Dopo ormai vent’anni di attività, gli statunitensi I Love Rich hanno probabilmente le idee ben chiare su quelle che sono le proprie coordinate musicali, e con questo cospicuo EP dovrebbero riuscire a condividerle con un pubblico un po’ più vasto di quello che ha accolto le loro precedenti uscite.
Infatti, “Respect the Rich” si presenta subito bene alla vista e al tatto: un curato digipack, una bella immagine in copertina, un logo ammiccante e titoli altisonanti, poi viene la musica, che si rivela all’altezza delle aspettative appena suscitate.
Un Hard Rock frizzante e ammiccante, con uno spirito Punk’n’Rock’n’Roll che può far pensare tanto ai The Dictators e New York Dolls quanto ai Kiss o agli Hanoi Rocks, e che ottiene i migliori risultati sulla scanzonata “Fight the Fire” con quel refrain irresistibile e le chitarre ruvide che sembrano voler scomodare una famosa band australiana.
Peccato solo che la conclusione dell’EP si fossilizzi troppo su “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With the Lights on”, riproposto addirittura in due versioni alternative, la prima cantata in spagnolo e la seconda edulcorata per consentire un maggior airplay.
E un ascolto se lo meritano tutto.
Metal Hammer – Italy
Sergio ‘Ermo’ Rapetti
For fire år siden anmeldte jeg I Love Rich’s EP ”Season Of The Rich”, som var bandets tredje udgivelse. Dengang kendte jeg ikke bandet og var ikke helt glad for EP’en. Nu har jeg så fået tilsendt bandets nyeste album Respect The Rich og hvad kan jeg så sige om denne.
Sangene oser stadigvæk af sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll og der er en del humor i teksterne. Bare se på sangtitlerne ”(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On” og ”If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck”. Først nævnte sang findes i hele tre versioner på albummet. I en ”beskidt” version, i en spansk version og i en radiovenlig version, hvor ordet Fuck er skiftet ud med Love. Så det udgør tre af de otte sange der er på Respect The Rich. Af andre sange kan nævnes den AC/DC-inspirerede ”Wake Up, Let me Rock You”, hvor især guitar riffet sender tankerne i retning af AC/DC. Eller andre rockere som ”We’re Here To save Rock And Roll” og ”You Can’t) Fight Fire”. Overordnet set minder I Love Rich’s musik mest af alt om KISS (især det gamle KISS). Selv sanger Rich’s stemme minder en del om Paul Stanley’s.
Med I Love Rich er der uden tvivl tale om party rock. Og jeg tror uden tvivl Rich og de andre musikkere gør det her for deres egen skyld. Jeg er næsten 100% sikker på, at de ELSKER rock ‘n roll. Udover Rich (sang/bas) består bandet Chuck E. Sleaze (guitar), Full Throttle (guitar) og Drewblood (trommer).
Respect The Rich er indspillet i Million Yen Studios med Andy Gerber bag knapperne og så er det blevet mastereret af Collin Jordan i Boiler Room. Lyden er tilpas ”dirty” og man forestiller sig næsten at bandet står i et beskidt studio og rocker derudaf, mens de hygger sig med en masse øl og whiskey.
Dette album er helt sikkert for fans af KISS, men også hvis du kan lide AC/DC, Motörhead, Turbonegro og Ted Nugent. Rock ‘n Roll Is Still Alive – Let The Party Begin!!!! Jeg er i hvert fald blevet godt underholdt og jeg synes helt sikkert dette album er bedre end den EP jeg anmeldte for fire år siden.
Respect The Rich er ude.
Calles Rock Corner – Denmark
Skrevet af Calle
I Love Rich have apparently been terrorising the greater Chicago area for nigh on ten years, releasing several albums along the way, and Respect The Rich sees them getting in touch with their “sensitive side” (it says here) on their new flagship tune, (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On.
One glance at that title may have you thinking of Steel Panther, reinforced by another track called If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck, but in actual fact I Love Rich are closer to an exaggerated version of KISS than our favourite wig-wearing spandex-clad shock comedy rockers. [Editor’s note – that could describe either band to some, surely…?]
With Ace Frehley-styled lead guitar from Full Throttle and Chuck E Sleaze, the KISS connection is sealed, and what I Love Rich lack in originality, they surely more than make up for in enthusiasm, energy and sheer balls-out bravado.
The two aforementioned songs are songs first, comedy routines a distant second, and frankly, they rock. Wake Up, Let Me Rock You and Fight The Fire hammer home the slightly clichéd theme, and the best on show is We’re Here To Save Rock And Roll, a song so tailor made for the full arena treatment that if you close your eyes you can see the pyro going off and feel the heat from the stage.
(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On also appears en Espanol, which is a nice touch that works well, and if you’re a touch too sensitive, princess, there’s also a clean radio version substituting the word Love for the nasty F word.
100% Rock – Australia
La primavera nella periferia milanese mi sta regalando giornate splendide e panorami emozionanti, costringendomi a prendere scarpe da ginnastica per farmi una corsetta tra luminosi campi di colza e ciclisti invasati.
Il dilemma prima di queste corsette è sempre lo stesso: “Cosa mi carico nell’iPod?!“ …Alla fine vince sempre una compilation di brani stra-famosi, ma ammetto che a questo giro ci sarebbe stato proprio bene anche il nuovo lavoro dei I Love Rich.
“Respect The Rich” è la settima release del gruppo di Chicago che dal 1993, tra demo e album, produce musica divertente e scanzonata. Con il nuovo disco, la band non si smentisce e continua a proporre la propria formula che prevede massicce dosi di Kiss (e dell’Ace Frehley solista), AC/DC, Spinal Tap e Black ‘N Blue (quest’ultimi soprattutto per la timbrica vocale del frontman Rich, simile a quella di Jaime St. James).
“Respect The Rich” è un lavoro solare e ben amalgamato, con tracce che si fanno voler bene sin dal primo ascolto, dall’iniziale “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On” (che troviamo anche in versione spagnola!) fino a “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck”, il gruppo americano riesce a trasmettere buonumore e potrebbe riuscire nell’intento di farmi sentire meno morto dopo la corsetta…
SLAM! Party Rock Zine – Italy
I Love Rich sind wirklich eine Rock’n’Roll-Band, die sich unter dem Rock-Radar bewegt. Obwohl schon seit fünf Jahren existent, ist das Quartett über Chicagos Grenzen hinaus eine absolut unbekannte Nummer. Beeinflusst von The Dictators, The Queers, The Robots und The Dickies, mit denen sie schon die Bühne teilen durften, haben sie ihr musikalisches Leben dem Party-Rock mit Glam-Attitüde gewidmet. Bereits das Intro mit dem Titel ihrer aktuellen EP “Respect The Rich” atmet den Hard Rock der späten 70er- und frühen 80er Jahre. Obwohl relativ kurz und ausschließlich instrumental, kann man deutlich erkennen, dass sich die Jungs ihren eigenen Klang-Kosmos erschaffen haben.
Da, wie bereits angedeutet, ihre bisherigen Auftritte mit namhaften Bands stattgefunden haben, ist musikalisches Können zweifellos vorhanden. Das Resultat kann man als puren Rock bezeichnen, wobei der Gesang leicht in Richtung Punk abdriftet, allerdings im positivsten Sinne. Die Melodien sind alle tadellos durchkomponiert und die Hooklines stimmen auf den Punkt genau. “We’re Here To Save Rock And Roll” und “Fight The Fire” gehen mit ihren markigen Grooves sofort in die Ohren und offenbaren zum einen Teil sowohl Midtempo als auch Uptempo und dazu viele interessante Spannungsbögen, die pure Leidenschaft widerspiegeln. Mit der nötigen Portion Glam und Sleaze an jeder Ecke und den dazugehörigen dreckigen Gitarrenriffs sind Songs erschaffen worden, die eingängig sind und trotzdem das nostalgische Seventies-Flair besitzen.
“If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck” kann sinnbildlich für die Chicagoer gelten, die Sex und Rock’n’Roll zu ihren wesentlichen Bestandteilen zählen und dies auch verbal, ohne Rücksicht auf etwaige kritische Stimmen oder Verbote, voll durchziehen. Den Abschluss bietet dann auch eine bereinigte Radioversion von “I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On” – allein der Ttel wird das Airplay schon verhindern, spiegelt aber den Sarkasmus und Humor der Band wider, die sich selber um des Erfolgs Willen auch keine Maulkörbe anlegen will.
I Love Rich überfordern niemanden mit irgendwelchen Zitaten oder nervigen Gitarren-Geschredder, liefern dafür aber reinrassige Klänge aus der Ecke Chicagos, die für gut gemachten Rock mit Siebziger-Reminiszenzen steht. Für Freunde dieser Mucke ein Kaufanreiz, den man sich nicht entgehen lassen sollte.
Rock Times – Germany
Jürgen B. Volkmar
What The Fuck? Gitaar riffs die klinken als Adam Bomb, vocalen en gitaar licks die klinken als Ace Frehley en een instelling die me doet denken aan Motley Crue: hier is I Love Rich. De groep bestaat al meer dan twintig jaar en men is nu klaar om de wereld te veroveren. Ik denk alleen nog niet dat we hier allemaal klaar voor zijn. Ik hou van deze zeventiger jaren hard rock sound, maar helaas is de muziek van I Love Rich maar gemiddeld. Wat ik wel onwijs gaaf vind aan deze groep is hun houding en hun punchlines. Het interesseert de heren van I Love Rich helemaal niet hoe hun haar er uit ziet of dat ze de hipste kleren aanhebben, ze houden van de echte geneugten van het leven: neuken, zuipen en heavy metal. Respect The Rich is ondanks het feit dat de nummers niet allemaal even jofel zijn, de perfecte hard rock en heavy metal partymuziek, maar kan ook prima dienen om thuis voor de spiegel te headbangen of voor een vochtige diepgaande fist fucking party. Met I Love Rich kun je alle kanten op en daarom krijgen ze van mij het voordeel van de twijfel. Voor meer details en hoe je deze eigen beheer CD kunt bestellen, kijk dan op hun homepage. Party hard, every day!
No hát, mivel a március 29.-i második ‘forgács találkozó nem csak egy egyszerű csapatépítés és májleépítés volt, hanem bizony promo casting is, így bevágtam magam a nem létező bőrkanapéba és mindenki maximális megrökönyödésére lecsaptam erre a digipack lemezre, aminek a borítója inkább vicces mint hatásos, a számcímek pedig erős hímsovinizmust árasztanak. No mindegy, nem vagyok nagy rákenroll arc, de hadd szóljon…
Aztán az első vészjelek – ahogy megpróbáltam elmélyülni a csapatban – meghozták szépen sorban a többit is. Először is, nem átallott a banda négy! oldal promólevelet kiküldeni, ami valahol megerősítette bennem a megalománságra való hajlamot, főleg, hogy az a négy oldal szemérmetlen öntömjénezéstől hemzsegett. Ők Chicago, sőt az egész rocktörténelem legtökösebb bandája, legyalulják a kontinenst kelettől nyugatig bla bla bla… Mondjam még? Van tovább is! Facebook – 374 követő. Na jó, ne legyünk gonoszak, valószínűleg a lucskos muffos bár-rockra egész héten éhező tömegek a traktoron lógnak, nem az interneten. Ja a honlap? Egy infantilis örök lúzer kitartó munkája, ami az Amiga és C64-es korszak bármelyik játék betöltő-képernyőjének a büszkesége lehetett volna. Ha az a volna ott nem volna ugye.
Na de ne pofázzak már ennyit feleslegesen, ugorjunk a zenére. Minden eddigi savazás ellenére (ami kijárt a négy oldal promó levélért cserébe) nem igazán lehet földbe döngölni az önimádó Rich és díszes kompániájának lemezét. Hogy mit kapunk? Amolyan korrekt ‘B’ kategóriás glam rock / hard rock keveréket, totálisan korrekt hangszereléssel és megszólalással. A csapat által is lépten – nyomon harsogott Kiss párhuzam totálisan áll, meg ugye jöhet az összes többi nagy név is, mint Ted Nugent, AC / DC, James Brown, az európai vonalról pedig rokonítható (bár némi szentségtöréssel csak) a Hellacopters és a Turbonegro szellemiségével. Természetesen a stílus hívei biztos vagyok benne, hogy ezer másik meghatározó csapatot ki tudnak emelni párhuzamként, hiszen a lemez 8 tétele semmi mást nem akar, csak is a jól bevált standardok között szórakoztatni. Érzésem szerint szórakoztatni, elsősorban magát a csapatot, másodsorban a közönséget, akiket közelről sem leszólva, de hullára nem érdekli, hogy mi szól egy füstös chicagoi kocsma színpadán, miközben a sör habzik, a jégkocka lassan felolvad a dupla bourbon alján. Rich hangja semmi extrát nem tud, totál limitált, de legalább tisztában van vele és megoldja a feladatát. A hathúrosoknak pedig minden a kisújában van amit tudni kell ehhez a zenéhez. Totál nem lehet ezen a faék egyszerű zenén mit agyalni. Még a maguk módján változatosak is tudnak lenni, ahogy variálják az összességében klisés paneleket. Szerintem ezt fogják tolni a környékbeli bárokban amíg le nem esnek a színpadról.
És jól is van ez így. Tényleg semmi mást nem akar a csapat, mint hangosan játszani, megrágni a megrágott csontot és távolról ugatni a nagyokat. Tudjátok, hogy mi a vicc? Ordít az egészről, hogy négy örökrajongó “gyerek” harminc éve leteszi a melót, bemegy a garázsba, benyomja a kis motyóját és dönget pár sör mellett. Aztán ez így 30 év alatt nagyjából elérte a korrekt színvonalat. Sőt, talán azzal sem tévedek nagyot, hogy itthon ezt a szintet iszonyat kemény melóval, megfeszülve is csak kevesen érnék el. Semmi különösebb gond nincs a Respect The Rich-el, aki ezen a vonalon mozog, simán utána kereshet, a kocsiba nyáron mindig jól jöhet egy ilyen lemez. Különösebb cél és értelem nélkül. Rock!
