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Live Forever or Die Trying [The Humpers]

  • 1. Wake Up and Lose
    2. Soul Surgeon
    3. Sarcasmatron
    4. Fast, Fucked, and Furious
    5. Beyond Belief
    6. Migraine Shack
    7. Don't Wanna Be Your Pal
    8. Loser's Club
    9. Space Station Love
    10. World of Hurt
    11. Protex Blue
    12. Drunk Tank
    13. 13 Forever
    14. Apocalypse Girl
    15. You Drive Me Bats
    16. Rocket and The Retards
    17. Anarchy Juice
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8644

  • Credits
    ProducerSally Browder
    EngineerSally Browder

    Personnel: Mark "Anarchy" Lee, Bill Burks (vocals, guitar); Jimi Silveroli (vocals, drums); Scott Drake, Mitch Cartwright (vocals); Jon Wahl (saxophone); Andy Kaulkin (piano); Keith Miller (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Sally Browder.
    Photographer: Jesse Fischer .
    The Humpers dispense gritty, unrelenting rock & roll on their 1996 Epitaph release, Live Forever or Die Trying. The opener, "Wake Up and Lose," sets the tone for their third album, layering bleakly sarcastic lyrics over cocky, yet glowering rock, with a coiled flare-up of guitar solo at its center. Scott "Deluxe" Drake's vocals on songs like "Soul Surgeon" have an urban rasp, carrying subways, street fights, and the smoky air that gusts from rock clubs as the crowds push out after last call. The guitar builds tough, simple chords to a wailing, frantic solo over an almost dancy beat that pulses with raw energy. "Fast, Fucked, & Furious" coaxes the listener, along with a lowdown-bopping bassline and a momentum as brisk as the song's title. Like many songs on the album, the lyrics are more bellowed than sung, with multiple bandmembers joining to create the impression of a singalong prompted by drunken camaraderie. One can imagine them with their arms around each other, singing as they stumble down the trash-strewn boulevards as the streetlights reflect off oil-slicked puddles. Images of urban detritus litter the album, from the graffiti-caked men's room in the liner notes (complete with "Wake up and Die" inside the urinal) to the music's menacing late-night drag-race mood. "Space Station Love" -- one of seven re-recordings of previously released songs on the album -- epitomizes this sound. It's like a car wreck, with the vocals being adrenaline pushing listeners to collision, the howling guitar solos being the crumpling metal, and the sludgy bassline and rhythm guitar acting as the congealing blood. While they always pay tribute to their guitar forebears, from Chuck Berry to Johnny Thunders, the band's sound is fullest when further celebrating rock's roots by adding piano on "Loser's Club" and "Anarchy Juice." The energy is amped up on these songs, which stand out on an album that often relies on the same vocal and guitar mannerisms throughout. It may be true that the Humpers have their sound down and don't vary much in what they deliver, but they sure deliver rock & roll. ~ Sarah Tomlinson

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (7/96, p.114) - 3 Stars - Good - "...large parts of their Epitaph debut are still a faintly ludicrous delight, combining the ghost of The Clash with old-school garage schlock....they sound sufficiently mighty to eat lesser bands for breakfast. And then belch, inevitably."
    Alternative Press (5/96, p.80) - 4 - Well Done - "...Gawd, do I have to rattle off that Stooges/Dolls/Ramones/Pistols/Black Flag shopping list again?!!..."
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