Key lines of best song on hardest-rocking record below (which is also the best Drive-By Truckers album of the year, by the way, and maybe the best Rancid album too): "Everything that come out of his mouth is a fuckin' lie/Prays to a God that hates his guts/Then he sends young boys to die/C'mon y'all let's fuck the president." The Mekons' double-disc retrospective, meanwhile, proves conclusively that their earliest stuff still wins by a mile, but their later stuff batters the empire senseless regardless. KMFDM, Lycaon Pictus, Hanzel und Gretyl, Bloc Party, and maybe even Crystal Gayle (in ascending order of vagueness) attempt to express opinions as well. And Pere Ubu's singer proves he's still alive.
HANZEL UND GRETYL
(Metropolis quasi-Teutonic semi-symphonic industrial-metal album)
I CAN LICK ANY SONOFABITCH IN THE HOUSE
(In Music We Trust anti-imperialist Southern-rock album)
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House at inmusicwetrust.com
"Rachel Corrie" (MP3)
"Regrets and Greyhounds" MP3)
"Westboro Baptist Church" (MP3)
"Fall Down" (MP3)
(Sanctuary semi-porno-graphic anti-imperialist industrial-rock album)
Heaven & Hell: The Very Best of the Mekons
(Cooking Vinyl '70s-'00s anti-imperialist post-punk dub-folk reissue)
"Memphis Egypt" (MP3)
"Curse of the Mekons" (MP3)
"Get Up-Say What (DFA Remix)"/ "Get Up"/"That's The Way I Like It"
(DFA dance-oriented neo-new-wave dub-rock EP)
dfarecords.com (Click on Radio to listen to "Get Up-Say What (DFA Remix)"; "Get Up"; and "That's The Way I Like It.")
DAVID THOMAS & TWO PALE BOYS
19 Monkeys on a Dead Man's Chest
(Smog Veil post-punk art-glam album)
INDUSTRIAL FAMILY PLATTER!
(Rykodisc '80s semi-pornographic industrial-dance promo reissue compilation)
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