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Mindless Self Indulgence - Tighter

Travis Fry   (128 reviews)

Posted: 07/10/2011 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

I first heard MSI back in 1999 when they opened for ICP and Biohazard. I decided to pick up their cd "Tight" because they covered Method Man's "Bring the Pain" and enjoying some Wu-Tang I figured it had to be awesome. Shortly after I purchased the cd, they played their set. The music was terrible and he just kept saying "we suck" and trying to get people to throw lit cigarettes at him so he could toss them in his mouth. It was interesting to say the least but I felt as though I had been scammed out of my $10.

On the way home I popped the cd in just to hear what their recordings sounded like and because I payed for it. The album blew me away. It was original and spastic and included some really great tracks. The guitarshad a faint sound of what Marilyn Manson was doing at the time but the addition of the Atari sounds and his spastic vocals set him miles apart from anything that was going on at the time or even now. I found it very difficult to believe it was the same band I had just seen live.

"Tight" went out of print quickly leaving it a collector's item for many years. Twelve years later it finally gets reissued with remastering, some bonus tracks and the new title "Tighter."

The original versions are still some amazing tracks from this band. It is my favorite album they have released so far and still twelve years later get frequent play from me. The bonus tracks all feel like they would have been filler if they decided to do an album similar to "Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy" with lots of songs with lots of short songs that played out as a whole album. Unfortunately they kept the tracklisting the same and did not integrate the songs that would fit like this into the album. They just threw it all at the end.

The bonus tracks include some demo versions of some of their songs, a Nintendo sounding version of one of their songs and yet another version of "Bring the Pain."

Honestly the highlight of these tracks is the "New Wave" version of "Bring the Pain." It sounds as if Duran Duran covered this song and had Jimmy sing it for them. "I Hate Everyone" sounds like it would be on "Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy." It has the same electro-spazz sound. "This Isn't Good" is an alright track as well but feels like it should have been part of an album and not a track tossed on the end left to fend for itself amongst demoes and so forth.

Overall this is great that they reissued it for all the new fans and for a chance to get it on vinyl. The bonus tracks are almost all novelty songs with no substance but the original album has stood the test of time quite well. This is still a great album and the bonus tracks are exactly that bonus tracks. They aren't a reason to purchase the album but it is a nice little treat if you do. Since their rise in the Hot Topic crowd it was a delight to hear some of the old style songs again and hopefully show these kids where the band got its start. If you have never heard this band before I would recommend starting here. It will give you an idea of their chaotic personality as a band.

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