Okay, so where do I start? Chicago’s I Love Rich have been around for a while now, peddling their brand of party glam rock / sleaze. You only have to check out the titles in the track listing above to get a good idea of what you’re in for with this band. Straight up party rock and roll, possibly a little more Spinal Tap than Steel Panther, but what the hey, these guys are loving what they do, and I’d say most of those choosing to listen to this Ep will be loving what they do too!
There is definitely a relaxed feel to the music, real good time music, with a Kiss / Ace Frehley styled vocals, and to be fair the songs are pretty strong. Did this eight track Ep need three versions of the same song? Not really, but that is probably the only real negative here. As I have already said, the songs are pretty strong, Fight The Fire and (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On being the two stand outs here. If you are looking for some good time rock and roll music for a frat party, or hell any party, then you could do a lot worse than I Love Rich!
I Love Rich, the Chicago-based rockers fronted by vocalist/bassist….errr….Rich and featuring drummer Drewblood and guitarists Full Throttle and Chuck E. Sleaze, return with their fifth release, ‘Respect The Rich’.
Sharing stages with the likes of The Dickies, The Queers and The Dictators since their formation in the late ’90s, I Love Rich have fashioned themselves a sound that pays homage to their obvious rock ‘n’ roll heroes, yet has also garnered them a cult following, no doubt due to the shit-eating grin of a subgenre that they find themselves balls-deep in: Party Rock.
On this new eight-track release, I Love Rich decided to have a stab at getting a song played on the radio: the resulting track (journeying from rehearsal room to recording studio, the journey hopefully not over yet with radio play waiting) is ‘(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On’.
Granted, that title might not be the wisest in the world when looking to rotate heavily on U.S. radio, but the band has all the bases covered: a Rock En Espanol version and a clean radio version – ‘(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Love You With The Lights On’ – are also featured here. Radio dominance awaits!
The lead track itself is a bit of a monster, to be honest. Sounding like Turbonegro jamming klassik KISS, the song is home to a massive gang-vocal chorus and a proper ‘Christine Sixteen’ throwback in the middle section. The band’s aim of showing off their sensitive side, you’d think, achieved with little effort.
‘Wake Up, Let Me Rock You’ rides in, bareback, on a huge riff that owes more than a tip of the hat to classic AC/DC, the song itself stinging the senses with a chorus so simple you’d think that more bands would write killer hooks just like it.
‘We’re Here To Save Rock And Roll’ tears things up with a sub-Motörhead riff and typically restrained (yeah, right!) lyrics and attitude. Throw some choice “whoo-hoo” backing vocals into the mix and what have you got? An ass-kicker of a tune, that’s what!
Rumbling bass introduces ‘Fight The Fire’, the song’s chorus, arriving after a throbbing classic rock ‘n’ roll verse, sounding like something prime Ace Frehley would have thrown out to outsell his former band mates.
How do you follow that? With ‘If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck’, of course. Throwing a touch of cock rock into the melting pot come pre-chorus time, this future classic fuses cowbell to a ’70s KISS riff and adds a wailing solo just for kicks.
This band, and their Party Rock, might not take things too seriously, lyrically at least, but the smiles in song form that they chuck out put many more outfits to shame.
I Love Rich are here to save rock and roll and, y’know what, they might just pull it off. If they don’t, they’ll have had a friggin’ blast trying.
Uber Rock – England
Algo hay que agradecerles, así de entrada, en su nota de prensa lo que cuentan es cierto. Cuando dicen que su sonido es como “si Kiss se encuentran a los New York Dolls y también a los Hanoi Rocks y a AC/DC” dicen la verdad.
Tras la intro instrumental de “Respect the rich” atacan con su single, que incluyen también en un español de opereta (“Coger con la luz prendida”), “(You´re so hot) I´m gonna fuck you with the lights on”. Un cañonazo a lo Kiss con todos los elementos de la banda neoyorquina. “Wake up, let me rock you” es un corte muy a lo Hanoi Rocks que parece cantado, como el resto de los temas, por el gran Ace Frehley. La pomposa “We´re here to save rock and roll” parece un tema de la mejor etapa de la banda de los hermanos Young aunque al final opten por añadir otras influencias.
“Fight the fire” tiene un comienzo parecido a la susodicha banda australiana aunque cuando llega el riff nos recuerdan mucho más a Kiss o a los New York Dolls. Un temazo. “If you don´t take your clothes off, tonight´s gonna suck” cierra el disco, antes de las dos versiones del citado single, con una energía que incluso recuerda al principio a los Maiden de la etapa de Killers aunque no tarda mucho la canción en coger su propia senda en la que volvemos a observar las influencias arriba mencionadas.
Es posible que no lleguen a triunfar de forma masiva pero al menos tienen la dignidad de tocar un rock sin aditivos y macarra que sigue siendo el mismo que nos enamoró hace cuarenta años. Son muy grandes y ya tardas en escucharles.
Rock In Spain
If like me you hadn’t heard of Chicago’s ‘I Love Rich’ then it’s about time you did. If you love the sort of proto-Rock n Roll that strips it all back and delivers a hard sweaty message via big riffs and Ace Frehley-like vocals then they may well be just your cup of tea.
Add to that sensitively titled tracks like ‘You’re So Hot I’m Gonna Fuck You With the Lights On’ (of which this 8 track EP contains three versions, one clean and one in Spanish) and what you get is more Spinal Tap than Steel Panther.
It’s great fun, party Rock n Roll that isn’t meant to be anything more than good time music. Take a measure of Kiss, another of Frehley, add a bit of Twisted Sister, some New York Dolls attitude and stir with a really old guitar neck.
‘Respect The Rich’ offers a great shot of additive-free Rock n Roll. I Love Rich may not save the world with their music but they may just save your night. Put it on, turn it up and pour that beer. After listening to the likes of ‘We’re Here To Save Rock and Roll’ and ‘Fight the Fire’ if you’ve sunk a few beers by then you should be banging that head in agreement.
The Rock Pit – Australia
Benché siano attivi già dagli anni ’90, il moniker degli I Love Rich potrebbe non dire nulla a molti: con questo nuovo lavoro, intitolato “Respect The Rich”, la band si gioca dunque le sue chances per emergere definitivamente, facendosi conoscere meglio magari anche in Europa.
Il disco è composto in tutto da otto tracce, ma le ultime due sono in realtà differenti versioni del brano “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On” (una in spagnolo e una in versione più “pulita”, in modo da consentirne la trasmissione radiofonica): quello degli I Love Rich è un hard rock scanzonato, che annovera influenze soprattutto dei Kiss (persino la voce del cantante ricorda un po’ quella di Paul Stanley) e dei Ramones, ma diremmo anche di band come The Dickies e Hanoi Rocks. Titoli dei brani come il già citato “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On” o “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck”, sono già un manifesto riguardo lo spirito irriverente tenuto dalla band, che punta spesso sul classico binomio tra sesso e rock ‘n’ roll. Ed in effetti, “Respect The Rich” non ripropone altro che del buon classico vecchio hard rock, che la band intende (simpaticamente) salvare, come annuncia proprio con il brano intitolato “We’re Here To Save Rock And Roll”. Se non cercate l’originalità e l’innovazione a tutti i costi, ma al contrario vi piace respirare sonorità che abbiano un certo flavour retrò, suonate con genuina passione, questo disco fa per voi e sarebbe un peccato farlo passare inosservato.
Stereo Invaders – Italy, 03/07/14
Crank up the speakers super loud and bolt your CD player to the floor, because what we got here is one mighty primordial slab of pure straight-up pulverizing no-bullshit rock’n’roll. This bunch of Chicago hellions tear it up like nobody’s goddamn business: Wild-assed open up and holler vocals roar over a ferocious onslaught of shred ‘em up guitar riffs, churning basslines, and savage steamrolling drums. Better still, these dudes certainly have the right rude’n’crude attitude, as the exquisitely tasteless numbers “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With the Lights On” and “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck” confirm in the most hilariously obnoxious manner possible. A deliciously down’n’dirty treat.
Jersey Beat – The World According To Wawrzyniak 02/12/14
Kiss e Twisted Sister, Hanoi Rocks e Ted Nugent, rock n’roll selvaggio ed irriverente, tanta ironia ed un bel po’ di politically uncorrect.
Non avevamo la più pallida idea al riguardo della loro esistenza, eppure, una volta conosciuti, i gioviali I Love Rich si sono rivelati un gustoso e tonificante diversivo per trascorrere una mezz’oretta di puro divertimento, all’insegna di un hard rock rude e diretto che ha nelle venature punk e nell’approccio tutt’altro che serioso due punti di forza essenziali ed irrinunciabili.
Nati – come scopriamo da biografia allegata – più di quindici anni fa, gli I Love Rich sono la personalissima creatura di Rich from Chicago, personaggio sopra le righe e decisamente corpulento che ama presentare la propria band in modo altrettanto colorito:
“…esistono due categorie di fan di musica. Quelli che pensano che gli I Love Rich di Chicago sono, probabilmente, la miglior band rock n’roll degli ultimi quindici anni e quelli che, semplicemente, non amano il rock n’roll”.
Una frase ad effetto che al di là del più classico degli spottoni promozionali, evidenzia senza particolari problemi l’anima esuberante del gruppo, imbevuta sino al midollo nelle iconografie a tema di certi scenari rock anni ottanta. Hard Rock virile e ben lontano dal definirsi sobrio insomma, in cui le chitarre zampillano con sicurezza accordi ciondolanti e le ritmiche tendono a mantenersi “scardinanti” e lineari, mentre la voce del simpatico Rich – a tratti molto simile a quella caratteristica di Paul Stanley – intona testi licenziosi e sboccati al limite della censura.
In effetti, con un corredo di titoli quali “You’re So Hot, I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On” e “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck”, non c’è da attendersi molto altro: rock testosteronico e selvaggio, poche teorie ed un buon quantitativo di watt sparati a tutto volume. Cosa desiderare di meglio?
Quello che abbiamo per le mani, “Respect The Rich”, è un EP di soli otto brani – prodotto e confezionato, detto per inciso, in modo superbo e curatissimo – che, insieme al doppio rifacimento della anthemica “You’re So Hot…eccetera, eccetera”, cantata in spagnolo (chissà poi perché…) ed in versione più pudica per le radio americane, reca sei pezzi inediti di una produzione che annovera, sin qui, ben quattro full length autoprodotti in una carriera costellata da concerti tenuti un po’ ovunque in giro per gli States.
Molto probabilmente non saranno i salvatori del Rock n’Roll, come da propositi esibiti nell’omonima traccia (“We’re Here To Save R’n’R”), ma la tentazione di scrivere al buon Rich per farsi spedire qualcos’altro della loro discografia precedente è notevole.
Intanto, non resta che attendere l’arrivo della primavera, per poter scorrazzare ascoltando a tutto volume un inno di assoluta strafottenza come “You’re So Hot, I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On”. Pura poesia per ormoni impazziti…!
True Metal 02/11/14
Gli I ♥ Rich sono una band di Chicago, hanno appena fatto uscire il loro primo Cd Respect the Rich (potete ascoltarlo qui) e ci hanno chiesto di recensirlo. Tralasciando il nome veramente brutto, il loro primo lavoro non è malaccio, direi quasi un mini-Cd dato che le tracce sono solo sei (più due bonus). Loro si definiscono goliardicamente Sex Rock e la definizione ci sta tutta, infatti titoli e testi delle canzoni sono “sex-themed” (non nella maniera trash degli Steel Phanter). A parte questo gli I ♥ Rich suonano un rock/hard rock infarcito da mille influenze, le band a cui pagano il tributo sono molte ma tra tutte li definirei un mix tra AC/DC, KISS e MC5 con un pizzico di Dictators. Detto così sembra una figata assurda e invece il risultato del loro lavoro rasenta la sufficenza. Alcuni pezzi sono piacevoli e rockeggiano discretamente mentre altri risultano spompi e noiosi. A mio parere è la voce il punto dolente, troppo piatta e monotona, le manca quella marcia in più e spesso sembra curarsi più del testo che della melodia. Il resto degli strumenti salva la situazione, la chitarra suona dei riff non male e gli assoli sono fighi, comunque sempre nulla di entusiasmante. A chiudere il Cd due versioni alternative della track 2: una rifatta con il testo in spagnolo (perchè?!?!) e l’altra una radio edit con il testo “censurato” (inutile…). Speriamo che Respect the Rich sia solo un punto di partenza perchè questi ragazzoni sembrano simpatici e certamente possono fare ben di più!
You know when a band pigeon-holes itself as “sex rock” that subtlety has just taken a big flying leap out of the window. When the first track you notice on their SoundCloud page is “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On” you realise that subtlety and good taste have gotten married, jumped in a car and left the country.
The music itself doesn’t exactly hide behind euphemisms as you might already have guessed. A punky/rocky kind of sound, brash and bouncy with the type of lyrics that would make Steel Panther blush.
They kicked off in 1993 (the history on their website is well worth a read for anyone thinking of starting a band – it’s a novella) and have released a fair number of tapes, demos, live recordings and so on. Most recently, though, is 2013′s Respect The Rich which can be purchased as a shiny disc or from the usual online download-merchants. Worth noting that they’ve actually been going for twenty years. No long hiatus in the middle, but May 1993 to January 2014 spreading the sex rock word.
What I’ve heard of it is genuinely really good stuff. The “let’s be rude and swear a lot” novelty doesn’t wear off, because it’s backed by great tunes. Their website should be held in stasis as a historical artifact of what web sites looked like in 1993 as well. It’s pretty much up to date content-wise, but is as tasteless to a web designer as “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck” would be to a nun.
