The one CD that I immediatly put in my CD player once I got in my car was Danger Danger's Screw It! Their debut CD would have been my first choice, but I only have it on tape (I actually stole it from my brother back in the day. Sorry Keith!). Not to say that I don't like Screw It! I just really wanted to hear Naughty Naughty. More on that song later...
When I first got Screw It! back in 1991, I listened to it constantly. I LOVED Danger Danger and was so excited to have their new CD. I listened to it in the shower, in my room, and any other time I could possibly to listen to it. Unfortunately, I couldn't listen to it in my parents' car because it was a little too explicit.
Putting in that same CD today and listening to all of those great songs made me giggle a little bit. This is an era in music that really grasped the sex aspect of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. And Danger Danger REALLY grasped it...by the balls and then some. All they talked about was screwing and being horny and hot girls. Back in the day, listening to that CD made me horny and all I wanted to do was make out with their drummer, Steve West. But to my dismay, I read in Metal Edge that Steve preferred blondes with big boobs, so there was no chance he'd have any interest in a 14yr old brunette with a flat chest. Bummer.
In between all those songs dripping with sex were their ballads. The ballads were almost always about them being sad because some girl left them. OK, now rewind to the songs about sex...you just told her all you wanted to do was screw her and leave her! But I suppose they only put those sappy ass ballads on there to make girls' hearts melt right along with their panties. And I'm no hater of their ballads. I listened to I Still Think About You a million times back then; I listened to it quite a few times in the last few days. It's a great freaking ballad. It almost makes you believe that he really misses her....almost. ;)
Not only were there rock songs and the ballads, but there was also rap. A rap song? Really? Yup. Perhaps they thought the whole rap/rock thing was really going to take off. Yeah, You Want It! was Danger Danger's rap anthem to groupies. It's actually hysterical, and I'm quite fond of it. To make it even better, Nuno Bettencourt, Gary Cherone, and Pat Badger helped rap and do backup vocals on the song. Nice!
And before Blink 182 had Janine, Danger Danger had Ginger Lynn. Ah yes, porn star Ginger Lynn add her...uhhh...moans and groans to the intro to Monkey Business. And she also had a bit part in Yeah, You Want It! as well.
One of my fondest teenage memories involves Danger Danger. When I was in 8th or 9th grade, my best friend, Stephanie, and I went up to Lake Erie to stay at her family's cottage. We made her Step Dad listen to their first album all the way there. Then when we went out on the boat, we listened to Naughty Naughty over and over and over and over and over...That's the only song we listened to. We even tried to convince her Step Dad to name their boat Knotty Knotty. He didn't go for it. We were pretty proud of ourselves for coming up with such a catchy name.
Their sex soaked lyrics and sappy sweet, make up love songs were what made me love Danger Danger so much. Well, that and I had a SUPER huge crush on Steve West (and the rest of the band was pretty easy on the eyes as well). Perhaps some of their lyrics were a bit immature, but what do you expect from a bunch of young guys anway? Especially a bunch of young guys who just happen to be rock stars? Regardless, their music was fun and carefree, reminiscent of a time when rock 'n roll was about what it was supposed to be: sex. And Andy Timmons was, and still is, a great and underrated guitar player. It's a damn shame this band never made it any bigger than they did. If you can find any of their CD's, get them and listen to them. You'll enjoy them. I promise. It's like porn for your ears.
Steve West, if you ever happen to read this, the blondes with big boobs aren't all they're cracked up to be. You should try out some brunettes with small boobs and brains. We're fantastic! Too bad I'm engaged. We could have been so good together... ;)