SHREDDING PAPER #13
V/A - "Teen Feeding Frenzy!" CD 17/57:32
Deconstruction, reconstruction and demolition is what this thrashing of rock oldies is all about. Things Outside The Skin take on the Spice Girls ultra-moronic "Spice Up Your Life" with a spooky electronica version, really nutty fun. Introversion rip up Del Shannon's "Runaway" with a noisy pounding version that shines on its own. A band called 212 reduce the Bay City Roller's "Saturday Night" to rubble, and we'll have to take their word for it that somewhere in the one minute of pure noise is a hint of the original. Don't worry, "N Sync, Britney and New Kids are not spared her. D.A. Sebasstian steals the show with his stalker version of Michael Jackson's "I'll be There", a brilliant parody, and one of many highlights of an outstanding album. Mel
V/A Teen Feeding Frenzy! A Tribute to the Music Teens Love CD
Bubblegum / teen idol covers comp with styles encompassing
punk, pop, country, industrial and just plain weird. What comes out is
each band's affection for the source material and the fun they're having
in the reworking.
Teen Feeding Frenzy- A Tribute to the Music Teens Love
(Go Kustom) www.go-kustom.com
There's this radio station in town- you've got one, too- that's called 'MIX'. They play every non-threatening 'hit' possible, from Abba to Mandy Moore, and they have bumpers that say things like "Songs with lyrics that won't embarrass you in front of your customers." Next to Radio Disney and the Christian rock station, it's the most insane thing I've ever heard on the airwaves- a whole format based on music that dulls your mind and dampens your spirit, lulling you into some fugue state so that you can get through the drudgery of another day at the office. Teen Feeding Frenzy is what would happen if you took a random hour's worth of MIX playlists and handed them over to a gang of vampires and snarky hipsters. I love this compilation for several reasons, and one of them is the brilliant cover and booklet photos, which portrays two teenage girls fighting over a piece of raw meat. This is, of course, exactly how radio programmers view their young demographic. It's also sexy, in a mean spirited way. And me, I'm, plenty mean spirited. The songs cover a wide margin of popular hits, "From the 50's to today" as the zombie DJ's say, by an array of wildly obscure bands who are all probably going to be sued right out of existence before it's all over. If there's a signature sound to all these bands, it'd probably be slinky electro-rock, but really, the styles are all over the place. Funnel Cake, who sound just like Boston's own Noelle here, do a dead-on "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield. Cyborg rockers Doll Factory perform my favorite track, and industro-goth version of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time", turning the bubblegum pop song into a threatening ode to domestic violence. Other choice chunks of teen steam include a seriously sexy hippy chick take on 'N Sync's "Girlfriend" by Courtney Hudak, a sparse, nearly acapella "Johnny Angel" by goth-fried Faith and Disease, the alt country rave-up take on Ricky Nelson's "Teenage Idol" by the authentic sounding Penningtones, the primitive girly pop Swedish Flyer sweetening the already saccharine "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue, and a quirky casio pop- meets industrial wall of noise version of Del Shannon's "Runaway" by Introversion. It's not all top shelf top 40 all the time, however. There are a few tracks that crash and burn completely, but they were all jerky noise tracks anyway. All in all, this is a seriously entertaining compilation, and if the radio actually sounded this good, then I wouldn't have to go searching the wilds of fucking Norway for good Rock and Roll.
BABYSUE - LMNOP
Teen Feeding Frenzy! - A Tribute To Music Teens Love
(CD, Go-Kustom, Various artists compilation)
The Go-Kustom label puts out some MARVELOUS various artists compilations with a DIFFERENCE. Whereas most record companies churn out these things simply to generate sales of other CDs by their artists, the folks at Go-Kustom come up with a specific idea or purpose...and then invite obscure folks out there in wonderland to come up with creative ways of contributing to the project. On Teen Feeding Frenzy! the idea is just that. Obscure artists were asked to cover teeny bopper and/or bubblegum tunes for this album. There are some truly strange gems to be found on this disc. Possibly the strangest "cover" is Remora's almost unrecognizable cover of New Kids on the Block's "Hangin' Tough." Steelhead's obtuse cover of Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" is eerie and strikingly peculiar. Elks Skiffle Group turn in a subdued yet effective retake of T. Rex's "Jeepster." Introversion's noisy and distorted rendering of "Runaway" is almost certain to drive Del Shannon fans up the wall. These are only a few of the highlights. Lots of surprises on this disc, which is what we have come to expect from Go-Kustom compilations... (Rating: 4++)
Sacramento News and Reviews
Teen Feeding Frenzy!
By David A. Kulczyk
A few years ago, Kill Switch ... Klick mastermind d.A. Sebasstian left Cleopatra Records and started Go-Kustom Records. The label's latest and best release, subtitled "A Tribute to the Music Teens Love," is a collection of some of the best (or worst) songs ever geared to the teen market. Some are played straight; others take the term "cover" to new heights and subtle beauty. Faith & Disease's gorgeous "Johnny Angel," Courtney Hudak's acoustic "Girlfriend" and Introversion's 21st-century "Runaway" all sparkle. Sebasstian punks out the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" and turns it into a stalker's song. Remora, [doll factory] and Things Outside the Skin craft remakes of "Hangin' Tough," "Baby One More Time" and "Spice Up Your Life" into nightmarish visions of industrial and somewhat danceable mayhem. Most outrageous is 212 destroying the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" into a mess of haywire magnetic tape.
Teen Feeding Frenzy - A Tribute to the Music Teens Love - The best and funniest compilation of your favorite teenie bobber songs as done by Indie and Rock artists... This is one of the best cds that we've received in the office and it's in constant rotation in the cd player here. Just to hear how the artists interpreted Brittney Spears and N'Sync is worth it alone.
