Mondo Generator CD review [Ipecac]

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Mondo Generator CD review [Ipecac]
Jul 1, 2003, 14:39


MONDO GENERATOR A Drug Problem That Never Existed CD

Mondo Generator is the alter-ego side-project of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. He's the one with the shaved head and scraggly goatee that writes all those silly screaming pseudo-punk songs on QOTSA albums. While some of Oliveri's songs are actually pretty good (but not as cool or clever as lead vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme's songs) most are just annoying filler to drive the point home that, despite the band's alt-rock popularity, QOTSA are still bad-ass motherfuckers, bro. Point taken. For those still needing proof, Mondo Generator serves up transgression-riddled tunes like “Meth, I Hear You Callin'” and “Do the Head Right, Baby.” Mondo Generator features Oliveri and Homme's former Kyuss band mate Brant Bjork on drums and long time QOTSA sideman Dave Catching on guitar, so it doesn't stray far from the Desert Rock family sound. But, A Drug Problem that Never Existed also benefits from the cameo appearances and song writing collaborations of brighter-shining wits like Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan and Blag Jesus, whose contributions here are the album's saving grace. [Ipecac]

-Dave Clifford

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