NoMeansNo
Wrong


5.0
classic

Review

by Zappa USER (12 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 90 replies | 12,962 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


3 of 5 thought this review was well written

Nomeansno is a band that was started by the bass/drums duo of the brothers Wright. Joining these brothers is Andy Kerr on guitar. This album, released in 1989, seems to be a favorite of many of their fans. Of the two albums of theirs that I have heard, it is the one I prefer. When I shared this album with some friends, I half-jokingly described the band as a mixture of every band I listen to. This music is energetic, and relatively complex rhythmically. The tempi and time signatures seem to be shifted effortlessly by the incredibly tight rhythm section. The band is most often referred to as a punk band, but this doesnít describe their sound very well. The music speeds by with that sort of punk rock energy, but a lot of the song structures are more fleshed out and less predictable than the ďverse/chorus/verse/chorus in one minute thirty seconds" format that is typical of hardcore punk. The different elements also seem to be more independent as well. That is, guitar parts and bass parts and drum parts all fit together, but none are just doing the typical punk rock beat or power chords. They're each doing SOMETHING to add to the song. However, despite their ďprogressive" tendencies, there is absolutely no pretense or cheese on this record. Itís exhilarating music from seemingly down-to-Earth guys who happen to be very talented musicians.

Track by track, bitches (all ratings of songs value them compared to each other. A 5/5 is a song that I think is one of the best on the album):

1. Itís Catching Up Ė This tune rocks my socks and introduces the album very well. It starts with some thudding bass notes, which are soon followed by a kick in the proverbial ass. I like the chorus on this one. Itís catchy. 5/5

2. The Tower Ė This one is longer, and has elements of storytelling in the lyric. The chorus has ugly screamings. Itís a little bit too long, I think, but itís cool. 3/5

3. Brainless Wonder Ė A 3 part instrumental in just over a minute. Itís amazing how they do a cohesive piece with three very distinct and memorable themes in such a short amount of time. Killer bass lick near the end, too. 5/5

4. Tired of Waiting Ė This is one of the most ďpunk" sounding songs on the album. Whoever is doing the singing on this one sounds a bit like Ian McKay of Minor Threat to me. The premise is simple: a list of things that the singer is tired of waiting for. Dig the part in the end where the instruments drop out and the vocalist talks for a little while. 5/5

5. Stocktaking Ė This song is good, but not remarkable. It doesnít really stick out, but itís a fine tune overall. Itís pretty jagged with lots of starts and stops. It follows a similar pattern for about a minute and a half, then it has a cool bass part that starts up. I like this tune, but itís not OH MY GOD good. 4/5

6. The End of All Things Ė This song is really cool. It starts quick with the drums, then the bass and guitar join in for a cool riff. The vocal melody consists of a lot of long notes. The chorus is really catchy on this one, and the vocalist is joined by a female singer doing harmony. She fits really well. Sounds like an angel, when she sings the lyrics ďhear the angels sing, this is the end of all things." Fitting. 5/5

7. Big Dick Ė This song reminds me of early Red Hot Chili Peppers. Itís got the funky bass and the sort of rapped lyrics about sex. Itís not my favorite, but itís still a real good tune, and I prefer it to most Peppers stuff. 3.5/5

8. Two Lips, Two Lungs, and One Tongue Ė Another pretty punk-ish tune. The time signature keeps changing. It has a strange little part in the middle where the guitar is the only instrument playing, and what it is playing is quiet and slow. Then it goes back into full force punk mode. This is quite weird. 5/5

9. Rags and Bones Ė This song rocks. Beginning to end, it rocks. Itís got a great, great, bassline. The chorus is catchy as hell. Near the end there is a cool part with lots of layered vocals. 5/5

10. Oh No! Bruno! Ė This is punk rock. This is one of the tightest bands ever to play punk rock. Even if music isnít particularly complex, a great band seems to show its talents anyway. This is one such case. The band tears. 5/5

11. All Lies Ė Starts with a unison part with the drums, bass and guitar all playing the same rhythms. Neat effect. Then the drums do that chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga-CHUGGA-chugga thing. You know, like Danny Careyís tribal ass. The music changes AGAIN, and the vocals finally come in. It becomes laid-back and cool. I like how he very nonchalantly delivers angry lyrics. It has an interesting effect. 5/5

12. Life in Hell Ė This one is ugly. Itís a good ugly, though. I like how the drum part sort of follows the bassline for a while, then when a different bass riff is going on it does something different, then goes back. Weird lyrics, cool vocals. Thereís a short little drum solo, then a 3rd bass part for this tune starts, with some mantra like vocals repeating over it. Then weíre back where we started, with that ugly little riff from the beginning. This is a really cool track. 5/5