Yes, I like them. Thanks to Rich himself for dropping me a line about the band and I only wish they’d do world tours more often!
The Moshville Times 01/30/14
I LOVE RICH – It happened a couple of weeks ago. I was minding my own business, while checking out my email inbox. Then I saw it. Rich, the frontman for “I Love Rich” wanted to know if I would like a copy of his band’s new CD to review: Respect The Rich. The CD arrived in the mail some days later. I opened the package and stared at this fun looking CD cover art and thought, as the legendary Mick Jagger would sing: it’s only Rock And Roll (but I like it).
Before this historical email from Rich, I never heard of his band before. Heck, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The last thing I need in my Metal life right now is a group of Rock And Roll troublemakers, from Chicago, messing with me to review their new CD. I felt worry overcome me, slightly. I slapped in and listened to this Respect The Rich CD into my laptop; then eventually into my home stereo. Both results were the same. I LOVE RICH ROCKS!!
One thing is for certain, Rich and his band have received an obvious influence from early 70′s KISS. That’s a very good thing too. Rich actually has a cool resemblance, vocally, to the legendary Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. In my Metal opinion, that is. Respect The Rich have 6 original songs on their new CD, with 2 added alternate versions of (You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On. It’s honestly a fascinating song and Rocks so well! A true sing-along Hard Rock song if I’ve ever heard one.
I Love Rich plays their Hard Rock with conviction and there’s no smoke or mirrors about their sound or songs. Hell, Classic Rock and red-blooded Hard Rockers should get a dizzying kick out of this band! I Love Rich is a band that makes me proud to live in the Mid West. Just like my other Mid West, DIY band favorites, I Love Rich are contributing to the Rock And Roll cause in a very splendid way, indeed. ALL of the songs on Respect The Rich flat-out Rock and I would love to see I Love Rich in a live setting. Hell yes, I would.
With a BIG guitar driven sound, impressive vocals and kick-ass musicianship all-around, I Love Rich have delivered to me a memorable CD! You can’t kill blue-collar Rock And Roll and I Love Rich are proof positive of this. Life can be filled with Rockin’ surprises and that’s why I do check my email inbox everyday. A talented and underground Rock And Roll band that’s been paying their dues, going on 2 decades, I cannot resist respecting. I Love Rich and their Midwest Rock And Roll kicks legitimate ass. Metal be thy name.
Metal Odyssey 01/29/14
I Love Rich walks the thin line between pure glam rock and faux or mock rock. Regardless of if their desire to “save rock ‘n roll” is genuine or a joke, the 8 tracks of the and’s new album “Respect The Rich” truly do rock. It’s title like “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck” and “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna F*** you with the Lights on” that make you wonder if you are in on the joke or being mocked for banging your head and pumping your fist.
The Deli 01/21/14
A brand new I LOVE RICH record! We’ve been following the band for years now (if you still haven’t heard about them, then you have to know that they are no newcomers, just look at the different chapters of their biography on their website!), and here they are back in 2014 with 8 new tracks introduced with a “Pipeline”-like intro.
No doubt about it, the good old sex, drugs and rock’n’roll still works fine with I LOVE RICH and their KISS guitar riffs and hooks (“(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On”, “If You Don’t Take Your Clothes Off, Tonight’s Gonna Suck ” “Wake Up Let Me Rock You”.) Sometimes it sounds like The DICTATORS are jamming with Ace Frehley, and since early TURBONEGRO fans have been waiting for some new rock’n’roll saviours, they should just listen to “We’re Here To Save Rock and Roll”!
If you need to start this new year with a good dose of fun, fire and larger than life American rock’n’roll, then look no further, you’ll even get a Spanish version of “(You’re So Hot) I’m Gonna Fuck You With The Lights On”, what else do you need?
I LOVE RICH
”Respect The Rich”
This 8 song EP is just a tad under 30 minutes in length yet rocks harder than most full length records released over the past year or so!
I Love Rich sounds like KISS meets The New York Dolls meets Hanoi Rocks and the overall tone of this record is loud, fast and in your face with an emphasis on attitude.
There are moments where the band borrows from KISS, James Brown, AC/DC & even Ted Nugent which pretty much explains where the bands style & sound come from.
Dirty guitar rock played on 10 with nasty hooks, stompin’ grooves and Ace Frehley styled vocals; that’s my best description of the new I Love Rich “Respect The Rich” EP.
Rock’n’Roll Experience 01/16/14
This is an interesting one. I Love Rich is either the world’s biggest ego trip or a rather amusing joke. I still can’t work out which it is, although I have a sneaking suspicion/hope it’s the latter.
The band – Rich on bass and vocals, Drewblood on drums, Chuck E-Sleeze and Full Throttle on guitar – hail from Chicago. They play a simple raw punk-influenced hard rock that references AC/DC as much as it does The Sex Pistols. The result is fun, clearly designed for a seedy back street bar, and kind of good.
The performances are adequate – they aren’t going to worry Led Zeppelin – but that’s not important. The key thing here is the lyrics. Writer Rich, who actually states on the back of the CD, “…only he could come up with lyrics this bad ass”, has taken an acknowledged leaf from the book of hip-hop. The words in these songs don’t give a sh*t what they say, and they are all the better for it. How good is the song title, ‘I’m Only Here Cause Your Sister Said No’? Genius! The rest of the wordplay isn’t far behind.
Overall, this is an enjoyable EP that isn’t going to blow you away from a musicianship point of view…but it might just make you chuckle. I bet these guys are a f*ckin’ riot live too!
Rock Realms – April 2010
I LOVE RICH are back with a new record just full of power and rock and roll kicks with a power punk injection added in. Well, with that guitar powered sound ILR will give you some anthem style punk rock and roll with some power just a kick out the jams sound that fans of AC/DC, ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, RHINO BUCKET and THE KNACK will enjoy. Just the kind of music that keeps me going after all these years.
Toxic Flyer – Spring 2010
Looking at the godawful cover art for this self released album fills me with the kind of dread that I haven’t experienced since I was 11 and was really confused as to why I enjoyed the music of my older brother’s porno movie more than the action on screen! (The film in question was ‘Pussy Talk’).
Once I put the CD in though, I’d love to say that it all changed but……I’m glad to say it did… With song titles such as ‘Let’s Fuck All Night’ and ‘I’m Only Here Cause Your Sister Said No’, we’re not gonna get intelligent thought-provoking music but some kick ass rock ‘n’ roll – the way it used to be!
With hints of The Donnas – ‘Spend The Night’ era – I Love Rich have some great songs but the production lets them down a little but as it’s fully self financed the band should be congratulated for such a professional product – not the cover though!
Uber Rock UK
A better name might be “I Love Kiss,” although these boys do borrow heavily from any number of aging cock rockers. These songs are funny (“Your Sister Said No,” etc.) and well-played. Eminently silly and well worth turning up to 11.
Aiding and Abeting
Gli I Love Rich sono un gruppo americano il cui primo lavoro risale addirittura al 1993. Ciò che propongono è un rock’n’roll di stampo classico sulla scia di band come AC/DC e KISS (il cantane/bassista Rich possiede una timbrica piuttosto vicina a quella di Paul Stanley) e fin qui niente di male. Ma qualcosa che non va c’è, e salta subito all’occhio. Difficilmente attaccabile a livello musicale, nonostante la scarsa originalità della proposta (che non è sempre e per forza un difetto), ciò che non convince del tutto è il concept che sta dietro a questo gruppo. Se brani come “Let’s Fuck All Night” o “I’m Only Here Cause Your Sister Said No” dovrebbero strappare un sorriso, purtroppo per gli I Love Rich non ci riescono; probabilmente ai componenti manca il cosiddetto phisique du role che può rendere credibile un prodotto di questo tipo (vedi Steel Panther). Si lasciano ascoltare, ma le canzoni non fanno ridere né divertono particolarmente. Trascurabili.
Roxx Zone (Italy)
Judging by the song titles on I Love Rich’s Season Of The Rich you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure out that this EP is going to be full of sexual innuendos. Actually, forget the innuendos, with titles like “Let’s Fuck All Night” and “Everybody’s Getting Laid Tonight”, they aren’t hinting or alluding to anything, they’ve just come straight out with it. Most of the lyrics here are a milder version of the ‘boy’s locker-room’ stuff that Steel Panther has reached success with.
There is a cheesy element about I Love Rich. Lead singer Rich does a good job of convincing the listener that he knows how great he and his band are, but in a farcical kind of a way. From their official site and myspace page, these guys are indeed amusing, with Rich proclaiming about himself, ‘He’s the king of rock’n’roll, all the ladies want his jock, King Kong ain’t got shit on him’. And as much as he probably wants us to believe it, I’m more inclined to guess his tongue is firmly in his cheek. I’ll probably never get to see I Love Rich live, because I live miles away from Chicago, but I’m betting it would be an entertaining show with a party atmosphere because they have that vibe in their music. Listening to this group you can picture them being an over-the-top affair, preening about the stage, having a laugh, and enjoying what they do.
Unless you are humorless or are easily offended, you really can’t help but crack a smile at some of this. Although I Love Rich don’t seem to take themselves too seriously, they shouldn’t be dismissed because musically they aren’t a parody or joke at all. They appear to be pretty accomplished musicians with some tasty riffs and big drums. Rich himself sounds a lot like Paul Stanley which, considering Kiss’ massive fan base, isn’t a bad thing.
All the songs do have a sameness about them, but then again so do AC/DC and that hasn’t done them any harm. Season Of The Rich is a straight ahead mix of rock and glam with a smirk on its face. It won’t set the world on fire, but it’s perfect if you fancy opening a few cold ones at home and re-creating the feeling that you are out at a sweat soaked bar having a good time with I Love Rich.
Se la memoria non mi inganna, mi ero già imbattuto in questo gruppo a cavallo tra la versione cartacea e quella web di SLAM!. A distanza di una decina d’anni rieccoli qui a riscaldare il mio inverno con il loro grottesco e divertente glam rock. Se pensate che gli Steel Panther siano assurdi, allora date un’occhiata alle loro foto che fano sembrare i Trash Brats dei modelli di Armani.
Dubito si prendano troppo sul serio, anche se il confine tra il ridicolo e il glam a volte è molto sottile, ma sta di fatto che il quartetto di Chicago ha tutte le carte in regola per allietare le orecchie di vecchi glamster che ormai fanno la guerra con spandex che più su del ginocchio non vogliono salire.
Titoli come “Let’s Fuck All Night” o “Everybody’s Getting Laid Tonight” non sfigurerebbero in Death To All But Metal o in quelli che furuno i Bastet anche se a livello di sonorità hanno fatto un patto giurato con i KISS d’annata e tranne in “I’m Only Here Cause Your Sister Said No” dove inizialmente sembrano essere i BLACK N’ BLUE, tutto il resto del CD ha più di un riferimento alla band di Simmons e Stanley.
If memory serves me correctly, I had already come across this group in between the paper and the web SLAM!. At a distance of about ten years here again here in my warm winter with their grotesque and fun glam rock. If you think that the Steel Panther is absurd, then look at their photos that appear fano Trash Brats models Armani.
I doubt you take it too seriously, even though the line between ridicule and glam is sometimes very subtle, but the fact is that the Chicago quartet has all it takes to entertain the ears of old glamster who now make war with spandex that above the knee do not want to climb.
Titles like “Let’s Fuck All Night” or “Everybody’s Getting Laid Tonight” did not look out of place in Death To All But Metal or those furuno Bastet although the level of sound they made a pact with the juror KISS vintage except in “I’m Only Here Cause Your Sister Said No” where initially appear to be the BLACK N ‘BLUE, all the rest of the CD has more of a reference to the band by Simmons and Stanley.
I like this band a lot. I Love Rich play fun pop metal, reminiscent of big hair, spandex, and hot chicks humping the hood of a Trans Am. This is simply fun music, and I feel to analyze it and pick it apart would be a crime. Featuring Chuck E. Sleeze, otherwise known as Chuck Uchida of No Empathy, the record immediately caught my interest. The band is solid, the songs are fun, and with titles like “Let’s Fuck all Night”, “Im Only Here Cuz Your Sister Said No” and “Everybody’s Getting Laid Tonight” you can’t go wrong. One word: Fun.
In a year where Spinal Tap returned and hair band spoof Steel Panther received some notice it’s not surprising that other bands would rise up with lyrics that are far from subtle. I love Rich are lead by a vocalist/bassist who is of course named Rich. Yes, just Rich as no last name is listed. Maybe he is too cool for a last name, I don’t know. The rest of the band includes guitarists Chuck E. Sleeze and Full Throttle plus drummer Drewblood. The opener is “Let’s fuck all night” and the music is very much late 70’s KISS with a solid, yet straight forward sound with slightly repetitive lyrics. Keeping in tune with similar topics they follow up with “I’m only here cause your sister said no” sounds more AC/DC with a basic groove helping the bounce along. Up next is “Everybody’s getting laid tonight” and you can begin to see that these guys have one track minds for their lyrics. Either they always lead with the crotch or else they just not never got tired of talking about what they talked about back in 8th grade. However “I’ll be around” finds this band sounding slightly more serious for some reason. This track sounds like KISS with a touch of early Black -n- Blue tossed in for seasoning. The disc wraps up with “Rise up for rock and roll” which is probably my favorite song here. The main riff sounds similar to “Creatures of the night” era KISS. Rich actually sounds somewhat Paul Stanley on all of the five tracks here. Most of the songs are very simple and a couple them run on a bit too long. This sure isn’t rocket science nor does this band try to pretend otherwise. This isn’t something I could listen to all the time for sure. Still they tap into the spirit of basic hard rock on the music at least and they play a fun and fairly likable style. Perhaps I liked Rich and his band more than I loved them, but not a bad effort.
