Review Summary: Best album
Bloodhound Gang’s junior album Hooray for Boobies
is an album far from serious, but more so witty and quirky humor aimed for immature, directionless teenagers. Released on the brink of 2000, this album showcases Bloodhound Gang at their boldest yet most ridiculous, and most musically supreme yet simple. If anything should be taken from this album, it’s the fact that the music is just so appealing and flavorful with many musical textures and creative song arrangements. Compared to their previous album, One Fierce Beer Coaster
, nothing much has changed other than the accumulation of more skits and synthesizers, but to be exact, this album is a huge improvement in both comicalness and insanity.
As the album artwork suggests, this album is definitely made for parties and just celebrating life at the moment. Every song here will make you get up and want to start flinging around your underpants and act like a madman, especially with these lyrics, which are although incredibly ridiculous, really exciting and thrilling. This album, believe it or not, features many genres other than plain “alternative rock.” Here we have many hard, rap-core esque songs such as ‘Mope’, ‘Magna Cum Nada’ and ‘Yummy Down On This’, a mildly disturbing yet comically grandiose country parody ‘A Lap Dance is so Much Better When A Stripper is Crying’, a fruity chiptune track ‘Right Turn Clyde’ (also somewhat serious, believe it or not), and of course, the all-time famous dance pop jam ‘The Bad Touch.’ Every track is basically a one hit wonder and will make you crave for more once the song is over.
Lyrically, the album is surprisingly stellar. Now, granted, the lyrics aren’t exactly the most “intelligent” out there, but they are incredibly clever and very ingenious; Jimmy Pop is a lyrical mastermind, in my opinion, and can definitely bundle up random words and turn them into something hilarious without ease. Every track pretty much deals with immature toilet humor and sex jokes, but that’s what makes this album superb; these jokes never get old. Lines like “All in all you’re just another dick with no balls,” and ‘Heaven’s no, hell yeah’ almost never fail to bring a smile to my face and never lose their stance.
Musically, the riffs, drums, and synthesizers are quite simple and don’t carry much weight to them, but that doesn’t matter; they are simple yet catchy, something The Bloodhound Gang has been known for. ‘Yummy Down On This’ is much like this, and although it includes literally one chord, the track is still heavy and satisfying (song deals with oral sex and blends the musicality in perfectly). The album’s latter half is arguably as splendid as the opening and first half. ‘Right Turn Clyde’ is a refreshing track including bouncy chiptunes and a head-knobbing beat. Jimmy’s lyrics here are quite possible the most brilliant he’s ever written; it’s a dis track about some asshole that Jimmy has almost always hated and believe me; this song gets the heat out perfectly. ‘Along Comes Mary’ is a straight up Alternative Rock jam which leads onto a hidden track.
This album is excellent and far from terrible, and shouldn’t disappoint anyone who likes humor and fun music. The instrumentation, despite being modest and not technical at all, is mostly outstanding and exceptional, considering the band’s abilities as a whole with music. Their keen sense of melody is also concrete here, many action-packed and hard-hitting melodies that will not disappoint anyone; they are just simply too beguiling to ignore, despite a few humble tracks that are somewhat average. Overall, Hooray For Boobies
is reinforced by an incredible range of great elements, and should definitely be listened to at least once.