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J.B.O. - '11' Hot

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It's entirely sung in German with typical German humour that the rest of the world finds bizarre.

J.B.O. (formerly James Blast Orchester) are a comedy Metal band from Erlangen, Germany with a penchant for the colour pink. And that's where I should maybe stop, as J.B.O. isn't your usual Fireworks type band. However, we get sent lots of weird and wonderful albums and some say each has its merits.

This is their eleventh album (natch) and they still manage to put the words 'James Blast Orchester' on the front cover although partially censored. This, following threatened legal action from multi-million selling German conductor, the late James (Hans) Last (Orchestra).

It's entirely sung in German with typical German humour that the rest of the world finds bizarre; I've spent many a year in Germany and kind of "get it", but still... – (myself included on both fronts – Ed). This will appeal to, well, Germans, Austrians and Swiss-Germans and co-incidentally, these three are their biggest (and only?) markets.

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Seventeen "tracks" but actually only about eleven songs which include spoken word skits like 'Alkoholprobe' (German police stop and ask to breathalyse the driver) and 'Autowerkstatt' (customer at a car repair garage chats to the receptionist). The songs also have a bizarre nature – 'Panzer Dance' is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, kind of like a Heavy Metal version of 'Agadoo' before morphing into 'Glory, Glory Hallelujah' – "Yeah, we danced the Panzer dance!". 'Wacken Ist Nur Einmal Im Jahr' ('Wacken Is Only Once A Year') is a Classic Rock ode to Wacken and 'Jetzt Ist Halt Heut' ('Now Is Simply Today') is a nostalgic ditty which references Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Bon Scott (AC/DC) and is based on Mary Hopkins' 'Those Were The Days' 1968 number 1 UK hit. If they can get away with parodying Hopkins they might have a harder time with 'Har Har Har', basically ZZ Top's 'La Grange' with German lyrics and a woman orgasming in tune with the end solo, partially stopping to exclaim "This isn't very quick".

Elsewhere you get 'Metaller', in modern parlance meaning 'Metalhead', which is a celebration of being a head-banger, 'Wir Lassen Uns Das Blödeln Nicht Verbieten' ('We Cannot Ban Fooling Around') which is fast-paced Punky Rock and 'Verliebt' ('In Love') a Folky Rock number about wanting more sex but realising "Fuck! I'm in love". To round things off at the end, they do a Limp Bizkit-type Rap-Metal anthem 'M.F.N. For J.B.O.' – 'Make Some Mother-Fuckin' Noise For J.B.O.'. Quite.

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