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Nob Dylan and the Nobsoletes - Positively 12 Stiff Dylans! (Cover Artwork)

Nob Dylan and the Nobsoletes

Nob Dylan and the Nobsoletes: Positively 12 Stiff Dylans!Positively 12 Stiff Dylans! (2005)
Alternative Tentacles Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Now, I'm a big Dylan fan. I've got twelve of his albums, and they find themselves in heavy rotation. So how do I feel about this release? Good and bad. I mean, Nob Dylan himself is none other than Rev. Norb from Boris the Sprinkler, of which I'm aware of by name only. These kinds of albums appeal to.
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Now, I'm a big Dylan fan. I've got twelve of his albums, and they find themselves in heavy rotation. So how do I feel about this release? Good and bad. I mean, Nob Dylan himself is none other than Rev. Norb from Boris the Sprinkler, of which I'm aware of by name only. These kinds of albums appeal to two types of people: Fans of the original work, and fans of the artist doing the covering. I would be the former. So this album is marketed as a punk take on Dylan, and the essay inside being sort of a declaration of the good Rev. Norb's love of mid-`60s Dylan. Unnecessary? Completely. Horrific? Only slightly, only slightly.

It starts with a local car dealer commercial take on "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," titled "Rainy Day Women #138 & -3." After that, the rest of the album is basically an electric guitar-heavy take on all the Dylan songs selected. The bass and drums are played like any general upbeat Dylan song form the mid-`60s; you know, heavy on tambourine and open hi-hat. Norb's vocals are, well, Norb-ish. He's either doing his Weird Al goofiness, or his Joey Ramone-inspired mumbled drone.

While this is an awesome way to play "Tombstone Blues," tracks like "Highway 61 Revisited" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover" just sound like amped up Dylan songs. "Absolutely Sweet Marie" is another one that seems to work great, but "Outlaw Blues" and "Maggie's Farm" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues" differ from the Dylan versions seemingly only in the fact that the electric gutiar has taken charge of the track. "Motorpsycho Nitemare" works brilliantly, since the original version was acoustic and the Nobsoletes take is a blistering fast rager. Though "Desolation Twist" is an upbeat, fast take on "Desolation Row," the translation to a fast "punk" song makes it lose its feeling.

So how do I feel about this release? In the end, it's worth getting for the hardcore Dylan addict or anyone who wants more from Rev. Norb. Anyone in between just won't care about it. Some of these songs are sweet, some of them aren't. All in all, it's just not too different from an actual Dylan album, and I'd recommend one of those before this. But when it comes down to it all, I have to respect that a man loves Bob Dylan, and just had fun recording Dylan songs for an album.

 


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Anonymous (January 17, 2006)

"'if all you hear when you hear dylan is an acoustic guitar and a "crappy voice", you're an idiot. he's the greatest songwriter to ever come out of the US, and he completely changed the way all musicians look at songwriting. you don't have to love the man's music, but at least respect the fact that he changed EVERYTHING.'

'You really assume that songwriting is super important - I rank it about fifth after mohawks, bracelets, leather pants and lip rings.'

You fucking tool.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

Nob Dylan => Norb => Leg Hounds => Devil Dogs => New Bomb Turks => Perfection

-Ken

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

"if all you hear when you hear dylan is an acoustic guitar and a "crappy voice", you're an idiot. he's the greatest songwriter to ever come out of the US, and he completely changed the way all musicians look at songwriting. you don't have to love the man's music, but at least respect the fact that he changed EVERYTHING."

You really assume that songwriting is super important - I rank it about fifth after mohawks, bracelets, leather pants and lip rings.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

Dude, I looked at that band name and thought - "This fucking REEKS of Rev. Norb".

-Ken

lushj (November 2, 2005)

I'm an idiot? Fine, I can't stand his music. That whole subjective opinion about music thing.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

if all you hear when you hear dylan is an acoustic guitar and a "crappy voice", you're an idiot. he's the greatest songwriter to ever come out of the US, and he completely changed the way all musicians look at songwriting. you don't have to love the man's music, but at least respect the fact that he changed EVERYTHING.

as far as someone getting into dylan...start at the beginning and work your way forward. skip "self portrait" and "dylan", as those albums completely blow. "another side of bob dylan" and "bringing it all back home" are my favorite 60s releases. "blood on the tracks" is my all time favorite dylan record. "desire" is up there, too. more people need to realize that a lot of dylan's 70s output is just as good as (and sometimes better than) his mid-60s records. and his two most recent, "time out of mind" and "love and theft" are really great albums as well.

i havent heard norb's songs, but i'm curious!

jamespastepunk (November 1, 2005)

He's back!

lushj (November 1, 2005)

I guess I'm the first Dylan hater here. Sigh. However, this record cuts through all that Dylan worship from that recent documentary (arg) and rocks! I'd like to hear someone coming at it from a not-a-super-Dylan-fan perspective, because that's how I come at it. It's a funny funny Norb record that you don't need to listen to that one guy with the acoustic guitar and crappy voice to appreciate.

Pope_Skeletor (November 1, 2005)

Start with Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, or Blonde on Blonde.

Desire is a personal favorite too.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

I really want to hear this. The Rev is very strange and funny.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

yeah, uh, anything. you should realize that a lot of the pop songs from the 60s that groups like peter paul and mary sung were actually dylan songs. blowin in the wind, for example. anyway, his earlier stuff was all folk, and with his later stuff, he started playing wtih a band. some may argue that his folk stuff was better, however.

secret_superstar (November 1, 2005)

the obsoletes are such a great band. if this didn't have norb on it, it would really kick ass.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

I would start with "The Freewheelin' ". That and "Bringing It All Back Home". Then buy "Nashville Skyline". Those three albums are essential in every way.

Anonymous (November 1, 2005)

I'd start with 'Highway 61 Revisited' or 'Blonde on Blonde'.

Scruffy (November 1, 2005)

Where to start with Dylan? Highway 61 Revisited, The Times They Are A-Changin', and Blood On The Tracks. My two cents.

Scruffy (November 1, 2005)

That's a great album cover, and Bob Dylan rocks.

Jesse (November 1, 2005)

Dear Lord. Just get everything Dylan released in the 60s. It's all worth it.

gladimnotemo (November 1, 2005)

Rev. Norb is a god.

Where do I start with Dylan?

etwiels88 (November 1, 2005)

Haha, score is for Wesley Willis, who's featured in the website link.

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