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Infectious Grooves - "Punk it Up and Funk it Up: Live in France '95" (CD)

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"Punk it Up and Funk it Up: Live in France '95" track listing:

Disc 1
1. Intro
2. Cyco miko wants you
3. F.u.b.a.r.
4. All i ever get
5. All kinda crazy
6. Lost my brain... once again
7. Nothin to lose
8. Ain't gonna get me
9. I love destruction

Disc 2
1. Sarsippius intro
2. Popcorn
3. These freaks are here to party
4. You lie... and your breath stank
5. Turtle wax
6. Punk it up
7. Funk'n with my head
8. Boom boom boom
9. Rules go out the window
10. Do the sinister
11. Monster skank
12. Back to the people
13. Therapy
14. Running with the bass
15. Violent and funky
16. Infectious grooves

Reviewed by on July 5, 2010

"Soundman Tom Abraham did a great job recording this. No one instrument overpowers the other and everything sounds well-balanced."

Back in 1995, the guys of Cyko Miko and Infectious Grooves embarked upon a powerful European tour where they worked tiressly and pulled double duty night after night at each show. The recordings that haven’t been released until now are from Paris, France with original members Mike Muir, Robert Trujillo (now of Metallica), Dean Pleasants, Dave Nassie, and Brooks Wackerman.

Cyko Miko is a solo project of project of Mike Muir’s and Cyko Miko soon came to be a nickname of his. He released two albums; “Lost My Brain! (Once Again)” in 1996 and followed by “Schizophrenic Born Again Problem Child” in 2001.

Opening with the first track “Cyko Miko Wants You,” you can feel the raw energy coming from the audience as well as from vocalist Mike Muir. Soundman Tom Abraham did a great job recording this. No one instrument overpowers the other and everything sounds well-balanced. Out of the two disk set, the Infectious Grooves CD trumps Cyko Miko. Though I can’t discredit the punk attitude of “Cyko,” as it has some great energy and the entire band knows how to keep the crowd engaged. There’s some great drum work from Brooks Wackerman leading into “All Kinds of Crazy” that’s heavy with Sex Pistols influence. With the majority of these tracks it’s easy to tell that Mike has been influenced by the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and other punk bands from the early eighties.

Disk 2, “Infectious Grooves,” starts with the “Sarsippius Intro,” which is originally from their second album “Sarsippius Ark,” and gets the crowd whipped up into a frenzy. This is followed by “Popcorn,” a great funky track that’s heavy with bass from the legendary Robert Trujillo. The fourth track, “You Lie…And Your Breath Stank,” is a great track and a blast from the past. It's very heavy but still has plenty of funk to keep it fun for the listener. There’s a nice balance of songs both from their albums “The Plague that Makes Your Booty Move…It’s the Infectious Grooves” and “Sarsippius Ark,” which again is awesome to hear after so many years. “Punk it Up” is one of my favorite tracks that transitions from funk to punk in a matter of seconds with great guitar work from Nassie and Pleasants.

Overall, this a fun album that has some great tracks that old fans will enjoy listening to as well as newbies who haven’t heard anything from Mike Muir or Infectious Grooves before.

Highs: Has some great tracks on here and never really has a lull where the listener will get bored.

Lows: Might not appeal to those who aren’t into live albums.

Bottom line: Fun album with great tracks that old fans will enjoy hearing and will hopefully bring in new fans as well

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)