Last night American Idol again wasted the time of millions of viewers (self included) as we waited to see who got the boot off of the show. The entertainment was Frankie Avalon, Kellie Pickler and Flo Rida. Now how these three musical artists have anything in common is beyond me, but this certainly seemed like an off the wall mixture of music. Rapper Flo Rida performed an absolutely torrid version of the Dead or Alive classic, “You Spin Me Right Round”. How in the hell this song is in the top 10 in the pop charts is beyond me? While this song isn’t an exact remake, in my ears, the live version was terrible.
This song has been covered by many artists, and almost all of them have been better than this. How on earth do people listen to this stuff?
I am not a fan of this reformulated rap music at all. I guess in a certain sense, musical artists have been sampling songs like this for a long time. Kid Rock is one of the biggest offenders of this as of late, but at least his music is somewhat listenable.
Gemini Five and Dope have also remade this song. I will take their covers over the Flo Rida version any day of the week. Listen for yourself below!
“No Regrets” is the long awaited follow-up to Dope’s ’05 release “American Apathy” and the Dope Army have reason to rejoice. The band which is now made up of guitarist Virus, Tripp on bass, Angel on drums, and the mastermind of it all, Edsel Dope on vocals haven’t changed their sound but are definitely working to perfect it. “No Regrets” takes the best parts of the band’s four previous albums and combine them into a sleazy, heavy, hook-laden homage to sex, drugs, “Violence”, and rock-n-roll that will have you moshing and singing along at the same time.
After a 38 second intro called “Flatline” Edsel and the guys get down to business right from the start with the thrasher “6 6 Sick”. Angel beat the drums on this track like his life depended on it while Virus lays down some thick heavy guitar. For track #2 “Addiction” Edsel enlisted some guy named Zakk Wylde to play lead guitar and for his efforts he got the catchiest song not only on the album but the catchiest Dope song I have heard in a long time. “Addiction” should definitely be getting some major radio airplay.
“No Regrets” and “We Are” are two more heavy songs that have Edsel and the guys raging from start to finish. “My Funeral” and “Dirty World” are both great catchy songs with “Dirty World” being the heaviest of the two. Other stand out tracks include “Best For Me” and “Scorn”. You can also get a bonus tracks edition of “No Regrets” which has an awesome cover of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”, which the band released a few years ago as a website download. There is also a live track called “Die Boom Bang” which is three songs in one and one more new song “Nothing For Me Here” with a damn good solo from Virus.
One thing I have always liked about Dope is the fact they don’t give the listener time to get bored listening to a 6 or 7 minute opus. Edsel gets in your face says what he has to say and moves on to the next subject. The same holds true with “No Regrets” all of the songs and in the 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 minute range with the title track being the longest clocking in at 3:32 but the energy the guys put into that short time span is amazing, they go from 0 to 150 and never let up til the very end.
Dope will not revolutionize the music world but I don’t think that is Edsel or the band’s intentions. What they will do is give the world some heavy and catchy music that will leave you wanting more and more and who said Dope isn’t addictive?
Rating: Out of 10
1. Flat Line
4. No Regrets
5. My Funeral
6. We Are
7. Dirty World
10. Best For Me
13. Rebel Yell
14. I Don’t Give A…
15. Die Boom Bang Burn Fuck
16. Nothing For Me Here
Edsel Dope – Lead Vocals/Guitar
Virus – Guitars/Vocals
Tripp “Lee” Tribbett – Bass/Vocals
Angel Bartolotta – Drums
Head over to HeadBangersBall.com this Thursday, March 12th, to watch the world premiere of the new music video for Dope’s single “6 6 Sick” off of their highly anticipated album No Regrets. The band has released a video teaser for fans to get a snippet of what to expect from the Dale “Rage” Resteghini (Mudvayne, Shadows Fall) and Kevin Custer (Kingdom Of Sorrow, Gas Light Anthem, Hatebreed) directed video. “6 6 Sick” will get its television debut on Saturday night’s episode of the Headbanger’s Ball. Layered with the signature sound that defines the band, No Regrets is a showcase in musicianship and songwriting that the band has honed over the years. The album, their fifth album, is the Chicago band’s first for E1 Music (formerly known as KOCH Records). The album features a guest spot by Zakk Wylde on the first single, “Addiction.” Look for No Regrets in stores and all digital outlets starting Tuesday, March 10th.
Edsel Dope and Company to Release E1 Music Debut on March 10th; Dope Hits the Road With Black Label Society March 3rd
In the ever-changing world of rock music, one band has held a steady hand. Living in a world of their own design, and made for their fans, DOPE has managed to lay waste to comparisons, musical or otherwise, since their creation a decade ago. The Chicago-based rockers have, in the words of their frontman and band namesake Edsel Dope, “seen it all.” And it’s this attitude from which the band draws upon on “No Regrets,” their fifth album, and first for E1 Music (formerly known as KOCH Records). “‘No Regrets’ is not only a commentary on where we have been, but also where we are headed,” says Dope.
