Posted by: markfender | January 9, 2013

Headphone Diaries – September 3, 1990

Hey, remember this series?

lightscamerarevolutionSuidical Tendencies
Lights…Camera…Revolution!

Suicidal Tendencies was a punk/thrash band that had mostly surfed by on sorta funny songs like “I Saw Your Mommy” or “Institutionalized.” This album saw them maturing into a more straight foward thrash band with. It’s the strongest album overall, mostly anchored around “You Can’t Bring Me Down.” (This is a shitty Youtube version, but it’s the unedited version, which is the superior song. So, ignore the visuals. You’re not missing anything anyway, except for the fact that apparently every member of Suicidal Tendencies has to wear a different kind of stupid headgear).

Suicidal Tendencies is a classic thrash band that I still enjoy. I think that’s primarily based around Mike Muir. He can yell and scream with the best of them, but he can also turn it around and sing melodically (although I’m less fond of the entirely melodic songs like “Asleep at the Wheel”). He’s also a pretty smart lyricist, even if those lyrics are often rather silly. “Institutionalized” features the “All I wanted was a Pepsi” rant, but it’s also kind of a heartfelt song about some deep teenage angst. Other songs like “Nobody Hears” or “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow” continue this trend of being angsty songs, something you don’t normally equate with thrash. That’s one of the reasons I think they’ve aged fairly decently – lyrical content beyond the normal madness/horror/war/murder theme of most thrash music.

Unfortunately, I also think this is their last good album. Mike Muir decided to start singing ALL THE TIME after this album and, while I appreciate the fact that he can vary it up, I find his sorta breathy melodic singing annoying. It doesn’t work for me. There’s a few standout songs from later in their career but, in general, bleah. Stick with previous albums.

Did it age well? As well as can be expected.

Should this go on your iPod? Sometimes you just need a song with the lyrics “And one more thing / Fuck you” and you need to be able to yell that while listening to it. So, yeah, this needs to be on your iPod.

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