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Good Bad, Not Evil is the 5th Black Lips album, it was released in September 2007 by Vice Records. The title is a reference to the song by The Shangri-Lah's "Give Him a Great Big Kiss"
If you don't know Black Lips, they are a self-proclaimed flower punk band which basically sounds like a mixture of garage and surf rock, they're known particularly for their energetic live performances which were notorious for their silly antics on stage including vomiting, urinating, nudity, band members kissing, fireworks, and a chicken. This is less common these days as they've claimed to have matured.
I like this album a lot, it's not something you can listen to that regularly and it has a bit of a novelty feel to it but it's to be taken with a pinch of a salt as they do go for a somewhat comedy outlook with their bizarre choice in clothes and pervy nerdy psycho American from film look.
However that doesn't mean that the album isn't to be taken seriously.. Veni Vidi Vici and O Katrina are without doubt some of the best songs made in recent years, incredibly tuneful, catchy, funny and I'm running out of superlatives now but you get the idea.
The first track I saw a Ghost is a bit of a let down as is Lock and Key. The rockier "I feel Alright" and country love song about meeting a native american girl "Navajo" are back on form though and "How do you tell a Child.. that someone has died" is very tuneful and a topic that is rarely touched it includes the lyrics
"Little Tommy, I have bad news for you today
The teacher you loved Mr. Peterson
Has sadly passed away
He was killed by a motorist in a drunken act of rage
Let em live on in your heart
Now we must turn the page"
This superbly at ease with themself garage outfit are playing in Hove tonight, at Glastonbury tomorrow and return to the UK and Ireland later in the summer for events like Electric Picnic and Surfstock.
Cold Hands is another superb song which I often end up playing a few times in a row.
Overall it's a bit hit and miss but Cold Hands, O Katrina, Veni Vidi Vici and How do you tell a Child, should ensure your purchase of this album. When they're on form, they're sublime.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Saw A Ghost (Lean)
2 O Katrina
3 Veni Vidi Vici
4 It Feels Alright
6 Lock And Key
7 How Do You Tell A Child That Someone Has Died - Black Lips & Steve Jones
8 Bad Kids
9 Step Right Up
10 Cold Hands
11 Off The Block
12 Slime And Oxygen
13 Transcendental Light