Victims Family - Headache Remedy !
Victims Family - Headache Remedy
Alternative Tentacles records. 1994 CD
1. "Powertrip" (4:45)
2. "Maybe If I..." (2:49)
3. "I'm So Lost" (2:00)
4. "Zoo" (3:02)
5. "Ugly Thing" (4:28 )
6. "August 6th" (1:53)
7. "White Picket Fence" (3:53)
8. "Yeah!" (2:05)
9. "Product" (2:42)
10. "Indestructible" (3:21)
11. "Proud To Be Ignorant" (1:36)
12. "Me Vs. Everything" (2:16)
13. "Suicide Tag" (3:43)
14. "Griselda, The Cable Lady" (2:02)
15. "Nopalitos" (3:34)
Victims Family, you would imagine, is a tragic affair. Beneath its heavy metallic sounds, the band is really a bundle of anguish and rage. Just as some might relieve a hangover with more drink, Victims Family relieves the headaches of existence with raunchy noise. Headache Remedy is a cure of sorts, mocking a society that cares a little too much about Tonya, Lorena and Amy.
On the album's opening track, "Powertrip," the band represents it's purpose with seething irony: "Buying everything in your town so we can run it right into the ground/and sell you back your pain as entertainment." This line sets the stage for the onslaught of bitterness and cynicism that follows.
Eluded by the proverbial white picket fence and dreams of material wealth, Victims Family wonders about the meaning of true happiness.
Victims Family is back, and with a vengeance. Their new album Headache Remedy is a flagrant display of power. It's hard to believe that this is only three guys because it sounds like a cross between Primus and Rush and that makes six guys. Headache Remedy rips through 15 ass-kicking songs filled with the angst of the moment we live in. The lyrics are direct and to the point, like the song "Aug. 6th" with Barbara Walters on TV, asking "Why do the Japanese hate us so much? Aug. 6th." All three (Tim, Larry and Ralph) weave intricate,
anarchistic rhythms that keeps this CD spinning over and over again. Alternative Tentacles really knows how to pick 'em. (Brandon Phillips, Spazz)
As with all their albums, Headache Remedy is a medley of social satire and sarcasm. If Woody Allen movies were set to punk and jazz, Victims Family would be the only one qualified to pen the score.
Forget boring bands like Primus who musically jack themselves and their audience off, the Family fuck you with their mental penis. Song titles such as "Proud To Be Ignorant" should give you just a hint. Musically they are again the incredible and unparalleled.
Well, maybe on a good day NoMeansNo would stand a chance but it would have to be 110 degrees in Vancouver and that don't happen to often. It's very rare that a band like Victims Family comes along. It's even a rarer occurrence when they go largely unnoticed for such a period of time.
Sheer brilliance; kudos, boys. Take a bow and smile for the camera. (Richard Thurston, Ink 19 - June 1994)
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