Mid tempo sex driven punk rock from Chicago… The band has played with acts such as Precious Weapons, The Upper Crust, Queers, gene Loves Jezebel among others.. Lead singer and Bassist Rich sings, Drewblood on drums and Chuck E. Sleaze on guitar. I was hoping that Let’s Fuck All Night would have the wallop of Betty Blowtorch’s “Shut Up And Fuck” but not the case…
Gesang, Bass: Rich
Gitarre: Full Throttle
Gitarre: Chuck E. Sleeze
Was issn dat? I Love Rich?? Nie gehört…und nach dem ich das Teil mal einige Runden lang in meinem Player hatte, komme ich zu dem Schluss: Ich hätte auch am liebsten nix von dieser Band gehört. Meine Güte, was ein Klo. Billiger Rumpel-Hardrock mit Glam-Schlenker…dazu üblester Drumsound und Holterdipolter-Songs der Marke „Let`s fuck all Night“ oder „Everbody get laid tonight“.
Dazu wird im Info so was von dick aufgetragen, das ich Anfangs an eine Juxband dachte. Doch das scheint es nicht zu sein. Denn immer hin ist „Season of the Rich“ schon die dritte Veröffentlichung dieser…ähm…Band.
Das Gute an dieser CD ist die Tatsache, es sind nur 5 Songs und der ganze Kram ist innerhalb von 20 Minuten überstanden. Aber wer braucht das? Ich meine für eine schlechte Pretty Boy Floyd, Motörhead, Ramones-Kopie braucht man nicht in die USA zu gucken. Das haben wir sicher auch auf jedem Dorfrummel, wo die lokale Band ihre Instrumente einstöpselt und von ihren Kollegen und Freunden abgefeiert wird.
Wer hat hier gerade was von Wrathchild (UK) gesagt? Jetzt fällt mir ein woran mich I Love Rich erinnert. Das ist es. Am Ende vom zweiten Song wird immer wieder „Hit Me“..“Hit Me“..Skandiert…Oh ich würd gerne.
Sorry, Leute, aber „Season Of the Rich“ ist einfach nur totaler Mist und es lohnt sich echt nicht die CD zu bestellen. Naja, einige mögen möglicherweise gerne mal reinhören…Also:
http://www.myspace.com/iloverichrocks Aber ich habe euch gewarnt. Möglicherweise gehe ich auch nur mit zu hoher Erwartungshaltung an diese CD (oder Demo) heran, doch was soll ich lügen und hier feiern: Boach, wie geil rocken die mir Hose. Da spannt sich das Spandex und für die toupierten Schnürsenkel vom Drummer hau ich noch 2 Extrapunkte raus. Ne, das ist nicht meine Welt. Da gibt es andere Gesellen.
Nuff said, I Love Rich lohnt sich nicht und fertig. Klo-Mucke, ganz einfach. Da rüttelt man nix dran.
Datum: 28.10.2009 – Autor Jörg
Here I Love Rich offer up their first batch of new material for a while with Season of the Rich. This EP contains five new songs, many of which have already become live favorites. The songs are typical I Love Rich, which is to say straight talking sleazy rock, which is fine by me.
The EP opens with ‘Let’s Fuck All Night’, which effectively sets the tone, and is quickly backed up with ‘I’m Only Here Cuz Your Sister Said No’, which has to be one of the best song titles that I’ve ever heard! ‘Everybody’s Getting Laid Tonight’ continues the feel before ‘I’ll Be Around’ slows things down a little, almost giving the impression that the singer (who kind of reminds me a little of Paul Stanley for some reason?) might actually have a heart! Anthem like ‘Rise Up For Rock N Roll’ closes off the EP. I Love Rich aren’t breaking any new ground here with Season of The Rich, but what they do provide is some excellent sleazy rock!
And you know what, I think I am Loving Rich!
Hell Yeah! Finally, a rock band has released a cd that actually rocks. The highly anticipated “Season of the Rich” by Chicago legends I Love Rich is here and the timing couldn’t be better. What is the last cd you bought, borrowed or downloaded? It doesn’t matter, because nothing compares to or rocks like “Season of the Rich.” These five tracks are all about real life, which in their world is partying and getting laid. The first track, “Let’s Fuck All Night,” starts this party and the title says it all. It also sets the tone for this cd. There are no wimpy ballads from these cock-rock gods. Just pure rock ‘n’ roll – the way every album should sound. “Everybody’s Getting Laid Tonight” is a sing along that no one will be able to resist. “I’m Only Here Because Your Sister Said No” and “I’ll Be Around” are sure to bring out the real rock chicks at any party. The final track, “Rise Up For Rock ‘n’ Roll” is an anthem for today’s music fans and future rock stars. “Season of the Rich” is a collection of songs that are long over due. The cd is filled with Drew Blood’s thundering drumming and the sneering guitar attack of Chuck E. Sleaze and Full Throttle. And it is all punctuated with wondrous slices of Rich Love’s rock poetry vocals. I Love Rich have a style, attitude, rawness and audacity that is unmatched and have delivered a great-sounding CD, which is a genuine rock classic.
Radio Vampire International
I Love Rich is a tongue in cheek, & I mean VERY tongue in cheek, crazy, sleazy rock n roll experiment gone horribly right! The sad thing is, if this band had came out about 15 years earlier, this band would probably be on MTV, signed, & touring crappy bars all over the world, BUT, the band is out now, the times are different, the music scene isn’t what it used to be, & good time rock n roll with themes based explicitly about sex are not totally en-vogue these days, but I Love Rich continue to press the flesh with anthems like “Let’s Fuck All Night” & “I’m Only Here…” that take what KISS & Poison did in their prime & I Love Rich pull out all the clever ways to hide the sexual overtones & I Love Rich goes right for the heart of the matter when they tell it like it is, they call a spade a spade & are not afraid to say they want to f**k you & where the band IS clever is in their sense of humor, because they are superb at beating you to the punchline, but still delivering a punchline in their own unique way! Musically, the band is straight up hard rock, the vocals are rockin’, the guitars parts layer the vocals nicely & what can I say, I Love Rich has a kick ass, sexy, EP that leaves nothing to the imagination & it’s best described like having sex with a watermelon…if you push on it too hard it will break, but if you do it just right, you’ve got a nice, juicy treat…weird analogy, huh? That’s what I Love Rich is all about!
Rock and Roll Experience
The boys are back and the timing couldn’t be more perfect, or deliberate. Hmm, so let’s add it up shall we.
20 years since the last new Ace Frehley release, and his new platter arrived on earth last month.
11 years since the last new KISS release, and their most recent offering hit the streets 2 weeks before this writing.
5 years since I LOVE RICH unleashed “King of Rock n Roll upon it’s eager legion of fans the day of this writing, Oct. 16, 2009
Now here we are, in the final quarter of 2009 and KISS has done their best attempt to remain true to their roots, or should we say balls, which they left somewhere back in 1981. Ace got sober and has delivered his trademark guitar and songs about outer space, a couple of instrumentals, and with a dandy cover of Fox on the Run. And then their our beloved I LOVE RICH, and in the 11 years I’ve been familiar with them the only thing about their formula, which was perfect over a decade ago, that has changed has been a few guitar players. That aside, this band rocks harder than their forefathers and the sound has remained consistent.
Fear not, the line up is the same and as solid as it was in ‘04. And though they’ve tested these songs in their shows over the last few years, they haven’t actually given us anything new to pump our fists or loved ones to at home or in the car. (note: doesn’t have to actually be a “loved” one) That is until now, “The Season of the Rich” is a 5 song CD of pure sonic Viagra. In fact, if the singer wasn’t so convinced he was so damned awesome, and he is, they may could have actually gotten away with naming this album exactly that.
The disc kicks off with “Lets Fuck All Night” which begins with the trademark twin guitar attack, and the song is well about, “fucking all night”. And unlike every other band out there that saves things such as the all important drum solo for the middle of the record, ILR land a hearty one-two punch with a drum solo in the middle of the first song. Giving you a clue what you’re in for over the 30 minute ride.
Next up is my favorite song “I’m Only Here Because Your Sister Said No”, which isn’t only a fun, tongue not in cheek, misogynistic confession, but also has the best line of any rock song I’ve heard in years. “I hate every bone in your body but mine.” OUCH! Seriously though, the song is seriously funny.
“Everybody’s Getting Laid Tonight” which is sure to be a crowd pleaser live and is the longest song on the disc, coming in at just over 6 minutes, gives everyone a chance to join in the chorus.
On the forth track I’m almost convinced the singer/songwriter has a heart. (His heart being a little bit lower in his mid region than the rest of us humans mind you) Please don’t get me wrong there are no sappy ballads here, these guys are too much about rock n roll for that, but on “I’ll Be Around” Rich is offering his booty call services when he declares, “Cause when you feel alone, and don’t wanna’ be let down, just call my name, yeah, and I’ll be around”. And it’s notable to point out that the music stylings of this number is a departure from the riffs that have made ILR the supreme rock gods that they have been. A refreshing departure at that. This is their “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, and it’s about time.
The fifth and final song is the new rock anthem and over the years I LOVE RICH have succeeded in recording many. “Rise Up For Rock n Roll” is their latest, boasting “Sometimes you lose control, when we play our rock n roll, yeah we’re you’re favorite band, now follow our command.” Rich does his best Paul Stanley since, well, the last album, and that’s fine w/ me and it’s obviously fine w/ the fans.
If I had to sum up “Season of the Rich” in one line it would be this. Five songs that are full of non-stop fun filled sing a long anthems, loaded with catchy guitar riffs, sizzling leads, a solid true rock back beat celebrating all things Sex, Rich, and Rock n’ Roll.
After 5 years, this release shouldn’t be considered a comeback, because these boys never went away, but it will keep the listeners coming back for more.
And in the opinion of this writer, after 11 years, ILR remain the most entertaining rock band in the Chicago region.
I’m The King Of Rock And Roll” kicks off opener I Love Rich’s album,Year Of The Rich, and it more or less sets the tone for the local band’s cocky, lounge-rock. There are fist pumping refrains, exaggerated guitar solos, and a “let’s fucking party” attitude that informs the band’s catalog. Live, it gets amped up to a surreal level. Headliner Desi Rexx pushed glam rock to its limits in the ’80s with his former band D’Molls, though fans may also remember him from his brief stint as a rhythm guitarist for David Lee Roth. These days, Rexx, unsurprisingly, continues to showcase his skills for guitar wankery in the form of extended solos and sleazy songs–in other words, cock rock straight out of the ’80s.
There’s a couple places where I think hip- hop has it over rock. Both are lyrical areas and they involve boasting and feuding. Not since Skynrd called out Neil Young in the hot summer of 1914 has there been a case (that I know of) where one band pisses on another by name. It happens in hip-hop every day, in fact I’m certain it’s happening as I write this. A piece and/or grill is getting all got up in while lyrics are being scribbled on a pack of Newports for an answer song. Or Parliaments, it could be Parliaments. Or whatever. Anyway, I think it’s high time someone started doing this, unfortunately it’s not our friend Rich.
Of the band I Love Rich.
He does however boast, a lot.
I mean I haven’t seen boasting like this since I passed the GED test (the second time). He’s the king of rock’n’roll, all the ladies want his jock, King Kong ain’t got shit on him and on and on. The twist here is Rich is not really Rolling Stone magazine cover material. He has sort of… an everyman look about him.
If everyman had a giant head, red hair and wore airbrushed t-shirts of themselves.
When I first looked over his latest CD Year of the Rich, I really didn’t know what to make of it. It seemed like a joke, but the fucking joke was on me because Rich totally kicked my ass.The opener, I’m the King of Rock’n’Roll, sounds like a lost KISS song, and is delivered with so much conviction you almost do believe he IS the king of rock’n’roll.
Then you remember Dio and you’re like….no, but for 40 seconds or so…
Other standouts include the title cut and What Every Woman Wants, which happens, incidentally, to be Rich. On the track Turning Me On, Rich makes it clear it’s not actually the chick that’s floating his boat, it’s the fact that she’s singing his songs to him.
There is a theme at work here.
The disc is full of great recycled AC/DC riffs and the guitar playing (handled by Chuck E.Sleeze and Full Throttle) is fucking killer. Like almost every tune I’m like…damn…that’s a fucking cool riff, I’m stealing that. I say it out loud just like that and my dad (who lives with me) yells/asks me from the living room who I’m talking to, and I tell him like (all crazy) ‘I’m trying to make my lunch!!” and then he goes back to watching Sports Center.
Now, Rich is not really the best singer and the songs do tend to all sort of sound the same but in this case, it’s not a bad thing really. The Donnas, The Ramones and AC/DC always sound the same and I can’t complain about them.
So be it, 2005 is Year of the Rich.
Here’s hoping next year is the year of raining beer and money sandwiches .
Hold the bread on mine.
I Love Rich are a Chicago-based four-piece that has noticed that the juvenile, narcissistic, and frankly funny aspects of Rock can be a lot of fun too. This is particularly so if you don’t bother showing any actual restraint when employing them. I detected an underlying assumption here that the sex-starved high school house-party mentality is as mature as you really need to be. Followed by the observation that the previous assumption is probably wrong, but what the hell, it’s Friday. These guys have the Rock-n-Roll Cliché front and center, with no attempt to disguise it. There are actually songs on this 10-song CD that are pretty much about “rocking you all night long.” The other songs don’t deviate very far from this theme. Well played and stylistically very KISS-like, my only wish is the guitars would have had a little more of the “huge” sound going for them in the mix. They are placed in at tasteful levels, and I’m not sure tasteful is what they are looking for here. Review in a word? Fun. It’s worth pointing out that if Low Art weren’t entertaining, there would be nothing on TV.
