American Imbecile

by Black Cum

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    12" clear lathe-cut LP, screenprinted by Black Cum at the Barn Deluxxe. Limited to 23 three copies to commemorate the jumpman and most of them have already been claimed, so buy now and be one of the lucky two-dozen who has a crucial piece of art history in their hands and home. Comes with a lyric sheet.

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American Imbecile: the shining jewel in the crown of Black Cum's gems, released as a 12" lathe-cut LP. This record was made possible by Modern Artists International, lathe-cuts.com, and Black Cum's steadfast fans who contributed what money was needed to obtain the twenty-three LPs that now exist in the universe proper.

Written by Black Cum and Billy Joe Armstrong. Performed by Black Cum. Recorded at the Barn in 2012 by Black Cum. Produced by Hoops and Black Cum in 2015.

N.B.: Despite the fact that this is Black Cum's shortest record by some tweleve~ minutes, and that it consists of only one track in all, Black Cum does consider American Imbecile to be a full-length record and Black Cum asks that it be treated with such respect--in the respect that it is the follow up to Black Cum is the Best Band on the Planet... And This is Black Cum's Best Album, and that in being so it is Black Cum's fifth proper album.

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BLACK CUM
AMERICAN IMBECILE
Black Cum = Black Cum

What words could one use to describe Black Cum? “Genius,” “innovators” and “visionaries” come to mind, but I believe it was best said in their previous full-length release, Black Cum Is the Be$t Band on the Planet… and This is Black Cum’s Be$t Album. Once a band has released a magnum opus of that caliber (just look at the title), it is difficult to follow up with an album to match its stature. Of course, any lesser band would have imploded under the pressure of having to release a second masterpiece in only a mere month, but we are talking about the alleged best band on the planet here, and even their best album pales in comparison to the unparalleled brilliance of American Imbecile.

Now, I know what you readers are thinking: “Hey! Isn’t that just a blatant ripoff of Green Day’s most critically acclaimed album? You know, the one that won a Grammy, inspired a Broadway musical, and pretty much defined their career?” I know, it may seem that this album is riding off of the popularity of Green Day’s biggest contribution to modern music, but … it’s not. I prefer to see the similarities as Black Cum simply paying homage to the alleged “punk rock opera” with their own flavor and twists thrown in.

The album, containing one track, clocks in at 13 minutes and 58 seconds—which makes it the shortest album in their discography, but also their longest song, which would put it in high rankings for the longest punk rock song ever recorded. Eat your heart out, NOFX! “The Decline” is old news! This punk rock extravagance sounds as if it had been recorded by the latest and greatest studio equipment supplied by Fisher Price, whose quality rivals the earliest Robert Johnson recordings.

In the first two minutes, the familiar melodies of “American Idiot” will resonate with any diehard fan, but stripping the music down to its barebones structure is a bold move, no doubt gambling the patronage of the mass Green Day fanbase. Instead of a polished guitar sound, we get a scratchy and distorted three-chord mantra, and instead of auto-tuned vocals, we get raspy, high-pitched screeches of reimagined lyrics like “Don’t wanna be an American imbecile / Don’t wanna be Billy Joe Armstrong!” with multiple renditions that follow. It would be catastrophic if this album received anything short of the praise its source material received. If anything, it deserves to forego those accolades and receive the honor higher than any Grammy—the No. 1 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 500 Albums of All Time.” –Eric U. Norris

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released May 15, 2016

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