Volume 93, Issue 90

Monday, March 21, 2000


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Julia lays down the law in Erin Brockovich

Final Destination a surprising teen departure

Boobies is well worth the cheers

Audiences warming up to Tweedley's show

Boobies is well worth the cheers




The Bloodhound Gang
Hooray for Boobies
Universal



The Bloodhound Gang are at it again. Their new release Hooray For Boobies, is yet another perfect example of the band's motto – "No reason to live, but we like it that way."

Hooray for Boobies has the most interesting, funny and overly crude lyrics on a CD since, well, the Gang's previous release One Fierce Beer Coaster. The album holds true to its title, with the band singing about boobies and an abundance of other meaningless content, such as "I Hope You Die" and "A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying."

Lyrics aside, the songs themselves are generally catchy and upbeat, making the listening experience more than just bearable. The sound could be described as a mix of '80s retro and new age heavy metal with influences ranging from Pink Floyd to Prodigy. Most of the beats and samples are the best of their kind – they are extremely original and overly strange, but fit perfectly within the package.

The Bloodhound Gang has a lot to live up to with this CD. Their last release was not only nominated for a Grammy, but also went platinum in New Zealand and gold in four other countries, including the U.S.. So far, the first single "The Bad Touch" has seen much success in radio play and is most likely on its way into the charts.

When everything in this CD is considered, it is an enjoyable listen. If you don't like the music maybe you can appreciate its humour, or at worst, the band explains how to use their CD to physically excite one's nipple. Either way, Hooray for Boobies will make you happy.

–Myles DeRosse




Ghostface Killah
Supreme Clientele
Sony/Epic/Razor Sharp Records



Since the release of their 1997 classic double album Wu-Tang Forever, things haven't exactly been running smoothly for the various members of this Staten Island collective.

The crew temporarily separated to pursue side projects and although solo albums from mastermind producer RZA, GZA and Method Man all had respectable sales, most of the Clan produced dismal efforts. All, of course, except for Ghostface Killah, who elected to hone his efforts with the help of RZA on his newest album, Supreme Clientele.

Clan fans will be happy to know this album's cover is as deceiving as the artist it features. With appearances by vital Clan members like Raekwon, Cappadonna, Masta Killah, RZA, GZA and Method Man, Supreme Clientele is an aperitif served up before the Clan reunion album eagerly anticipated for summer release.

Ghostface's lyrical skills can only be described as unique. These rhymes, woven into the auditory tapestries RZA creates, produce tracks which are blatant, roughshod attacks on the eardrum.

"Buck 50" is a brilliantly structured package of RZA-sampled soul guitar and choral bites, interrupted periodically by tight rhymes and throaty bellowings from Cappadonna, Method Man, Masta Killah and non-Clan member Redman. As well, "Wu Banga 101" features numerous cameos and another memorable sonic background from RZA and invites comparisons to Forever's collective number, "Triumph."

Although all the guest appearances from the Wu-Tang help out, tracks with powerful lyrics such as the Malcolm X sample-laden "Malcolm" and "Ghost Deini" exhibit Ghostface's proficiency alone on the mic.

In all, Supreme Clientele is a title which perfectly encapsulates Ghostface's album – a collection of some of the most premi¸re MCs, supported by Ghostface's rhymes and RZA's inspired soundscapes.

–Luke Rundle






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