Thursday, June 28, 2012
Album Review: JohNNy SiZZle - MetamorpheSIZ
I'm in a fantastic mood right now, and I've been putting off reviewing this album. Why? I don't know. In my opinion, it doesn't fit in with the garbage I usually feature on this blog. However, if it wasn't for Johnny Sizzle, this blog probably wouldn't exist.
I was first introduced to Johnny back in the early 1990s because he had a public access television show called "Johnny Sizzle's Entertainment Watch". I've featured a few videos from that show on this blog. He also went to the same high school as me, and there were a few people there who remembered him. I also remember seeing some of his home-recorded cassettes on sale in the 'local' section in the music stores. I was tempted to buy one, but when you're a teenager with very little money to spend, you question spending twelve bucks on a cassette.
A few months ago, I came across MetamorpheSIZ in a thrift store, I instantly bought it, took it home, and listened. Previously, I had heard only two of Johnny's songs at this point (Theme from Johnny Sizzle's Entertainment Watch, If Satan Was My Lover) so I kinda knew what I was in for. But this album was a bit different than what I expected. It's good! It's all catchy acoustic punk rock songs. I like punk rock, I like the acoustic guitar, and I like catchy songs. It sorta reminds me of The Replacements, and I like The Replacements.
The first track (Because I Want To) is an absolute gem. It would be a fantastic song for a female singer to cover, and I'd love to get my girlfriend to do a cover (that's if Johnny's cool with it, and my girlfriend likes the song).
While looking at the credits for the album, I found out that the first six tracks (which have a full band on them) have contributions from Mr. Plow! If it slips your mind, I posted about a Mr. Plow album here.
Even though the album is fantastic, I'm not going to post the whole thing for downloading, but suggest you purchase it from here.
I respect all the work that Johnny has done over the last 20+ years, and feel he deserves the money. However, I do feel the need to post one track from it, and I've been torn on which one to post. But ultimately, I decided on the family sing-song "Oh Happy Happy Hardcore Kid"
Listen to it here!
The album is going into my regular CD collection as opposed to going into the blog archive bin, and that speaks volumes in itself.
Oh, one more thing... the blog has received 100 likes on Facebook. Finally, some real friends!