Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang create industrial perfection here. This was the last cassette tape I ever purchased new. I wore the blue tape out from listening to it so much, so then I just bought the CD and continued listening. A true start to finish listen that stands the test of time.
Filter's debut album is a solid slab of mid-90s industrial rock. The most notable piece here is of course 'Hey Man, Nice Shot', which was thought to be promoting suicide, but was actually about the public suicide of U.S. politician R. Budd Dwyer (That Richard Patrick's publishing company was named 'Buddy Doiwer Publishing' was hardly a coincidence). The song also raised some eyebrows among Stabbing Westward's fanbase as the cathartic chorus riff was identical to a riff from that band's 'Ungod' (It later came to light that the riff was contributed to both groups by guitarist Stuart Zechman). The rest of the album is less exciting, but still quite enjoyable, particularly when the acoustic guitars appear, ('So cool', 'Stuck in Here') indicating some avenues that would be more fully pursued on the follow up. Short Bus is a decent album, but not really a good starting point for those new to Filter.