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    Default Your Filthy Little Mouth--a defense of a fine and under-appreciated album

    Your Filthy Little Mouth (1994)

    There has been much debate as to the merits of this album in the other (Sam vs. Dave) thread. I think it rather impertinent to continue that discussion in that thread, as it would merely derail the general discussion. Rather, at this time, in this thread, I would like to be afforded the opportunity to defend the album, Your Filthy Little Mouth, which I feel is a greatly underappreciated and misunderstood album. Before I state my defense of this album, I will offer a brief bibliography on myself and the albums creator, Mr. David Lee Roth. I do this not to equate the two (I am hardly in the same league as the Diamond one) but rather, I do this to offer some context.

    1994—David Lee Roth

    At this point in his career, David Lee was past his prime and he knew it. 1994 was a time when grunge and alt. rock ruled, a time that was not at all hospitable to “80s rockers” like David Lee Roth. While bands like Aerosmith and, ironically Van Halen, were able to weather the grunge storm, an 80s icon like DLR was left by the wayside…

    And what was Diamond Dave to do? Jump on the grunge/alt.rock bandwagon, ala, Motley Crue? Or should he continue in the traditional hard-rock arena which he helped define, like Vince Neil?

    In 1994, at the height of Nirvana and Pearl Jam, neither option seemed like a viable option. So, given the anti-arena rock atmosphere, DLR tried to buck the trend by releasing a smart, sophisticated album, Your Filthy Little Mouth. An album described by AMG head writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine as a “mature hard rocker for all aging yuppies.” While Erlewine untimely disliked the album for its lack of “hooks” his description of the album’s target audience is on target.

    1996—I discover YFLM

    At this time I have been a huge VH fan for a number of years. At this time I am in high school and can only afford to by one CD per week via my paper route money. At this time YFLM is legendary in the community as a shitty album. Malcolm Dome wrote in his book Access All Areas that the album has “little or no substance.” The Inside magazine and its readers have routinely trashed YFLM. Yet, despite the negative hype, I pick up a copy of Your Filthy Little Mouth in the spring of 1996 from the music section of Circuit City in Nashua NH.

    My initial thoughts are—this album doesn’t suck. No, not at all. At a mere 15 years of age, I could recognize what a true artist was, and indeed, his name was Diamond David Lee Roth. At the tender age of 15, while all my peers loved band like Nine Inch Nails, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, etc, I fell in love with Your Filthy Little Mouth—a gravely underappreciated album—an album filled with diversity and eclecticism, a fine piece of music that needs a second listen, from a rather harsh VH fan base.

    In the years since I discovered YFLM, I learned to play most of the albums songs, I have jogged at night to its moody ballads, I have gotten drunk, hoping to forget about lost loves, to its subtle ballads, and have mediated on its thoughtful lyrics…

    To all VH fans, please, with an open mind, give YFLM a second listen. It really is a fine piece of music. What follows is my review from the other thread, although a bit expanded.

    1. "She's My Machine" (Byrom/Neuhauser/David Lee Roth) – 7/10 Not bad, but kinda "eh." A good start to the album.
    2. "Everybody's Got the Monkey" (Hunting/Roth/Simes) – 9/10 Love this one. Great hook and DLR sounds awesome.
    3. "Big Train" (Kilgore/Roth/Sturges) – 7/10 Kind of average. Been there, done that, but not bad.
    4. "Experience" (Kilgore/Roth) – 9/10 Love this song. DLR at his most honest, bluesy best. In this song, one gets to really pear into the heart of DLR.
    5. "A Little Luck" (Anderson/Hunter/Roth) – 8/10. I think the horns work well here, actually. Really good hook and grove, but I can understand why people would hate this.
    6. "Cheatin' Heart Cafe" (Kilgore/Roth) – 8/10 Never been a huge country fan, but I like this one. Could have been a cross-over hit.
    7. "Hey, You Never Know" (Kilgore/Roth) – 8/10 Another country-inspired song. Always liked this one. Has a great hook and groove.
    8. "No Big 'Ting" (Kilgore/Roth) – 8/10 DLR singing reggae? Yes, and this song is a lot of fun. Some great lyrics.
    9. "You're Breathin' It" (Hilton/Kilgore/Roth) – 10/10 One of DLR's best. Great song. One of my favorite songs of 1994 in fact. This is YFLM's "Aftershock" but with an urban twist. One of DLR’s best songs, ever.
    10. "Your Filthy Little Mouth" (Kilgore/Roth) – 8/10 A good, solid rocker.
    11. "Land's Edge" (Kilgore/Roth) – 8/10. A good bluesy, mid-temp rocker.
    12. "Night Life" (Breeland/Buskirk/Nelson) – 10/10 One of DLR's best cover songs. Beautifully done.
    13. "Sunburn" (Kilgore/Roth) – 10/10. A very seductive, dark, and inspirational song.
    14. "You're Breathin' It [Urban NYC Mix]" (Kilgore/Roth) – 8/10 I prefer the original, but this one is pretty good. A cool way to end the album.
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    It's cool you like the album so much but wasn't this beat to death pretty good in the other thread??
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    i'm still waiting on my copy to arrive. I've never heard anything on this album...though I seem to recall hearing at least the chorus to "She's My Machine" at one point...I'll find out when i pop it in.

