In 1998, I wasn’t sure what Orgy was but they sounded fresh and appealing. With their 98 debut, Orgy may not have been totally pop-friendly but is surprisingly effective. All of this music flows on an electronic surface.It is interesting to realize that Orgy’s roots are more diverse than most. They hit hard but consistent like a modern day depeche mode, but rather than drawing from the 70’s, Orgy takes their lessons from the early 80’s. Musical cues were taken from David Bowie’s Let’s Dance and Tonight era, Gary Numan, and Duran Duran. This is more evident with the notion that Candyass’ biggest single was “Blue Monday”, a clever and fanciful remake of New Order’s famous early 80’s hit. In addition, Orgy makes for a group of clever songwriters. This is always a plus. While most bands choose rhyme over reason to describe themselves, Orgy generally prefers the latter. To some, Candyass is purely a bunch of noise, but the hooks are at least obvious, even if distorted and the messages are visceral, even if not discernible in what they achieve. To most Candyass is merely an industrial metal rehash but for those who approach it with an open mind, Candyass could be considered a debut masterpiece.
Antipop, indeed. Primus, led by mad genius/bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, enjoyed past radio success with ”Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and ”Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver.” And on Antipop, Primus’s usual staccato freneticism and rhythm-propelled tunes are as compelling, demanding, and provocative as ever. Like Mr. Bungle, another oddball Northern California outfit, Primus’s humor is omnipresent, though not in a Weird Al way, despite the fact that Claypool’s nasal delivery is not unlike Mr. Yankovic’s. Most of Antipop is patented Primus funk-pop, what with a song about ”sniffing paint since the seventh grade” (”Lacquerhead”) and the autobiographical title track (”I am the Antipop / I’ll run against the grain ’til the day I drop”). Still, there are a few departures. The spacey, seemingly deliberate Pink Floyd homage ”Eclectic Electric” is cool, as is the very Tom Waits-like ”Coattails of a Dead Man.” –Katherine Turman
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This is by far one of the greatest albums of 1999! Orgy is the one of the few bands in the music scene today that have any creativity. Their debut album CANDYASS is the most original-sounding album of all time. I know that is a bold statement, but it is so true. Every single sound and beat is something from another world. No words can fully represent their sound. New terms have even been invented to try and categorize their sound : “death-pop” & “Neo-goth” The vocalist (and very sexy) Jay Gordan contributes to the group’s uniqueness with his voice. His singing voice is even different from any other band’s vocalist I’ve ever heard! And so is his rhythm pattern and pronunciation. The images the music produces are reinforced by the band’s creative fashion. They too look from another world as does their music. There hasn’t been a fresh album like this since Nine Inch Nails’ debut back in 1989 with PRETTY HATE MACHINE. The music of Orgy is heavy enough for the regular metal fan, original enough for the alternative fan, and exotic enough for the artistic pilgrim looking for the extremes of all genres of music. This album has something for everyone! A truly unique, if nothing else, sound and look this band has. I’m not even much of a music fan. I use to think that I hated music, primarily because of the large amount of undesirable music out today. But when I heard Orgy’s brilliant cover of ‘Blue Monday’ I was hooked! I was even slightly turned off by the band’s name. Because, at first, I thought it to be another immature statement to corrupt society but then I read an interview with the band and they stated that it is not a sexual reference. It is an “orgy of sounds” That is sooooooo true ! Few albums have such a vast universe of sonic architecture ! This band is already beginning to create yet another genre of music and art. Watch out !
Let’s face it… goths need pinups too, and Marilyn Manson just doesn’t cut it. Armed with boyish charm and a synth-pop arsenal come Orgy, pretty boys in shiny cosmetics, thrift store finery and shimmering designer garb, with “Candyass”, a stunning, sensual, intelligent neo-glam record that will have any child of the dark peeing their pvc pants after one listen. Although released on Korn’s new label, Elementree Records, “Candyass” sounds nothing like their House-of-Pain-meets-Ozzy rock. Orgy also bear no resemblance to Manson’s brand of pseudo-glam-crap. Some little “gofflings” with raccoon-on-acid eyeliner might like to think that, but the only similarities between the prince of satanic stupidity and Orgy frontman Jay Gordon are their gangly heights and the fact that they both wear makeup. Gordon has a sensuous voice that sounds something like the bastard-child of David Bowie and Trent Reznor, with a little Peter Murphy & Andrew Eldritch thrown in for fun. The music itself has a new-wavey, Depeche Mode/ Cure vibe, with lots of synth-guitar and drum machines. It’s “Pretty Hate Machine” as engineered by demonic angels… a record to spin whether you’re bouncing around, making out or festering in a bottomless pit of depression. The songs are lyrically amazing, despite the fact that the band swear they’re all a bunch of fairytales. “Stitches” stands out as the most chilling, a story of the use and abuse of a significant other. There’s even a cover on here: New Order’s infamous 80’s staple, “Blue Monday.” Orgy preserve the song’s original dancey beat while adding their own metallic touches. Orgy… the boys, the style, and most importantly, the music… are sexy, dark,and thought-provoking, yet fun. “Candy” is dandy… just taste it for yourself.
