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One Size Fits All

Pink Cream 69 - One Size Fits All ©1991 Sony
1. Livin' My Life For You
2. Talk To The Moon
3. Hell's Gone Crazy
4. Do You Like It Like That
5. Ballerina
6. Signs Of Danger
7. Walkin' Out To Heaven
8. Stray Kid
9. Piggy Back Bitch
10. Where The Eagle Learns To Fly
11. We Taught The Children

This one is a reach back into the past. PC96 is one of those bands with a long and storied history. Their early releases epitomized the hair metal that tried so hard to be popish and sexy in the late 80's and early nineties. Adopting the bad boy charm of bands like Loverboy complete with tight leather pants and an overdoes of Rod Stewart's strutting attitude, PC69 released album after album of easily forgotten and, perhaps, better off forgotten music. They used to be Germany's version of party metal. I am pleased to say that the most recent work from them (Food For Thought, Electrified, and Sonic Dynamite) have been much better work.

One Size Fits All is one of those early efforts that holds nearly every musical cliche that gave metal a bad name. The album is more easily classified as arena rock than it is heavy metal. Think early Def Leppard and you'll have a pretty good grip on what this album is like.

The early works showed a band searching for a niche in the music world. It wasn't until later releases that they found that niche. Every band has to start somewhere. PC69 started as one of many hard rock bands trying to be more than they were. The fact that they are still around shows that they eventually found the mark. One Size Fits All is an important release in their history in that it serves to show how far they've come in a decade of existence.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 11/2000

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Games People Play

Pink Cream 69 - Games People Play ©1993 Sony
1. Face In The Mirror
2. Way Down
3. Keep Your Eyes On The Twisted
4. Some Days I Sail
5. Shattered
6. Monday Again
7. Dyin' Century
8. Till You're Mine
9. Still Alive
10. Down On Your Luck
11. Backflash
12. Condemnation
13. Don't Let It All Come Down

I think this was the last album PC69 put out before losing Andi Deris to Helloween. It represents a few steps forward for the band. The hair metal roots are still very much in evidence, but there are hint of the real metal soul that lies beneath all the layers of "safe" party metal that the band hid behind for years.

The album features speedy, catchy metal with clean hooks and riffs that make for toe-tapping music. There are a number of experimental elements in the songs that were quite inventive for the time the album was originally released. However, it is not up to the level of the more recent releases. I suppose that's to be expected since it represents one of the earlier works.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 11/2000

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Food For Thought

Pink Cream 69 - Food For Thought ©1997 Saraya Recordings
1. Snap
2. Big Shot
3. Anger
4. Diggin' Through The Past
5. Better Days
6. Until I Wake
7. Fate
8. We Will Rock You
9. Dead Man's Scream
10. Pass You By
11. Other Side
12. Fly On
13. Sorry
14. (Down) My Way

Now you're talking! PC69 hit the nail square with this release. The marriage of hard rocking blues and metal that became PC69's stock and trade was first brought out on this, their fifth release. Heavy rocking grooves with a jazzy style of blues gave PC69 a sound that was all their own. Sure, other bands were doing heavy metal blues, but none were doing it better when Food For Thought was released.

Every track on this album is done well. The years of playing together produced a band that could play as a unit. The strides they had made in song writing shone forth on this album. Gone are the party til you drop type of songs. The technical proficiency of the band is starting to come out in the play as well. The cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You" is heavier than the original with a chopping guitar taking the place of the clapping.

The lyrics begin to approach actual substance on this album. The change is welcome over the mindless party metal fare that had been PC69's typical offering. The change in tempo, composition, and writing raises PC69 above the typical schlock metal fodder and gives testimony to their ability to change and grow beyond their earlier stages. It is a rare band that can get out of the rut of "easy to write" songs and push themselves into as yet unexplored areas. In this case, the results of that stretching are very enjoyable indeed.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 11/2000

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Electrified

Pink Cream 69 - Electrified ©1999 Massacre Records
1. Shame
2. Stranger In Time
3. Break The Silence
4. Electrified
5. Over The Fire
6. Losing My Faith
7. Higher Kind Of Life
8. Burn Your Soul
9. Rocket Ride
10. Best For You
11. Gone Again

One step forward and two steps back. That seems to be the mantra running through PC69's long history. Never fully leaving behind their roots as a glam metal band, this release harks back to the One Size Fits All days while at the same time looking forward to the bluesy riffy metal they had found on Food For Thought.

PC69 are trying to straddle the fence on this release rather than letting go and letting it fly like you know they can. The songs here are all solid rockers. The lyrics continue to come closer and closer to resembling thoughtful and introspective. The changes in tempo and song structure also gives a progressive sound to their music that was missing from their former works. This album is chock full of great melodic metal. Especially great is the bass work on this disc. The effort of the band is absolutely outstanding. I love the tongue in cheek bit in "Gone Again". The accent just kills me. I don't know how the song can be sung with a straight face.

This disc is a great amalgam of sound that make PC69 one of those bands hard to exclusively classify. They are all over the map in their style and presentation. In my opinion, this disc is not quite up to the standards of Food For Thought. It moves forward in some ways, but regresses in others. Still in all, the disc is a solid offering. It offers a retrospective from much more mature viewpoint.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 11/2000


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Sonic Dynamite

Pink Cream 69 - Sonic Dynamite ©2000 Massacre Record
1. Passage To Hope
2. Seas Of Madness
3. Followed By The Moon
4. Sonic Dynamite
5. The Spirit
6. Speed Of Light
7. Waiting For The Dawn
8. Let The Thunder Reside
9. Lost In Illusions
10. Face Of An Angel
11. Shattered Prophecy
12. Spread Your Wings

The short review: Ohmygoshgobuythisdiscrightnowyouwon'tregretit.

The long review: Pink Cream 69 have launched a real treat for fans of melodic metal with this disc. The whole thing is thick, rich and heavy. The vocal melodies are leaps and bounds ahead of anything we've heard from PC69 in the past. The guitar work is absolutely stellar. The rhythm and tempo is outstanding track after track. If you only have one PC69 disc in your collection, it needs to be this one . . . but leave room for Food For Thought as well.

This disc serves as a perfect follow up to Electrified. The heaviness is stepped up several notches and the blending of the glam elements with the bluesy swingy feeling of Food For Thought is brought off better with a more mature feel to the fit and harmony between the different sound elements. The results of this blending are catchy melodies, big choruses, and chugging riffs that have a slick feel to them. The production on this disc is outstanding and everything is timed with exacting precision. The music is over the top with no weak moments. The melodies are all over the place, swinging and sweeping you through the current of the music.

PC69 have grown in their song writing talents to where they are presenting some very polished material here. The play shines and the vocals excel. I don't know if it is a contradiction in terms, but this is classy glam metal. Fans of melodic power metal will want to run out and buy this disc as quickly as they can. The sound will grow on you listen after listen. It is truly Sonic Dynamite!

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 11/2000


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