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"Duke Lion Fights the Terror!!!" (Flip/Geffen)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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I can't help it. I'm addicted to this silly, over-the-top, GWAR-meets-Monty Python CD.

Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland is the mastermind behind Big Dumb Face, but I seriously doubt you'd hear any Limp Bizkit influences if you listened to this CD without knowing that. The music on "Duke Lion" ranges from the balls-out joke fury of Gwar to little ditties that sound like they came off some previously unreleased Devo CD. Regardless of the genre, the musicianship throughout is excellent. The lyrics, although you practically have to follow along with the lyric sheet to understand most of them, are hilarious and hysterically delivered. 

Seriously, man, this CD sounds like GWAR as performed by the Monty Python comedy troupe. For the life of me, I can't think of a better description.

In the press materials that accompanied this CD, Borland claims that his great-grandfather discovered a machine that allows Borland to record whatever the hell he feels like and it will be irresistible to the listening masses. It was a pretty funny story until the CD finished playing for the fourth or fifth time. Then, I began to wonder if it weren't true.

It doesn't hurt that the CD contains sampling from one of the greatest film comedies of all time: "Strange Brew" starring Bob & Doug McKenzie.

The listing of the credits (as follows) will also give you an idea of the attitude and style of Big Dumb Face. 

Performing on "Duke Lion" are: The Tongue of Colicab - vocals, guitar; The 3-headed Dimetrian Pup - vocals, loud noise; The Cardboard Urinal - bass, vocals; Joe Couch - drums, vocals. 

All songs written, performed, engineered, and produced by Wes Borland. Additional participants: Scott Borland sang back up vocals on "Duke Lion" and played a second bass track on "Kali is the Sweethog." Heather Borland clapped on "Fightin' Stance" and Kyle Weeks sang a bunch on "Duke Lion" and a little on "Space Adventure" at the end. He's also molested the innards of a Casio keyboard at the end of "It's Right in Here" and fooled around with a turn table and made some noise as well with Borland. Recorded at Borland's house. Mixing and additional engineering by Brian Virtue assisted by Daniel M. Certa at NRG. 

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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