Infectious Grooves
The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move


3.0
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Review

by Travis Marmon USER (32 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2009 | 11 replies | 5,224 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You know that new guy in Metallica that doesn't do anything on record? This is what he's capable of.

The early 90's was a good era to play bass in alternative rock. Les Claypool, Flea, Tim Commerford, Mike Dirnt and Eric Avery were laying down loud, slick, white-boy-funk basslines over music that was rising to the top of the charts. But one man who is rarely recognized for his playing during the era is Rob Trujillo, current bassist of Metallica and the centerpiece of Infectious Grooves.

Infectious Grooves are:

Mike Muir - Vocals
Dean Pleasants - Guitar
Adam Siegel - Guitar
Rob Trujillo - Bass
Stephen Perkins - Drums

Infectious Grooves were formed as a humorous spin-off of crossover thrashers Suicidal Tendencies, lead by vocalist Mike Muir and bassist Trujillo. Their debut, The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move...It's the Infectious Grooves, was released in September of 1991. Their sound can be pretty easily inferred by their name--the funk-influenced rhythm section drives this band. Trujillo locks in with Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins to add an infectious and groovy backbeat to songs that sound much like the band's roots in crossover up front. Trujillo's basslines are by far the highlight of the album, with wrist contorting slaps and pops dominating every song.

Opener "Punk it Up" summarizes the whole record in four minutes. Opening with a catchy slap-and-pop bassline, an almost latin drumbeat and some vocal chants, the song suddenly switches into blistering thrash. Most of the songs on the record switch between these two styles, and they do tend to blend together when listening to the full album. The funk/thrash assault is broken up periodically by skits involving a talking lizard named Sarsippius who tries to get in on the recording. These can be funny, but are ultimately a waste of time.

There isn't much to say about the vocals on here. Muir was never a remarkable singer, but he gets the job done for what the band is trying to accomplish. His delivery can be both aggressive and funny (see "You Lie...and Yo Breath Stank"), but his range is limited. Ozzy Osbourne also contributes to the song "Therapy," but all he does is sing the title in his trademark whine during the chorus.

Guitarists Dean Pleasants and Adam Siegel take a backseat to the rhythm section here, playing relatively simple riffs that are heavy enough, but not in your face. They dive into more blatantly metal sections in "I'm Gonna Be My King" and "Monster Skank," but they aren't here to shred.

Overall, The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move... holds its own in the era of funk rock, but lacks any stand-out moments. The band does not take itself seriously, so do not look at this as a dramatic piece of art. It's purely fun and groovy, and should be treated that way. Pick this up if you need some more great basslines in your life, but don't expect a life-changing experience.



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Willie
Moderator
December 22nd 2009



15885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. This is a seriously underrated album.

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HenchmanOfSanta
December 22nd 2009



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As evidenced by the nine ratings and one comment.

Willie
Moderator
December 23rd 2009



15885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've tried a few times to get people to listen to this, but no one ever follows through.

rockon2109
March 8th 2010



39 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rockin awesome album

VTK
April 11th 2010



76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album's a favorite. Shame that Trujilo is pretty much dead weight in Metallica.

JesusV4
May 20th 2010



391 Comments


Just getting into Grooves. What's the album to start with?

HenchmanOfSanta
July 25th 2010



1852 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This one.

Weed
August 16th 2011



161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Totally meh

Minus.
December 30th 2012



2680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is great.

Inveigh
February 23rd 2013



24800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

band is great, too bad they never released a truly fantastic album

BlackLlama
February 4th 2014



1618 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whipped cream.. put it all over ya body...

Classic jam.

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