13. I Am Wrong Ė This feels like the last tune, which is cool. A lot of times, the last song on an album doesnít wrap things up real well, but this one does. It makes everything feel complete. It starts out real sludgy with a doom and gloom guitar part. Then silly vocals. Thereís quite a contrast between the tone of the instruments and the tone of the vocal, and itís uncomfortable. When things start to feel more matched, he hollers ďI AM WRONG" and it feels comfortably doomy in all accounts. Then things suddenly start to pick up and sings ďI feel great, letís celebrate, itís a sunny day, letís dance and play. Never fear, love is here." Weird as hell, especially since itís right back to the apocalypse immediately following. Thatís the way the whole tune goes, and I think itís brilliant. 5/5.

I thought since people have been complaining about how I never explain myself, I would write a really long, detailed review of something. I love this album, and I would suggest it to anyone into heavy rock music. Even though it may sound really weird from how I described it, it never relies on its weirdness as a gimmick. Sure, things about it are surprising, but there are genuinely good melodies and energetic playing to go along with it. A lot of the time, really weird music gets played out easily, since once the surprise is gone, you find nothing about it to grab you. Thatís not the case here, and thatís one of the best things you can say about this album. It works on all levels.

My final rating is as high as you can go!

5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dark Hero
September 25th 2004



160 Comments


Hmmm, this sounds cool, I might might have to check this out. Great review by the way.

cbmartinez
September 25th 2004



2525 Comments


Nice review. I've been meaning to check these guys out for a while.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 25th 2004



2125 Comments


Good review. I keep trying to find this on Soulseek but it won't let me! Plus it doesn't let me see your files, Alex.

FillInTheBlankHere___
September 25th 2004



64 Comments


Sounds interesting. Great review.

Zappa
September 26th 2004



355 Comments


Thanks for all the compliments on the review. I hope you all do check this album out, even though it's a bit hard to find a real copy of it on CD. I think this is one of those bands that a large percentage of the MX population would like.

Tapeworm
September 26th 2004



118 Comments


Yeah, I'm dying to check these guys out also.

LTJ386
September 26th 2004



19 Comments


I love you Zappa. This r0x0rz my b0x0rz. I love discovering new, good (most is shitty) music. It has good energy, intensity, and tone. Similar to Dead Kennedys.

Doctor D.
September 26th 2004



18 Comments


I love this band, I love this album....and I love you too. Great review.

Well_Respected_Man
September 26th 2004



75 Comments


You've actually got me pretty excited about checking out this band, they sound very similiar to Magazine. Hopefully it will be easy to find.

LTJ386
September 26th 2004



19 Comments


Is everyone in the band really old? Because I saw some pictures of them on www.allmusic.com and they looked old.

Well_Respected_Man
September 26th 2004



75 Comments


[QUOTE=LTJ386]Is everyone in the band really old? Because I saw some pictures of them on www.allmusic.com and they looked old.[/QUOTE]
I saw that too :amaze:

And I heard some of their songs, I would say they are okay.

Zappa
September 26th 2004



355 Comments


Yeah, they're old. My guess is that they're pictured with their parents on Allmusic, though.

Dark Hero
September 26th 2004



160 Comments


I just listened to a few of their songs from www.allmusic.com and I like them! thanks!

Luxor
September 26th 2004



166 Comments


I only have 3 of their songs, I need more.

fuc.kthapolice
September 26th 2004



1 Comments


lol

Zappa
September 26th 2004



355 Comments


Any of you guys who aren't having luck finding this, you can AIM or Soulseek me at Alex27782.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 26th 2004



2125 Comments


I found Wrong on Soulseek last night. What's more, it had a really fast download speed (about 20k). w00t. I'm going to listen to it now.

Dark Hero
September 26th 2004



160 Comments


I really like the song Big Dick.

Well_Respected_Man
September 26th 2004



75 Comments


[QUOTE=Dark Hero]I really like the song Big Dick.[/QUOTE]
:lol:

I was going to say that too but I felt uncomfortable saying it. That and Towers are actually pretty good.

Dark Hero
September 26th 2004



160 Comments


[QUOTE=Well_Respected_Man]:lol:

I was going to say that too but I felt uncomfortable saying it. That and Towers are actually pretty good.[/QUOTE]

Haha :lol: that's why I put it in italics.



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