Neurotic Outsiders – Album Review

Neurotic Outsiders
You ever wonder what would happen if the Guns N’ RosesDuran Duran and The Sex Pistols all got together somehow and made an album?

Well, why wonder when you can HEAR?

Boys and girls, I give you: Neurotic Outsiders. A supergroup formed back in 1995 made up of Steve Jones (Pistols), Matt Sorum (Roses), Duff McKagan (Roses) and John Taylor (Duran Duran).

I’ll let the awesomeness sink in.

The band only really made the one album (with an EP the following year), a self-titled release which I recall owning and listening the f*** out of back in the day. I loved it but, being French, the lyrics were lost on me, which was a bit awkward since songs like the rather self-explanatorily-titled “Nasty Ho” were pretty graphic throughout. And when I say “graphic”, I of course mean dirty as hell and proud of it.

Regardless, it was great. But how does it stand up today?

Well, lets just say it more than lives up to the term “supergroup”.

Vocally, Steve Jones may not be Axl Rose but he fits in perfectly in this punk/grunge/metal hybrid and although the prospect of the band being led by Billy Idol (which it was, early on) is a mind-blowing one, Jones adds a raw Clash-esque quality to the songs that’s very welcome.

There’s a versatility about the album which should please just about everyone. Catchier, more easily accessible tracks like “Angelina” or “Jerk” are just really enjoyable, punkier efforts “Good News” or “Six Feet Under” will grab purists and darker tracks like “Story Of My Life” or “Union” add a third dimension to the whole album. “Union” is particularly a must-hear as it works both as a middle finger to the Pistols themselves and a touching homage to the iconic band’s impact.

It’s just a really fun album: heavy, catchy, trashy, it’s an all-rounder. It’s a bittersweet listen as it only makes you wish the Neurotic Outsiders had gone on to make more stuff together but I guess their original bands’ work is comfort enough.

It’s a lost gem that’s simply a must for fans of punk rock or 80’s metal and it’s very deserving of its 4 Pinheads out of 5.

Not so much a must for Duran Duran fans, though.

Sorry John.


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