Starting off with ‘Social Enemies’, a slowly thumping drum and bass backdrop to Jay Gordon’s awesome vocals, you know this CD is already worth your money. ‘Stitches’ comes next, with a medium almost peppy beat and some great lyrics. ‘Dissention’ picks the beat up to a fast paced and lyrically fun track, then dropping the beat back down for ‘Platinum’ which has a short but fun electronic break in it. ‘Fetisha’ is somewhat similar, but with more isolated drum moments, and though ‘Fiend’ doesn’t particularly stand out, its still good music. ‘Blue Monday’ is definitely the Dance-Till-You-Drop track of Candyass, deep bass beat and spectacular guitar and drum riffs. ‘Gender’ is a disco-ish, heavy-on-the-electronics romp, before `All The Same’ and its sexy slower throb. `Pantomime’ is good rock with fantastic vocal movement between verse and chorus. On `Revival’, Jonathon Davis from Korn joins in with Jay Gordon on the chorus vocals, their two different vocal styles blending astonishingly, and combining these awesome vocals with a deep beat, fuzzy guitars, electronic breaks, and superb lyrics. Wow! `Dizzy’ is a fun finish to the CD, starting with a deep muttering vocal that moves straight into a litany of “Dizzy Dizzy Dumb Dumb, Dizzy Dizzy Dumb Dumb” (that I Always get stuck on at work, muttering it under my breath) and then picks up with deep slow guitar riffs and pulsating drums that build higher and higher to the finish as Jay goes from muttering to screaming. My favorites are Revival, Social Enemies, Stitches, Blue Monday, All The Same, and Dizzy. All in all, Orgy is an astonishingly fresh band that delivers rock without some of the brutality that I tend to like in other bands, giving me a clean dose of energy when needed. Candyass is a must have.
Ever since 1999 or so, I’ve been fascinated by this band, as well as perplexed by the great loathing which many people have towards them. I found Orgy so different from the rest of the pack of KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Creed, and Nirvana wannabes which dominated the “rock” slots of most radio and television stations; they sounded, acted (not to mention dressed), and generally seemed to be nothing like anyone else in the mainstream music world. That was what originally whetted my curiosity, and one evening in late 2000 I bought both of Orgy’s albums from the time, and to this day I don’t regret that. In fact, I still hold them in high regard for being one of the more original and talented bands in the mainstream.
Orgy fall into several clichés which rendered them so greatly spurned by people everywhere. For one, they were a popular band for quite some time; it was not uncommon to hear them played on various radio stations and see videos to “Stitches,” “Blue Monday,” and other singles on MTV. Many a foolish, immature person from each generation’s youth is quick to assume that if a band or musician is popular, they lack talent, sold out, etc., etc. Obviously, that is not a good reason to knock a band like Orgy; popularity does not represent talent. Tool is one of the most popular bands of the 1990’s and onward and yet do people regard *them* as untalented? I rest my case. What’s more, Orgy are signed to KoRn’s music label, Elementree; oh no, they’re involved with KoRn? They *have* to suck then, right? Wrong…
It is due to some of the more material aspects of Orgy that many other people dislike them. For instance, they wear makeup – a lot. Okay, right away that can be argued, because music is about *sound,* not appearances; next question? Oh, Orgy doesn’t play very complex songs, eh? That’s not their style; they like to make short, trippy songs, plain and simple. It seems that these surface-value clichés are what most people base their dislikes upon; fairly weak arguments, all.
What I *really* don’t understand is how Orgy gets lumped with their distortion- and angst-heavy contemporaries in the numetal (hissssssssssssssss…) genre; Orgy sound nothing like them! Frontman Jay Gordon never screams nor whines about a bad childhood – and thankfully, he’s never *once* rapped in any of their songs; the guitars never try too get to heavy or outlandish; and *some* credit has to be given to the drumming, which sometimes gets tastefully intricate. Even I will admit that Jay’s voice is a bit monotonous most of the time, but he is capable of quite a range, and doesn’t sound like he’s straining (something which even Jon Davis of KoRn does frequently). So the guitars are very simplistic in style; they add texture and melody to the music – not to mention Amir Derakh’s unique blend of synthesizer-like effects in his leads (read: not just bouts of feedback, a la Godsmack or Seether) are a real treat. In fact, it is this latter quality which really separates Orgy from the rest of the pack; they’re more akin to Nine Inch Nails than they are to, say, KoRn.
And so here is CANDYASS, their debut album. The sound and production are crystal-clear (one of the benefits of mainstream attention, no doubt); the songs are all wholly unique from one another, with no filler or rehash to be found. “Stitches” is a minor scale, trippy song with a rather creepy melody, giving off vibes of helplessness and desperation (without getting over-the-top) and being heavy not through distortion, but ambience. “Fetisha” and “Social Enemies” have more of a grinding, mid-tempo groove, with fairly sexual atmosphere. “Blue Monday,” their most famous single, is not much of a change from the original version musically, but fitted with Orgy’s darker sound, the vibe changes drastically. “Dissention” is fast and sleek, heavy yet without being particularly aggressive or ominous, not to mention with nice guitar interplay. This is a fine collection of songs, and I enjoy listening to it every now and then even nowadays.
Maybe most people aren’t ready for Orgy; maybe the band is just too out-of-place to really click with society. Orgy gives me mesmerizing chills, because when I listen to their music, I’m not just listening to a band, but to music from a future world like something out of a sci-fi novel. I’m not saying that they’re “the sound of the future,” but rather the sound of another world outside of mankind’s preconceptions of time and space. Orgy is cool like that.
I’m not saying Orgy is the most original band to emerge in the `90’s, and I’m not saying that they are the most talented. What I’m really trying to say is that they are highly overlooked and underrated, because nobody gives them a chance. However, if approached with an open mind and an active imagination, Orgy might well make for a wholly unique listen.