Released: Sep 27, 2005
Styles: Funk Metal, Post-Grunge
Number Of Tracks: 12
They have matured alot, and not in the lyric department, but in the music department, which is a great thing to accomplish.
Hefty FineFeatured review by: UG Team, on october 24, 2005 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sound: Good old Bloodhound Gang... 5 years didn't change them -? they're still happily yelling about f--king, burping, farting, pooing with the joy only 15-year-olds have. More than that, after 10 years of singing about it, those 30-years-old dudes still find it funny. With the new album "Hefty Fine," out September 2005, they remind us how to make your mum blush. No need to say Bloodhound Gang is tongue-and-cheek kind of band -- scatological jokes, a message from someone pooing, cussing -? all included! The band just makes fun of everything they can fit their jokes to, sometimes doing ridiculous things without any logic (like that synty electronic "tail" at the end of alt-metal "Balls Out"). Thus the music, playing the second role, is very simple, not to say primitive -? dull euro-disco beats (what about rock-n?roll everybody's talking about?), guitar riffs, that don't take too much practice to play, 5-note synthesizer tunes, electronic drums, covered with lazy arrangements. Which doesn't mean songs are not catchy (you just can't not remember the phrase after you've heard it 10 times straight).
The opener alt-metal "Balls Out" is the only of its kind on the record. It features Pop's angry rapping, downtuned distortion guitars and a tambourine. "Pennsylvania" was written with the hope to become the band's home state's anthem. Well, maybe not among serious guys, but it has all the chances to be the youngsters' favorite song -? typical "teen comedy" humor plus typical American punk-rock plus "key words" that only aborigines know (like "Do you even know what a Wawa is." For those of you out of state, Wawa is a chain of shops. Now you know). Pay attention to the acoustic guitar part in the eerie-sounding ode to horror movies "Something Diabolical" -? you won't hear it on the concert. It was written on the piano and Lupus confesses it's still hard for him to play it. The lead-off single "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" and "No Hard Feeling" are the highlights of "Hefty Fine," that give you hope, that Bloodhound Gang still have some fresh ideas. // 7
Lyrics: Here we finally came to what the band is actually doing -? music is just the background to their sense of humor. The lyrics became meanier on this album. Jim was obviously pissed off at life and mostly girlfriends when he was working on songs -? "Ain't my job to f--k you on your birthday," "Balls out, my life is a slut." This guy doesn't cuss, that's just the way he usually expresses his feelings!
The only problem is that we've already heard most of that somewhere else and repeating the same joke gets annoying. The jokes smell stale (like "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" that has been used in numerous variations over the last 70 years) and the band feels that too. They excuse themselves, saying that they still find it funny and their fans do too. Probably, but much less than before. // 8
Overall Impression: You either get their joke or you don't get their music at all. There's no other way. Humor starts right from the CD sleeve with a fat guy in a box on it. As Lupus Thunder told Ultimate Guitar in the exclusive interview, the guy that posed for the sleeve, got his job after The Bloodhound Gang saw the picture, where he was giving a blow job to another guy.
If you really got into that joke, you can even unfold the CD booklet and put a little porno poster, which is on the other side, on your wall. Sad thing about the record is that it's strictly for Americas. If you live outside USA, you won't get half of the attempts "to sing a joke." Not only there are a lot of phrases that only Americans can understand, but the whole thing about "shit humor." I'm always been wondering -? how come the subject of burping, f--king, farting and so on is so topical in the States and not in any other country?
