5.0 out of 5 stars
I never stole this album, but the cops took my tape of it, Jan. 6 2004
The cleaned-up version of "Chemical Imbalance" used to play on our local college station during the early 90's. I taped it on a few mix tapes (couldn't get enough of it!) and finally bought the cassette of "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed."
Unfortunately, a few years later, my car was seized by the state cops for ... um ... some misbehavior on my part. I never got the car back, nor did I get any of my favorite tapes, which happened to be in the car at the time. Skatenigs were in my daily rotation at the time, so I was out one great tape (along with many others).
Fast forward to the year 2000 -> -> -> I've moved 1200 miles away; I'm back on my feet, I am a respectable citizen again; I'm also 38 years old. As soon as I had found the best music shops in town, I set about my search for "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed" on CD.
It turns out that I had to special order it; only the very best shop was able do it for me. (This is before I discovered Amazon, but the music shop had it to me in a week.)
Now, I have my Bach, I have my Beatles, I have my Johnny Cash, Hendrix, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King, Plasmatics, Zappa, James Brown and the Barber of Seville. But I also have Skatenigs. That's what sets me apart, though I wish that everyone could hear them. (It's a mission!)
For Christmas I gave my 17 year old daughter a mix CD that included "Chemical Imbalance" (sans the long spoken intro - her mom wouldn't like it, I don't think). I may be 41, but that tune still puts me into a trance. My right eye nearly closes ... my left eye half closes ... my head moves back and forth ... and then the entire band comes in !! AAAAAHHH!!!!
The whole CD is great, though. A lot of interesting sound samples.
I like "Poundsauce," with the samples, "you take your chances with the law - justice is only a roll of the dice," and "like someone on a rampage." And of course the "what the f$*%!" sample that is used like a percussion intrument during the bridge. It's a repititious tune, but good background for a party or some kind of dancing - or just to jam along with.
"Fight Da Suckas" is an anti-racist tune. Even if you don't listen to the lyrics, it's a good tune.
"Loudspeaker" uses its title and the singer's (lack of?) dynamics (he shouts) as a metaphor for the radical right's oppressive attitude. Deceptively mild sound samples from right-wing speakers are interspersed, and repeated for emphasis, while the singer says absolutely nothing offensive other than "shut up and listen."
Other than that rather abrupt "request," which is repeated a few times, the singer says nothing offensive but rather describes a desire for understanding. The background music is raucous and disturbing, which coincidentally is just how the radical right appears to many freedom-loving patriotic Americans. Sometimes the rest of us do want to say, "shut up and listen" to the holier-than-thou sect, but we're too polite to do so.
The last tune on the CD, "Roadkill," is a great driving song. The whole CD is great for when you're on the road, but this one really is the best. "Backwoods motherf*@$#&%!" "Roadkill all over Texas!"
A driving beat. "I'm not coming back!" "I know what I'm getting and the getting is good!" "Roadkill all over Texas!" "Whaddyou think I am, some sort of a piece of s#*%, I'm a human being."
"I'd like to bite the hand that feeds me ... so ... feed ... me now!"
Truly, one of the great albums of all time. I have Mingus, I have Miles, I have the Beatles, I have Bela Fleck ... All great, but my collection would be seriously lacking without "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed."
Oh, I should mention "Horny For Evil." I can't describe how it starts. You'll either fall off your chair laughing or pop the CD out in disgust. Don't pop it out! It's a Biohazard-style thrash-fest.
Don't pass this one up if you like metal. I'm not even a serious metal fan - Metallica, sure, but I'm more grunge/punk/dirty blues. Not those nasty hair-metal bands from the early 80's. These guys, Skatenigs, grab you by the boo-boo and don't let go until they're ready to. I just wish I could have seen them live.
GAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!! "Stand Tall and Fight"!!!