Listening Report â€" Family Values Tour 98

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When I sat down to do a Listening report last night, I started thinking, "Who am I kidding?". I am never going to push myself to listen to 15 Jazz CD's in a week and a half, so I am going to do the remainder of my listening reports on music that I like to listen to. You may think it defeats the purpose of listening reports, but that's not true. What these guys play may sound like heavily distorted noise, and too much yelling played at way too high of volumes to the average adult, and honestly, it is. But there is music, and every day 1000's of kids are trying to teach themselves their favorite headliners, and that's how we learn to play our instruments in the first place. So, now that I've convinced you WHY I am doing this listening report, here is the actual thing: The song (the only one by this group) on the CD is New Skin by Incubus which is really cool, because to most people it sounds a lot like rap, but to me it is a really fast-paced alternative music song because of the actual instrument playing (not featured in the basic drum tracks of rap music) and the repeated chorus, which sounds really cool because the bassist and lead vocals play and sing on a perfect 4th.

The second group on the tour is Orgy. Their biggest headliner is Blue Monday, which is a really kickass remake of the David Bowie Original. Its about some guy who hated Mondays, so he went out and shot a bunch people, mostly kids I think, at some convention WAY back in the day. Then David Bowie wrote a song about it, and it was under a lot of heat.

But now, Orgy made the song HUGE. It is an amazing song. Orgy has a very unique sound. They are sort of an Electro-Punk band. They have some really hardcore guitar riffs, but they also got some sweet Synth tracks and stuff like that. The best thing about them, though, has got to be their Vocal Distortions. They got this cool echo-y noise added to their voice. Orgy also performs Dissention and Gender.

The next group is Limp Bizkit. These guys co-starred the tour, and performed such songs as Faith, you've probably heard people singing this song. Its another remake, I have no idea who wrote the original or why, but it's a cool song, "Wouldn't it be nice, If I could touch your body . . . ." That's the opening of the song. They also redid an old House of Pain song, "Jump Around".

The Next two groups are ICE Cube, the Rap artist on the show, and Rammstein. Both groups in my opinion are terrible, so I just won't talk about them.

The last group is the star of the show. Korn. They performed a Medley of some of their greatest songs, and some unreleased songs. It was called the Shot Liver Medley, and it featured the titles: Shoots & Ladders (A medley itself, of a bunch of Nursery Rhymes to a punk beat), Justin, Predictable, Ball Tongue, Divine, Kill You. They also sang some of their other huge hits like Freak on a Leash (the one we listened to in class two days ago) Twist, which is the greatest song in the world because all he does is go absolutely mental screaming pure jibberish for 4 minutes. And Got the Life, which is a song about how rich they are, but yet they don't spoil themselves and even though their lyrics may be disturbing, they are all nice guys.

This is a compilation CD, so I am not going to name all 20 some odd musicians.