Jeff Ott - Will Work For Diapers (Cover Artwork)

Jeff Ott

Jeff Ott: Will Work For DiapersWill Work For Diapers (2003)
Subcity Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: Paul Turner
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There is mixed opinion on Mr. Ott derived from rumour or his book (which I've never seen let alone read). Putting abhorrence aside, this is music so excuse my dyslexic ramblings and try and make heads and tails on what I think of this record. There seems to be this burst of front men wanting .

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There is mixed opinion on Mr. Ott derived from rumour or his book (which I've never seen let alone read). Putting abhorrence aside, this is music so excuse my dyslexic ramblings and try and make heads and tails on what I think of this record.

There seems to be this burst of front men wanting to do solo acoustic records, is it that they feel people don't understand there feelings unless they go back in time to acoustic rock? That may be the case, but, more likely it could be that this outlet gives an expression to do something different and to be more personal to the listener without the worry the barrage of distortion drowning out the point. However there is little different from Fifteen's acoustic songs to Jeff's solo record, but if you liked Fifteen's acoustic songs and want more then this is the record for you.

It is a musically astute attempt with consistent and elegant musicianship but the songs all seem to merge to one with similar riffs and appriggo's and by the end you find it hard recollecting some of the songs. They play through mellow and in some respects (this depends on your social situation and personal viewpoint) informative.

However, and maybe this is a bone of contention, his voice. In Fifteen I tolerated it, liking it someday and some days not, and then I realised he is trying to ??sing' on this and not be Jeff Ott that we know from Fifteen. On Fifteen songs like ??my congressman' or ??punksong' he sings the song with the vigour the song deserves, on this record he seems to fall into a choirboy trap many people get when they sing over an acoustic guitar. This problem is trying too hard on his vocals and not allowing it to naturally flow, which may come from rehearsing the songs without a microphone over an acoustic guitar, on occasions it works like on ??once upon a time' but other times it seems like warbling and the point of the song occasionally gets lost a little in translation.

Some songs have a perfect tempo for the tone of the song and others a nice beat. I feel this could have been enhanced greatly, and added another level and dimension, with some extra musicians and maybe more backing and a little more velocity, c'mon guys it can be done on an acoustic guitar.

Lyrically he weaves a tale verging on too narrative and in cases can be questioned, such as in ??jux' he lays claim that we don't care about catching male to male rapists for the fear of being called a homophobe (now this concept may change place to place and situation to situation but the term ??rape' immediately overrides any phobias in the face of it's disgust), having said that there still is, tragically, this notion in the world (not as widespread as is thought) that gay people will go after anything and turn to rape to get there fix, like a heroin addict beating up old ladies for money for there fix, these are not the case. Many songs have similar tales between these songs and to old ones, for example the song ??9-11' seems like a updated version of ??land mine' and ??$1.78' (which has a very similar rhythm to ??like a rolling stone') is similar also; Heroin has the same safety tips as in ??my congressman' which are very vital and that repetition is needed and welcomed and give the record some more depth outside of the melody and rhythms. The lyrics range from personal insights to homelessness, life in the USA (who's your daddy, victory is mine), social issues (white pride, Forever) and addictions to stimulants (Heroin) to the current affairs situation seemingly derived from numerous NGO's and a shot of Chomsky or Blum it appears. Much of the insight is kind of vague and is information that is widely known, especially to the types of people to buy from a man who isn't even on the periphery of mainstream music (or political thought). Other songs, like $1.78 put an interesting spin on how to explain the war in Iraq is about oil. And it is important things that are being said, and if you think there is no room for his thought think that these views are his and the opposite of the constant barrage we do hear from popular sources, although it has became passe for bands to immediately look at this arena of thought if they are political (which explains where there aren't a great deal of political bands).

The second CD has an out-of-print number of songs notably from the Epythesial Union split (which I've not heard, I saw it on Amazon once for £18! Which explains why I didn't get it) which was acoustic versions of Fifteen songs, many from ??lucky' which do come out very good in mind of the originals. This collection is more up tempo and I find the songs in general more socially conscious than the first Cd having simple spoken instructions on how to stay safe during sex (Forever) and drug use (my congressman), but more importantly I find I can get into the songs easier and there is a little more variation and as simple as I can put it enjoy listening to it more, which sparks the question ?? should he have made ??will work for diapers' a few years earlier?

The cause is the ruckus society ?? so if you have a problem with his views you would be aiding people who are actively pressuring changes within governments and the world ?? and the CD gives good information about the cause and how it is established and grown, so we know where the money is going to.

The CD does give information on how to learn more form NGO's etc which comply with his songs and the times where he gives advice on safety are important, but these are things we should be taught at schools, not a Jeff Ott CD which in itself shows another element of social commentary.

This is not Johnny Cash or Bob Dylan, but is a very good attempt and further shows his music and lyrical ability. However I think this is a cd which may grow and I have been looking forward to this CD, and except for the weakerthans I don't look forward to CD's, and this may have effected my review positively or negatively depending on your stance on Fifteen.

