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Uncle Slam - Say Uncle

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Posted: 06/29/2010 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

Originally released in 1988 (when I was 4 years old) on Caroline Records and long since out of print, Divebomb Records re-releases Uncle Slam's Say Uncle. I'm still trying to decide if that was necessary move on the labels part. As far as I can tell this isn't a re-mastered version, there are no additional bonus tracks or "special" liner notes and in our age of blogs/torrents/ushare and the like, once rare items aren't so rare anymore. Don't get me wrong, this is a hell of an album and respect where respect is due, but with nothing "new" to offer to listeners, and nothing to make the psychical "special" I can't image Divebomb is going to make much bank off this. But I guess that is besides the point. Say Uncle is a fun listen and I'm sure this album and band hold nostalgic value to those who loved the thrash crossover explosion (the first and only real one), but i was way more into G.I. Joes than I was thrash metal at age 4, so I'm just going to have to review the album on how well the songs stand up today.

Uncle Slam is comprised of pretty much everyone who has ever been kicked out of Suicidal Tendencies. Most notable for having Amery Smith of, you guessed it, Suicidal Tendencies and later the Beastie Boys and Leftover crack fame. They play pretty traditional American style crossover thrash with bits and pieces of hardcore thrown in for good measure.

Say Uncle is a 12 track, beer drinking soundtrack to skateboarding. Municipal Waste fly the party thrash banner or whatever, but Uncle Slam was doing that 25 years ago without even trying. The lyrics, artwork, song titles and everything else are pretty standard for the genre; rising above, being an outcast, revenge, war and politics (kind of). They are not trying to reinvent the wheel here, but they sure do replicate it well and play in this genre perfectly. So if you don't own this album from the first time around and didn't download it a few years back while looking for "old" bands to namedrop at a Toxic Holocaust show, here is your chance to experience the glory that is Uncle Slam.

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sounds like something i would like

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