--Posted by the
Baron Von JeR @ 23:40 PST.
Howdy to you folks that are not out enjoying that radioactive sun
of ours, this is the Baron Von JeR, newly recruited onboard this
pirate ship called LimitlessUnits.com!
I look forward to giving somewhat-in-depth reviews, rants, vices,
and praises-galore to about almost anything you can hear out there--
even reviewing a coin dropping on a tile floor. But I'll save those
goodies for later; the first Music Review was a long hard process.
But here goes:
REGGIE AND THE
FULL EFFECT: Promotional Copy
In February of 2000, the people at Vagrant/HeroesVillains record
label in Santa Monica, CA received a box of unmarked audiotapes.
Two newly joined staff members stumbled upon the boxes early one
Saturday morning on their way in to the head office. Within those
boxes they found the story of a man and his music."
There are times when one person's head has so many faces that when
you try to express yourself, it seems like it comes out in 5 different
ways. Stemming from that noggin of "emo"-heroes, The Get
Up Kids' keyboard player James Dewees, the magic that is called
Reggie brings silly-brit New Wave, honest Pop-Punk, driving HardCore
(rawk), booty-grabbing-and-shaking Electronica, and heartfelt Moog-powered
Emo in one of THE most eclectic packages known to this side of Czechoslovakia.
A most loved Reggie album tradition is little skits of audio of
encountering drunken homeless/druggies at rawkshows, rejoicing in
the fare of Happy Chickens ("c'mon!"), and the seriousness
of Finnish friendship takeovers. Example:
" You are not My Friend.
You are very small.
You cannot stand up to me...
You cannot play Basket Ball
.....This is DWARF INVASION !!! " (track 14 "Dwarf Invasion"
Considering this music is all by one man (don't tell that to The
Full Effect!), Dewees, ...er, "Reggie" never fails its
making your haggard ass shake, be it HardCore moshing, head bouncing
(track 5 "doot doot pause doot doot"), ferocious 80's
electroluxe (track 11 "Gloves" featuring Dewees' other
alter ego, Fluxuation), or even steppin' forth and back to Country
line-dancing meets HappyHardcore rave music (a Must-Hear, Track
9, "Boot to the Moon Wade and Wayne Jentry Band").
Although this CD came out in 2000, it was far ahead, behind, and
prevalent to its time. Hell, he managed to stick HipHop into Punkrock,
Drumm&Bass into HardCore, and synthPop into Emo. Personal Favorite
tracks include "Congratulations Matt and Christine", a
reclusive look at all that could've been in a relationship, carried
on by quirky piano melodies; and "Relive The Magic.. Bring
The Magic Home", the one that all the girlies love to put their
mouths on, unlike most other things far beyond the comprehension
of this review.
All in all, this is an album that you can put in your car and not
have to worry about catering to your passenger's taste, 'cause it's
all there. And as goofy as a Dwarf Invasion may seem, there's something
very honest in Reggie's music. If Ludacris had something to say
about this album, it would be "drop shit like birds".
It's Dope. And if you take life way too seriously, get that tree
branch out of your ass and give ANY Reggie and The Full Effect album
a listen. (Don't be fooled by its' title "Promotional Copy".
the first album is called "Greatest Hits '84-'87" and
his latest effort is aptly called "under The Tray", where
the CD appears to be missing upon first opening, that is unless
you check Under The Tray. "GudLook'n")
Album rating: 4 1/2 of 5. The equivalent of "this-is-good-shit-man!"
See you Infinite Men (Limitless Units) later!