Oh. My. Fucking. God……Did you just see that? Did you just hear that? That video blew my goddamn mind just over 10 years ago. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and hearing. Andrew W.K. was over the top with everything and a complete paradox of nearly every stereotype that existed in heavy music. Andrew wasn’t underground, but he wasn’t mainstream. He wasn’t metal, but he wasn’t pop. How did something kick so much ass, but stay so positive? How was this so much….fun?
I’ll bet you’re wondering, what happened next? Was the show good? Epic? Amazing? Truth is, I don’t really have words for it. It was honestly beyond comprehension. It could’ve been the 6 oilcans of Foster’s that I drank beforehand, but I don’t think that was it either…..
Now I’ve been to a ton of shows in my time. I’ve been honored to see some great gigs and some of my favorite musicians up close and personal. But the first Andrew W.K. show I ever saw opened up a whole new realm of the musical landscape for me. Everything that I had seen and read previous to experiencing it firsthand had been true! It was fast, fun, sweaty and loud. People were singing, screaming, dancing and falling all over one another. This was no ordinary concert, this was more akin to divine intervention!
|Look how pissed off my buddy is that he didn’t get a picture!!!|
For the last 10 years, Andrew’s career has continued to steamroll on. He released another great album titled The Wolf in 2003 and an album of entirely improvised solo piano pieces, titled 55 Cadillac. He also released the Close Calls With Brick Walls and Mother of Mankind albums in America after only being available in Asia. Sure, there was definitely some weird shit going on in there involving identity issues (for more on that read this and this), but that really isn’t the point behind Andrew or his music.
Fun is the M.O. and that shit hasn’t changed for 10+ years. But fun is precisely what makes Andrew W.K. so goddamn important for modern music. His records and shows are an invitation to smile and let go of everything in your daily life. Where there is an image or scene to uphold in many other area’s of the musical landscape, Andrew just does his thing and invite’s you along for the ride! No judgement, no pretension, just fun.
Over the last 10 years, I have come and gone from Andrew’s music. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like partying, or I partied too hard and need to sit out for a while. However, the message behind Andrew’s music has stayed with me since that first spin of I Get Wet. In spite of genres, labels, artistry and even taste, when it comes down to it, music is meant to be enjoyed. Music is supposed to be fun! Life is supposed to be fun! Andrew himself summed this up pretty well as he signed my ticket stub for the show:
So thank you Andrew W.K. for continuously reminding me of that, personally and musically over the past 10 years!
p.s. If you want a good laugh or want some awesome advice, read Andrew’s Party Tips, found on his Facebook page. AWESOME!!!
I’m gonna leave you with this. You know what time it is!!!!
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