Friday, September 4, 2015
!!! – “There’s No Fucking Rules, Dude” from !!! (2001, Gold Standard Laboratories)


I’ll admit to having become somewhat burnt out on !!! and their particular brand of electro-clash or dance-punk or whatever I’m supposed to call it. Of course, the way you get burnt out on something is by overdoing it, so suffice it to say that there was a time that I was listening to a lot of !!!, and that’s not without reason.

Hold that thought. Because I don’t know what you know, I want to help you out with just a little bit of housekeeping first: !!! is pronounced, usually, chk chi chk, which is what you need to type if you’re doing any kind of googling for your music blog. Otherwise you’ll get this message from the computers:

Your search – !!! – did not match any documents.


  • Try different keywords.

You know me: helpful.

Wikipedia refers to the band’s music as “Dance-punkindie rockpost-punk revival.” And I don’t know, that seems kind of cumbersome to me. I would say that this song sounds like a Chicago indie rock band started playing disco music, but maybe kind of slowed down, but still with an emphasis on partying. Instructive, right? Or like if Lee Scratch Perry got his hands on the tape of that one show that Minor Threat played with Troublefunk in DC. Or maybe like what would happen if Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem accidentally put out each other’s records instead of their own.

And it’s a long song, you know? Eight and a half minutes, because it’s trying to take you on a journey, and it’s important that you shake your ass along the way. My thing is that I’m often more interested in listening to music as something in the foreground, and so party music sometimes gets tedious to me. But I’m also a terrible dancer, so maybe that’s why. Probably I need ass-shaking lessons. I wouldn’t be surprised if !!! is the soundtrack.


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