Shameless - 2012 - Dial S for Sex
01. Innocence Is No Excuse
02. Hot & Cold (Katy Perry Cover)
03. Summertime Goodbye
04. Live 4 Today
05. Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley Cover)
06. Love The Way (You Make Me Sick) (Re-recorded)
07. Don’t Hesitate
08. U&I (Re-recorded)
09. Operator (Re-recorded)
10. Toy Human (Re-recorded)
11. Goodbye 2 U (Re-recorded)
12. Far Away (duet w. Jani Lane)
13. Hot & Cold (duet w. Lauren Breen) (Katy Perry Cover)
14. Summertime (Reprise)
15. Happy Birthday to You
A little while ago, I had the chance to interview founding member Alexx ‘Skunk’ Michael for my friend Spandex Marco’s Headbangerszine. Alexx gave me some of the shortest and funniest answers, what a great guy. Anyway, Shameless can be mentioned as a super- or Allstar-band as far as famous Metal musicians have appeared on the Shameless records. Shameless keeps Sleaze Rock alive by vocalists Steve ‘Sex’Summers of Pretty Boy Floyd, Stevie Rachelle of Tuff and on this album; the late Jani Lane as a special guest. Yeaht that’s right… Top of the bill artists!
We start off with “Innocence is no excuse”. Almost like a Pop-Rock/Punk Rock song as we know the songs from Sum 41 and Blink 182 when they dominated MTV in the early 2000's. Maybe not really "hard", but it surprisingly works fine for me! Consider it as a less raunchy Pretty Boy Floyd song.
The next track is Katy Perry’s “Hot & Cold” cover!... What the f*ck?! Pretty funny and musically okay, but it doesn’t pull it off for me. Shameless shouldn’t cover sh*t like this one. Steve's voice saves the song, but the melody of the original is faaaar to poppy. Stick to the hardhitters guys! There’s another version of it later on the disc featuring Lauren Breen, which sounds heavier then the first one. Nothing special though.
Number three on the disc: “Summertime Goodbye”, one of the Tuff classics re-recorded. The grittier sound fits perfectly. Also, there’s a reprise later on, pretty enjoyable. Next one’s up: “Live 4 Today”, a song in the vein of the true 80’s Sleaze. Lyrically, it’s not that memorable.
And we’ve got ourselves another cover! And in this case; maybe one of the best Elvis covers I’ve heard so far! Steve’s soft voice works very well in this tribute to the King. “Love the Way (you make me sick)” delivers the typical Shameless sound we know of the previous albums. It’s catchy and is fueled with a sh*tload of partymood! “Don’t Hesitate” is a kinda Punk Rock song again… Where is the Rock ‘n Roll guys? Not to forget to mention I think Steve’s voice is awesome and can be used for any type of Rock or Punk music.
“U&I” is pretty cheesy, but it gets the job done! We continue with “Operator”, a nice power ballad. “Toy Human”; this one has a more modern sound, almost like the revived Faster Pussycat. A welcome variation to the Pretty Boy Floyd influences of the other tracks. “Goodbye 2 u” is a lot heavier than previous tracks. Defenitely a good party song, but it can’t be called a real classic.
The duet with the late Jani Lane, “Far Away”, is a very soft spoken, emotional ballad. One of my favorites on Dial S for Sex. Shameless ends this record with a “shameless” “Happy Birthday to you” cover; 24 seconds of the infamous song. Nothing interesting to find here. Only one question to be answered: Why for Godsake?!
To be honest, I rather hear Tuff and Pretty Boy Floyd then Shameless. There are some good songs on Dial S for Sex, but compared to other Sleaze/Glam releases, this one's pretty much a flop. Previous efforts by Shameless are far more enjoyable than this one. Forget this one, get some other Shameless albums instead.