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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cop Shoot Cop - White Noise (1991)

While it was Cop Shoot Cop's previous album that was called Consumer Revolt, it's their second album, White Noise, that attacks that most American institution, comsumerism, head on. "Corporate Protopop" show us the justifications of the mentality that corporations use as directed toward us, the consumer, in a hilariously cynical way:

You're a demanding consumer. And you demand instant gratification. Your needs are our main concern.

Let's be honest. As consumers we all have needs and desires. Trouble is, we supress them. In nature, as in the business world, there are winners and there are losers. But does the predator pity the prey? I don't think so. It's not just unnatural, it's plain unhealthy. Nurture your desires. Cultivate your desires. Let them grow and flower into the blossom that is GREED.

You see, you are needed! Your greed provides this country with the fertile financial soil in which the roots of exploitation can spread, the limbs grow and flourish. This in turn furnishes you, the consumer, the standard of living you've come to expect. The products you buy, the programs you watch, the car you drive, your job: these are the things that define you as an individual. Without them you have no identity, no purpose, no reason to exist.

Greed. Hatred. They're not just good ideas, they're the precepts this country was founded on. They're what keep you right where you are.

And we'd like to keep it that way.

Musically, this is a tighter and more polished album. It's sharp, smart and a bit paranoid. It's also a heck of a lot catchier and more melodic than the material that precedes it. It's amazing what a year or two can do for a band. And that's a trend that would continue with their next album.

Check out this visually aggressive fan-made clip I found on Google Video for "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose":

Cop Shoot Cop - White Noise (1991)
1. Discount Rebellion (2:19)
2. Traitor/Martyr (4:39)
3. Coldest Day of the Year (4:55)
4. Feel Good (3:17)
5. Relief (2:50)
6. Empires Collapse (2:55)
7. Corporate Protopop (1:17)
8. Heads I Win, Tails You Lose (2:42)
9. Chameleon Man (5:05)
10. Where's the Money? (0:56)
11. If Tomorrow Ever Comes (5:21)
12. Hung Again (3:05)

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Glenn Baskin said...

Excellent thanks for this finally able to upgrade from cassette.

Anonymous said...

Loved the first album. Thanks for introducing me to this band!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all that crazy stuff

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Unknown said...

awesome. my cd is so scratched that i never thought i'd be able to hear certain tracks again. i remember that i bought this because i read a review of this in alternative press when i was 15 and it said "this is the album ministry SHOULD have made." bought it onthe spot. never got the ministry connection of the review but loved the album. beena fan ever since.

MUMHRA said...

Awesome album, 'Ask questions later' is the master tho!

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Unknown said...

Wow, CSC really takes me back. I heard a song on Pandora and I feverishly had to have all of them again. I was shocked to see that they are out of print. You are performing a great service here. When I saw them live in Madison in 1991 they were driving a short School Bus spray painted Camo with scrawling C $ C painted on the side in black, awesome.