ACID DRINKERS - Fish Dick 2 (The Dick Is Rising Again)

Acid Drinkers - Fish Dick 2 (The Dick Is Rising Again)

16 songs
51:57 minutes
***** ***


Polish thrash metal band Acid Drinkers has been around since 1986 and has won already more than one trophy in their home country. This doesn’t mean that they haven’t been able to draw attention from places outside their borders. Their recipe for success must be that despite their strange sense of humour, they never lost their professional attitude. Fishdick Zwei is already their fourteenth studio record and the successor to their 1994 album Fishdick, both of which contain exclusively cover versions.

Sixteen years ago, Acid Drinkers limited themselves to covering only songs from rock and metal bands. This time they have been smart enough to reach out further, enabling them to surprise their audience. Despite a few weaker interpretations, the majority can be deemed successes. I don’t understand why their renditions of songs by Iron Maiden, Kiss and Black Sabbath are only half minute instrumental miniatures, and frankly the Rolling Stones’ 2000 Man is too tame for my taste.

These few failures take up only an eighth of the playing time. The remaining pieces are perfect party fodder. The album’s highlight is undisputedly their first single Love Shack, originally by the B52’s. They even hired a guest singer who sounds uncannily like Kate Pierson. The band takes care to maintain the spirit of the template yet always insert their very own spices. Hit The Road Jack for instance becomes much brasher here, and Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York gets a well deserved makeover. On the other hand, Slayer’s Seasons In The Abyss is turned into a country song, and Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters all of a sudden finds itself in polka territory. Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff becomes a biker hymn, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magic ends up even funkier and reminds me of the Beastie Boys.

Once again Acid Drinkers managed to satirise timeless classics without destroying them. Above all the nonsense, it’s the respect of the original versions that prevails. I had a great time listening to the second instalment of the Fishdick series, and I am convinced that even open-minded people that are normally not so much into metal will get their kicks from this fun ride.

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