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Classic Album Review: Andrew W.K. | I Get Wet

The party-hearty rocker unveils his turbocharged, fist-pumping techno-metal hybrid.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


I don’t know what the hell Andrew W.K. is on, but I’d sure like to get my hands on some. ’Cause whatever it is, it seems to be working — and the turbocharged, fist-pumping techno-metal of his aggressively party-hearty debut I Get Wet is all the proof you need.

Like some crazed crankhead trying to cook up a potent new strain, former classical pianist and Detroit punk Andrew Wilkes-Krier tosses Gary Glitter arena-rock, Meat Loaf pomposity, Twisted Sister cartoon-metal, Nine Inch Nails industrial wallop and KISS glam-pop into the mixmaster, cranks it up to the max and lets the whole affair spray all over the place. The beautiful mess that results is unlike anything you’ve heard — a gloriously frenzied collision of sounds and styles, all to hammer home W.K.’s unshakable belief that It’s Time to Party. How should we party? Party Hard. How long should we party? Party Til You Puke. Obviously, W.K. needs to expand his lyrical horizons a bit — but the TrentReznor-on-Ecstasy mayhem of his music more than makes up for it. All aboard for funtime.