2 song preview
Best song: “Let’s Get It On Tonight”
Hey, look who it is- Chicago glam-punk semi-legends I Love Rich. This is a two-song taste o’ their upcoming full-length, “Year of the Rich” (isn’t EVERY year the year of the rich, tho?), and if you’ve ever heard these cars before, than you know what to expect – Paul Stanley fronting a fishnet-wearing mascara massacre band. “Let’s Get It On Tonight” has a chugging cock-rock riff and shout-along chorus straight out of “Too Fast for Love”. Sez here it’s the “extra long” version, but since it only runs a cuppla minutes, I think they might be making some kind of reference to their dicks. Glam bands do stuff like that. “If Loving Me is Wrong” is another 80’s fried cock rocker, part Ramones, part Poison. If ya dig flash metal with punky backbeat, then fuck, maybe you’ll love Rich, too.
Melissa says: “He’ll probably have to slap me, choke me, and abuse me verbally before, but I’ll do it!”
Работает на минской радиостанции “Рокс” один диджей лет этак под пятьдесят, который ежедневно приносит разное старьё (в хорошем смысле слова), упоённо крутит его на протяжении своей смены и так же упоённо ударяется в воспоминания: “А я помню, на первом курсе института…”, “А у нас на комсомольском собрании…”, “А помните эпоху квартирников…”, “Мы слушали по ночам радио “Маяк”…” и всё в таком духе. Хорошо рассказывает так, душевно. Искренне хочется верить, что были люди в его время (моё поколение тогда только зарождалось или вынашивалось под длинными юбками или в контрабандно завезённых джинсах) – слушаешь и под глэм-рок-н-ролльные мотивы пытаешься вообразить всю ту, былую блажь слегка пробившегося сквозь железный занавес драгс-секс-и-рок-ролльных веяний Большого Света. Так вот, при прослушивании группы под претенциозным названием Я ЛЮБЛЮ РИЧА, сразу вспомнился голос этого диджея… благо, работает на “Роксе” он уже лет пять и каждый день рассказывает одно и то же под одну и ту же музыку. Наверное, ТОГДА все так играли: сладостно-мелодичная, ритмичная смесь глэма, рок-н-ролла, лёгкого хард-рока и ещё более лёгкого раззвездяйского панка – “Камон, бэйби, я тут самый главный пацан! У меня яйца!!!” I LOVE RICH, как ни странно, не сто лет в субботу, образовались всего в 1993 году, место рождения – Чикаго, и, если там (или где-либо ещё) случайно остались невостребованные дамочки бальзаковского возраста, энергичная «sexiest» (по их собственному определению) группа на Земле наверняка сразит их наповал. Играют эти записные Казановы очень хорошо, крайне профессионально и приятно, а уж сколько удовольствия способны доставить… страшно даже подумать. Жаль, что тот диджей с минского радио не дамочка… я бы ему подсказала адрес этих героев. Если же заинтересуется кто-то из прошедших сие скромное повествование, пожалуйста:
Metal Music Magazine/Legion(Ukraine)
I Love Rich sind mittlerweile zu einer groesseren Institution innerhalb der Underground Glam Rock Szene geworden, und viele Newcomer Bands werden sich noch an deren Live-Show messen muessen. Musikalisch allerdings liegt die Messlatte weit niedriger. Trotz des grossen Spass-Anteils hinkt “The Greatest Rock `n´ Roll Record Of All Time” den grossen Versprechungen seines Titels weit hinterher. Die CD beginnt zunaechst mit einem ernsthaften Timingproblem, bevor sie uns einen uptempo kick-ass Rock & Roller mit dem Titel “Rock and Roll Party Tonight” beschert, ein Song, der uns vermuten laesst, wie wohl Pretty Boy Floyd geklungen haben muessen, bevor sie gesignt wurden. Mehr PBF Sound folgt mit “Mister Heartbreaker” und “World´s Greatest Lover”, einem der Highlights des Albums. “Feel The Heat” enthuellt einen starken Kiss-Einfluss und fuehrt uns zurueck in die fruehen Tage des glammigen Hard Rocks, bevor uns I.L.R. mit “Touch My Sexx” einen weiteren sowohl musikalisch als auch textlich typischen Pretty Boy Floyd Song um die Ohren hauen. Vergleiche mit fruehen Kiss und (ohh, noch einmal) Pretty Boy Floyd sind offensichtlich, auch wenn I Love Rich nicht so so catchy und so frisch sind wie ihre Vorbilder und darueberhinaus noch einiges an Vibes vermissen lassen (zumindest in Bezug auf ihre Musik). Nichts zu spezielles, aber jede Menge Spass fuer jede Party. Solltet Ihr jemals eine Gelegenheit finden, I.L.R. live zu sehen, lasst Euch diese nicht entgehen.
Medazza Rock (Germany)
I Love Rich is a collection of pure fun. A band very ‘naughty’ at it’s core, ‘Touch My Sexx’ and ‘Gonna Gonna Get Some’ are outrageously sexy. You can’t NOT love this! Primal and pornographic. Here’s your vice and YOU KNOW we all go there sometimes. Play this at your next party. You’ll have them rockin’ and rollin’ all night. ‘Rock n Roll Party Tonight’ makes me thirsty for a HUGE frosty mug of Budweiser, a tight shirt and some very close friends.
Gin Of Arc
I Love Rich sounds allot like the obscure punk influenced glam bands of the eighties, such as Queeny Blast Pop and Foxy Roxx. The songs are short, the guitar solos fast, and everything is straight to the point. At times they come across as a faster, punk version of Kiss, as vocalist/bassist Rich can sound allot like Paul Stanley on occasion (check out “Feel The Heat” for proof, a tune that would have felt at home on Dynasty). The one element that is consistent throughout this disc is the sexual references. Song titles such as “World’s Greatest Lover”, “You Want My Action”, “Gonna Gonna Get Some” and “Touch My Sexx” pretty much sum up what this album is all about. I’m sure that the politically correct fools that take I Love Rich too seriously think they are the most conceited and arrogant group of guys on the planet — and while this could in fact be the case — chances are it’s an act to simply get a “rise” out of people.
Sit back with a beer and enjoy the show, cause this is the type of music that not only tries to bring back the fun and outrageousness of the late 80’s, but also the larger than life attitude that came along with it. Grunge specifically tried to kill bands such as this, and now I Love Rich is trying to get revenge.
Sleaze Roxx, Dec 2002
Hide your sisters and daughters! Rockin’ hard out of the Windy City comes I Love Rich — the hams that can’t be cured! As you might guess from the ludicrous title, this CD is a send-up of glam-rock bombast a la KISS, Motley Crüe, Hanoi Rocks, etc. Surprisingly worthwhile, given their Spinal Tap-ish premise and deliberately over-the-top approach, bassist/vocalist Rich, drummer Drewblood and “Cuban sensation” Eider Ferrari on lead guitar will rock your sad little world with such soon-to-be monster hits as “Hot Chocolate,” “World’s Greatest Lover,” “You Want My Action” and “Touch My Sexx.” Hey, the original bands bordered on self-parody, so why should we be surprised when a real parody sounds almost as good?
Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Record of All Time? Well, I think that’s a pretty bold statement for any band to make. However, if you’re a fan of 80’s glam metal, or have been digging the sounds of Andrew WK’s party rock… you’ll probably want to check these guys out. With catchy lyrics and song titles like “Rock and Roll Party Tonight” and “You Want My Action” these guys from Chicago are definitely obsessed with sex and fun, which certainly isn’t a bad thing. So, check’ em out. But, please leave the can of Aquanet in the medicine cabinet.
Candy For Bad Children
What does the world need right now? Aside from the obvious of the death to fundamentalist-Muslim-terrorists, how about the return of real, pure party rock and roll? Ok, you got it!
A perfect blend of camp metal (Spinal Tap comes to mind) and true 70’s style party rock and roll (ala KISS). In fact, I Love Rich are the new troubadours of that genre!
I Love Rich is just plain cool. Comprised of Rich (bass and way cool vocals) Drewblood (drums) Eider Ferrari on lead guitar and vocals, with assistance from the likes of Samuel L. Action and Jeff Leppard. This group of sex crazed party animals give you what you want but are afraid to admit; straight-no-chaser party rock and roll. With songs like “Rock’N’Roll Party Tonight” , “Worlds Greatest Lover”, Touch My Sexx” and “Doctor Tung” just to name a few, how the hell can you go wrong?
This may or may not be The Greatest Rock’N’Roll Album Of All Time,but it is a blast from the past and pure raunch’n’roll for the 21st century. As Rich put it himself, “We want to bring our rock everywhere it’s wanted and quite frankly; probably to a few places that don’t want it”. The more the better, Rich!
David A. Buco
O.K., I’m not sure where to go on this one. I THINK they are being sarcastic, at least I hope so. It’s probably a combination of things, I’m sure they take what they do seriously, but I also have the feeling they’re just having a bit of fun. The best comparison I can come up with is this. What the Mentors were to Hardcore Metal and Punk, “I Love Rich” is to Glam Rock. Meaning they take is to the extremes with sugary sex-laden rock tunes. Listen to the some of the titles. “World’s Greatest Lover”, “Touch My Sexx”, “Doctor Tung”, “Gonna Get Some”, and “You Want My Action”.
Can they possibly be serious? I highly doubt it, but yet serious enough to put out a decent quality CD and tour their asses off. I think these guys would be a blast to see live and probably funny as hell guys who will drink beers with you between sets.
Guys, if I’m wrong, and these songs have more meaning to them than I’m comprehending I apologize. If is is all about having some fun, then hat’s off, you have put a big smile on my face.
Rock and a Hard Place
I LOVE RICH is the self-proclaimed “World’s Sexiest Band” wailing from Chicago, Illinois. Not a band to be overly modest or take itself too seriously, their newest release “The Greatest Rock “n” Roll Record Of All Time!!” is an entertaining, thoroughly rockin’ party album.
This band has it all: Great Sound, Great Hooks, Great Image.
Starting with the energetic “Rock And Roll Party Tonight” and continuing on with such cleverly written tunes as “World’s Greatest Lover”, “Touch My Sexx” and “Doctor Tung,” this band had produced a fast paced, hard rockin collection of motor-rev-ving, libido inspired songs. Combining the aural pyrotechniques reminiscent of KISS and the fast paced, high spirited musicianship of the Ramones, this band has created a unique blend of party rock long missing from the music scene.
Their songs are tongue in cheek but don’t be decieved. There is excellent musicianship going on here. As one reviewer put it:
I could listen to this ALL DAY on the radio while working on a construction site or ALL NIGHT at a kegger!
One listen and you’ll love Rich too.
The Honest Truth
If you have yet to hear I Love Rich,than let me give you a brief synopsis.
I Love Rich are possibly the most unique band that I have had the privilidge of seeing live numerous times.They are the only band that I have ever witnessed treating a small crowd in a punk club like they are seeing Bon Jovi in a huge arena.Whether you want to believe it or not they will pull out all the stops to convince you of the following things :
1) They are the greatest Rock and Roll band ever.
2) Rich is the World’s greatest lover
and 3)They don’t really care if you believe them or not!
The latest release by I Love Rich is insightfully titled “The Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Record of All Time!!”,and anyone familiar with these guys would expect no less. With tongue firmly planted in cheek I Love Rich bang out sex charged arena rock anthems with such titles as Mr. Heartbreaker,World’s Greatest Lover,You Want my Action, and Touch my Sexx.It’s hard to believe they would write such pompous,ego ridden,cheesy ass,shlocky ,metal-god wannabe…GREAT Songs!
What you thought I was ripping on them…Hell No! What makes me cringe about music in general are all the same things that make I Love Rich great.Because they are very well aware of what they are saying and doing and they do it well.
I Love Rich are such a breath of fresh air when looked at against all the bands that take themselves too serious.I remember playing a Christmas show with these guys and they brought thier drummer out completely gift wrapped from head to toe and then while playing the show Rich (vocals/bass) throws out wrapped toys to the crowd while dressed as Santa Clause.This is typical I Love Rich always willing to go the extra mile for thier fans.
This abum is a great way to forget what’s bugging you and make you feel like playing air guitar in front of the mirror.My only complaint is that my favorite I Love Rich song isn’t on this album.(“I’m Digging you,Digging me”off of a previous release that they didn’t send me!Hint.Hint.)
I can’t wait to hear what these guys do next.They should have a bigger budget to work with next time,once they start recieving the royalty checks from Jack Black and Tenacios D for ripping off all thier gimmicks.
Long Live Rich n’ Roll
In a time when it’s just “not cool” to live out the cool rock star fantasies and excesses that glam rock once portrayed, there are still those who have the balls and the heart to say “fuck ‘em!” and do what they love. Why? Because it’s rock ‘n’ roll!! It’s an attitude and a rush that naturally flows through your veins rather than being fabricated.
Embracing all those elements is the Chicago-based trio I Love Rich. Though done in a tongue-in-cheek manner, I Love Rich takes the musical and showmanship ingredients of Kiss, stir in the hip-gyrating, lip-smacking, pelvis-grinding, spandex-wearing sexual aroma from Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In album and you got yourself the ultimate modern day rock ‘n’ roll experience. The Kiss aspect is immediately picked up with the lead track and rock theme “Rock and Roll Party Tonight” or on “Mr. Heartbreaker.” The dosage of Poison comes through on songs like “You Want My Action.”
I Love Rich began to their career back in 1995 and released Live, Wett, Drippin’ with Sexx in 1997. That’s followed by another sex driven collection of tracks called The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Record of All Time, which was released in 2001. Now, in all honesty, the odds of it actually being the greatest record is probably slim to none. But that’s how I Love Rich works. They possess a carefree, party rock attitude and have fun with what they do and that is what it’s all about…having fun and enjoying the short time we have on this planet.
