The Michigan Daily - Monday, June 19, 2000 - 11
'1Story' showS id's
path to rock stardom
majority of the compilation is dedicated
to songs wl'inen in the early '90ls before
Kid Rock becamse a household name.
Mucih ofthte musicott "The History of
Rock" represents experimecntal periods
daring Kid Rock's career. As suc, they
vary widely in style, from the Beastie
orine's dark vision
Boy-inspired rap of "3 Sheets to the
Perhaps the most famous icon to come Wind (What's MY Name?)" to the
out of the Detroit area since Lee lacocca folk/seventies rock sound of "Prodiga
is back on the Son." Tracks like "Ya' Keep Ott" show
scene. That's right, that Kid didn't always focus on the rock
Grade: B+ Kid Rock has ' ' end of the rap spectrum; it features por-
released another tions of B.T. Express' R & B hi
Kid Rock album, modestly , "Express:" The album contains samples
The History of entitled "The original riffs, scratching and just about
Rock History of Rock," anything else one would expect from an
Atlantic and like his last !C up-and-coming rap artist.
Reviewed by release, it is sky- 7 t x. If you're looking for anothet
Daly Arts Writer rocketing up the co 'xis Yf A latic "Cowboy" or "Bawitaba," "The History
David Reamer radio and sales just how he got to his current state of star- of Rock" is not the place to look. But if
charts. Made up of dom. It also gives listeners a chance to you're looking for demos and just plain
14 new and previously released songs, hear music from Kid Rock's early albutos, solid tracks from an established star
this album looks back on the superstar's "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp" and "The this CD has that and more to offer. And
road to success, and forward to his future Polyfuse Method," both of which are out of course if you want to hear songs warit-
as a major force in the modern rap/rock of print and extremely hard to find. ten and performed by Kid Rock before
' ovement. The album's first single, "American he became famous, this may be yout
"The History of Rock" highlights Kid Badass," is one of the new tracks record- only chance to hear his early work. As
Rock's music before the multi-platinum ed specifically for the compilation. With a the album's narrator says at the close of
"Devil Without a Cause," but also features guitar riff taken directly from Metallica's the compilation: "...If it's marketed
a number of tracks that were not released "Sad But True," "American Badass" is right, you'll buy it. But if it's real, you'll
on any of his records. By featuring music one of the few commercialized songs on feel it." Before Kid Rock was ever mar-
from throughout the soon to be 30-year the new album. Although this is the track keted right, he was real, and that's what
old Kid's career, the album demonstrates that received the most publicity, the "The History of Rock" is all about.
Metal makes grand 'Return' in
surprisng MT compation
You've watched "Kids" a million
times. We all have. A few of you have
watched "Gummo," the directorial
Grade: F the young, talent-
ed writer of
Harmony "Kids" This
Korine drama is akin to a
SSAB Songs turbulent airplane
omplatten ride, crazy, spas-
Reviewed by modic, chalieng-
Daily Arts Writer ing to sit through
Joshua Gross or enjoy, but once
itsis over, impossi-
ble to forget or avoid telling your friends
about in a state of frenzied nervousness.
It is an effort indicative of a serious
Korine has said in numerous inter-
views that he does not wish to limit
himself to one medium, that lie wishes
to dabble in all aspects of the arts, write
a book, create an opera, record a CD.
And, like a ballerina thinking herself a
swimmer and diving into a waterless
pool, ic's crashed dowvn. Hard.
lTereisis't stucs so sax aborts she CD
itself "SSAB Songs" I boughs it with a
propheticv ision of distaste. I knew
Harmony Konine's style, his awesome
power tso shake you out of your subur-
ban stupor, to doubt the validity of your
material wealth, your happiness, and
your cleanliness. This vision does not
translate well to music.
The CD, which consists of a single
untitled song, is a combination of a very
boud and angry punk rocker's death rat-
tle and the Beatles' "Revolution #9."
The wisps of classical music, cellos, and
bassoons are annihilated by the hurri-
cane collision of pots and pan-like
Corting from the people who have
essentially reduced heavy metal to Kid
Rock, Limp Bizkit and an occasional
mention of a
Grade: A- a compilation of
songs from artists
TV's Return like Machine
of the Rock Head, Coal
Roadrunner SevendUst may
Reviewed by seem surprising.
Daly Arts Writer After all, these
David Reamer artists are rarely
given prime time
slots for their videos on the increasingly
junior high-oriented network. But for
Ece, MTV is doing something good for
rck music, namely publicizing an album
of lesser-known heavy metal artists.
"The Return of the Rock" compilation
cosnsis of 19 tracks from current rock
bands more or less oriented toward heavy
metal. In addition to the required tracks
from MTV darlings Kid Rock and Kon,
the album includes contributions from
PO.D., Staind, Powerman 5000 and
Incubus, just to name a few. These tracks
are generally current radio singles from
the bands, but don't let that sour you. The
producers of the album were careful to
select a mix of pOPular songs, previously
unreleased tracks, and offerings from
groups that have yet to record a platinum
or even gold record.
Some of the lesser-known bands that
stand out On "The Return of the Rock'
are Canadian girl band Kittie, whose
"Brackish" gets minor airplay on hard
rock and alternative radio stations, and
Full Devil Jacket, a hard rock quartet that
has made a name for itself by opening up
for more popular bands on toer. Their
contribution, "Stain," has been featured
on several other compilations, and is typ-
ical of the band's heavy sound.
Several of the never, younger bands
on "The Return of the Rock" contributed
unreleased tracks to the collection. Boiler
Room and Liquid Gang both offer songs
from their forthcoming full-length
albums. Dope put up a remix of their
crowd-pleasing "Everything Sucks.
System of a Down went a different direc-
tion by donating a song that has not yet
been made into a video or single, the typ-
ically frantic "Suite-Ple."'
On the whole, "The Return of the
Rock" is an excellent indicator of whose
stock is rising among young heavy metal
artists, and does a fairly good job of stay-
ing away from obvious answers. Whether
you want to hear the singles that you know
and love or expand your musical horizons,
"The Return of the Rock" will entertain
you. Don't get your hopes up for the return
of "Headbangers' Ball," though. As long
as sponsors and 13 year-olds run the net-
work, this album is as close as you'll ever
get to an hour of solid rock.
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This man should stick to making movies.
drumming, fragments of odd conversa-
tion, drunken banjo playing and scream-
The sound of these riotous children
comes out of nowhere, emerging from a
long period of quiet babble, snapping
the eardrums of those straining to listen
like a traumatized daughter yanking the
ars off her Barbie.
If you like msssic, don't hay SSAB
Songs. It isn't music. It's more akin to a
joke without a punchline, spoken only
to be heard, not laughed at. If you do
buy it, don't play it for your girlfriend,
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