Layered with the signature sound that defines the band, “No Regrets” is a showcase in musicianship and songwriting that the band has honed over the years. The songs on “No Regrets” encompass the “kick in the rear and dare you to have fun” vibe that DOPE fans have come to expect. The sex, dope, and rock n’ metal energy oozes through “No Regrets” — much like the pentatonic scale runs through modern-day guitar hero Zakk Wylde’s fingertips. Wylde, who first met the band when they supported his Black Label Society tour in 2007, makes an appearance on the first single, “Addiction.” Other tracks like “Violence,” “6 6 Sick,” and “We Are” take us back to the root of the band’s sound, but with an obvious shot of technical adrenaline. The dark and gloomy “My Funeral” and raunchy “Dirty World” are a somber change of pace, while “No Regrets” and bonus tracks, “Nothing For Me Here” and “I Don’t Give A…,” continue to showcase the wide spectrum of influences that DOPE drew from when creating this album.
First single, “Addiction,” is garnering praise on the airwaves with early adds at KXXR in Minneapolis, KUPD in Phoenix, WIIL in Chicago, KHTQ in Spokane, KXFX in Santa Rosa, KBRE in Merced and at WJJO in Madison. In Madison, “Our third hometown — after New York and Chicago,” says Dope, the track is getting top 5 phones. The track impacts radio on Tuesday, February 10.
Enlisting video directors, Dale “Rage” Resteghini (MudVayne, Shadows Fall, Trivium, Unearth) and Kevin Custer (Kingdom Of Sorrow, Gas Light Anthem, Hatebreed) for “Addiction,” the video is “an aggressively shot film that we are placing just about everywhere, so look for it now,” says Dope. If that isn’t enough, the band rolls out across North America on Black Label Society’s “Black Label Bash,” alongside Black Label Society and Sevendust beginning March 3rd in San Francisco.
With all the early praises, it’s clear asking if DOPE indeed has no regrets is flat out unnecessary. As a musician this immersed in what he lives and breathes, he would never in a lifetime be so disingenuous to actually affix his latest and greatest work with that moniker if he indeed had. DOPE’s mission with “No Regrets” is simple — “to release a record for the fans but also has enough hooks, energy and good times to engage a new group of disciples with each and every listen,” says Dope.
Tour Dates (With Black Label Society and Sevendust):
(***) Denotes Headlining Show
Thursday, 3/5 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk ***
Friday, 3/6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Saturday, 3/7 – Sparks, NV (Reno) – The New Oasis
Monday, 3/9 – Chico, CA – The Senator Theatre
Tuesday, 3/10 – Medford, OR – Medford Armory
Wednesday, 3/11 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Friday, 3/13 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Saturday, 3/14 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Sunday, 3/15 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Tuesday, 3/17 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Corral
Wednesday, 3/18 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Friday, 3/20 – Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Centre
Saturday, 3/21 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Sunday, 3/22 – St. Paul, MN (and Minneapolis) – Myth
Tuesday, 3/24 – Waterloo, IA (Cedar Falls) – McElroy Auditorium
Wednesday, 3/25 – North Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
Thursday, 3/26 – Madison, WI – The Annex (WJJO Presents) ***
Friday, 3/27 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Saturday, 3/28 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
Sunday, 3/29 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati) – Madison Theatre
Monday, 3/30 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection ***
Tuesday, 3/31 – MT. Clemens, MI – Emerald Theatre
Wednesday, 4/1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
Thursday, 4/2 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance ***
Friday, 4/3 – Rochester, NY (Buffalo) – Main Street Armory
Saturday, 4/4 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Monday, 4/6 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Tuesday, 4/7 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Thursday, 4/9 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
Friday, 4/10 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Saturday, 4/11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
Tuesday, 4/14 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Wednesday, 4/15 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Thursday, 4/16 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx ***
Friday, 4/17 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB
Saturday, 4/18 – Duluth, GA (Atlanta) – Wild Bill’s
Sunday, 4/19 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
Tuesday, 4/21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Wednesday, 4/22 – New Orleans, LA – HOB (With Sevendust)
Thursday, 4/23 – San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar ***
Friday, 4/24 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amp.
Saturday, 4/25 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Sunday, 4/26 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Tuesday, 4/28 – Tempe, AZ (Phoenix) – Marquee Theatre
Wednesday, 4/29 – Tempe, AZ (Phoenix) – Marquee Theatre
Thursday, 4/30 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ***
Friday, 5/1 – Las Vegas, NV – HOB
Saturday, 5/2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern