock theme, but aren'tnecissarily bad either. If you're a fan of Lard (or loathe 70s rock),then this EP is definitely worth picking up for the title track alone(and for the excellent liner notes which, as usual, contain tons ofhumorous newspaper clippings and headlines).