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As Good As Dead Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001E97
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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1. Manifest Destiny Pt. 1
2. High-Fiving MF
3. Bound For The Floor
4. Lovey Dovey
5. I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are
6. No Problem
7. Nothing Special
8. Eddie Vedder
9. Back In The Day
10. Freeze Dried (F)Lies
11. Fritz's Corner
12. O. K.
13. Manifest Destiny Pt. 2

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LOCAL H As Good As Dead (1996 UK 13-track CD album including High-Fiving MF Fritzs Corner Eddie Vedder and the single Bound For The Floor fold-out picture inlay)

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As Good As Dead is the sophomore effort from the Zion, IL rock duo Local H. Frontman Scott Lucas uses bass pickups on his guitar to give the band a fuller sound - hey, if they can get the job done with two people, why not? They might not have the most original sound in the world (it's reminiscent of bands like Nirvana and Pixies, with some classic influences like AC/DC thrown into the mix), but they more than make up for it with their imaginative, witty songs that explore a multitude of topics.
Local H managed to move leaps and bounds above their debut effort Ham Fisted with AGAD. The sound is essentially the same as before, but it benefits from a more polished production that suits this type of music better, and an altogether better group of songs, including the one that the band is best known for, "Bound For The Floor".
It also represents something we didn't see much of in the '90s - it's a concept album. It follows a cynical pessimist who will stop at nothing to get out of Zion. The track that best sums up the central character's view of the world is the misanthropic "Nothing Special". An air of resignment permeates the few slower tracks on the album, like "O.K." - this is a song that can be interpreted in many ways, either within or outside the context of the album. The punkish furor of "Fritz's Corner" (named for a bar in Zion) is another highlight, as is "Lovey Dovey", one of the best anti-love songs I've ever heard. To grasp the concept of the album, it's best to listen to it from beginning to end; however, if you're having a day where nothing goes right, you could just crank up a song like "High Fiving MF" or "Back In The Day" - that's just what the doctor ordered.
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This CD was a turning point in the rock scene not only for Local H, but for fans everywhere. "The Copacetic Song" as it was called, was popular, yet no one seems to know about this CD or even the band. So here's an overview of the entire CD, song by song:
1. Manifest Destiny Pt. 1 -- Writing a song to start CD with purpose always works. Even though it's only 51 seconds, and not really a song, it works well here.
2. High-Fiving MF -- My favorite Local H song to see live. The lyrics are hilarious, yet they still obtain some sense of direction and seriousness. It would've probably been more popular than Bound had radio allowed its release. But that only makes it better.
3. Bound For The Floor -- Or should I say: aka The Copacetic Song. This is the one that started it for Local H. I just wish people would have more respect for it.
4. Lovey Dovey -- I think some anger management may be in line for Scott here, but that's just me.
5. I Saw What You Did... -- Grundge rock and its best. It's hard to find a song like this one now-a-days.
6. No Problem -- A great slow song, not the best on the CD though...
7. Nothing Special -- Good lyrics, good melody. Negativity seems to be working for Local H here.
8. Eddie Vedder -- Another single that never really made it. But nevertheless, it is a single. And a good one at that. Don't skip over this one.
9. Back In The Day -- Great live. Scotty could've toned it down a notch on this one. Still good, though.
10. Freeze Dried (F)lies -- My least favorite song on the CD, but it's decent.
11. Fritz's Corner -- You gotta love this song. It's just plain great. It could've been another big single.
12. O.K. -- Here's the best slow song on the CD.
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Local H's As Good As Dead feels like middle ground between their evolving sound. From the straight ahead grunge attack of their competant but nothing special debut Ham Fisted to their sonically experimental and most rewarding CD(Pack Up The Cats), As Good As Dead stands perfectly in the middle of those two albums. Like its predecesor, As Good As Dead is a loose concept album about a dead end life in a dead end town in the heart of the middle of nowhere (which in this case happens to be Zion, IL. About an hour from where I live).
As per usual, Lucas rips through songs with lacerating, low end guitar sound. While he would later perfect his tecnique and make it signature, here Scott remains raw and unglossed. Infact most of this album contains the heart of Fisted due to less flashy production and far less restrained energy (Back In The Day anyone?). His riffing is not only memorable, but sets the tone perfectly for this often bleak and depressing album.Lucas's partner in crime Joe Daniels still remains a monster behind the kit as usual. While not deeply intricate in style, he makes up for it with a pounding presence. He knows that a great drummer is the heart of rock music and he helps hook some the songs in your mind (That openning drum beat on High Fivin' Mofo is one of the most distingishable in recent years). Want another reason to buy this CD? Its got that "cophectic song" on it. Its called Bound To The Floor and please, stop asking!
The general tone and theme is about failure and hopelessness. Lucas and Daniels pull it off with is much grace as one possibly can in dealing with this subject. While some of the album is delievered in sort of dark and dank feel, there are plenty of smirking moments to keep it from just being another depressing grunge album of the time.
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