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Screwed, Blued & Tatooed

Sleeze Beez

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Album Review

The majority of Sleeze Beez fans would agree that Screwed Blued & Tattooed, the band's first album for Atlantic and second album overall, is their best release. It is also their best-known release; when this album (which was recorded in 1988) came out in early 1990, pop-metal and hair bands were still huge. One thing Screwed Blued & Tattooed won't be accused of is being the most original album in the world. The Dutch headbangers' approach — basically Mötley Crüe meets Quiet Riot with traces of Van Halen — wasn't going to win them any awards for innovation. Tracks like "Girls Girls Nasty Nasty" and "Rock in the Western World" are full of the usual sex/party clichés that hair bands thrived on. Nonetheless, this is a fun party album, and even though the material is far from groundbreaking, it is likable and infectious. When this CD came out at the dawn of the '90s, Sleeze Beez had no idea that a few years later, the rock world would be taken over by grunge and alternative rock — and that in 1992 and 1993, pop-metal and hair bands would be taking a commercial nose-dive. In a perfect world, grunge and pop-metal would have been able to coexist — although the rise of Nirvana and Pearl Jam was most certainly a good thing, it is regrettable that much of the music industry decided to throw the baby out with the bathwater and turn its back on pop-metal. But change is inevitable, and at least Sleeze Beez had their 15 minutes of fame. Although not in a class with Mötley Crüe's Girls, Girls, Girls or Quiet Riot's Metal Health, Screwed Blued & Tattooed is a decent, if derivative, footnote in the history of pop-metal/hard rock.

Biography

Formed: 1988

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Los Angeles will be remembered for being the breeding ground for most of the glam/pop-metal bands that emerged in the '80s, but other areas birthed similar bands as well, including the Netherland's Sleeze Beez. The group (guitarists Chriz van Jaarsveld and Don van Spall, drummer Jan Koster, bassist Ed Jongsma) came together late in the decade, after van Jaarsveld and Koster attracted the attention of a local record company head (Red Bullet Records president Willem van Kooten), who helped the up-and-coming...
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