Digging deep into my collection, I found this lost gem, Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom. I recently loaded this CD into my play list as I completely forgot about this band. Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom was formed from the ashes of the legendary punk band The Dictators. They released one CD under the Wild Kingdom moniker, before reforming the Dictators in the late nineties.
..And You? is a cool blast of punk metal, led by the cool party anthem “The Party Starts Now”. This CD is ridiculously short. Only two songs are longer than three minutes. The total playtime is just a little over 26 minutes. Even though it is short, it is still a pretty fun CD to listen to.
Dick Manitoba probably will not ever be considered a great singer, but he makes these songs work. Former Manowar guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman dishes out some cool guitar licks, and give the songs on …And You? a metal edge.
“Haircut and Attitude” almost sounds like a lost Beastie Boys song. D.W.I. is so catchy, it almost sounds like a KISS tune. “Fired Up” is more metal, than punk, and is a good tune to fire you up! …And You? sounds good when played loud. I think I am getting more enjoyment out of this CD now, than when it was originally released.
You can score copies of this CD dirt cheap at this link. The ultra low price makes this a CD worth checking out. Don’t miss out on this lost classic.
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Party Starts Now
2. Haircut And Attitude
3. New York, New York
5. I Want You, Tonight
6. Fired Up
7. The Perfect High
8. Had It Coming
Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom is:
“Handsome” Dick Manitoba – Vocals
Ross “The Boss” Friedman – Guitars
Andy Shernoff – Bass
J.P. “Thunderbolt” Patterson – Drums