You Asked For It: Dude Offline
"Sucks To Be You" starts with clanging chords of distorted guitar and stringy beats that remind me something out of an 80s film score - you could picture Ferris Bueller clicking off this station in Cameron's dad's car. The second song, "Monkey Baby" has more of a Eurotrash disco feel, which is reinforced by the theme, which seems like the sort of joke that'd appeal to people speaking English as a second language. To it's credit, it's pretty catchy and not really that far from what you'd hear a band like Chromeo ("Tenderoni") do -- and Chromeo is, by all accounts, very cool.
Though Dude Offline claims The Ramones to be his biggest influence, "Candy Girl," is even more like a Chromeo song. By dropping some of the nerd posturing (the last song, a semi-remix called, "Cyber Girl" covers that ground) he makes a song I could honestly hear one of the more adventurous DJs at Shake! spinning.
"It's Not My Problem" is a remix/followup to Dude's "You Suck, You Drank My Beer!" and nowhere near as fresh sounding as the next track, "I'm A Herper," which actually appears to be about snake handling, though I greatly prefer an alternate definition and will, in fact, use that definition in the future.
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