Teen Feeding Frenzy!
rating 4 out of 5
Your Guilty Pleasures Given New Skin: A funny thing happens around the middle of Teen Feeding Frenzy! It begins and ends obviously enough, with thrashing loud but fairly faithful remakes like Funnel Cake's "Jessie's Girl" and a few oh-so-scary dark treatments of bubble gum pop like Doll factory's "Baby One More Time." These songs are hardly without charm: there is something nice about listening to Remora's cover of the New Kids On The Block gem "Hangin' Tough," and feeling like you're in a horror film. At worst, some of the songs feel like one-off gimmicks, but the middle of the album illustrates the difference between novelty cover and provocative cover. Steelhead infuses Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey" with some dark machinations, but the song is kept sweet, and the singer is kept vulnerable. Courtney Hudak performs an act of sorcery by removing the inherent nausea of a *NSync's "Girlfriend." Whoever is writing the words for those haf-wits should be happy to see the lyrics- however trite- given some emotional backing. Likewise, The Penningtones turn up with a twangy and wonderfully weary"Teenage Idol." There are some soft spots, but overall, Teen Feeding Frenzy! delivers enough oddities and goods to make it worth your while. ~ Adam McKibbin
Teen Feeding Frenzy: The latest compilation from Go-Kustom Records has Sun Prairie's Introversion doing a great cover of "Runaway" and the Pride of La Crosse, 212 ripping to shreds the Bay City Rollers "Saturday Night." Because of a recent disagreement with their distribution company, it's only available from amazon.com or the Go-Kustom Records website.
DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY MAGAZINE
Teen Feeding Frenzy: A Tribute to the Music Teens Love
Go Kustom Records
Indie space folk/rock/effect hybrid
Space's Spiders, Dismemberment Plan
Now here's an idea for a compilation CD that should've been fleshed out long ago - get 17 diverse indie bands and have them cover an even more diverse range of teen heartthrob hits. Sure, a lot of the appeal to this Go Kustom compilation lies in the kitsch appeal, but remarkably enough, there really are some worthwhile interpretations here.
Funnel Cake starts the disc off with a rousingly faithful pop-punk frolic through Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl," though the mood changes abruptly courtesy of [doll factory]'s scary pseudo-british-industrial take on Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time," complete with clipped porno soundbytes. Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity offer a perfectly catchy garage rock take on the Partridge Family's "I Think I Love You," only to have the mood shifted again by Remora's dark, scary, tuneless gothic take on the New Kids on the Block "Hangin' Tough." (And yeah, it made me giggle as much to listen to it as it probably did for most folks to read that.)
d.A. Sebasstian (beats like Atari Teenage Riot, guitars like Poison) gives the techno-punk treatment to the Jackson Five's "I'll Be There," while Bill Wolford's Head stumbles through an electro-garage pop take on Frankie Avalon's "Venus." About halfway through "Venus," the track takes quite the turn towards the electronic dark side, which pretty much saves this recording. Steelhead throws out a slowed down, oddball synth-pop cover of Bobby Goldsborough's "Honey," complete with almost operatic female backing vocals that float in and out throughout the track's chorus.
The truest standout track of the Teen Feeding Frenzy has got to be Courtney Hudak's completely mind-blowing acoustic-rock bent on *NSync's "Girlfriend." Hudak's voice somewhat resembles Natalie Merchant's, giving real vocal inflection and emotion to this pop nugget. Bonus points go to whomever decided to 'garble' about nine seconds of the mix in the middle of the song, as the 'compressed' guitar break is essentially the main guitar hook for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Little details like that really can mean so much, especially on a CD dedicated to 'teen' music.
Faith and Disease put forth a very nice lullaby-like take on Shelly Fabares's "Johnny Angel," though I still have trouble thinking of Fabares as anything except Christine, Hayden Fox's girlfriend/wife on the TV show "Coach." The Penningtons inject a taste of acoustic country styling to the disc with their take on Ricky Nelson's "Teenage Idol," whereas the Elks Skiffle Group follow up with the only true clunker of this comp, a boppy, poppy keyboard-drenched rendition of T Rex's "Jeepster." I feel that I must qualify that statement, however, by proclaiming my eternal devotion to the original version of that particular T Rex song And yes, seeing as I'm only 24, I actually do get a lot of people who are surprised by that.
By far the most interesting track here is 212's 78-second 'cover' of the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night," which is essentially just an unrecognizable dub reverb effect-fest. Things Outside the Skin deliver a downright spooky techno-industrial version of the Spice Girls "Spice Up Your Life" that sounds somewhat like Ministry in the "Halloween" days. Swedish Whistler sticks with a straightforward electro-pop cover of Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky," while Sciflyer spits out a remarkably good garage shoegazer take on Davy Jones' "Girl." The vocals are a bit hard to make out on "Girl," but the fuzzy, lo-fi dreamy tone of the song makes up for it.
Things start to wind down with OmBili Troupe's sparse rendition of Richie Valens' "La Bamba," which is actually really cool thanks to the quiet mix of guitar, bongos, and two female vocalists. This whole blast from the teen past closes out with Introversion's lo-fi, fuzzed-to-all-hell garage pop run of Del Shannon's "Runaway," which somehow seems like the perfect ending for this Teen Feeding Frenzy.
Well, the stuff here pretty much runs the gamut, as these teen anthems of yesterday and today get hit with everything from alt-country to pseudo-scary industrial interpretations. The best stuff here is the most surprising, as bands pull pretty superb tracks from material by the Spice Girls, Davy Jones, and *NSync. Recommended, especially for pop culture whores like myself.
- Gary, 3/18/02