The song titles alone ooze of sexual delight, “Gonna Gonna Get Some,” “Touch My Sexx,” and “Doctor Tung,” which also features additional guitar work by Jeff Leppard. You’ve to give these guys credit for doing what they do. They’re master showmen of their craft. One can only assume that fun is had by all when catching I Love Rich live. Hell, I had more fun at a recent Poison concert than I did at a Pearl Jam show. Pearl Jam, being one of the modern rock giants, simply stood in front of ten candles and played their songs with not much life into it. Big deal. What’s the point? I could have sat at home and thrown in the disc and get the same affect. Meanwhile, Poison gave their fans their monies worth and delivered a rock and roll spectacle full of energy and excitement. Of course, no one does it better than the legendary Kiss, but I’m sure you see where I’m coming from.
To their credit, the band has already opened up for some reputable acts such as Nashville Pussy and Night Ranger.
Love it or leave it, glam is back and making its way through the underground. The fever of I Love Rich is catching.
SPECIAL GUEST REVIEWER: Jimmy Levino from Naperville, Il
So I was walking around the mall the other day, trying to get a blacklight at Spencer’s. My mom finally cleaned out the attic, and she says it’s about time I got my own place, so after I move my bed and all my other stuff up there, I’m setting it up so I can totally get some chicks in there and throw some kick-ass parties. So anyway, I stop in the CD store first, and I see this record from I Love Rich called The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Record of All Time. There’s no way I’m passing that over, dude, so it looks like the blacklight’s gonna have to wait till next week.
I’m glad I bought that record, but at first I was all grossed out: There’s this song on there called “Touch My Sexx.” There’s no way I’m gonna, like, touch some dude like that. I don’t swing that way, bro. I was going to give it to my little brother ’cause he likes all that emotional music or whatever they call it, and I thought it’d be right up his alley. But then I thought, there’s two “x”‘s in the title, he must be singing that to some chick he wants to get all nasty with. That rules, man! I’m totally gonna need this for my new party pad.
Let me tell you bros, these guys rock it old school. It sounds like those bands I used to check out back in the day, like those dudes from my town who always opened for E’nuff Z’nuff. I dunno about the guitar player though: I mean, he shreds and all, but he’s no C.C. DeVille or Mick Mars. Those guys rocked and probably got at least as much tail as I Love Rich, if not more.
I like most of the words, too, except for a few of ’em. Like when he says “I’m gonna rock your world, rock ‘n’ roll party tonight / I’m gonna lay your girl, rock ‘n’ roll party tonight!” Yo man, I’m all for partying ‘n shit, but if that dude tries to make the moves on my girl I’m totally kicking his ass. Not that I have a girlfriend right now or anything, but if I did I wouldn’t take too kindly to some rock band stealing her. I mean, it’s not like they don’t get plenty of loose groupies that they have to get in on my action. Man, I used to have a band called Metalmorphis. We got tons of pussy, and we never even played out, except at that battle of the bands at the rec center. We totally got screwed out of that one, ’cause we had a smoke machine and lights and everything and we still didn’t win. That shit was rigged big time.
Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah. Anyway, this Rich dude looks to be a pretty big guy, and I’m a lover not a fighter, know what I’m sayin’? So I guess if Rich wants to steal my chick, there’s not much I can do about it.
One time I saw this movie called Spinal Tap. Man, that band kicked ass, but they kinda made those guys look like jerks. I would have totally kicked that fat dude’s ass in a second if they played me for a jackass like that. Then one of my little brother’s stupid friends tried to tell me it was all fake. Naturally I kicked him right in the nads. What does he know about kick-ass rock? Next thing he’s gonna tell me that WWF is fake too. Poser. Anyway, this I Love Rich band is at least as kick-ass as those guys in Spinal Tap. It’s like maybe they should have waited a few years and just made a movie about I Love Rich instead. They totally wouldn’t let some movie guy play them like suckers, and they’d probably add some naked chicks like the Crue did.
The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Record of All Time? Nah, dude. That’s Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind, man. But this one still kicks some ass. I’ll tell you what, though: I’d go to their concert any day. There’s pictures inside the CD of them playing, and they got a big flashing sign like Kiss and they probably got fire too, and the biggest smoke machine ever made. Rich must get so much ass, maybe I can shack up with his castoffs. If I get a girlfriend, she’s staying at home, dude.
As told to Nathan
Delusions of Adequacy
I wasn’t too impressed with “Live,Wet, Drippin’ with Sexx”, I Love Rich’s “live” album. The production wasn’t all that, the songs were pretty cheesy as far as one-note jokes go, and the music sounded supressed and unchallenging. This is a vast, vast improvement. “Rock and Roll Party Tonight” may sound like an uninspired KISS rip off (there’s a lot of KISS embroidered in I Love Rich’s approach, I think), but from there it’s a neat sing-a-long party album with “Mr. Heartbreaker”, “Hot Chocolate” (where the album really picks up and the bands talent for writing catchy choruses really shines) and my favorite, “Gonna-Gonna Get Some”, a must hear. I think the album title may be a bit misleading, as the line between pure rock and roll and being tounge-in-cheek novelty is hazy (“Feel The Heat” for instance), but this is definitely an impressive rock expierence on it’s own, and a fun one at that. Ladies, you know what to do.
This is the only record EVER where the title tells it like it is. No band anywhere ever has and ever will rock like RICH! Period. Full of hard anthems and cock rock sex themes The Greatest Rock n Roll Record of All Time features 12 timeless classics.
The record kicks off with audience favorite Rock And Roll Party Tonight which is part KISS Rock N Roll all Nite and part Spinal Tap Tonight I’m Gonna’Rock Ya’ but stands still as all ILR. Followed by Richs first song (on the record) about himself titled Mr. Heartbreaker. My personal favorite Hot Chocolate is third “She keeps me warm in the winter time.” And you can bet this ain’t no Swiss Miss he’s singing about either. Next up is another song Rich wrote about himself called Worlds Greatest Lover and as the liner notes in the gatefold read, this tune if reminiscent of anything echoes the vocals and harmonies of the late great Hanoi Rocks who may be the only band to come close to achieving the greatness of I LOVE RICH.
Almost halfway into the record guitarist Eider Ferrari gives Eddie Van Halen a run for his money on Ferrari Action, which is a hot guitar solo. Followed by You Want My Action and Gonna Gonna Get Some. Now I don’t want to hear anybody crying that this is an album that appeals to a sexist adolescent male dominated audience. I LR are the most fun band on the circuit today. Don’t judge a book by its cover or a song by its title. The ILR audience is comprised mostly of willing and eager female professional who maybe want to forget their troubles and let some “ya ya’s” out. What they want form Rich and his bandmates I don’t know. Men aren’t allowed back stage.
In essence this collection of soon to be classic rock and roll party tunes captures all the raw energy of an I LOVE RICH concert, miraculously recorded by veteran producer Chuck Uchida without an audience. The rest of the record includes Feel The Heat, Touch My Sexx, Like A Rocket, Dr.Tung, and a reprise of Hot Chocolate. So if you want to let your hair down, pump your fists and sing along to a record. Why not do it to The Greatest Rock n Roll Record of All Time. Judge this record by its title.
Chicago, IL has been the home territory to the likes of REO Speedwagon, Survivor, Cheap Trick, Defcon and Romantic Fever 🙂 Add one more legendary band to the list: I Love Rich. After a decade of seducing audiences, the love gods of Illinois have finally came across our desk. Musically, think of tongue in cheek party rock like Kiss, Pretty Boy Floyd, Cheap Trick, The Zeros and The Donnas. 12 tracks of high-energy fun are included on “The Greatest Rock N Roll Record Of All Time”. Hooks galore bring life to “Hot Chocolate” and “Worlds Greatest Lover”. Obviously, I Love Rich is a wealthy band as well; if you don’t agree check out the 37 second thrill of “Ferrari Action” provided courtesy of guitarist Eider Ferrari. Most of the titles on the CD are along the lines of the debut Poison CD. “Gonna Gonna Get Some”, “You Want My Action”, Touch My Sexx”, etc. Rich has a definite glam style voice and fits perfectly with the music.
I Love Rich keep it simple and the songs are instantly memorable. This CD can bring a smile to your face within a song or two and they must be great fun to see in a live setting
The Pure Rock Shop
The Band Of the Week is: I Love Rich is a group of guys from Chicago, IL. Rich is the bassist as well as the lead singer. Drewblood is the drummer and on lead guitars and back up vocals, it’s Eider Ferrari. The band’s latest album is called “The Greatest Rock n Roll Record Of All Time”. The album is far from being the best of all time, but you gotta give these guys credit. They seem to have the attitude down 100%. Some of the songs on the album are: “Rock And Roll Party Tonight”, “World’s Greatest Lover”, “You Want My Action”, & “Touch My Sexx”. The song titles are great. There are 11 songs in all with a remix of one of the songs. A pretty cool album to pick up if you want to hear some Glam Rock these days. It’s hard to find a band around that plays like these guys. The band has been compared to the great Glam Rock Band… Hanoi Rocks. That’s a great compliment to have!
Rockin’ Your World
Now that KISS is supposedly wrapping their career up (I’ll believe it when I see it), the time is right for I Love Rich. On their latest studio effort, the modestly titled The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Records Of All Time!!, the self-proclaimed “World’s Sexiest Band” (modesty strikes again) lay out 12 tracks of ragged rock and roll that is a bit on the campy side and often reminiscent of the aforementioned KISS (Rich’s vocals often sound like Paul Stanley) along with some glam, a la Hanoi Rocks and Poison, and even a little Ramones flavored punk. While their music is a fun, unadulterated party, and the lyrics don’t get much deeper that the song titles (“Rock and Roll Party Tonight”, “Gonna Gonna Get Some” and “Doctor Tung” among them) there’s definitely talent here.
The Music Korner
I might have to get my speakers looked at, because this sounded like it might possibly be in the top eight or nine, but it doesn’t sound like the all time greatest to me. It’s no “Slippery When Wet”. Of course, this is biting, double edged Garage Metal, a genre that in some ways is superior to anything Bon Jovi or Whitesnake ever did, quite possibly moving this up to four or five of all time.
Sie tragen ja mächtig dick auf: Nehmen für sich in Anspruch, »The Greatest Rock’n’Roll Record Of All Time« eingespielt zu haben, behaupten, ›The World’s Greatest Lover‹s zu sein und versprechen echte ›Ferrari Action‹. Aber in ihrer großzügigen Art gestatten sie uns: ›Touch My Sex‹. Damit macht uns die Formation aus Chicago unzweifelhaft klar, wo sie rummucken: Hier gibt es zwölfmal widerlich geilen Pose-Glam-Sleaze-R’n’R zu hören, den wir in den Achtzigern als echte Metaller nicht mit Arsch angeschaut hätten. Da mittlerweile der Drecksack-Rock auch für Eisenbeißer gesellschaftsfähig ist, dürfen wir uns durchaus an den Stücken erfreuen, die nur selten länger als drei Minuten sind. Will heißen: Alle unverbesserlichen Poser oder neuzeitlichen Rock’n’Roller dürfen sich durchaus durchaus folgendes Bekenntnis abringen: I LOVE RICH!
Underground Empire; Germany
“The World’s Greatest Rock’n’Roll Record” … well, isn’t. But it is a lot of fun. Imagine early, pre-signed Motley Crue kinda music with Ramones-like vocals and much funnier lyrics and you’ve got it. I mean, how can you not like a band with lyrics like:
“I’m gonna rock your world, Rock and roll party tonight, I’m gonna lay your girl Rock and roll party tonight” or
“You think about me every morning And you think about me every night You think I’m too damn cute And I think that you’re right.”
R. Scott Bolton
Delirante terzetto di glam hard rock proveniente da Chicago e formato dal bassista e vocalist Rich, dal drummer Drewblood e dal chitarrista Eider Ferrari. Dodici i pezzi presenti tra cui uno strumentale, i ILR ripercorrono la strada tracciata dai KISS (“Like a Rocket”) e da quella di sua eccellenza MICHAEL MONROE e degli HANOI ROCKS (“Gonna Gonna Get Some”). il suond è molto più “hard rock” di quanto ci si possa aspettare con ritmiche sculettanti e chitarre taglienti, ma con i soliti cori orecchiabili a-la TRASH BRATS (“Hot Chocolate”). Oltre a quelle già citate, vi segnalo la divertente “World’s Great Lover”, la PSYCHO GYPSY-iana “Touch My Sexx” e “Rock And Roll Party Tonight”!
SLAM! Party Rock Zine(Italy)
These wonderful guys take every heavy-rock cliché in the book and cram it into every song. Sure it’s comedy, but it WORKS! Late 80’s guitar shreddery, bozo vocalizing that would make Vince Neil proud, dumber-than-dumb drumbeats, and root-note basslines that make Judas Priest’s sound like Stanley Clarke. This disc goes right next to my well-worn copies of Pretty Boy Floyd’s “Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz” and the first Dangerous Toys disc. I LOVE RICH ROOOOOOOOLZ! Now when are you guys comin’ to Minneapolis?
I Love Rich has got to win the award for ‘Oddest Band Name,’ while the album title will either fall into ‘Best Tongue-In-Cheek Album Title’ or ‘Most Cocky Album Title’ category. By the looks of Rich (lead vocals/bass) and his co-horts, Drewblood (drums) and Eider Ferrari (lead guitar/vocals), these guys are just having a great time being silly. While they’re serious about putting the fun back in rock n’ roll, they’re obviously trying to look as ridiculous as possible. After all, Rich weighs at least 250 pounds and he’s more glammed out than an ugly whore. Of course, I mean that in a good way – otherwise, Rich might kick my ass! Musically, these guys play punky three chord glam rock, and they do it well. Fans of Hanoi Rocks, The Ramones, and Spiders & Snakes will love these guys. Although this isn’t necessarily the greatest rock ‘n’ roll record of all time, it’s been a really long time since most of us have heard a new band playing in this style, and it is friggin’ refreshing. It’s also nice to see sexually tinged song titles like “Feel The Heat,” “Touch My Sexx,” “Doctor Tung,” and “You Want My Action.” If you like fun music that doesn’t require any thinking, you’ll like I Love Rich.
