"Lemonade and Brownies" (Atlantic Records; 1995)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Sugar Ray combined funk, metal and whole bunch of goofiness on this debut disc. I only picked up this disc because of the same reason everybody else did: the cover. DJ Lethal produced this hip-hop/rap metal hybrid and at times the clock seems to tick backwards on the timer -- some of these songs are just too weird. I can see splicing together seamless cuts but at times I think I'm listening to four different songs playing over each other. It doesn't happen that often though.

When these Orange County kids want to get stupid, be prepared for anything. There are some tracks that I can't even get all the way through. They could give me the winning lottery numbers at the very end, but I'll never know. Such tracks include titles like "Danzig Needs A Hug" and "Scuzzboots." This is a long disc too, clocking in at 43:07. There are some nasty little guitar riffs and when the metal portion is injected the songs do have some kick. "10 Seconds Down" has the best riff on the whole disc and the song just stomps.

Last note: Who would have guessed that Mark McGrath would go on to be such a recognizable face?

If you haven't ever heard anything from this album please allow me to offer you some suggestions: "Rhyme Stealer," "The Greatest," "10 Seconds Down," and "Streaker" (at least up to 4:03).

Sugar Ray is: Mark McGrath vocals, guitar; Rodney Sheppard guitar, vocals; Murphy Karges bass; Stan Frazier drums, percussion, guitar, vocals.

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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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