Where the hell did Len come from and who forgot to tell them the rules
about making cool, credible music?
Len a head-scratching anomaly of a group that fuse just about
everything under the sun and anchor it with a hip-hop vibe hail
from Canada. And, to answer the second part of that question, thank
god no one ever told them how to play the game correctly. Only
people who don't know how to go by the rules would release an album
that features guest appearances by hip-hop's clown prince, Biz Markie,
and Poison's C.C. Deville.
For a Cliff Notes summary of You Can't Stop the Bum Rush,
strap on your seatbelt: Beginning with the singsongy bubble-hip-pop
of "Steal My Sunshine" (RealAudio
excerpt) and ending with the inspirational quasi-gospel
of "Crazy 'Cause I Believe (Early Morning Sunshine)," (RealAudio excerpt), the album zips
and weaves between early-1980s German synth-pop and Sugarhill-era
stripped down beats and rhymes, and everything else in between. While
they're at it, Len engage in some big-beat, power-chord guitar
screamers, electro-boogie, cheeseball pedal-to-the-metal punk, E-Z
listening Bacharachian silliness, and straight-up balladry.
Virtually every song is different but, fortunately, Len's eclecticism
doesn't sound forced and, amazingly, each song stands on its own.
I love the fact that the album's prettiest, most radio-friendly song,
"Big Meanie" (RealAudio excerpt), is also the one that features the most profanity. The
string-heavy ballad opens with, "It could be said/ You've got a fat
head/ You're way too mean/ A little fucked up it seems/ It's been so
crazy, too bad/ And a shame so sick/ Mean and lame/ A shitty
Such contradictions as these make Can't Stop the Bum Rush so