Label: Music For Nations CDMFN268
Format: CD, Album
Thats My Life 3:12
Not Dancing, Wanna Know Why? 3:02
Just Another Score 3:33
Summer Seasons Gone 4:10
Wimpy Sister 3:29
Do Me That Favour 3:29
Significant Other 3:34
Dear Old Fame 4:58
Smoke ‘Em 4:16
Riding With The King 4:18
They Are Not Even A New Bang Tango 2:35
Mothers Love 5:49
Swedish melodic Hard Rockers original Music For Nations CD released in 2003.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Superstar Funky And Fun,
I love this band! From “Its Only Rock N Roll” to “Split Your Lip”, its all been awesome. Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves) is definitely different, but to me its well worth it. Jocke and the boys really come though with some hard edge funk, in your face vocals, and wide range of guitar work. Everything works so perfect on every song. Nothing is out of place anywhere on any track. Plus I love that you can hear influences from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and current sounds on this disc. It might not be the hardest rockin, but its still rockin!
“Thats My Life” – An upfront Rolling Stones influence on this one, and so much more. Great way to open.
“Not Dancing, Wanna Know Why?” – Awesome guitars all the way through this one, and a perfect drum break that really amps you up.
“Shame” – A slower pace with some great rhythms. I love the drum work on this one, and the late guitar is awesome.
“Just Another Score” – One of my favorites. Everyone just works so perfectly together on this one. Could listen to it over and over.
“Summer Seasons Gone” – Love the guitar funk, and talk about some nice bass work!
“Wimpy Sister” – Another of my favorites. Lots more funk, thumpin drum and great rhythm. Jockes vocals are outta sight!
“Do Me That Favour” – Damn this song is fantastic! Could be my most favorite!
“Significant Other” – Some older influences on this track, and another that shows how good this band really is!
“Dear Old Fame” – Are you kidding me? WOW! Subdued vocals that blow you away, and drums that take you for a ride.
“Smoke ‘Em” – Funk, hardcore funk and more funk. Man is this a great track!
“Riding With The King” – Jockes over the top on this one. Solid vocals that lead a perfect mix of drums and funky guitar.
“They Are Not Even A New Bang Tango” – Hard driving guitar that I could listen to all damn day!
“Mothers Love” – A huge favorite of mine. A song from another place in time that so many other bands only could wish that they could do.
And if you notice, I didnt even rate any of the tracks as I think its great from start to finish. Well worth getting!
FYI…on the Japanese release there is an Alice Cooper cover of “A Long Way To Go”. But the best part is…this version is better! Sorry Alice…
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of party,
2001s Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves) was the second album from Swedish hard rock band Hardcore Superstar. The band made a big splash with their debut (Bad Sneakers and a Pina Colada), which had a polished sleaze rock sound, but with this album they moved in a different direction.
You can still hear some of that Sunset Strip influence on Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves), but theres definitely a softening of the bands overall sound. Its a little more like L.A. Guns and Bang Tango hanging out with Slade and Mott the Hoople – a laid-back mix of glam rock and glam metal. Its a fun combination. Some of the albums better songs are “Thats My Life,” “Significant Other” and the tongue-in-cheek “They Are Not Even a New Bang Tango.”
In the end, this album and its successor (No Regrets) turned out to be a brief detour, and the band got back to the more fun sleaze rock sound soon after. Thank You (For Letting Us Be Ourselves) is a fun album and one that any Hardcore Superstar fan should hear.