I understand that now a more legitimate version of D.I. is back in action, but in 2002, or whenever this thing was recorded, it was just Casey Royer and three session guys calling themselves the Wick Band. And it says that in the credits! “D.I. is: Casey Royer…vocals. Guest session players: The Wick Band, featuring…” etc. What’s up with that? Either just make then honorary D.I.s, or credit the whole album to Casey Royer (and friends). Anyway, that’s the major criticism of this thing. You could compare it to the Ramones’ swan song “Adios Amigos,” (even though that’s a better album) in the sense that it’s following the punk guidelines. All originality seems to have been sucked out of D.I. This is like a complete cash-in. The covers of legitimate D.I. include “Stick to Your Guns,” “Richard Hung Himself,” and “Johnny’s Got a Problem,” and they sound snappier than the originals, if you try not to think about who’s playing them. The new one’s are complete punk by the book: the guitar has that thin, hammering sound and the whole drum set sounds like a woodblock sometimes. So are the lyrics: “Persecution for Profit” is a random and near-idiotic psuedo-political song, “Anthony the Psycho” is about a ‘crazy guy’ and all the bad stuff he does, “She Don’t Like Me” is about a girl that doesn’t like him anymore, and “Anxiety Attack” is another kind of numbskulled one about someone’s dad going crazy. Standard punk s**t that was good the first time, right? Actually they’re all kind of numbskulled. They do sound pretty good though, and I think the latter-day fakeness is part of their charm.
2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the British Rock band\\\’s classic live set, originally released in 1981. Motorhead\\\’s No Sleep \\\’Til Hammersmith captured the band at its earth-shattering, genre-forming peak. Skyrocketing to #1 when it was originally released, No Sleep is one of the best live albums of all time, capturing the live high-octane impact of the legendary power trio line-up (Lemmy, \\\’Fast\\\’ Eddie, and Philthy \\\’Animal\\\’ Taylor). No Sleep… was already an astounding live album to begin with, but this expanded double disc version adds more tracks, more power and more Lemmy for the ultimate Motorhead live experience! 29 tracks. Sanctuary.No Sleep \\\’Til Hammersmith is a definitive metal document, with Motörhead\\\’s Lemmy, Fast Eddie, and Philthy Animal Taylor captured in their full-on chaotic glory across Britain\\\’s sweat pits in 1981. From the opening body rush of \\\”Ace of Spades,\\\” with Lemmy\\\’s gravel-gargling voice raw and blasted all to hell, to Fast Eddie sending out mercurial shards of guitar, to the closing \\\”Bomber\\\” and \\\”Motörhead,\\\” this is a live album second to none. Lemmy would break all four bass strings on the evening\\\’s opening chord; fans would need to be restrained from carving grooves into the floor with their heads. Metal should be a vicarious thrill, a sudden rush of blood and noise, and No Sleep more than fills those roles. For Motörhead fans with serious cranium damage, this 20-year anniversary edition also contains a bonus CD of outtakes from the same tour, including second versions of (an even heavier) \\\”No Class\\\” and Lemmy\\\’s ode to all things gross, beer-bellied, and sweaty, \\\”(We Are) the Road Crew.\\\” Absolutely bloody essential. –Everett True
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