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RECORDS
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quote the lyric sheet, Cirafelli sings:
"(scream) / I like you / Oooh yeahh /
(scream) / I like you / Take me away."
Needless to say, you don't want to hear
Lucia scream, or later sing, "I just want
to be your teddy bear."
If Drill weren't being so serious, they
might be able to achieve the tacky great-
ness of, say, The Cycle Sluts From Hell.
But, as it is, all they achieve is the lofty
position as my beverage coaster.
- Dave Snyder

Hamell On Trial
Big As Life
Polygram Records
Ed Hamell could care less if you
like him. Most of the blisteringly per-
sonal punk-folk songs on this CD
smack you in the face like a hot wok
before pulling your gym shorts down
around your knees and shoving your
head in the toilet. Not that Hamell
comes off like some bullying Hootie
and the Fratfish fan; on the contrary,
Ed Hamell is the 98-pound weakling

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that Hootie beat up in high school, all
grown up and ready to fight back.
He's a P.C. crusader with a razor-
sharp wit and a score to settle. I say,
more power to him.
"Big As Life" starts out rather
unassumingly with the almost peppy
love song, "Sugarfree," then leaps into
the hard-rocking, "End of The World
As We Know It" influenced"Harmony."
These tunes announce Hamell's inten-
tions right off the bat: You might have
some fun, but you're going to learn
something too.
The next song, "Blood Of The Wolf,"
is a five-minute spoken word routine
about Ed's friend who robbed a Ken-
tucky Fried Chicken with a fork; ironi-
cally, it is one of the most beautifully
written songs on the disc. Whatever Ed
Hamell lacks in guitar skills he more
than makes up for with his mastery of
the English language.
Unfortunately, Hamell sometimes
becomes so convinced of his own bril-
liance that he ends up tossing out a
couple of lame songs that would be
far more impressive if they weren't
written by a grown man. The worst of
these is "Piccolo Joe," a weak attempt
to sound "beat" that's based around a
stupid Dr. Seuss rhyme scheme, with
lines like "What do you know / It's
Piccolo Joe /They call him that'cause
he's high / No time for fun / there's
work to be done / Doing the deals on
the sly."
Hamell's at his best when he mixes
equal parts comedy and political com-
mentary, then throws in three or four
guitar chords to back thetwholerthing
up. The two best songs are "Big As
Life," a poppy three-chord ditty about
meeting Count Basic, and "Z-Roxx,"
which contains the immortal line, "Man,
man, man, man, I don't give a fuck
about your band, band, band, band."
Like Ed Hamell or not, he somehow
managed to get Polygram Records to
release "Big As Life," an overwhelm-
ingly-impressive and passionate debut.
Hootie, if I were you, I'd turn tail and
start a runninm
- Jeffrey Dinsmore
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