    I'm actually looking forward to getting it. I'm either going to think it's the biggest hunk of shit ever or I'm going to be the guy who is constantly championing VHIII AND Your Filthy Little Mouth.

    I'm sure you're all waiting with baited breath for my review.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    I have always LOVED this album for my 6 faves:

    "Experience"
    "A Little Luck"

    "Hey, You Never Know"
    "No Big 'Ting"
    "Night Life"
    "Sunburn"

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    Tubbs there hasn't been that much debate...you like it, and the rest of us are like....uh...no. LOL

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    I agree with that guy's whole thread. Not so much a hard-rocking album, but a great quality album with his best/funniest lyrics ever. Not that I like it more than EEAS, SKY or DLRB, but it's not that far behind. Might even be tied with ALAE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Tubbs there hasn't been that much debate...


    THE DEBATE IS OVER...YFLM rocks and will be put in a lock-box for future generations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RicoTubbs View Post


    THE DEBATE IS OVER...YFLM rocks and will be put in a lock-box for future generations.
    LOL. You sure you wanna punish future generations with that?
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    so guess what came in the mail...

    I've got it playing at a pretty low volume through my computer as I work.

    Obviously this isn't the best way to listen to an album but I'm getting just an initial listen through before I go home and listen to it through my sound system.

    Initial reaction? man...it ain't pretty.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Guys this record is the most generic sounding, uninspired, cliche, pedestrian bunch of crap I've ever sat through on purpose.

    If this is considered stretching yourself as an artist or considered an ambitious collection of ecclectic songs then shit...maybe for a generic, no talent hack this could be considered really stretching themselves.

    It's bad. There's nothing good. A lot of the songs sound like throwaway soundtrack bits from bad low budget 80s high school/college comedy movies...the kind that make the Weekend at Bernie's series on par with the Godfather I and II.

    Musically the songs are uninteresting, bland, generic, and uninspired. They sound like demos on drum machines and cheap sequencers. The only musicians who would record that and think "fuck yeah!" are musicians with no taste or shame or interest in doing a good job.

    Lyrically...well...enough said.

    This is a bad bad bad record.

    I would have loved to have added this to VHIII as records that I think are misunderstood and brilliant but damn...I guess even I have standards.

    I'll say one thing...it feels wierd being part of the majority opinion around here for once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    I'll say one thing...it feels wierd being part of the majority opinion around here for once.

    I thought for sure you were going to tell us all we were exaggerating about how bad it was. I told you, you could have gotten away with sampling 30 second bits on iTunes and come to the same conclusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    I thought for sure you were going to tell us all we were exaggerating about how bad it was. I told you, you could have gotten away with sampling 30 second bits on iTunes and come to the same conclusion.
    actually I went into thinking "these guys have got to be exaggerating at least a bit. It can't be THAT bad.......can it?"

    Well it is. It was so bad I found it difficult to listen to entire songs. I found myself fighting the compulsion to hit fast forward and move to the next track.

    The Wife asked if I could return it for refund...and like I said, I only paid a buck for it...plus 2.98 for shipping. It's pretty damn bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    Guys this record is the most generic sounding, uninspired, cliche, pedestrian bunch of crap I've ever sat through on purpose.

    If this is considered stretching yourself as an artist or considered an ambitious collection of ecclectic songs then shit...maybe for a generic, no talent hack this could be considered really stretching themselves.

    It's bad. There's nothing good. A lot of the songs sound like throwaway soundtrack bits from bad low budget 80s high school/college comedy movies...the kind that make the Weekend at Bernie's series on par with the Godfather I and II.

    Musically the songs are uninteresting, bland, generic, and uninspired. They sound like demos on drum machines and cheap sequencers. The only musicians who would record that and think "fuck yeah!" are musicians with no taste or shame or interest in doing a good job.

    Lyrically...well...enough said.

    This is a bad bad bad record.

    I would have loved to have added this to VHIII as records that I think are misunderstood and brilliant but damn...I guess even I have standards.

    I'll say one thing...it feels wierd being part of the majority opinion around here for once.
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    But how can you not like "Sunburn"?

    That is on par with Cocoanut Grove or Damn Good in all it's California ambiance.

    I feel this is a must have DLR song lyrically and even musically.


    Don't you guys get Sunburn?

 

 

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