Unfortunately, the band's fans have grown up for five years since the last album was out and the band seems not. They are still riding a horse they saddled back in 1999 -? the new release is pretty much the same as their previous albums. It seems quite ok after a long break, but I don't think "the old horse" can pull another record. If the band wouldn't find inspiration from something new, their next record and the last one could be "Greatest Hits." // 7
stumaster18, on september 16, 2005 4 of 8 people found this review helpful
Sound: Just to start this off, I would like to say where the hell have these guys been? They had a huge hit back in 2000 named "The Bad Touch," that did extremely well, and you always heard everybody singing it; it was always played on MuchMusic, and the song even made Much's compilation CD, Big Shiny Tunes 5. But I really have to admit that this CD's sound is 100 times better then the last one. The guitars and vocals are mcuh heavier, and it really has songs that you can tap your feet to and hum to continuously. This band has really improved, and I think the time they took off was a good idea, because they really made this album a winner. The songs are a mix or rap rock, pop rock, and pure hard rock, which is all great. I am sure this CD will get a lot of attention when it is released. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics are always a great thing to talk about when discussing The Bloodhound Gang. Just like the last record, most lyrics on the songs are all hilarious. The first single released titled 'Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo', is one big sex joke; I love the finishing line in it which is "Put the you-know-what, in the you-know=where, pronto," which is just another of the many sex jokes in that songs. There is also a song named 'Ralph Wiggum' (named after the famous Simpson's Character), where the lyrics for the song are made entirly out of phrases that Ralph Wiggum says, or has said to him in Simpson's episodes. I think it's brilliant how they fit in all the phrases, and made a great song at the same time. And when you think about me rating the lyrics 5 stars, you can think about this: Bloodhound Gang isn't all about writing moving, touching lyircs that make perfect sense. They write songs that are meant to make you laugh really hard, and they sure succeeded here. Hilarious. // 10
Overall Impression: I definitely have to say, that overall, this CD is much much better then any of their previous albums released. They sure have matured alot, and not in the lyric department, but in the music department, which is a great thing to accomplish. I think this is the best CD that has been released in September, and I know that the songs on this CD will definitely hit the air waves, since they are all great. Any song could really become a single. But if I was to choose 4 more singles, I would pick 'Balls Out', 'I'm The Least You Could Do', 'Pennsylvania', and 'No Hard Feelings'. All of these songs are absolutely fantastic, but I really have to say that the whole CD is. These are just the songs that stand out to me, and I'm sure they would to you too. I love everything about this cd, especially the short skit songs that are hilarious! Especially the Diarrhea song. This CD couldn't really be stolen from me but if I lost all of my music on my computer, I would definitely download it again! It's worth the space taken up! // 10
DownInAHole., on september 09, 2006 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: It's been almost 6 years since we last saw a Bloodhound Gang album, I say three words: Worth the wait. Jimmy Pop's humour has matured slightly, but it is still juvenile in it's own little way. This album is an excellent example of The Bloodhound Gang's maturing and exploration as a band, as all bands do.
01. Strictly For The 'Tardcore - simply talking for 8 seconds, a little dig at Eminem and Will Smith (The Fresh Prince).
02. Balls Out - almost metal based music, similiar to 'Yummy Down On This' from Hooray For Boobies. The lyrics are about sex, a rather enjoyable song.
03. Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo - normally, singles from an album end up being the worst on albums. Not this time. Foxtrot is one of the highlight songs on the album, with very clever lyrics. The verse lyrics being euphemisms for sex, and the chorus being phonetic for a certain word (first letter of each word).
04. I'm The Least You Could Do - a song with a clever title, and very clever lyrically. A nice piano/ keyboard bit to lead us into the song, something quite rare for The Bloodhound Gang. But incase you're thinking they've gone soft on us, they kick into heavy distorted guitars and a catchy verse, backed by some synth-like things.
05. Farting With A Walkman On - in my opinion, this song is one of the lower-points of the album, a similiar melody throughout. Although it does bring us back to Jimmy Pop's juvenile sense of humour (which basically, we all love).
06. Diarrhea Runs In The Family - a humorous (at first anyway) recording of someone in a bathroom.
07. Ralph Wiggum - one of my favourite songs by TBG, a song made entirely of quotes by The Simpsons character Ralph Wiggum. Simple song, but very catchy. Very clever lyrically, almost shows the juvenile side of TBG, writing about cartoon characters and the such.
