Saturday, June 27, 2009

BOOTLEG BILL - Welcome to Florida

Double Cross Records -- West Palm Beach (1996)

Welcome to Florida
Ian Rotten's Revenge

Bill - Vocals, bass, all guitars
Boomer - drums

You are not allowed to like this and I don't want to get you in trouble with your corporate boss or your liberal girlfriend. Still, I have taken on the responsibility of reviewing Florida records and this record is about as Floridian as it gets. So here goes...

The A-side starts out slow with the words, "Welcome to Florida, now fucking leave" and picks up tempo into the chorus ("Shoot 'em on sight/If they ain't white") and particularly into the rave-up climax ("Miami Beach is a foreign land...Cubans go home! Haitians go home!). This is much like Skrewdriver in sound, vocals and lyrical content. It's also embarrassingly catchy like early Skrewdriver: primitive, ignorant and heartfelt, devoid of irony.

Musically, the B-side is in a similar vein. I think it is about professional wrestling. It is a celebration of violence in any case.

If you find a copy of this extremely limited self-release, you have an eagle eye. Buy it. Hide it. Enjoy it at your own risk.

"Will the last American to leave Florida, please bring the flag!"

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