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The Network

The Network: Money Money 2020Money Money 2020 (2003)
Adeline Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: colincolin
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If The Network isn't Green Day, they do a great job of sounding like Green Day trying to not sound like Green Day. For the sake of this review, we're going to simply state that Billie, Mike, and Tre are 3/5 of The Network for simplicity. Now, for the actual review. Where to begin? This could.
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If The Network isn't Green Day, they do a great job of sounding like Green Day trying to not sound like Green Day.

For the sake of this review, we're going to simply state that Billie, Mike, and Tre are 3/5 of The Network for simplicity.

Now, for the actual review. Where to begin? This could be one of the surprise records of 2003, tearing down yet another wall between punk and Genre X (this time around being new-wave.)

The record starts off with "Joe Robot," a spectacular off-the-wall combination of synth sound and older, ramones-esque punk riffs on guitar. Billie Joe's voice is present on this track (it seems to alternate with another voice I'm not familiar with throughout the album) and all around a strong track.

"Transistors Gone Wild" is a song that you finally start to get a feel for, and then it's over. This is a trend that goes on throughout the album...very disjointed music that takes a few listens to fully adapt to, and suddenly the songs just end.

Now, I could go on and on explaining every song, but that would make for a long ass review, which would eventually lose your interest. There are no two songs that sound alike, but they do an amazing job of cohering together in tone and theme. And by theme, I mean straight-up punk rock.

Unfortunately, the lyrics are not included in the album and I have not been able to find them. But it seems that this album is a comedic mockery of the society we live in... songs like "Right Hand-O-Rama" could be construed as simple jokes, or when looked at closer a commentary on the over-sexed culture that is the American media. "Spike" is a song themed around needing a fix of drugs, and could either be a simple narrative song or if looked at under a different light could be based on the band's history with drug use (by the band, I mean Green Day). And songs like "Roshambo" could even be taken off of "Kerplunk!" with heart-felt lyrics and three-chord melodies ("I don't believe I have something you need / I don't believe I stretch the truth... All I really believe in is you").

Is The Network Green Day? Who knows. And honestly, it doesn't even matter. This album is an incredible blend of punk and new-wave that will totally blow your mind (as long as you're open to new things.) The lyrics could be comedy, they could be serious, they could be both. Probably we'll never know due to the bands "secret" nature.

And as an added bonus, the album comes with a bonus dvd with six videos on it, each totally off the hook and will make you sick with blaring colors and crazy visuals.

Sure to be one of the sleeper hits of the year, make sure to pick up a copy.

 

 
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TheGuwumpkis (May 31, 2009)

This record is more hardcore than stupid fucking Leathermouth.

muffin_girl (December 14, 2007)

I love the network! Reminds me of all that good old stuff my mum plays in the kitchen from the 80's.
I dont love then just cos there Green Day or anything, I've allways liked this style of music. And allthough they may have the members of green day in the network (Fink=Billie Joe, Van Gough=Mike Dirnt, The Snoo=Tré Cool) for me they are different bands. end of. :]
Especially love X-ray hamburger and the title track.

ABedForLiars (September 3, 2006)

ohemgee, I cannot tell at all that they're Green Day. Sneaky little bastards.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

it's kinda weird,but i like it,it's something else

Anonymous (June 23, 2006)

I think they suck!, gawd are you kidding they rock off my ears if that makes sence!!! any way i posted other ones but these ppl are supper great they kick soo much fucking ass weeeee-hooooo! they sing soo sextial and another thing that is great........ I cant spell!!!!! wee-hoo

1039_smooth (June 7, 2006)

What the fuck are you talking about? The Network ARE Green Day. It's really obvious and if you haven't already realized that, you're dumb.

Anonymous (May 4, 2006)

by globul#5 i am french and that I sure it is green day. je suis fan de vous les gars.when you come in france?

Anonymous (April 17, 2006)

i think every 1 should have their oppinion (i cant spell)
but yeah i think they should but my opinion is that i think they fucking rock even tho the guy does sound like billie well to hell with it i think they are great and can i say has any 1 herd of the band eye- lash????.any way.................. im going to listen to them now.........

Anonymous (April 17, 2006)

i love it because i think the lyrics are great and so is the song.
i love the album.....

tylerdurden8136 (March 31, 2006)

go kill yourself, colin.

Anonymous (January 9, 2006)

i like it

Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

and if anyone agrees with me, we'll talk. aim chosimba9971

Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

green day r a bunch of sellouts. billie joe swore that he hated bands with masks esp. slipknot. this is dumb. is this really green day (hypothetically)? the liars that we've all been invictimized to?