I would give the first cd a 7, the second an 8, altogether an 8.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

we all need, inspiration, we all need, we all need, inspiratiooon

Anonymous (August 8, 2004)

A really sweet CD. I dont know how you can't like it, Ott is adressing issues that need more attention. Not to mention bringing back "My congressman" and 'My enemy" which are two other great songs. And songs like Heroin is somthing that i can relate to alot.

I Recomend it to anyone

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

"Uh... why does my sticker (the one that's on the top of a jewel case connecting them together) on my Mike Park CD say, 'MIKE PARK: Will Work for Diapers?'"

Ha! That's nuts! I love it.

Anonymous (November 30, 2003)

Does it really say that?

That's tight, those foks over at Sub City aren't very sharp!

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

Uh... why does my sticker (the one that's on the top of a jewel case connecting them together) on my Mike Park CD say, "MIKE PARK: Will Work for Diapers?"

Was that just a weird joke or did Sub City make a mistake somewhere along the line?

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

That is the best title of an album ever. Leave it to the ottmeister to do it up and then break it down in front of our own eyes. Splendid.

Daegan (November 27, 2003)

If I ever see this in a store, I'm going to punch it for having the worst cover art EVER.

That font is ESPECIALLY disgusting.

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

well since you say he's rad rad rad rad rad, no

Anonymous (November 27, 2003)

okay, i haven't heard this album, and i have better things to spend my money on, so i certainly won't be listening to it any time soon, and yes, i'm willing to bet that this album isn't so especially hot. BUT jeff ott is still a rad guy. his life is asbolutely fucking punk rock. seriously, and old fifteen and crimpshine were the shit. as for the title, it's not so horrible. taken out of context of the album cover, it's pretty bad, but with his daughter wearing her shirt, it kinda starts to make sense. after all, how do you go about being a DIY parent? i have no idea, and maybe neither does jeff ott. anyways, shit talk the album, leave the dude out of it. he's pretty rad.

Anonymous (November 26, 2003)

Jeff Ott gives great head!

Greenvandal (November 26, 2003)

If your listening to this sugar covered cheese bullshit then that would make you far more likely to enjoy the bands you mentioned then us.

Do I sense a cover up on the part of our oh-so intelligent anonymous detractor?

And what the fuck is up with people not registering names. Seriously. It aint hard, and then I know who is being a cocksmoker today.

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

To the poster below: did you eat alot of paint chips as a kid?

this shit BLOWS!!!!

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

You guys are acting brain dead. Go back to listening to your New Found Glory or Brand New CD and shut the fuck up. This kind of stuff matters... but you will never understand. So understand this instead: It wasn't written for morons like you.

And besides, no one cares what the thoughless are thinking. Go screw yourselves.

Anonymous (November 25, 2003)

This album is the suck. This review is the suck. The CD title is the suck. We have a strike out. Move along.


Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

i almost feel bad saying so, but this is just bad. i don't like his voice with only acoustic backup.

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

Is this a joke???

Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

That review was one jumbled, ass backwards mess, and the cd title sucks too.


Anonymous (November 23, 2003)

Am I the only one who found that review one confusing mess ?

notfeelingcreative (November 22, 2003)

Jeff Ott has 2 daughters Vanessa and Grace, that's Grace on the cover.

hungryjoe (November 22, 2003)

haven't heard this...
but am I the only one who likes Lucky?

Doesn't Jeff Ott have a daughter? I bet that's her on the cover.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Sub City has hit an all time low..

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

If you were to tell me that the little girl on the cover of this cd wrote the album I'd be like, "man this little bitch is fucking awesome!" But sadly its not. So now all I can say is,"man this little bitch makes want to kill myself." Fuck you jeff ott. Cunt

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

Worst album title ever. And the guy hasn't written a decent song in nearly a decade.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

score is for the title.


Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

score is for the title.

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

I love these CDs. However, the title "Will Work For Diapers" IS pretty bad...

notfeelingcreative (November 21, 2003)

If this allbum were a sandwhich it would be a french dip!

notfeelingcreative (November 21, 2003)

sickboi: I don't know about the exclamation point thing. It's just a habit. My ex-girlfriend once asked me why I ended all of my sentences with them, I didn't have an answer then and I still don't. Just a weird habit!

funkisdead (November 21, 2003)


Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

love it

superdude (November 21, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Talk more about what kind of sandwich this album would be if it was one.

2. Could you imagine?

3. Jeff Ott seems really young to be a singer.

4. I haven't heard it yet, but if someone that young can make an album, then I bet it's good

5. Does Jeff's shirt come with the cd?

6. HAHA, Jeff IS a full time job!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)


Why do you use so many exclamation points?


notfeelingcreative (November 21, 2003)

I overhyped this in my mind, so i was a bit dissapointed! Still a good record. The "what the fuck is going on..." part in "Lucky" is kind of annoying after the first time!

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

...what a title...

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