Underdog World Strike / Gypsy Punk
My So Called Knife (2002)
Welcome again Scribbler music fans! Old Man Feind started you off with ten albums you can listen to any time no matter what mood you’re in and today I’ll unleash another five. Hopefully you found some pleasant surprises in the first ten and will again in this list. So onto the music…
Ten albums down fifteen to go! Hopefully you found something in the first ten that was new to you and will again today in this set of five. This set is a little more diverse so hopefully there will be some in here that are completely new to you. Again these are all perfect 10s for me so I hope there’s something in here you’ll like. There are a couple metal albums in here but a couple very much not metal as well. You may not like all of these but you’re you and I’m me now onto the damn music already…
Soilwork – Stabbing The Drama (2005)
Ok, so I’m starting off with metal just like the first half of this list but this is another one that I can listen to absolutely any time, I fucking love it. I have other Soilwork albums since they’ve been around a long time and aren’t really a “lesser known” but this album fits the definition of this list perfectly. This was my first Soilwork album and it blew my damn socks off. I have others now but none even compare to Stabbing The Drama for me. The one two gut punch of the very first two songs, Stabbing The Drama & One With The Flies, was all I needed to sell me on this one but there’s so many more awesome tracks. I know many Soilwork fans would probably argue with me but for me Soilwork were never better than on this one. It’s heavy, melodic, fast and just kicks major ass! There may be some favorites on other albums but Stabbing The Drama is a their absolute best complete album from blistering start to its beautiful finish.
Marcy Playground – Self Titled (1997)
I told you there may be some that would shock you! This album is just too fun not to be on this list. If you can listen to this album and not smile then you are dead inside. Even when they deal with some darker subject matter like suicide on One More Suicide it still isn’t depressing. I mean come on this is a song about feeling so alone you through yourself off a bridge and no one cares except your mother and it still isn’t depressing or at least it isn’t to me. This album is just fun to listen to from beginning to end with songs about drugs, suicide and sex. Sure we’ve probably all heard Sex & Candy too many times but play it and try not to sing along. Even harder: try not to think dirty thoughts while doing so. No? Just me? Oh well you people suck what can I say but I bet you do now!
Gogol Bordello (2005)
Underdog World Strike / Gypsy Punk
Gogol Bordello are one of the most unique bands in all of music. The brainchild of Eugene Hutz and his merry band of gypsies Gogol Bordello was born out of being immigrants in NYC. Call them rock, punk or whatever else you want, what they do is incorporate traditional sounds from all over the world into what they call Gypsy Punk. While GB mainly stick to English they also incorporate Spanish, Romani and other languages at times into their songs. The first time I heard them was when Henry Rollins had them on his show which unfortunately he doesn’t do any more. Damn I loved that show! So I first heard them play 60 Revolutions live on Rollins’ show and it stuck in my head but at that time I wasn’t able to find the album. Maybe a year or so later I ended up becoming friends with a guy who had similarly diverse music tastes as I did and we traded a bunch of music. Lucky for me he had a copy of this fucking beautiful gem of an album by Gogol Bordello. I have several of their albums now and while I have other favorite songs this is still my favorite overall album though you really can’t go wrong with Super Taranta! either. If they’re new to you just a warning you may not like it right away but hopefully it grows on you. Enjoy!
This is the performance on The Henry Rollins Show that stuck in my head
Ok so this is from Super Taranta! but it's my favorite GB song, this is an acoustic version for a radio broadcast
The Misfits – Walk Among Us (1982)
Since I’m kind of on punk here I’ll stick with it for a moment. Yes, this one probably isn’t much of a shocker and some of you may be thinking The Misfits have better albums than this. You may very well be right on that but that’s really just up to your own taste. I have a ton of Misfits albums but the reason Walk Among Us has a special place in my heart is that it was the first one I ever bought. Of course, that was a cassette version when I was in either middle school or high school which has long since been destroyed or stolen I forget which. However, with the many collections I have and a few I have made myself I didn’t re-buy it for years. Then maybe 7 years ago or so I came across it at a record store I used to frequent when I wasn’t piss broke. So that probably just bored the shit out of you but hey, if you don’t know who The Misfits are you should just get the fuck out now! I won’t lie my exposure to The Misfits came from Metallica who have covered several Misfits songs plus have toured with Danzig several times. If you’re not aware of The Misfits because you’re young you are forgiven but it’s time you caught up with one of the most influential bands in both metal and punk. There’s no better place to start than where I did with Walk Among Us.
Lollipop Lust Kill –
My So Called Knife (2002)
This is one of just my all time favorite albums. What you never heard of them? Well since this is really their only album and they disbanded not too long afterwards you can be forgiven. This is another band/album that got lumped in with the nonsensical “nu metal” moniker. While I love this album and tried to get as many people as I could into at the time it still didn’t get all that much love. The band failed to land a spot on the, at that time, coveted Ozzfest and quickly deteriorated after that. I was lucky enough to be able to see them opening up for Ministry at the time and they put on an awesome high energy show. There isn’t a single song I don’t like on this album and I even used one of the songs as inspiration for one of my wretched tales (yet another failed magazine submission) Perfect Woman. I love the entire album but some other standouts for me would be Father, Knee Deep In The Dead and Kill Greedy. There’s also an excellent cover of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus worth checking out. If you can find this gem of a “one hit wonder” then definitely pick it up!
A couple of those may have surprised you a bit I hope and that Lollipop Lust Kill album is a one off that's an all time favorite. It’s a shame they disbanded never to be heard from again but such is life I guess and it happens all the time. I also can’t recommend Gogol Bordello highly enough. They are true ear candy of the highest order. There’s only ten more to go so there are still some real gems coming down the pike. Stay tuned for another awesome set of five next week. Until then rock the fuck out Scribbler fans!
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