If you like your music with a touch of Kiss, Ramones and some Glam, then you WILL love I Love Rich. Each song is a testament to the early 70’s rock with a great feel of 70’s punk with a whole lot of bad ass glam thrown in. Is this band Sexxy? Hell ya!
“Rock and Roll Party Tonight” is a fast-paced, Kissesque tune and “Mr. Heartbreaker” has a killer punk edge. This is the ’00’s meets the 70’s and 80’s world of glam, straight-ahead rock and a little punk. This album takes me back to being a kid again when Kiss was very cool and the Ramones were the ultimate in punk. The energy the songs emit, the feelings they inspire…. heads bobbing, feet stomping cool music. Feel like being taken back? Take a ride with I Love Rich.
It could be that singer Rich sounds similar to Paul Stanley (not enough to kill the music), and Joey Raomone morphed together but its mainly because the music has such a cool early element, right up to the backing harmonies in “World’s Greatest Lover”. This is an album to thrown on at a party that will get even the zombies moving! I think I love Rich because Rich loves me. Let this album shine at a party and kick your 70’s inspired brain right back there and damn if you don’t have a good time!
This album has everything, including a nod to early LA Guns a la “Sex Action” especially evident on Track 6, “You Want My Action”. You really can’t help but digging this. Yes, it’s been done before but I haven’t heard it done recently quite so good, and quite this true to the 70’s and early glam. Dig it baby!!
For those that say this band takes too much I say come on man! Get serious. Is I Love Rich too be taken 100 percent seriously? I think that they can speak of this for themselves and I think they would say, “Rock on carzy babies. We are hear to party!”
Stoner Rock Chick
Deanna St. Croix
Bunch of disturbed kids from Chicago,USA. They’re naive, kitsch and led by bass-player Rich who seems to be the mastermind behind this crazy project. Somebody compared them to Hanoi but in my humble opinion they’re more akin’ to Kiss, music and attitude-wise. The kind of record you wanna spin when it’s party time. Swallow a few beers, let your feet tap, don’t take them too seriously and everything’s gonna be allrite…
Leather Boyz (Italy)
You might be asking “Who’s Rich and why the hell should I love him?” Well, it’s difficult not to love a 247 pound, forty year old decked out in glittery pink spandex and long red hair. Truth be told, I Love Rich, who have aptly deemed themselves the “Sexiest band in the world”, are an homage to all that is Glam. Their tongue and cheek approached to lyricism is well displayed in their latest release “The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Album of All Time”, a follow up to 1997’s “Live, Wett, Drippin’ with Sexx”. It’s all in jest though,. Hopefully no one will take lyrics like “Oh mama I can feel the heat” and tracks such as “Doctor Tung” , “Touch My Sexx” and “Gonna Get Some” too seriously. So, if you’re looking to rent Spinal Tap tonight, take a listen to I Love Rich instead. Especially nowadays, we could all use a little upbeat camp, egocentric sexual declarations, and pink spandex.
Action Attack Helicopter
It starts with some awful double bass drums but, fortunately this is not a thrash metal record and I LOVE RICH show us that party rock’n’roll is what they are good at. These songs are mainly influenced by the Sunset Strip 80s hair bands but they also contain some punk rockin’ catchy riffs and lyrics that can easily be sung by the audience (“Hot Chocolate”, “World’s Greatest Lover”, “You Want My Action”…) In other words, this is more glam rock than metal and we won’t complain about it. Do you remember when rock’n’roll was all about fun? Well, they do and listening to this album is what you need to bring back a smile on your face. Let’s party with Rich and friends!
With a album entitled The Greatest Rock’n’Roll Record of All Time!! and songs claiming at least one member of this band is the “World’s Greatest Lover”, one will hope to whatever deity one sends hope to that this band is thoroughly tongue in cheek. With luck, there is a lot of sly, self-effacing humor at work here. There’d better be because if these guys are singing any of this with complete and total seriousness, this world is in major trouble. I Love Rich is a Chicago trio who essentially play glam rock with a Ramones approach. Each of these songs are designed to be anthemic and catchy singalong sessions, but tend to have a slightly punky way of going about it. The songs ooze dumb rock egomaniac self-aggrandization the same way many glam bands of the 80s did. KISS is obviously a major keystone in this band’s approach, considering the lyrical nature of many of these songs. Considering that the band is as homely as anyone writing for Satan Stole My Teddybear, one hopes that declarations of the Rich Crew’s studliness is as serious as my claim that I have record review groupies. This is the type of record that may fly over the head of serious metal fans and will probably appeal to little punkers for the schmaltz factor. You can’t help but giggle to yourself while listening to this record as I Love Rich does nail down pretty much any glam rock cliche imaginable here and with any luck, they are taking themselves a little less seriously than some of those late 80s hair bands did.
Satan Stole My Teddybear
Chicago’s very own I Love Rich is not only a flash to the past with their sound that could be a carbon copy of all your old KISS LPs and their 80’s cock rock packed lyrics. Led by singer/bassist Rich, a 247 pound red head with spandex clothes and a boa along with a flare for writing songs that are just as funny as the way he looks! With songs like “Worlds Greatest Lover”, “Gonna Gonna Get Some”, and the ever more rockin tune of “You Want My Action”, you could have one rockin’ party with those guys down the street who work at Guitar Center and still think Van Halen’s “1984” is the best shit out today! OK, I must admit I did listen to all that kinda music back in the 80’s… and to hear I Love Rich, brings back memories of being an unruly asshole… and I love it. This music is fun music to listen to… the kinda music that you would give the middle finger to all the liberal jackass’s who believe in feminism or even to those P.C. bastards of corporate America!!! So, what do I have to say about this Spinal Tap of the 2000’s… they are fun and continue the rock standards of all the music for which we never admit to have listened to in the past. So, buy a leather jacket… tie up your girlfriend with chains… and bring yourselves to the altar of the sex god known as… I Love Rich.
The greatest rock ‘n’ roll record of all time? Well, I don’t know about that…but it is pretty cool! Anyone Remember REAL rock and roll? Well, that’s what these guys specialize in! I Love Rich plays good old fashioned glam rock (cock rock, call in what you want!). It’s hard rocking, raunchy, trashy, sleazy, and fun, the way glam rock was meant to be! They don’t play around, they just let loose and rock out! Don’t you just love bands who do that? Don’t you wish there were more bands like this in the world? I Love Rich is influenced by bands like the New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks, Aerosmith, L.A. Guns, and many 80’s bands. Every song rocks! Most of the songs are about sex (a staple in glam rock) and the band even has a sense of humor! The song “Dr. Tung” is a laugh! Other cool tunes include “Hot Chocolate”, “You Want My Action”, “Touch My Sexx”, “Like A Rocket”, “Mr. Heartbreaker”, and “World’s Greatest Lover”. Subtle these guys ain’t, but rock and roll ain’t meant to be subtle, is it? This is just pure, straight-ahead rock and roll, no frills, no “additives”, just rock the way it was meant to be! There has been a dire shortage of this style of music for several years now, so hopefully bands like I Love Rich can help put it back on the map! They put the “rock” and the “roll” back in rock and roll!
From the title of their latest album, it’s apparent that I LOVE RICH are up to their typical mischief. The Greatest Rock’N’Roll ALbum of All Time doesn’t quite live up to the billing, but it clearly signals the over the top abandon that I Love Rich have always used in crafting their image and music. The bright, crunchy guitars and the howling vocals reference glam-rock ancestors Hanoi Rocks while their driving melodies pay homage to Kiss and the Ramones. They proudly proclaim their sexual prowess in such irreverent tones, it’s hard not to smile. Cheeky and raunchy, their package may not be the greatest, but for a hard rocking laugh, it’s not bad.
Illinois Entertainer May 2002
Is good solid rock dead? Well, headbangers out there, go throw down your long hair and raise some hell, because this band is going to strip down all the barriers. Finally, a mainstream act has crawled out of Chicago and have survived the alternative and punk scene. However, punk groups like Electric Frankenstein and other rock groups like Nashville Pussy and Night Ranger have let this group open up for them. This is their second release and America beware, this group is ready to drink up, rock on and party. No fuzzy limp rock here, they have a powerful sound that can raise the roof. Hard pounding yet with some anthems, the music is quite radio friendly too. Some of the great new material found here are such songs as Mr. Heartbreaker, Hot Chocolate, You Want My Action (this would make for a cool video in the likes of ZZ Top style) and Rock And Roll Party Tonight. Watch out ladies, this band is hot and ready to spread ya.
What’s with all the modest bands these days that refuse to act like rock stars? What happened to flashy glam rock bands? What ever happened to hard-rock bands that care more about their image and getting laid than their music? What happened to the Kisses and Motley Crues of the world?
Well, thankfully those days mostly went away with the 90s; but I Love Rich is bringing it all back for the new millennium. They’ve been rocking Chicago and beyond for six years with their humorous shtick and theatrical live gigs. The shtick is that the band is in love with itself and the members aren’t afraid to let the world know that they have recorded The Greatest Rock’N’ Roll Record Of All Time. The truth is, they haven’t. What they have done, however, is recreated the over-the-top image, simple stadium pop-metal sound and lyrical themes of Kiss – but on a smaller scale (and without the makeup). Primitive songs full of catchy riffs and easy-to-learn lyrics are what’s in store throughout the album at hand. “Rock and Roll Party Tonight” kickstarts the, well… party, and sets the mood for the rest of these anthems-for-the-vein. One can easily guess the lyrical tone of songs like “Mister Heartbreaker,” “World’s Greatest Lover,” “You Want My Action” and “Touch My Sexx.” The real gem of the bunch is “Feel the Heat” with its catchy verses, Santana-esque bridge and cheesy-yet-fantastic chorus that gets the whole room (or car) chanting: “Feel feel, feel the heat, oh mama I can feel the heat.”
It’s hard to resist the tongue-in-cheek silliness of it all. I Love Rich is a successful self-parody, and a successful glam-rock parody. This album is a blast. But I get the feeling that their live gigs are where you really “Feel the Heat.”
BAWHAHAHA!! This is funny! A 247 pound spandex-clad lead singer/guitar player named Rich creating songs on just how sexy he is. Sounds like a Gene Simmons solo record or something.
Speaking of which, this is cock rock right out of the KISS how-to-write-cock-rock textbook. Simple hard rock songs, simple lyrics about Rich getting laid, Rich partying and overall just how great Rich is. Some of the lyrics are funny as hell, and this band has got to be really something live.
Pretty good for a party record. It’s about as deep as a bowl of Captain Crunch though.
Ha Ha Ha! More like the campy-est rock ‘n’ roll record of all time! I Love Rich is a group outta Chicago that should really be called I LOVE KISS. The vocalist sounds just like Paul Stanley. I’ll have to checkout these guys’ live act; the pictures on the CD sleeve look like it’d be really…umm…interesting. You wanna know what these guys sound like? Just read some of their song titles- “World’s Greatest Lover,” “Feel The Heat,” and “Doctor Tung.” Their childhood rock ‘n’ roll dreams are warped, demented, and will undoubtedly come true.
Way over the top and with tongue in cheek lyrics I Love Rich crank out the glam metal like it’s 1984. They bring to mind bands such as Danger Kitty, Kiss, Teeze, The NY Dolls and Hanoi Rocks and at times even the Ramones. My favorite track on the album “Worlds Greatest Lover” totally reminded me of Stakk Attak era Wrathchild (I’ll be breaking that record out later tonight). My runner up for favorite song is “Gonna, Gonna Get Some” and not simply because of the Judy Jetson reference. Get this. Crank it up, drink, laugh-afterwards, go get laid.
You have to have serious ‘nads to plaster the above title across your own self-distributed record, but that’s about all that’s serious about the rawk gawds in Chicago’s I Love Rich. Stomping out tunes like “You Want My Action,” “Touch My Sexx,” and “Doctor Tung,” these guys will settle for nothing less than a bloody victory (or, as a writer in their promo pack suggests, a multiple orgasm) when they’ve finished rocking your playing field. This is a hard-packed cheeseball of a record any unashamed fan of Kiss, Slade, or Spinal Tap must own, and, judging from the sleeve photos, a band s/he ought to see live as well. I should mention that ILR combines horny lyrics, thrusting power chords, and irresistibly magnetic good looks better than any current band I can think of.
For those more resistant to such strains of rock and roll disease, it should be noted that ILR moves several MPHs faster than the above three bands, often verging on punk, and seem more interested in rocking than making your laugh (though of course that’s on their agenda, too). My only quibble, however, is they need to be funnier more of the time in order to stand next to the Dictators and still be noticed, a tall order, true–but rock and roll proves you can shoot low and shoot high at the same time. Had they taken it further over the top (as in their earlier “Debbie’s Got the Runs”) at least a couple times on this record, that record title might have been less (and more) of a joke.
If you need some comic relief from these dark days (on the radio and local stages as well as in the world at large), you can do MUCH worse than slip this disc in and let it spin. For ordering info and more, go to http://www.iloverich.net (their website is a laff riot). But don’t forget to wear your codpiece or spiked chastity belt, as the case may be.
The First Holy Church of Rock and Roll
Ahhh yes, glam/sleaze/raunchy rock is making a return…I give Beautiful Creatures credit with the initial radio attack & because of their exposure on Ozzfest this year that bands like I Love Rich might just spark interest in the good old sex, drug & rock N roll vibe that seemed to die completely in ’91 when Nirvana came out. I Love Rich borrow heavily from KISS, The Ramones, Hanoi Rocks, & all of the great glitter bands from the 70’s & 80’s that like to have fun & didn’t take things too seriously. Considering the state of the world’s affairs, I think the world need an I Love Rich to make everyone smile! “Hot Chocolate”, like all of the other songs on this CD packed a punch with a lot of tongue, or tung lol in cheek humor to boot! There are some decent guitar solos, but the songs are all based around Rich, the bassist/singer of the band & in one song, there is a breakdown that reminds me of a backwards progression or War’s “Lowrider”, but you’ve got to check out their CD to find it…I don’t want to spoil any of these riffs for you! “Ferrari Action” is a couple seconds of guitar doodles & “Rock N Roll Party” is like a breath of fresh air to a jaded music scene that takes itself to seriously!