Anonymous (December 26, 2005)

Of course they're Green Day. Voices = the same. Appearance = the same. They have the same kind of lyrics that'd you'd find by Green Day, just twisted into something brilliant. Defiantly a great album.

warningdevice (December 9, 2005)

This record is fuckin rad!

Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

Heres another thing... when I was reading about the so-called Van Gough, it says...
A macrobiotic/vegan, from Belgium, Van Gough was forced to work entrail duty at his uncle's slaughterhouse in Fresno from the age of 10 until 18 where he moved to Tibet to conquer Mount Everest. After 12 attempts and suffering frostbite on over 80 percent of his body and losing his nose he returned to his favorite city, Oakland where he raises animals for experimental laboratory purposes.
Oakland is his favourite city? And All of Green Day just happened to live there... I'm looking for a good picure of the band. Does anyone know where i can find one?

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

I posted the last comment...sorry. I misread the first few lines.

Anonymous (December 3, 2005)

Are you dumb? Billie Joe owns Adeline records. Do you think THIS band would get onto that small of a punk label. It's new wave music! It is obviously Green Day because the Billie's voice is fucking identical. Even look at pictures of them, he even stands just like Billie.

Billie Joe Armstrong owns the label which means he can put whoever he wants onto it. Green Day is on reprise...where was The Network's first album released? Reprise. Produced by who? Rob Cavallo, Green Day's producer.

Care to defend your argument...email me: hectic_ep@yahoo.com

Anonymous (November 7, 2005)

I Could Not beleve that it was not Billie Joe Singing I seriously thaught it was!! Especially in Teenagers From Mars because their voices are like Identical... What if they did somthing Different and Hid theyre Identities? Lol Jk Jk But Seriously OMG

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

that like the best part

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

yeah and ; the terrerist is trying to tell us something i think he is saying kiss me smart ass mother fucker

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

yeah that movie rocks do remember the signel lol hell yeah

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

hey has anyone seen team america yet

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

the network rocks man hell yeah mother fuckers

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

yes thay are very good

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

hey fuck you the network kick my ass and your ass.!

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

hey fuck er the network sucks you mother fucker

Anonymous (June 8, 2005)

All you Fuckers that hate the network are going to cry. you are the pig fuckers and are going to pay.Were going to fuck your mother while you cry like bitch. arrrr once me and and phats get back from hollywood you cum suckin corporate whoress!

Anonymous (April 24, 2005)

Jajajaja They are great, just for one simple reazon. They are Green day.
JAjajajaja
Billie I love you more evryday!!!!

Anonymous (February 10, 2005)

original? do you have any idea how many fucking synth punk bands are out there? when i first heard one of their songs on the radio i thought Le Shok had reformed and hit it big. in my opinion, this is fucking green day trying to cop the San Diego scene circa 2000, complete with Le Shok riffs and Locust outfits.

the sad thing is, you kids think this shit's original.

-waste

this is the first time this music has ever been attempted and no other band exists like this.
dont b such a gimp, enjoy the album for what it is, its ass holes like you that has made green day become so secretive about this record

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

Quality album. Anyone considered that they sound like both Green Day and Devo mixed (ie, Billie Joe, Tre and mike as well as a couple of devo)? The singer is almost undoubtedly Billie Joe.

Anonymous (June 16, 2004)

oops

Anonymous (June 16, 2004)

original? do you have any idea how many fucking synth punk bands are out there? when i first heard one of their songs on the radio i thought Le Shok had reformed and hit it big. in my opinion, this is fucking green day trying to cop the San Diego scene circa 2000, complete with Le Shok riffs and Locust outfits.

the sad thing is, you kids think this shit's original.

-waste

Anonymous (June 15, 2004)

Of course Green Day made the album, and it's really good.

Wondering if the people that gave it low scores actually listened to the whole album.

It's not per-say punk, but I'm a fan of this post-punk/new wave experience.

Anonymous (March 11, 2004)

Yeah exellent album infectious from the start. Definatly green day not only in bj's voice but the songs are obviously similar to green days well minus the synths and stuff, just shows gd can still do it and shake things up a bit coz were all talkin about them (interest before the new album, i duno)

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

who gives a crap if its green day or devo or whoever if your a fan of music punk or new wave then you should get it if the musics good its good doesnt matter what the bands name or members are

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

Pure, utter horseshit. What do you hear in this crap? Seriously, it got old with Reggie and the Full Effect. It's also really disappointing to see everyone fall in line for these guys. "Oh yay, it's Green Day, but punk." It's a big fuckin' conspiracy, this is what they want you to do. They're manipulating your impressionable minds so Donald Rumsfeld can come and sodomize you all.

