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Big Boys: Lullabies Help the Brain GrowLullabies Help the Brain Grow (1983)
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The 1980s Texas scene spawned some truly awesome and out-there bands such as Really Red, MDC, Butthole Surfers, and the Dicks, but Big Boys were the rulers of the roost. Led by the charismatic and often flamboyant frontman Chuck "Biscuits" Turner, Big Boys mixed hardcore, funk, pop, weirdness and ev.
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The 1980s Texas scene spawned some truly awesome and out-there bands such as Really Red, MDC, Butthole Surfers, and the Dicks, but Big Boys were the rulers of the roost. Led by the charismatic and often flamboyant frontman Chuck "Biscuits" Turner, Big Boys mixed hardcore, funk, pop, weirdness and everything in between to mold a masterpiece.

There are many strong aspects about this album but the strongest has to be its overall diversity. There are poppy sing-along songs like "We Got Your Money" and "Jump the Fence," blistering fast hardcore such as "Brick Wall" and "Fight Back," crazy-ass funk such as "Funk Off" and "White Nigger," fist-pumping anthems like "We're Not in It to Lose," and there's even a ballad, "Sound on Sound". Plus, Biscuit's bold and distinctive voice and the rest of the band's superior musicianship take these songs to another level which other hardcore bands could not reach at the time.

What also makes this such an ideal and unique punk/hardcore album is that it avoids all those tiresome hardcore clichés (no macho bullshit, no sacrificing song quality for speed and not taking yourself too seriously).

Fun, insightful, and horribly overlooked, Lullabies Help the Brain Grow is right up there with Damaged, Group Sex, Double Nickels on the Dime and Zen Arcade as an album that helped define a sound.

 

 
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Davegeek (June 30, 2011)

One of the best albums ever by one of the best bands ever. Really that's all you can say about this subject.

Pity about your mixing up your Biscuits.

1234go (December 21, 2008)

I consider Sound on Sound to be the first emo song. Predates Embrace and all that by several years.

mattramone (December 20, 2008)

I wish more people like this band.

letthebeatdrop (December 20, 2008)

im pretty sure the singers name was randy... not chuck.

jesuschrist (December 20, 2008)

Underated indeed....truly origonal, and inspiring

weegmc (December 20, 2008)

Its said alot about many bands but these guys were way ahead of their time. Agreed these guys are one of the best of the 80's although they ten to be forgotten. the enxt album 'no matter how long the line at the cafeteria" is even better.

mikexdude (December 20, 2008)

Big Boiz amirite?

I thought this was PUNKnews!

CCSummers (December 20, 2008)

let's just pretend that this is a 50 cent review and complain anyway

bluexmaslights (December 19, 2008)

mikexdude i was just wondering that

mikexdude (December 19, 2008)

Where's the rap review?

skankin_in_the_pit (December 19, 2008)

FACT; Big Boys are one of the 5 best bands of the '80s and 10 greatest bands ever. That, my friends, is some straight talk.

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