Viking Guitar - Sugoi
Date of Release: 2015
Record Label: Independent
Album Review Format: Streaming Audio
Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw
Track listings: 1.MMMBop 2.Scream 3.We Want The Airwaves
Viking Guitar is best known for Hard Rock remixes of video game music/songs. Aside from that distinction this 3 song ep is still covers from, in reverse order, The Ramones, The Misfits, and (gawd help us).......Hanson.....Yes that MMMbop.
The players are all competent and the songs are well played, but honestly I would rather hear the originals....except for THAT SONG, you know the one I mean..... the 1st track. It was bad enough that we heard that song on every supermarket radio station during th 90's as it was, did we really need a hard rock cover? According to the artist, the recording of this bit of pop music history was the result of a lost bet, unfortunately for the rest of us. Any attempt to soften the blow with the 2nd and 3rd covers on this ep was simply not enough. The only way to have made the Hanson cover worth it would have been to totally alter it making it nearly unrecognizable, and therefore a poke at the hatred for the song.
I was excited about hearing the ep, titled "Sugoi" which is a bit of Japanese slang which can mean Fantastic or Terrible or both at the same time. An appropriate title for this fantastically terrible idea. I was disappointed.
4 of 10 horns