Release Year: 1993
Ah, Beavis and Butthead. You either grew up with these slacker teens in the 90’s, fell in love with their irrelevant humor just last year, or you just don’t get them. Either way they were the biggest TV stars back in the day. Any and all merchandise was made with their faces on it: shirts, mugs, toys, video games, and an album. Now when you think about this show having an album it doesn’t seem that far fetched. After all, they do sit around talking about music most of the time, but after listening to this it’s pretty clear that this was released to cash in on the duo’s fame. Most of the songs are decent, but none of them are mind blowing or make this collection worth paying more than a dollar for.
The album opens with a faux rock concert introduction followed by the duo doing their best guitar impression. After that the Nirvana track “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die” begins. This is clearly what the makers of this album were banking on. At the time, this was a previously unreleased song by the band, so fans were dying to hear it. And while it’s pretty good, it’s not enough to make buying this album worth it. It has the same heavy distorted sound found on their last album In Utero, but lyrically it sounds like something that would be found on Incesticide. Because the lyrics are so weird and mostly refer to having a cold, I have no idea what this song is about. It’s interesting to hear, but not one of Nirvana’s best.
From there on the songs are pretty mediocre. There’s a decent cover of the Beastie Boys song “Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun” by Anthrax. They did a good job because even though I am not familiar with the song, it instantly made me think of the Beasties. It stays faithful to the original with a dash of metal. The Run-DMC track “Bounce” sounds like the rap group was trying too hard to keep up with the gangsta rap trend that was going on at this time and “Deuces Are Wild” by Aerosmith has to be one of their cheesiest songs. It sounds like a corny soft rock song you hear on “classic rock” radio stations. Even the White Zombie track “I Am Hell” is nothing to get excited about. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty good, but it’s typical for the band. There’s nothing that makes it stand out from their other songs. It’s as if there was a tight budget for this album, so they got the cheapest songs by big artists they could afford.
The two best tracks from this compilation comes from Megadeth and Primus. “99 Ways to Die” has to be one of the best Megadeth songs out there. It’s energetic, hard, heavy metal, and everything else you love about the band. There’s even some Spanish guitar influence tossed in during the bridge. It totally stands out from the rest of the song, but it works very well. Also, the vocals are awesome. I love the way it sounds like Dave Mustaine is slurring, yet spiting out the lyrics at the same time. The Primus song “Poetry and Prose” is a funny ode to Beavis and Butthead themselves. The music is weird and funky as is usual for the band. It actually reminds me of 60’s surf rock at times. The lyrics are all about this guy who loves to watch the show. It’s done so well that you won’t even realize it’s about the show until you pay attention to the lyrics.
One thing that’s really annoying about the album is the dialogue from Beavis and Butthead that’s played throughout the songs. These skits usually come before and after the songs, so it makes it really annoying when you just want to hear the song itself. Some of them are funny, but most of them are rehashed jokes from the show. It probably wouldn’t be that bad if the skits didn’t last so long, but some of them go on for three minutes before the song starts. Even the joke songs found here get tiring. The closing track “I Got You Babe,” a duet with Cher, is just confusing. The album is mostly filled with hard rock and it ends with a song from the 70’s. They try to give a rock makeover, but it just doesn’t work. Some may find the skits funny, but I guess I need the visual to go along with the audio. They just come off as annoying.
Overall, the album gets 6/10. Though the collection has some of the biggest artists at the time, it doesn’t make this album any better. Though the songs may be decent, but most of them are nothing special and certainly not good enough to make this something worth having. The skits between the shows are just annoying, rather than funny like they aim for and most of it are jokes we’ve heard before. Unless you’re a Beavis and Butthead collector, steer clear of this record. It’s just not worth it.