THE GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL RECORD OF ALL TIME - I Love Rich (Self released)
When the 1980s drew to a close, most probably expected this to bring the end of certain things. Amongst these were glam rock, including the kind of glam which was chauvinistic, tacky and dumb.
However, with the end of the '90s, KISS were still ALIVE, to the chagrin of some. The Backyard Babies in Sweden were changing things and in Australia the likes of Melbournes Cyclone Tracy and The Casanovas were resuscitating interest.
The ability to show off ones masculinity for the natural desire of women and combining his with playing three chord rocknroll songs is certainly not new. Bands like KISS and The Casanovas though, have managed to continue and regenerate interest in glam with intelligent, but also dumb rock-n-roll tunes.
With I Love Rich and "The Greatest Rockn Roll Record of All time", this is not in evidence on a regular basis.
What is in evidence, is the attitude and belief of writing and performing songs about oneself being THE MAN and Gods gift o women, while blatantly disregarding, what might be the cold hard truth.
The overtly chauvinistic and sexy attitude of I Love Rich may turn on some but not this record reviewer.
I Love Rich consist of Rich (Vocals/Bass), Eider Ferrari (Guitar/Vocals) and Drewblood (Drums). Their CD consists of 12 well-recorded tunes with "Dr. Tung", "Feel the Heat" and "Like a Rocket" (quite obviously a heavily KISS influenced tune) being the albums redeeming songs (especially when lyrics are disregarded.) Some songs seem to have a more objective than subjective lyrical themes e.g. "Rock-n-Roll Party Tonight", but fall down with clumsy musicianship.
From the reviewers perspective, the fashion statement of a glitzy cowboy hat (worn by drummer Drewblood) does not lend assistance to their cause.
If one seeks quality glam punk rock-n-roll, the only real salvation, it would appear lies with Melbournes The Casanovas, because I Love Rich and "The Greatest rocknroll record of all time" does not deliver.
- Simon Li
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