Redd Kross - Show World !
Redd Kross - Show World
Quicksilver Recording Compagny/Island 1998 CD
01. Pretty Please Me
03. You Lied Again
04. Girl God
05. Mess Around
06. One Chord Progression
07. Teen Competition
08. Follow the Leader
09. Vanity Mirror
10. Secret Life
11. Ugly Town
12. Get Out of Myself
13. Kiss the Goat
"Show World" is Redd Kross at their most commercially viable. While "Third Eye" was ALMOST too pop, and "Phaseshifter" was ALMOST too hard rock, this album was a perfect mix of both.
The songs here are orgasmically catchy and the production is tight, in your face, and tough. This is the one that should have finally put them on the map.
I especially dig, "You Lied Again," "Mess Around," and "One Chord Progression." But there really isn't a bad song in the bunch. (Mark, North Carolina)
Simply put, this is one of those great lost treasures, a true classic in Rock And Roll. This rocks from start to finish, and every song is a gem. What we get on "Show World" are catchy pop songs with hooks a-plenty, gorgeous, lofty melodies, rip roarin' riffs, killer drumming from Brian Reitzel, and more off beat, heart-felt, witty lyrics from Jeff (who sings lead, he's a great rock singer, truly a lost art these days) and Steve McDonald, who plays bass.
Favorite tracks are "One Chord Progression", "You Lied Again" "Follow The Leader", "Ugly Town" and the killer opening number, (a Quick/Dickies cover) "Pretty Please Me".
Also, this album features some of the best rock guitar playing ever, from the late, great Eddie Kurdziel, who passed away in 1999. Eddie's playing was a crucial element to the band's sound, for sure.
"Show World" is a cd I can put on at any time, in any mood, and still be amazed at how brilliant it is.
Redd Kross is a great band, and this is their masterpiece. (Mike Acquisto)
No, I'm not a member of the band....just a fan of good music. Red Kross, probably one of the most overlooked bands ever kicks it with this album.
The album starts off with "Pretty Please Me" from the seminal punk band the Dickies, and this tune rocks!!! A fantastic cover.
"Stoned" is probably the strongest tune on the album, great power pop with fantastic riffs. Brit pop influences are perfected in "You Lied Again", which plays off of The Beatles. The songs "One Chord Progression" and "Ugly Town" also stand out as fabulous tunes. (misternefarious)
People laugh when I tell them that "Show World", by LA's finest Redd Kross, is the greatest album of all time. This is for several reasons: the album is too recent, it's not by Radiohead, and that it is too "lightweight" or "bubblegum" to be a serious contender for such a status. Bubblegum it may be, but never before has an album been available that is truly deserving of full marks like this album is.
"Show World" plays like a greatest hits collection to rival even "Abba Gold" in terms of truly uplifting, passionate music pop music. It may seem an absurd statement to be accepted the average ignorant sceptic, but this truly is THE ultimate pop LP.
Potential Criticism 1:- track one is a cover version - how unoriginal.
Response:- Pretty Please Me simply contains the best chorus written by a human being, regardless of who performs it.
Potential criticism 2:- On "Show World", Jeff McDonald has become a shameless Lennon copyist.
Response:- JEFF McDONALD IS MORE TALENTED THAN JOHN LENNON, RAY DAVIES & PAUL McCARTNEY PUT TOGETHER BY GENETIC SCIENTISTS. There really isn't that much else left to say, except that there really is no excuse for not at least wanting to own this fantastic LP.
"It really is the greatest album of all time." (a customer)
Qu'ajouter? La magie Mc Donald bros opère une fois de plus sur ma cervelle et leurs albums sont trop peu nombreux pour qu'on puisse se refuser la jubilation toute légitime que nous procure l'écoute de chacun d'eux, je kiffe les Kross, yeah!
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