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Kiss Offs

Rock Bottom

Peek-A-Boo
CD $9.50

03/06/2001 655035020921 

BOO 1209CD 


MP3 $7.92

03/06/2001

 


If it wasn't evident enough on 1999's trashy and glamorous Goodbye Private Life, THE KISS OFFS don't just love rock and roll, they have a destructive, co-dependent relationship with the genre and feel compelled to sing about it whenever possible. Rock Bottom is about, for, and because of rock. It directly addresses what it has done to their otherwise mundane middle class lives—they're poor, they're unemployed, they're dirty, they're continuously intoxicated, they're willfully destructive and they often sleep on floors, despite the fact that each is somewhat educated and comes from a good, loving family. "Prolonged Adolescence" captures the drunken nights roaming Austin on old bikes with friends to cheer on local bands. "Love You Hardcore" is about missing those bands when they inevitably break up and missing those friends when they leave. "The Freedom of Rock" and "Pleather Pantz" expound on the redemptive, disfiguring, and humbling power of rock and roll. "Broken Fingers for Talented Singers" is a meta-rock doctrine, a shout-out to rock fans everywhere with lines like, "So you can't sing, then scream and shout," and "Three chords are great, but one will do." Another verse grants license to rip off influences—then blatantly cops a few lines from The Fall's "Copped It," a song about plagiarism no less, after declaring such robberies "the building 'Brix' of a 'Mark E.' (marquee) career." Other songs revert to the tried-and-true Kiss Offs' topics such as love, sex and, of course, kissing. As usual, the guitars skronk and spurt, the bass rumbles and belches, the drums pound like a polyrhythmic migraine, and the keyboards... sound pretty good, considering they use a Casio bought on sale at Sam's Club. Along The Kiss Offs' well-worn tour route, the band is known for their beer-soaked live shows, which often include climbing on amps, tables and other obstacles. They've hurled guitars, drums and themselves at stages, roofs, the audience and each other on numerous occasions, and on others they simply hurled. They've set themselves and others on fire and have outstanding warrants in at least three states. They've ordered fast-food from drive-through windows on foot. And they hide their heads in shame when these exploits are mentioned, because rock made them do it.  * Second Peek-a-Boo rock chestnut from Austin garage swillers  * Love, sex, and kissing (not necessarily in that order)  * Rips off a Fall song about ripping off songs  * Three chords are great, but one'll do

Tracklist

  1. #1 Let Me Find The Good In You

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  2. #2 Love You Hardcore

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  3. #3 Broken Fingers For Talented Singers

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  4. #4 We Can Work It Out

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  5. #5 Mmm Mmm Mmm

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  6. #6 The Freedom Of Rock

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  7. #7 Prolonged Adolescence

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  8. #8 Pleather Pantz

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