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"Blame Everyone" is the debut album by British metal act, Grand Theft Audio. It was released in 2000 on Sire Records and produced by Ralph Jezzard. The line-up for the album was Jay Butler (vocals), Chris McCormack (guitar), Ralph Jezzard (bass/keyboards) and Ritch Battersby (drums).
The rock family is a close-knit community, and the people involved in creating "Blame Everyone" are no exception to that rule. Take a RealTV vocalist, add a 3 Colours Red guitarist and throw in two people that are connected to the Wildhearts, and you have Grand Theft Audio.
It's a shame the band never really took off in a way that they probably felt they should have. The songs on this album are strong, with stand-out track "We Luv You" appearing in the 2000 Ashton Kutcher film, "Dude, Where's My Car?"
The afore-mentioned song is a powerful pop/metal tune with an infectious beat that makes you want more of this band, and more you get. Every metal song since the 1970s steals riffs from others, and "Rock the House" has clearly borrowed from AC/DC's "Back in Black", while the chorus of "Drugs and Girls" is quite obviously the Ramones' "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World".
In summary, while I like 3 Colours Red and the Wildhearts a lot, I think Grand Theft Audio's "Blame Everyone" was a rushed album. Unfortunately, it doesn't have enough originality to be considered a brilliant album, even though the songs are good. If you want to hear monster riffs with powerful pop/rock beats, this album does that for you... but you'd probably be better off buying something by the two bands I've just mentioned.
1. Death to the Infidels
2. We Luv You
3. Stoopid Ass
4. Rock the House
5. Wake Up
6. Grey, Black and White
7. As Good as it Gets
8. Drugs and Girls
10. Dead Man Leaving
My rating: 5/10