ARTIST: Urge Overkill
TITLE: Jesus Urge Superstar
YEAR RELEASED: 1989
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I really doubt it; it’s kind of been lost in the UO catalog
LINEUP: Nash Kato, King Roeser, Kriss Bataille
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Urge Overkill’s debut has bits and pieces of parts of what made them a fun band, but man the sound is, well, gunk.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You can hear the snippets and the potential. A neat retro guitar lick. An interesting reference. A melody that’s both of the time and a throwback. An attitude.
But only for glimpses, and most of that is due to the sound of the record. It’s covered in mud and leaves and Lord only knows what, so it seems. It was produced by the usually dependable Steve Albini. It is a bit noisier and punkier than other UO records – that I was expecting. I wasn’t ready for the muted sound taking the oomph out of the songs.
The songs have moments – most of them may have been redeemable had they focused a bit on them and on a better sound. It’s kind of hard to listen to at times.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had an earlier EP and single released before this first full length.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C-: They needed better sound and more focus on the songs. It would happen.