Revisiting The Crystal Method Debut: "Vegas"


Never got into The Crystal Method when the Vegas record first came out in '97, but "Busy Child" was a bonafide hit. My little bro asked me to go see them once, and since then I was hooked.

When I saw this LP in the cut outs some sixteen years later I was intrigued to say the least. Now was the time I would give it some ear, to see if the platinum certified spin was all it was cracked up to be.

"Trip Like I Do" gets intense toward the end, and I'd love to rap over the beginning of it. "Get Busy" brings back faded memories of junior college. That sample, "I guess I didn't know" does wonders to the mind, and the groovy bass is all that after all these years! It's got that flow you can't deny. Very addicting.

"There's very little innovation in the music played on alternative and active rock stations. Hip-hop killed rock and roll, but rather than innovating, rock and roll stayed the same. And now electronic music is killing hip-hop. Sure, kids want something different from their parents, but even more they want to own the scene, they don't want to be dictated to, they want something that's testing the limits!" -Bob Lefsetz

It's taken years for me to get into dance music, but now I'm here. I dig it. I don't have to sing, or think. I can simply listen.  Sometimes I'll work out to it. If dancing is possible then maybe I will dance.

This Vegas LP is upbeat and moody; there's a reason why it went nuclear. I'm still getting accustomed to the rest of the record. I'll update this more after a few listens.

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