01. Dirty Tricks
03. Bad, Bad, Bad
04. We're All Fucked Up More Or Less
05. Cheap Thrills
09. Ruff Stuff
10. My Heart, My Enemy
12. Dirty And Cheap
Their last album, "Human Atombombs" was a spicy punk-stew, where old chiefs like Little Richard and Dr John helped stirring the kettle. "Welfare Problems" is more firmly rooted in the late seventies. Traces from such separate sources as Motörhead, Cheap Trick and Dead Kennedys can be heard. Despite the influences, "Welfare Problems" are by far the most personal recorded Randy has ever made.
Booking: Sweden, Norway, & Finland by Morgan Johansson/ Luger
Rest of the world by Tobbe Lorentz/ The Agency Group
Management: Hansi Friberg, Hansi@BlackstarManagement.com/
Artwork by www.walsecustomdesign.com
Live photos by Bryce Johnson
Fredik uses Sabian cymbals and www.slagverkskompaniet.se
Thank you very much:
Sahara Hotnights, The Hives, Propaghandi, NOFX, All Against Time, The Donnas, Ditchpig, Bruce, Kyle, Dave Pollack and Destiny tour booking, Tomas Hedblom, Chrille Roth, Erik Strandberg, Roady Bus, Hopper, Butcher, Lorna and all the people at G7 welcoming committee, Jon Schledewitz, Mary and Gadget, Justin Schlee, Granbergs Byggtjänst, Stale, All the people at Il Logic Productions, Fredrik Normark, Hansi Friberg, Morgan Johansson, Tobbe Lorentz, Mattias Friberg, Erik Lorentz, Henrik Walse, Pelle Gunnefeldt, Lill Stefan, Tive, Matazz, Bryce Johnson, Girlfriends, Parents.
Fredrik Granberg: Drums
Johan Gustafsson: Bass and Vocals
Stefan Granberg: Guitar and Vocals
Johan Brändström: Guitar and Vocals
Recorded at studio Gröndhal between 28/10-26/01
Recorded and produced by Pelle Gunnerfeldt and Randy
"Cheap Thrills" produced by Jocke Åhlund
Mixed by Pelle Gunnerfeldt
Mastered at Polar Studios by Henrik Jonsson
All songs by Randy. Copyright Control
Backing vocals on "X-Ray Eyes" by Johanna and Jennie Asplund
(Appears courtesy of RCA/BMG Sweden)
Backing vocals on "My Heart, My enemy" By Calle Olson
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US Rel. Date: 05/06/2003
"Welfare Problems" is a 12 track album with tunes that are so rocking you will hardly believe a band is able to play them, so let's forget about The Hives, and the likes, also because not just the music is awesome, but the lyrics are a very fine piece of art, socially aware and true.
The 60's choruses of "We're All Fucked Up More Or Less", the rock power of "Dirty Tricks", the catchy harmonies and anger of "Bad, Bad, Bad" ( which by the way is amazing ), the rock riffs of "A Man In Uniform" ( a cross between the Beach Boys and the Clash ), make "Welfare Problems" an unique album in history, as I said, not just the best from RANDY but also one of the best in the Burning Heart catalog.
The album goes on with "X-Ray Eyes", "Welfare Problems", the ripping "Cheater" and ends up with "My Heart, My Enemy", "Devlish" and "Dirty And Cheap". If there ever was the need to say that Randy is the best Swedish Rock Band, with "Welfare Problems" we are shown that RANDY IS THE ROCK'N'ROLL!!!
So how do you follow up an album that was held in high esteem by Mr. punkrock himself? That's right, Fat Mike had a crush on their latest album and I cannot say I blame him for it. It seems to be a hard task to accomplish and might be it just was, because I miss the punch of the guitar-tunes, "the schwung" of the vocal harmonies and the vibrant energy that radiated from every single note on their previous album.
So is this a bad album? Far from in fact, as Randy keeps surprising with the evolution of their music. The crisp yet raw and unfinished production fits the music very well, and this new release sparkles with a hard and more edgy attitude, as the band measures itself a "We don't care" mentality and goes forth to create 12 diverse songs that incorporate every trick in their register with a bombastic groovy character that crosses many boundaries as it reminds of glamrock, the golden 60's and 70's, powerpop and whatnot. Randy is all Rock with a punkish character that is very noticeable in the lyrical aspect. Once again, get ready to be smacked about the head with a poignant socially and politically aware and slightly anarchistic message that returns in every one of their colourful songs. Maybe they haven't achieved the same melodic heights as with their former album, but this is really a timeless effort that will be able to please all ages at all times. Highlights of the album are the powerful "Dirty Tricks", the flatout rocking aspect of "A man In Uniform" that hints of the Beach Boys at times. Those lyrics are just superb. The changes of pace in "Cheap Thrills", Stefan's voice on "X-ray Eyes" that reminds me of the old Randy. It's kind of a mellow and slowgoing yet exotic song but it's got a certain ring to it that appeals to me. Then theres the shredding title-track, the bombastic cheater with its crazy bass-lines and powerful chorus and finally the deliciously fresh "Devilish" .
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