VARIOUS ARTISTS: Obey the Giant Rock’n’Roll Swindle: CD

Mar 16, 2003

I wonder what makes me grab something for review sometimes. I just grab stuff pretty blindly and hope I like it. But sometimes you pop something on and you know right away that you don’t want to review it. This is one of those cases. I can’t really justify in my head why I wouldn’t want to review this. The variety of bands are pretty diverse. As a sample, you get the Bouncing Souls, The Hives, The Lawrence Arms, The Suicide Machines, The (International) Noise Conspiracy and the rap/raunch of Peaches. There’s more, but these are the ones that will pull the people into the stores. This is a compilation of bands that is supposed to represent, in music, the street artwork of Shepard Fairey. You might have seen his posters, stickers or stencils spray painted around. I think I’ve seen his shirts. It’s the image of a head staring like Big Brother in 1984 with the word “Obey” at the bottom. From quickly glancing at the enhanced portion of this CD, he is into posting images to provoke thought. Cool stuff and I fully support him. But this just didn’t put my nuts into a twist and make me cry. Hey, I got a review out of this!

 –don (Fork in Hand)