Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Retroview: Scatterbrain- Here Comes Trouble
Hey dude, don't call me dude!
Have you thought about Scatterbrain lately? If not, I don't blame you- they were terrible. But you have to admit that there was something strangely compelling about their brand of funk/thrash/comedy metal. Well, I guess you don't have to, but you know what I mean. They were basically one small, small step removed from Weird Al, which isn't generally a compliment. I thought they were really funny when I was 12.
Musically, they weren't that far removed from other terrible funk/rap metal bands of the time like Mordred, Faith No More, or Slik Toxic. However, the difference was that we laughed with Scatterbrain, while we laughed at those other bands. OK, we laughed at Scatterbrain too, but it was a little different. I look at it this way: if I was going to my 10 year high school reunion, I'd be way less embarrassed to say I'd spent the last few years playing with Scatterbrain than Mordred. But then, I'd probably rather be a registered sex offender than confess to being in Mordred.
Anyway, the early 90s were a weird time. People were experimenting a lot, sometimes it worked out well (Cynic), other times... not so much. But no matter what I say about them, we'll always have the classic video for "Don't Call Me Dude!" in our cultural lexicon, and for that, I am grateful.