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Danger Danger - 1991 Screw It




ARTIST: Danger Danger
ALBUM: Screw It
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: ZK 46977
YEAR: 1991
CD REISSUE: 2004, Bad Reputation (France), BAD 002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ted Poley - vocals * Andy Timmons - guitars * Bruno Ravel - bass * Kasey Smith - keyboards * Steve West - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ginger Snaps * 02 Monkey Business * 03 Slipped Her The Big One * 04 C'est Loupe (Prelude) * 05 Beat The Bullet * 06 I Still Think About You * 07 Get Your Shit Together * 08 Crazy Nites * 09 Puppet Show * 10 Everybody Wants Some * 11 Don't Blame It On Love * 12 Comin' Home * 13 Horny S.O.B * 14 Find Your Way Back Home * 15 Yeah, You Want It * 16 D.F.N.S

WEBLINKS: www.dangerdanger.com


Background
The debut Danger Danger album from 1989 was a guaranteed highlight from that year. After a good run out on the road pushing the album, the band returned to the studio for album number two. Joining the band fulltime was Texan guitarist Andy Timmons, taking over the role from Tony Bruno (Rey), who stayed on with his other gig: Saraya. Timmons had contributed a few moments on the debut, but here he has a full hand. 'Screw It!' would polarise DD fans, those who loved the sexual theme throughout the album, or those who thought the leading sexual innuendo was bit too over the top. For me, I was probably in the latter camp, and though I am no prude, the content detracted from the music, and as a result, I tended to overlook this album when playing music during 1991, which was a bit unfortunate. That situation hasn't changed nearly twenty years later, but let's not overlook that there are some very good songs onboard.


The Songs
Opening up with 'Monkey Business', yes you can hear pornstar Ginger Lynn Allen groaning her way through the intro, but ignoring that, Danger Danger blitz through the opening stanza without slipping up on the proverbial banana. Of course, the second track 'Slipped Her The Big One' can only mean one thing, and it's not a banana! The energy is amped up on 'Beat The Bullet', and this is much better because there's no cheeze in it, unlike the first two tracks. Things improve markedly for the luscious ballad 'I Still Think About You', one of my fave Danger Danger tracks - period. The video is kinda cool too! The other heart-tugger is the quite beautiful 'Coming Home', with it's semi-acoustic Nelson like style, I wished the band did more of this stuff. Two tracks that also stand out include the quite brilliant pairing of 'Crazy Nites' and 'Don't Blame It On Love', both rock hard, and are typical of the debut CD. The band continue with the 'who cares' attitude, with tracks such as 'Get Your Shit Together', 'Everybody Wants Some' and 'Horny S.O.B' and though these chug-a-lug party anthems might appeal to those from the glam rock end of the spectrum, it won't appeal to all. Then they go and spoil it all with the rap outtake 'Yeah You Want It!'. WTF?


In Summary
So with that horrible ending in mind, I have three points to make. First, I think this CD has a few too many tracks. Sure, a couple of them are interludes, but they were pointless. Why bother? Secondly, the cheesier songs end up dragging the rest of the album down. From a songwriting/lyrical point of view, it makes the boys look boorish and amateurish. Certainly no Pullitzer prizes will be up for grabs here. And thirdly and finally, where the fuck is Kasey Smith on this album? He's nearly invisible, no wonder he did a runner from the band. Kasey and Didge Digital (FM) should probably share a pint and a few war stories. This might be a better album sonically than the debut, and they had the musical world at their crossroads, but at the end of the day, they couldn't decide which road to take.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on June 30 2010 18:42:35
Your three points are spot-on - I couldn't agree more. If they had toned things down a bit, this could have been up there with their first one. They definitely didn't need to be as over-the-top as they were. There are some great tunes on here - "Beat The Bullet" is as good a song as they've recorded. If anyone is creating a "best-of" playlist of D2 songs, you can't overlook this album.

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