Well, first and foremost, you have score the guys a point for the title alone. Killer marketing idea and tongue in cheek all the same. The band’s approach is indeed filled with brevity and camp. They even refer to themselves as the “Sexiest Band In The World.” A tad Spiders & Snakes and a dash of New York pop punk gets you 12 songs in just over 30 minutes. YES! 3 minutes of catchy goodness will wipeout those 5:49 rice cakes that leave us with empty calories.
Crunchy, low-fi and basically rocking back and forth between playfully bratty up tempo tracks and downright bratty speedsters throughout. Highlights include the blistering “Hot Chocolate” and the dirty stomp of “You Want My Action.” The latter recalling mid range KISS, somewhat like “Plaster Caster”. Keeping in tune with the grandiose album title we have more nod and wink fun with “The World’s Greatest Lover”, “Dr. Tung” and “Touch My Sexxx.” By now you are either in on the joke or vomiting in the corner. Or maybe both!
Ludicrous, almost delirious but always focused on sending up exaggerated cliché, this is a party for the slightly underground crowd. Perhaps not the greatest record of ever but certainly more rock ‘n’ roll than most that somehow slip underneath the increasingly vague category.
I Love Rich is the quintessential super campy rock and roll hair band. Take what the Afrodisiacs have done for disco, what Super Diamond has done for Neil, and the millions and millions of Elvis Impersonators have done for the King, and you are thinking along the same lines as our fair rock superhero Rich! With songs like “Gonna Gonna Get Some”, World’s Greatest Lover”, and “I Wanna Be a Cheerleader”, Rich’s hilarity is obvious from the get go. I think there is even a song about hot chocolate in there somewhere too! “Gonna Gonna Get Some” is an upbeat rock about, well, getting some. It starts off with a familiar beat, and Rich’s chant. The bass slides in with the guitarist adding his riff to the mix. It has a verse that would make all of those 80’s heavy metal hair bands proud, and an overall feel of toe tapping, super fun rock and roll! Hey Rich, what are you going to do to Judy Jetson???
Of course you can’t miss the autobiographical song “World’s Greatest Lover!” (and no, this writer is not speaking from experience… =) This song has all the essential rock ingredients, this time focusing on Rich’s vocals as he sings “I know what the girls want… The girls want me!” Oh Rich, you slay us!
I Love Rich attacks this thing we call rock with a vengeance. Their tongue-in-cheek half joking style is one of the best I have heard, simply because the music is so perfect. These guys aren’t goofing around. This is rock and freaking roll baby! This is Rich!
Out of Chicago blows the pure rock and roll coolness of I LOVE RICH whose kick out the jams rock and roll is just packed full of action, with a sound that has a POISON, NEW YORK DOLLS, KISS, HANOI ROCKS feel. But the suicide rock style of I LOVE RICH mix’s punk and glam rock and roll together for a sound that will be bringing arena rock to a bar or club near you.
(EX) ROCK N ROLL (BW)
Toxic Flyer Fanzine
Well, you certainly can’t accuse I LOVE RICH of being moderst. I can’t decide if some of the lyrics are serious or sarcastic, as pratically every song is about how girls want them. They kind of sound like the Queers. I don’t know if this is the greatest rock n roll album, but it’s pretty good.
I Love rich are a pure slab of punk cheese, imagine slade meets NOFX coupled with a large libido. Their songs vary from sing along brilliance to the, well, not so good. I really hope that these guys don¹t take themselves seriously because I doubt anyone else will, especially with a name like ŒI Love Rich¹. I¹m sure they¹re great fun to watch live and will probably live long in the cult hall of fame for sheer comedy value alone. As far as their claim to being the Sexiest band on the planet¹, that goes unchecked.
I was listening to Love Line recently and Dr. Drew said “men can’t have multiple orgasms.” Well Dr. Drew hasn’t heard “The Greatest Rock’N’Roll Record of All Time!” by none other than Chicago’s I Love Rich. This must have album by “the worlds sexxxiest band” is loaded with 12 of the hottest Rock’N’Roll songs you will ever hear. Songs ranging from women (“Hot Chocolate”) to pleasing women (“Worlds Greatest Lover”, “You Want My Action”) will rock your world all night. These are not wimpy 80s songs like Mr. Big or Tesla. No, these are pure Rock’n’ Roll songs in the vein of Kiss. This is exactly what the world needed. There’s no acoustic guitar or rap-metal on this album. Just Rich’s sexy vocals, Eider Ferrari’s screaming guitar and co-founder Drew Blood’s thundering drums. As an added bonus we get to hear Cuban sensation Ferrari take the lead vocals on “Feel the Heat.” From the lead off track “RocK’n’Roll Party Tonight” to the final song “Hot Chocolate” you will be pumping a fist in the air, or under a blanket, singing along to “The Greatest Rock’n’Roll Record ofAll Time.”
“Live, Wet, Drippin’ with Sexx” is twelve tracks recorded live in Cambodia, by one of the worlds premier rock bands. Announcing that they are – “on a mission. A mission to rock your world,” I Love Rich beat out some of the funniest pop/punk songs I’ve heard in a while. Catchy songs like “You Like Me,” I Wanna be a Cheerleader,” and “Delilah is a Lesbian” scream of Kiss and the Ramones with cheesier lyrics. This is one of the better CD’s I have received in a while. Funny, catchy and sexxy a must for all pop/punk fans.
I get it: if Cheap Trick were punk rather than pop, and they played in Cambodia rather than Japan, they’d sound like I Love Rich. Why bother with all this high concept stuff, guys? By the time the third cut “You Like Me” rolls around and opens with cheesy crowd noise, the joke wears thin, but the tune rocks with wide-open, no-bull guitar crunch and a supremely stripped-down pungency. If these guys would drop the shtick and loosen up the production a little they’d be a dyno band.
Illinois Entertainer Vol. 24, Num. 1
Opening the show was Chicago’s I Love Rich, who a friend of mine told me were a combo of Kiss and the Ramones, and that is a fairly good description. But they are hilarious, with funny rockstar moves and tongue-in-cheek drum solos. I normally hate joke bands, because they usually write crappy songs, but I dare you to listen to “Debbie’s got the runs” and not have it stuck in your head for days. Anyways, they held their own opening for Nashville Pussy and the Gaza Strippers, and that’s a pretty nice thing to say about any band.
Rock Pages, July 1998
Now I do appreciate a band with a sense of humour, and I Love Rich are genuinely amusing. With a singer known as ‘the human viagara pill’, and a drummer known as Drew Blood, it’s no wonder these cats are known as the kings of cock rock and the sexxiest band around! ‘Live, Wet, Drippin’ with Sex’ is a total parody of Kiss’ ‘Alive’ album, from the album sleeve through to the Paul Stanley-like intro to each song. It’s a lot of fun, and good punk songs to boot! ‘Rock Your World’ a flat-out stadium rocker! Plenty of tempting tuneage to choose from, and the Cambodian crowd absolutely loves it! Look for a new album from these cats soon. Recent supports to Nashville Pussy, the Quadrajets and Chixdiggit should assist the cause of these Chicago based loons!
Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records (Australia)
Quick snotty nasty and lewd poppy punk rock n roll with a beat that ranges from the punk of the Queers, Ramones to the rock n roll of Cheap Trick and Bash N Pop to the dirty pop punk of the Trash Brats at times.
With killer tunes like SEXX SHRED, DELILAH IS A LESBIAN, ROCK YOUR WORLD, SUPERSEXXY, and more tunes that are catchy and 100% rockin. The CD have a live Kiss Alive to a Cheap Trick live feel that will make you scream I LOVE RICH.
Toxic Flyer Fanzine #28
Sound and style:
Okay, this one had me chuckling. Imagine a parody album in which the Ramones are joined by Kiss’s Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley for a live gig in Cambodia and you essentially have “Live, Wet, Drippin’ with Sexx.” The brainchild of the band’s bassist and namesake, the album features (what I hope are) purposely moronic lyrics married to endless variations of three-chord arena rock with canned applause and hilariously fake between-song patter. The song titles ought to give you a pretty good idea of what to expect: “Mary Is a Nut,” “I Wanna Be a Cheerleader,” “Delilah Is a Lesbian.” Not exactly the kind of stuff you’ll find on the new Sting album. For one listen, at least, the album’s mockery of ’70s and ’80s rock and their conventions is amusing, most memorably this introduction to “Debbie’s Got the Runs”: “Now, some of our songs are about girls, and some of our songs are about going to the bathroom. This one’s about a girl who can’t stop going to the bathroom.” As the song turns out, the problem is too much Taco Bell.
The idea was to simulate the sound of a live arena recording, but that resulted in burying the vocals so deeply in the mix it’s nearly impossible to make out the lyrics. But given the nature of the material, perhaps that’s a godsend.
Rich tells us that the band has undergone some lineup changes since “Live, Wet, Drippin’ with Sexx” was recorded, so we don’t know if guitarist Tommy Sexx or drummer Drewblood are still in the fold. But if you like knucklehead rock with more than a hint of irony, keep an eye out for I Love Rich.
Some may see this as a “novelty” record where a “funny” band “jokes” through rock “clichés” as they “pretend” to be doing a “live” concert in “Cambodia.” Well, the thing is, I’m sure it’s REAL! And the fact that the Cambodian venue pictured on the cover has the same ceiling as the Fireside Bowl is proof! The exception that proves the rule so to speak. I listened to the whole thing!
Awesome ’70s live rock album parody complete with rock star small talk egging on the frenzied Cambodian “crowd”. With rock/pop punk anthems like “Rock Your World”, “Dig U Diggin’ Me”, and “Supersexxy”, these studs prove they can ham it up with the best of them. RICH puts all those ’70s revival bands to shame with this consistently funny and well-delivered joke.
Maximum Rock’n’Roll #173
We had one of the best times ever the first time we saw the band I Love Rich. This Chicago quartet has all the Kiss moves down to the point of a huge RICH sign that lights up as a backdrop. They’ve got the moves, the solos, the anthems, and the Paul Stanley between song rants which is pretty impressive for a band that does not one single Kiss cover.
Their debut CD, Live, Wet, Dripping with Sexxand forthcoming release, Hot Chocolateinclude songs like, “Rock Your World”, Dig U Diggin’ Me”, “Supersexxy”, “Feel the Heat”, and “Dr. Tung”.
M.K. Ultra Spring/Summer 1999
Straight to you home stereo, I Love Rich invade your hearts, ladies, with their “we’re gonna rock your world” state of mind. Allegedly recorded “live in Cambodia,” this trio, who were obviously reared listening to the likes of mid-’70s, early-’80s glam-rock, douse their drawers with Live, Wet…
In the liner notes of this debut, Rich and the boys muster up a chuckle or two from my cynical soul: there are three letters by each band member, professing their love and admiration for all their endearing female fans. And frankly, for all intents and purposes, this full length is nothing short of an unofficial concept album, replete with live interplays between tracks, macho manifestos (“Alright Cambodia, we came down here on a mission… A mission to rock… your… world.”), and all things leading to declamatory SEXX-ual innuendoes. However, underneath all the sexiness, I Love Rich is truly a Ramones-esque pop band-but they have far more lust for Kiss.
Three guys from the southside with mean hard-ons? Maybe.
Stop Smiling #7
Chad was s’posed to do an interview with Rich bassist for Chicago’s beloved punk/pop group I Love Rich. But things went all stupid and it never happened and since we here at Debris have painfully strict deadlines we had to with out. You see Chad broke my 9 dollar phone recording device by leaving it hooked to his phone for about a year, only using it to record some dummy playing a folk song, and most likely bootlegging his conversations with me to sell to the French who eat me up. Well Don had a phone recorder so we gave it to Chad, Chad called Rich but wont you know it, the prementioned recorder doesn’ fit the jacks on Chad’s phone. Chad calls Rich, Rich calls Chad they talk, it’s fucking hilarious and informative and completely undocumented. They discuss new material, wacky backstage hi jinx, the bands overt Sex Appeal and their groupie screening process. It would have been great. Oh well, they have two tapes available from Big Dump Records, they wear ripped denim, and get all the girls, and guy’s like them too. Chad did take photos though, but due to bodyguards he was unable to get close enough after the show to do an interview on a hand held recorder.
Next is a band called I LOVE RICH who are obviously inspired by bands like the Queers, because they play that brand of tuneful punk rock with melodic vocals and harmonies. Only 4 songs, but a clear tape and good production.
The first band to rumble through this column in 1999 isI Love Rich with their four-song cassette, “Hot, Wet, Drippin’ With Sweat“.
With this second release, the band has combined the modern Q101-rock sound with the groundbreaking punk feel of acts like the Ramones and Buzzcocks.
Cool lyrics, tight music, and good, solid production makes for really good listening. Keep in step with today’s neo-punk revival, I Love Rich fits in very well with bands like Green Day and Offspring, and will appeal strongly to fans of such groups.
David Alan Buco
The Beat/January 1995
Tommy Sexx’s vocals (and guitar, to a lesser extent) are obnoxious. A year or two ago, I could never have used this adjective as a compliment. But since then I’ve heard Billie Joe, Brett Anderson, and that guy from Oasis. Tommy is of that no longer oxymoronic clique, the obnoxiously appealing lead singer.
I Love Rich rose from the ashes of a California band called the Drags. The famous drummer Drewblood was kidnapped upon Tommy and band namesake Rich’s (bass, vocals) return from California.
A warning to drunk festers: I Love Rich is “not intimidated easily.”
When you sober up and recover from the voluminous assault of bands, you should refeel that love for Rich at Chicago’s premiere venue, The Fireside Bowl.