Tuesday, June 20, 2000

Review - Kung Fu'd

Artist: Bughead

Posted on Tue, Jun 20, 2000 at 4:00 AM

Kung Fu'd
Label: Richter Records
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Kung Fu'd

There's no doubt about it: Bughead is a postmodern vision for escapist pop culture. The band's ska/reggae rock is for fun, not as ska was originally intended In the "2-Tone" movement of danceable politics, uplifting upbeats against oppression.

The new "Kung Fu'd" is funny and cute and an allegation, all at the same time. It's sacrilegious and it's "we are the world" and Bughead does it well.

Bughead has that sound that makes us want to skank with our pants around our knees, call strangers "brother," inhale illicit chemicals and drown out the beep of the cell phone reminding us about responsibility (enough of that!).

"Brunk" kicks off the CD with a slam-happy, frenetic groove and a trombone oiled with bacon grease (or low-fat Blue Bonnet). Most of the songs are accelerated, like you're following the bouncing Superball, but with tight, well-constructed arrangements and competent musicianship.

When they go Rasta-esque on the last track,"Dono Y," you're ready to give up your Dockers, risk skin cancer in delicate places and learn the diametrical side of the "me" generation.

The only things these guys need to worry about is repetition. How do you keep that same old sound fresh? To figure it out yourself, listen to Bughead's 1997's "Big Baby" and 1995's "Whole Lotta Puddin.'"

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