For years I have simply loved the song Three Little Pigs. No, not the beloved children’s classic, but the metal-infused Green Jellÿ version from 1993. I like the song so much that I never really gave the associated album any thought. I had originally envisaged that this review would be a one-hit wonder review, but then I decided to listen to the entire album again and I was surprised to find that I truly appreciate the comedic metal and punk infused music style that is applied throughout the entire album.
While it is convenient to dismiss what we don’t like at a given time, this is one example whereby time, and exposure to more music styles, has resulted in an appreciation for the Cereal Killer Soundtrack. I find it intriguing that as time has passed, my musical interests have continued to evolve. Perhaps, I’m finally growing up? Hmm…I don’t know about that, I think I will forever be 16 at heart. Nevertheless, I found that 999’s The Biggest Tour In Sport/The Biggest Prize In Sport really opened doors to the punk side of my personality and I feel there is an entertaining contrast that can be made between these two bands.
Anyway, enough about me, let’s take a look the songs on Green Jellÿ’s Cereal Killer Soundtrack.
Obey The Cowgod is punk heaven and a great way to start the album. The song is intense with punk tones and speed, while having vocals that highlight the metal aspect of the band.
Three Little Pigs is hands down one of my favourite songs of all time. I even added it to Graeme’s playlist when he embarked on his long walk across the Simpson Desert. I honestly don’t think any other song excites me as much as this one. I grin from ear to ear when I play the song and the volume gets pushed to 11. Adding to an already exceptional song is the incredible claymation music video.
Cereal Killer (Edit) is moody, creamy, rock and roll. As this is the edit version, I can’t help but wonder what the complete song sounds like. This edition is certainly worthwhile and reminds me in tone and style of Dio and Iron Maiden. Basically, it’s just bloody good!
Rock-N-Roll Pumpkihn has some seriously nice bass tracks, especially on the intro. However, the vocals in this song drives me nuts and unfortunately detracts from the musicality of the song.
Anarchy In The U.K. reminds me so much of 999 and early White Zombie. Awesome! Plus, for those of you who like The Flintstones, you’ll get a laugh out of this song. It also has a rocking groove that is so addictive, you will be unable to stay still.
Electric Harley House (Of Love) has a gorgeous acoustic guitar intro, but it is one that you know is going to be destroyed once the electric guitar enters the mix. I love music like this as it builds anticipation. This is hardcore rock and roll, with a little punk for added value. I love it!
Trippin’ On XTC is a punk/metal/reggae/R&B infused song that simply gets the body moving. About halfway through it becomes dark and moody in a shift that perfectly suits the song. I certainly appreciate the experimentation the band has shown with this track.
Misadventures Of Shitman has a great spoken and guitar riff intro. Yes, the song is disgusting, as the title eludes to, but it is bloody funny! Think South Park’s Mr. Hankey. I love it!
House Me Teenage Rave is a groovy house-styled song that uses a Monkey as a sexual innuendo point of reference. It is so good, but so inappropriate on so many levels. You simply can’t help but enjoy this track.
Flight Of The Skajaquada (Edit) is a song that has a guitar riff that again reminds me of Iron Maiden. Overall, the song is driven by a killer guitar riff and drum beat, but as any head banger will tell you, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Green Jellÿ Theme Song is the only song from the album, besides Rock-N-Roll Pumpkihn, that I don’t enjoy. The initial groove and beat are superb, but it never really developed into a song that I felt appealed to me. I also don’t feel it was a strong final track as it doesn’t encouraged me to play the album again.
The Cereal Killer Soundtrack, while not technically a soundtrack, is an incredible album that punk and metal fans must listen to at least once. The band is truly greater than the song Three Little Pigs. I can’t believe I ignored such an impressive album for so long.
This is the moment where I need to acknowledge the importance of music streaming services, such as Tidal Hi-Fi. If it were not for these services, my relationship with the band would have remained limited to a single song. Now, however, the CD is in my wish list and if the album ever gets a reprint on vinyl, I will certainly be ordering a copy. While reports regarding streaming services can lament the financial problems faced by the music industry, I feel it offers an opportunity for not only discovery, but for pre-purchasing decisions. Think of it as the modern-day listening booth. You just get to take it with you!
Back to the album and it is fair to say the mastering on this release is superb for this style of music. While it doesn’t have the greatest dynamic range, the stereo imaging of the album is exceptional. Fortunately, nothing has been done to this album since the original release. Fingers crossed it stays that way, it certainly doesn’t need to be ‘remastered’.