It’s all been said before, but I’ll add my two cents worth. This album by Suicidal Tendencies is not only their greatest, but the greatest by any band at anytime anywhere. It makes your life better simply by listening to it and thrills you every single time you play it. Trip at the Brain is an electrifying opener with an absolutely unprecedented heavy trip in the middle over Rocky George’s endlessly melodious lead guitar, it is simply stunning. Pledge Your Allegiance will have every ST fan jumping around with reckless abandon. The Miracle was the song every metal band in the world prayed to God to have delivered upon to them, ST lucked out I guess. Sorry?!, an intensely personal (so much so its lyrics aren’t in the liner notes), utterly thrilling and endlessly sad song. The album’s title track How Will I Laugh Tomorrow is simply ST’s best ever. It encapsulates the virtuosity both musically and lyrically of this band and is as essential to life as the blood in my veins and the air in my lungs. Just buy this album.
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This album comes one year after Join the Army and takes the crossover sound into a definate thrashy realm, and in doing so creates an awesome finished product. There isn’t a bad song on here, they’re all melodic, yet thrashy classics with good lyrics. I’ve been listening to this album since ‘93 and it’s still one of my favorites. My vote as best Suicidal album and the pinnacle of their career.
This album was a masterpiece of emotional perfection when it first came out and still stands that way for me. The times of the late 80’s where filled with alot of self emotion and a little rebellion. Suicidal Tendencies broke ground with this album combining the new wave of west coast metal with their current hardcore sound they had from thier previous album. The band recruted a second guitarist Mike Clark, who was not only a fantastic rhythem player but wrote the majority of the songs with Muir on this. A definite classic album. Second best album I’ve ever heard in my life.
Having seen the band at a tension filled show 6 months earlier at an odd metal/punk dual bill in Oakland, I was not surprised to see new faces on the cover. Gone was co-founder Louichi Mayorga on bass, and they had added Mike Clark on rythym guitar. Mike Clark also wrote the music almost across the board on this album, and I don’t know if he’d been storing up these gems for a rainy….er…band, but WOW!
Add to that the release from the tension of battling with his homey (they barely made it through their Oakland gig)with the sheer joy of finding a songwriter/solid-phat player like Clark, and Cyko Myko Muir was set free! He wrote focused thematic lyrics that finally achieved the urban balance between punk bark and in-the-pocket smooth rap (witness the outro/vamp on “Trip to …”)he had been looking for.
Rocky George(the most underrated lead player in rock) was finally completely comfortable, and had some meaty hooks to launch from and soar. Rythym section locked tight… man I had no idea when I picked it up that day in ‘87.
I got home, was busy with work on my own label, was about to go to bed… “Let me just check this out for a second” – my curiosity piqued. Holy Cats! Next thing you know I was WIDE awake, volume up, stomping around my room, wrecking s**t! As if I neede proof, caught them at the ensuing support show and it was MAYHEM. And that’s just about what you want… truly great moments in Rock, better yet Punk Rock!
Arguably the best album to come from the Suicidal Tendencies, “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today” combines the frenzied thrash sound of ST’s classic debut with the slower tempos of “Join the Army”. Mike Muir’s lyrics reached unprecidented heights on “Trip at the Brain” (which is possibly one of the best album openers ever), “Pledge Your Allegiance”, “Miracle”, “If I Don’t Wake Up”, and “One Too Many Times”, but his maturity as a songwriter reaches the breaking point on the classic title track, which is one of the most revered songs to ever come from the band. All in all, this is headbanging hard rock done right, and if you are new to the band, this is a great place to start.