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I Hate Myself

I Hate Myself: Ten SongsTen Songs (1997)
No Idea Records

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Hey you. Remember when when emo didn't suck? No? Well I Hate Myself do/did, and they show it here with "Ten Songs". The CD actually has eleven songs, but who's counting? I notice that I Hate Myself goes highly unsung, even though they were as talented as other Gainseville bands to go on to bigger .

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Hey you. Remember when when emo didn't suck? No? Well I Hate Myself do/did, and they show it here with "Ten Songs". The CD actually has eleven songs, but who's counting? I notice that I Hate Myself goes highly unsung, even though they were as talented as other Gainseville bands to go on to bigger things. They are at least as important as Hot Water Music or Less Than Jake.

1. This Isn't The Tenka-ichi-Budokai
A signature IHM song, and a great introduction to the group. Haunting guitar riffs cut through the silence for the first 40 seconds before all the instruments come in, singer a-screamin' lyrics of loss.

2. Urban Barbie
A joke soothing song with lines like "you've got your roots in the streets/stretch almost four weeks deep", "rock the spot with your g's" and "your blowing up the spot/you've shot up my heart". A good listen, but I'll skip it if I'm pressed for time.

3. Polar Bear Summer
Probably the least memorable song on the album, it doesn't really tickle my fancy. Starts off with a bang and sort of loses said bang.

4. ...And Keep Reaching For Those Stars
This is an awesome song. The character written in the lyrics has dreams of a better life ("I want to see things I'll never get to see"), but is grounded by reality ("dead end job, a slob and fucked up all the time") and commits suicide. Musically, its beautifully crafted with light, bouncy riffs before it launches into the full out screaming finale.

5. Caught In A Flood With The Captain of the Cheerleading Squad
Tortured, weary vocal performance kick off the song, and some of the best lyrical imagery thus far show up here, and the haunting guitar parts continue. Even the instruments, come the song's end, seem to be letting off an air of the aforementioned torture-ed-ness.

6. Kind of A Long Way Down
Guitar and vocals only. The subtle conviction makes this a keeper. The vocals and guitar are filled with a kind of hopefullness and longing.

7. Not Waving But Drowning
An almost anthemic quality about this track, a tempo change thrown in.

8. Destroy All Monsters
There are only four lines in the whole song, but boy are they memorable. The lyrics are very surreal-feeling, even for IHM. This is probably the most "punk" song on "Ten Songs".

9. To A Father At War
This seems to be everyone's favorite song, which is understandable. It opens with a bass riff that starts to get you in the crying mood for this song. Beautiful, sparse guitar parts litter the verse before breaking into a more structured bridge. After two verses, the band goes all out, pulling some depressing, wild riffs out, finishing off yelling "Retreat and come back home." This song is only on the CD, which is why I recommend the CD.

10. Conversation With Dr. Suessicide
This is IMH's longest song, written as a conversation between two people. Some of their best screams can be found on this track, especially towards the end.

11. Secret Lover's At Heaven's Gate Ranch
A track that creeps up on you, that promptly ends before you realize it.

I think that, in comparisin to their other material, Ten Songs is somewhat sub-par but it is quite great compared to anything else out in the last 10 years calling itself "emo". If you were going to buy your first IHM release, I'd go with "Four Songs". Or you could wait a while and then buy their "complete discography" CD. Also, IHM went on to become Burnman, another superb band.

 

 
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acris (October 12, 2009)

fuck yes

GlassPipeMurder (November 6, 2006)

brilliant.

Greeny341 (August 8, 2006)

An essential album for real emo/screamo fans, but you should really check out their other releases they have alot to offer. Also Burnman are pretty good too who are basically an angrier version of IHM with a new bassist. And if your lucky try to get Die Hoffnung some of the most intricate guitaring i've heard from Jim.

flocktothebeat (July 22, 2003)

i would say they were pretty tongue in cheek but not exactly a joke, i think there songs all had a point but they didnt do what most bands with a message do and take themselves to serious and have the whole "im holyer than you" atitude.

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

i love everything this band did, though i'm a little bit more into burnman. did i read that comment about a discography CD correctly? ive tried to make one before and everything wouldnt fit on one CD...who knows. maybe itd be 2 CDs with extras...thatd be nice. anyways, one thing i always feel like some people dont comment on is IHM's sense of humor. i could never tell if they were kidding with just how over-the-top "heart on the sleeve" they were. like andy kaufman. they never let anyone in on it if it was a joke.

Anonymous (July 20, 2003)

I love this album so much. Somebody should review a Twelve Hour Turn release.

-sXa

Anonymous (July 18, 2003)

im not sure emo ever didn't, but it certainly does now

REALPUNX4LIFE (July 17, 2003)

I no u r bt wut m i???

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

Look whos talking.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

your reviewing style eats shit

flocktothebeat (July 16, 2003)

This has been a love in my life for many years. my fav track is 4. ...And Keep Reaching For Those Stars becuase i to wish to be in a motorcycle gang and im going nowhere. It bothers me that on one thing you could rightfully call SCREAMO you dont. Take noted kiddos this is what screamo was and is. Can you not a see a difference between this and thursday and poison the well? maybe im crazy

fallingtopieces (July 16, 2003)

are they really releasing a complete discography?????? that would be so awesome

i-type-poorly (July 15, 2003)

i never heard of this band, but those are some of the funniest song titles i have ever read. This score is for that, and the name

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

BSD licks penis.

inagreendase (July 15, 2003)

whats with the song-by-song reviews today?

oh the score is for the review, i guess

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Wait, scratch number 2, I said that it is only on the CD. D'oh.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Hey, I wrote this review like 3 months ago! Wow! To correct myself;
1. Yes the ninth song is titled "To A Husband At War", not "To A Father..."
2. I notice that I said "To A Husband" is "the only song on the CD." What I mean is it is the only song on the CD that is not on the LP.

Less Then Nothing is their best song in my opinion.

REALPUNX4LIFE (July 15, 2003)

Just for the record, here's another "though."

REALPUNX4LIFE (July 15, 2003)

I officially hate everyone who saw the last (or any) i hate myself show. And that song is called "To A Husband At War," isn't it? I only have that on the split with Strikeforce Diablo, which I haven't seen for a while, so I might have it wrong. I think the record is better without that song just because I've listened to the LP so many times that it sounds weird to have To A Husband tacked on. It is an amazing song, though. Caught In A Flood... is their best song, though.

funkisdead (July 15, 2003)

no idea records is the fucking shit.

Lincoln (July 15, 2003)

so i'm sure all of you know that the drummer for i hate myself AND burnman can now be found pounding the skins for gunmoll.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

It's funny because I saw their last show, and i didn't know who they were (opening for Radon) and now everyone says to me "YOU SAW I HATE MYSELF!"...I took it for granted...but they were very good.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

this is one of the most amazing albums ever. if "less than nothing" was on this it would put it over the top.

-greyicewater

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

this is good stuff right here.

Hate, Jesus

ramo (July 15, 2003)

burnman is awesome. i got hooked to them after listening "Excerpts From an Interview with a Suicide Artist" for the first time.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I remember when I could stand Fugazi. Then I got into real kraut rock.

-BSD

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