...all I wanted was a Pepsi !!!
July 3, 1990 - 2020: 30 years of: Lights... Camera... Revolution.
Welcome to the Church Of Suicidal !
1990: what a great time to be a metal-fan, I know, I was there. Key offerings from the hard-hitting hardrock scene, some of the finest thrashmetal monoliths and most of deathmetal's best records were released in that single calendar-year. In parallel, a new-school of rockers were infecting the scene with grooves and unheard vibes in the metal genre, acts like LIVING COLOUR, WARRIOR SOUL, JANE'S ADDICTION and Venice's own skaters SUICIDAL TENDENCIES !
From the deep undergrounds, Los Angeles's own banned-band were thrashing the stages since 1983's iconic self-titled hardcore-punk explosion Suicidal Tendencies LP. After joining the army with no intent to laugh or smile, it was now time for the director/MC/band leader/cyco/preacher Mike Muir to shout aloud: "What the hell's going on 'round here ?"
It's a motherfucking revolution, a blunt statement delivered straight outta the City Of Angels. "You Can't Bring Me Down" is the fire and the fury of thrash, high paced and with the eventual breakdown preach-part. In one simple track, the mighty S.T. reinvents themselves and resets the bar for the surrounding competition. Welcome to the Nineties home-boy !
The heavy thumping laidback "Lost Again" and "Give It Revolution" are fine metal-cuts but the real magic comes into play with the adorable "Lovely". RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS on high-gain crunch, total left-field from a band that sent us into a trip at the brain just a mere 2 years ago. Traces of hardcore are felt on the speedmetal burst of "Disco's Out, Murder's In". The album closes with a moshpit metal-monster in "Go'n Breakdown" featuring more tight fret-work by both Mike Clark and Rocky George's right-hand palm-muting.
...and now, one of the coolest songs ever: 3 - 2 - 1 - Action !
TV-preachers of the 80s are exposed and uncensored in this full 3:24sec "show me yours I'll show you mine" urban-metal celebration. "Send Me Your Money" is all planets aligned free-style hard-music fusion. From thrash rhythm, to some of Robert Trujillo's funkiest bass-licks, to a saxophone appearance and to Muir's humoristic/realistic raps ...this is the boiling-point for fun to funk to fucked ! In 1988 Ozzy wrote '"Miracle Man" and now SUICIDAL goes all the way. The truth is out there, remember kids that: "His only God is the almighty dollar, He ain't no prophet, He ain't no healer, He's just a two bit goddamn money stealer."
Send Me Your Money - video
V13 related or not, the gangstas of new-metal did crossover from hardcore to thrashmetal. SUICIDAL TENDENCIES is an important band has they were now the ultimate hybrid: street-smart thrashmetal with hiphop esthetics and DIY punk roots.
Now 30 years strong and RIAA-certified Gold, Lights... Camera... Revolution is a landmark album for the evolution of heavymetal, after a half-decade of generic hardrock and speed-only minded freaks. What ANTHRAX started, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES perfected. Nineties band like BIOHAZARD, PANTERA, BODY COUNT and eventually LIMP BIZKIT wouldn't have a gig it wasn't for S.T. trailblazing the way, out of the metal status-quo of the late-80s.
Some final words of wisdom from Mister Muir: "Just cause you don't understand what's going on, don't mean it don't make no sense, and just cause you don't like it, don't mean it ain't no good."
Send them your money !!!
You Can't Bring Me Down - video
Interview in L.A. in 1990
Life on the road
Live in 1990
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