Thursday, June 18, 2009

Green Jelly Sucks Even More ...

After Green Jello's "Cereal Killers Soundtrack" was released, the band encountered several lawsuits which led to the bands name to Green Jelly (with an umlaut over the Y, it's pronounced Green Jello) as well as re-editing their "Cereal Killers" album and cover. I'm ecstatic to have found a copy of the original Green Jello release.

Their follow up under the Green Jelly moniker "333" although good, lacked some of the silliness and spoofery of "Cereal Killers". It has a stronger punk edge and maybe even a mild hardcore delivery.

Kicking off "333" is "Carnage Rules" with its punky groove, sets the mood of the album. "Fixation" is punky as well with some female vocals. Nice variety. And "Jerk" adds rock sensibility to the punk foundation.

"The Bear Song" which is my favourite track, is punky with a hardcore delivery. It's super catchy with lots of crunch and loads of melody. "Super Elastic" is faster with a similar sound to "The Bear Song".

"Orange Krunch" is probably the most metal song here and "Fight" leans toward the industrial side of metal, similar to some Ministry. "Jump" is smooth and melodic with an alternative sound or even Alt Rock. "Anthem" is a silly spoof-like tune that's heavy and catchy and comedic. It reminds me some of Corky And The Juice Pigs' "Rok Stedy". The album closer is a rip on the B-52's that is super catchy with some nice female vocals.

Although "333" is probably a more accessible album then "Cereal Killers", I prefer "Cereal Killers". "333" is not without its charm, perhaps it's teenage nostalgia that holds me to "Cereal Killers". I don't know.

Green Jelly have not done much since "333" with a couple of songs recorded and a recent tour last year, that I was unable to attend. Ah well, maybe they'll come around again.

Up next, I'll be looking at the under-rated doom metal band, Memory Garden.


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