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Chim Chim's Badass Revenge
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock
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BRENDAN H. from SANTA CRUZ, CA
Reviewed on 8/7/2009...
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An aural exorcism
Jon T. Fassnacht | Reading, PA United States | 05/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the album the brothers in Fishbone HAD to make in order to stay sane. A allegorical concept album telling the tale of their use and abuse in their first decade in the music industry, "Chim Chim" holds no punches and is undoubtedly one of the most bitterly honest and caustic recordings ever released. For those not in the know, Fishbone had cracked the Top 50 for the first time with their 1991 masterpiece "The Reality of My Surroundings." When their follow-up didn't do the same numbers, Columbia Records dropped them, leading to the angst-ridden "Chim Chim."The story of the album is revealed in the two interludes, featuring the group's legandary lead singer Angelo Moore waxing poetic with a storyline told in a style remeniscent of his Dr. Maddvibe poetry excursions. The band is metaphorically represented as Chim Chim and Columbia Records is warmly referred to as a "massive corporate plantation/slavery compound," a moniker it probably rightly deserved considering the way it treated the band. The bitterness the band feels is aurally noticeable whenever he alludes to their formal label.However, the climax of the album comes with the song "Rock Star." An open account of the racism the band has witnessed first-hand in the industry, it's the song that, unfortunately, the band was born to make being five black brothers playing "white" music. "So I guess you can say I'm an angry brotha/can't play my music 'cause of barrier of color/deep in debt with a seven record set/videos and funky shows but no one knows/the major pain and misery of bein' radical.." It doesn't get more real than this. The fact that the public doesn't have a problem with white posers like Kid Rock making black music but has a problem with blacks making music that was invented by blacks in the first place is so sad.As for the music...it's very different from their earlier stuff. I have been a hardcore fan for a decade and it even took me about 10 listens before I finally understood where they were coming from. I think the Intro of the album says it best: "If you try you will catch on." The loss of guitarist Kendall Jones and Keyboard/Trombone player Chris Dowd was a downer, but the remaining members, especially guitarist John Bigham, play so well you hardly notice they're gone. Fish's drumming is especially good. The drumming during the final minute of "Nutmeg" is some of the best I've ever heard in my entire life, and I've heard a lot.This is pure, unadulterated 'Bone. This is the sound of five unbelievably talented and underappreciated men trying to cope with the fact that the only thing holding them back from superstardom is their color. This isn't an easy listen, but the rewards are many. Thank God for Fishbone."
Great Material With A Very, Very Average Production
Gordon Kyd | Sydney, NSW Australia | 08/20/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"'Chim Chim's Badass Revenge' has created more reasons for arguement amoungst Fishbone fans than any other topic or album. Bitterly hated or adoringly loved, the balance of the two is undisputed as some say it is an amazing musical journey, and other say it is an angry shadow of the bands former self.
Around the time of it's release back in 1996, I have to say I was extremely disapointed. My thoughts as I went through the tracks for the first time were, that the departure of founding members and key song writters Kendall Jones (guitar) and Chris Dowd (Keyboard, Trombone, Lead Vocals) have left the band in ruins, all the catchy talent gone, as was the polished edge. The production was so muddy and lacking in definition, the songs weren't melodic and some were just far too agressive and thrash/punk to get my head around. I was in mourning for the band that I loved and adored over the previous few years. I did recognise magic moments such as the final track 'Fight For Nuttmeg' is one of the bands most intense grooves but with expectaions of another 'Reality Of My Surroundings' or 'Give A Monkey a Brain...', 'Chim Chim' Badass Revenge' left me disappointed.
None of my friends who loved Fishbone seemed to like it either, some have never purchased another Fishbone album since, as if this one album turned them away.Lets just say time has worked for this album and I now have a new found appreciation for Chim Chim. Because I never listerned to it much, when I decided to give it another listern 5 years later, it was like a new album which I was unfamiliar with but without the expectation. The production, mix and sound is still poorer than an average demo, but it is a profound window into the emotional turbulance Fishbone were going through during the time. After two key members quit, losing a major record label and being black listed in the music industry, no wonder why it is so mad. These days must have really hurt the guys in Fishbone and it shows in 'Chim Chim's Badass Revenge'
Not for you average listerner!"