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The Gift of Game


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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

One line on an otherwise dark “Butterfly” credits a girl with changing the singer’s life. Unfortunately . . .

Objectionable Content

That change is compared to the tragic bond between punk rocker Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, the junkie girlfriend he was charged with murdering in the late ’70s. That’s just the beginning of this disc’s perverse psychoses. On “Only When I’m Drunk,” the singer rattles off a list of irresponsible, immoral and violent things he’ll do when intoxicated. Raw language ranges from anatomical slang and sexually explicit play-by-play (“Revolving Door,” “Players,” etc.) to calling women b–ches and repeating the f-word. The band glamorizes casual, kinky, rough sex. It also sings the praises of marijuana, LSD and 100-proof liquor. Several cuts mention suicide. Street violence appears on “B-Boy 2000” (“I rock the blocks with glocks and brass knuckles”) and “Think Fast” (“Drive-bys and fistfights . . . Got a muthaf—-n’ .357 to put eleven holes in their chest”). “Lollipop Porn” and “B-Boy 2000” imply that these guys have been dancing and dining with the devil. The cover art alone speaks volumes.

Summary Advisory

The seven young men in Crazy Town peddle a mean-spirited decadence. In laying down the rules to this twisted Game, they state on the stickered CD’s “Intro,” “We’re not evil. We’re not good. We’re somewhere in between.” Don’t believe it. They’re an accident waiting to happen.

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