08. Something Diabolical - at first listening, I thought "wow, how dreary", but once Ville Valo (HIM) came in with his guest vocals, it really livens the song up and makes it a lot more singable. This song especially works best on computers or CD players with two working speakers, as Jimmy flicks from left speaker to right speaker throughout the versesm which I thought was rather cool.
09. Overheard In A Wawa Parking Lot - someone saying "The only thang going down in this car is the window 'cause your pussy stank!", it works well in carrying Something Diabolical into Pennsylvania.
10. Pennyslvania - an excellent song, I know many people who would rate it as the highest on the album. TBG actually want to get this at the state anthem of Pennsylvania, I think that would be rather interesting. A very catchy song, amazingly clever lyrics, a highlight.
11. Uhn Tiss, Uhn Tiss, Uhn Tiss - my personal favourite track from 'Hefty Fine'. A song that almost crosses into dance music at stages, and the second single. I love the lyrics, particularly the line "Let the banana split and watch it go right to your thighs". An amazing song, really is the highest point of the album, one of my all time favourite BG tracks.
12. No Hard Feelings - this song was written by Jimmy Pop from an ex girlfriends perspective, and a good job of it he's done too. A slight tremolo effect in the background of the verses, very catchy. There is a hidden track on the North American version, 9:11 into this song, it doesn't last very long (few seconds at most), and is said by Bam Margera (Viva La Bam). // 8
Lyrics: Jimmy Pop never fails to make me laugh on a bad day. I could just get in a fight and listen to his lyrics and laugh til I cry. He is a very funny dude and his lyrics are absolutely crazy. Although he isn't as out of control as he was in the '90s Jimmy Pop's lyrics have sort of slowed down a bit. A bit more mature. He changed his subjects from dissing himself to sex. Very funny lyrical album. // 9
Overall Impression: Beyond how the disk plays out in their catalogue, it's just a damn good album. It's got a great flow, good lyrics, great music (and what the hell's wrong with techno), and you can listen to it over and over, not get bored of it, find something new on it, and wish you could hear it when you're away from it. This band could have easily done what lots of other bands have done, turned out 11 new "Bad Touch"ish songs and hoped they got airplay. Done an Eminem and create two formulaic hits to get the MTV airplay and let the rest of the album be what they really meant it to be. Instead you get a great album without a single, an album that's much better as a unit than it's parts. The Bloodhound Gang definitely matured on this one, and that's great. If they played the same old pranks over and over again, it would get to be like a 2nd season of Punk'd. They moved on, grew, expanded, kept their sense of humor, but raised their expectations. I suggest the "true" fans do the same, and I suggest that you give this album a shot, you'll be surprised how much you love it. // 8
HillcrestAvenue, on november 25, 2006 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: This albums sound is kinda alternative/punk-rock. there's no story to the music. They use a lot of beat and keyboards on this album. The guitar is fine for punkish music. As well as for bass. The drums are really good on this album. The singing is amazing. They're are some really short songs on here, too. Some of those are "Balls Out," "Overhead In A Wawa Parking Lot" and "Farting With A Walkman On". // 9
Lyrics: The Lyrics on thi album don't make any sence really. The only song I thing really makes since on this album is "I'm The Least You Could Do". The lyrics to the songs go pretty good together considering the lyrics don't make any sence. The singing is very good. He kind of has a nazzily voice but it sounds very good. But ya the lyrics don't make any sence. // 9
Overall Impression: Hefy Fine is a little bit better than the older albums, in my opinion. The best songs are "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo," "I'm The Least You Could Do" and "Pennsylvana". I love this album because of the lyrics, how funny it is, and how much the lyrics make no sense. I hate it because I don't hate it I love it. If it were stolen or lost I deffinatly buy it again. // 9