DAVE BROCKIE EXPERIENCE


"Songs for the Wrong" (Metal Blade Records; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Continuing in his apparently never-ending quest to prove that he's one of the sickest fuckers on the planet, GWAR's Dave Brockie has released this second disc of songs that don't only go beyond the realms of political correctness, they grab it and beat it to death with the same bats they use to kill baby seals with.

Littered with songs about slow sexual response, ugly girls and oral sex, an army of homosexuals and various ditties about different types of animals (from squirrels to dogs to werewolves), "Songs for the Wrong" may be the most appropriately titled album of the year. Don't try to enjoy a cocktail when you listen to this CD because, chances are, you're either going to spit-spray a mouthful of it on your girlfriend or choke to death on ice cubes when you hear lyrics like "We have fought for centuries to finally have the balls; to walk around stark naked out in public shopping malls."

Then, just to really hammer his bizarreness home, Brockie throws in a couple of deadly serious tunes, like "Shatila," which questions the U.S. alliance with Israel and "Churchmouse in the Snow," a sobering song about a dying soldier and his last thoughts of home and his mother. More often than not, however, "Songs for the Wrong" is hilarious. Sick, but hilarious.

Thankfully, the music ties in well with the lyrics. Musically, the songs on "Songs for the Wrong" are twisted, loose and dark. They're never taken too seriously (with the exception of the aforementioned "Churchmouse n the Snow" and "Shatila.")

Again, GWAR fans will definitely want to add the latest from DBX to their collection. Anyone shocked by Janet Jackson's exposed breast during the Superbowl, however, had better steer clear, clear away of "Songs for the Wrong."

The Dave Brockie Experience is: Dave Brockie - bass, vocals; Mike Derks - guitar, vocals; Brad Roberts - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.gwar.net or http://www.SlavePitInc.com


"Diarrhea of a Madman" (Metal Blade Records; 2001)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

If you can listen to this entire record without screwing your face up in a "What the hell...?" look, then you should probably seek emergency mental health assistance immediately. And I don't mean just once, I mean like a dozen times.

Because "Diarrhea of a Madman," from Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR) is one bizarre and twisted record. Of course, you'd expect nothing less from the frontman of the blood-drenched costume band GWAR, but "Madman" is Brockie turned loose on his own. And the result is certainly entertaining, as long as you don't have a politically correct bone in your body.

Contained in "Madman" are songs about sex, homosexuality, masturbation (twice at least), the Vietnam war, giant octopuses and Princess Diana. The lyrics are shocking, outrageous and uncensored. The liner notes are just as frank as well. The music ranges from full on, GWAR-like ditties ("40,000 Times," "Two Smart Guys Fight (about Michelangelo)" to slow-moving mini-epics that are really more like ten-minute dramas told with background music and with Brockie playing all the characters ("I Saw Three Forms" "Calling Dr. Fong."). 

The bottom line is that many will find the over-the-top antics of the Dave Brockie Experience too much. GWAR fans, however, will not be disappointed in their balls-out insanity.

The Dave Brockie Experience is: Dave Brockie - bass, vocals; Mike Derks - guitar, back-up vocals; Brad Roberts - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.gwar.net or http://www.SlavePitInc.com


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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