To sum it up: This Network is called Lifetime. Call your local cable operator for more details.

Anonymous (October 17, 2003)

"no, it wasn't billy talent. it didn't sound like a major label group, i heard it on a good college station."

the living end?? they have such a big green day influence on 'roll on' and its a great album. australian punk rawk yeah!

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

"'You Stupid Fuck'".

"Fuk" rather...I forgot - they're all cool.
-Janelle
(sarcasm)

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

"The only thing you need to own from Adeline is the Thumbs LP and EP.

And maybe the Criminals LP"

Oh my god, yes, THE CRIMINALS - though I think I like the one on Lookout! better - "Never Been Caught". I re-discovered that while going through the vaults the other day/week/month (not good with time spans) and ah, they're excellent. "Girl With a Hole in Her Heart" and "You Stupid Fuck". Classic.
-Janelle

boba_fett (October 16, 2003)

i was just sitting in front of my computer one day searching blindly through the web and all of a sudden i came accross a mention of this band call the Network that supposedly comprised members of green day. i was intrigued and read the article, which did an excellent job of making links between the 2 bands. i decided to check them out on kazaa. needless to say i got hooked.

roshambo and money money 2020 are the greatest songs going. green day continues to impress...

CallingLondon (October 16, 2003)

um, there's nothing un-punk about that song streaming on the website. i haven't heard the rest of the album because, well, i just heard about this album when i read the review 2 days ago, but i'm betting the rest is just as punk as this song. come on man, punk doesn't have to be the same shit over and over again. variation in music is great. especially when you can tie in traditional music forms with new ones.

Leandro (October 16, 2003)

you're an asshole...

Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

Its pretty sad that Green Day actually bought into that whole shit that there not punk anymore. Thats why they made this album. What a bunch of assholes.

Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

the network kick ass! who is green day anyway?

Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

no, it wasn't billy talent. it didn't sound like a major label group, i heard it on a good college station.

Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

"Billy Talent?"

haha.

Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

Billy Talent?

-sickboi

CallingLondon (October 15, 2003)

i heard a song on the radio last week. the band's song writing sounded a lot like Green Day, but it definitely wasn' Green Day. Anyone have any idea who it might be?

Anonymous (October 15, 2003)

Best way to put it?

Devo meets The Ramones.

I've heard rumors that some of the members of Devo are involved with this. Wouldn't surprise me.

notfeelingcreative (October 14, 2003)

They sound "like Green Day trying to not sound like Green Day" That made no sense to me! Then I heard this. Couldn't have put it better myself.

TheOneTrueBill (October 14, 2003)

i want this for free. not pay. free

Anonymous (October 14, 2003)

Fuck, the epoxies? Try The Faint man... that's where the original new wave revitalizers are...

WEZ

Anonymous (October 14, 2003)

This song on the website is cool, I like it. Kinda differant, kinda weird.

Would I buy it? That's a big maybe.

Jon_the_Skafather (October 14, 2003)

to cyclops: the epoxies rock.

i like what i've heard from this album...then again, i'm a fan of new wave so it isn't much of a stretch for me.

Anonymous (October 14, 2003)

This is definately Green Day and that is not a bad thing at all. Sounds like Devo on crack.

Anonymous (October 14, 2003)

The only thing you need to own from Adeline is the Thumbs LP and EP.

And maybe the Criminals LP.

--Robert Drake

Anonymous (October 14, 2003)

The Epoxies play a couple of shows in San Francisco...and next thing you know, everybody decides to jump onto New Wave.

--Scott Summers

Anonymous (October 14, 2003)

Dude, who put Green Day in my Network???

8dollarclarinetsolo (October 13, 2003)

i really like the song streaming on the adeline site, but i dont know if i would ever buy this.... maybe....

ElVaquero (October 13, 2003)

yeah, i saw this album in the green day section at a record store the other day. that was enough to keep my close-minded ass far, far away. ew...

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

this album is definately one of the best albums of 2003. Green Day have a great ammount of talent and it shows on this record. it's really awesome the way in which the guys experimented with synthesithers and electronics to add into their sound. the end reslult was a good one.

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