Wildside - 1992 - Under The Influence
1. Hang On Lucy
2. So Far Away
3. Monkey See Monkey Do
4. Just Another Night
5. Looks Like Love
6. Lad In Sin
7. Drunkin' Man's Blues
8. How Many Lies
9. Hair Of The Dog
11. Kiss This Love Goodbye
12. Clock Strikes
Wildside, on of rock n' roll's most overlooked rough diamonds, presented what, in my opinion, is the best of the 90s.
Dark and brooming songs instead of the wild and reckless party tunes from the previous decade, Wildside took on the effort of fitting in with the new times. It looks like the public emotion was changing way before grunge made it into music.
Most of the songs still deal with the backstreet stories of glam rock's starting years, but the darker touch overrules the drink and coke buzz that was so present before.
Nevertheless, "Hang On Lucy" has a jolly feel to it if you're not going into the lyrics in too much detail, and "Monkey See Monkey Do" sounds like a genuine complaint against conformism and dullness, matching the rebelliousness of the likes of Mötley Crüe and contemporaries.
I'll do my best to judge this album as it is, and not as much as "the band after all the great bands had their top years". Wildside is a great rock band, nevermind about their timing...
"Looks Like Love" is a great mid-tempo rocker, much like "Lad In Sin" is. The musicianship is toned down a little bit, but you still get the hint of technique and groove as you listen to the album.
"How Many Lies" has been a personal favourite of mine for years now, from the rough acoustic intro over the broken-down vocals, everything fits with the broken-heart theme running through the song. I guess I like heartbreak better than love...
While it's obvious that the best songs are on the first half of the disc, the remainder of the album is definitely worthy of a listen and a re-listen. They don't give the album the extra value that "Lad In Sin" does, but are decent anyhow.
To sum things up, this is an album worth exploring, but doesn't require your full attentiont all the time. If you want 90s rock n' roll, check out Love/Hate before moving to these guys...
Last Updated (Friday, 03 December 2010 09:42)