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Album Review

Comprised of B-sides culled from Helmet's various singles, Born Annoying suffers from the usual complaints that dog such compilations: there's a reason why the songs were only B-sides. Tracks like "Geisha to Go" and the 1993 recording of the title track stand up well against Helmet's albums, but the earlier version of "Born Annoying" and "Rumble" sound a little too generic to be considered essential. The band's cover of Killing Joke's "Primitive" is also good but bland, summing up the general feel to the whole album; the songs are okay but they lack the unique feel of the band's best material. It's really only for the completist.

Customer Reviews

Classic Helmet. This is one great album.

If you've read negative reviews of Helmet's later albums, it's primarily because the fans have compared them to earlier albums like this one. I first heard Helmet's Meantime album, which blew me away, and went backwards in their discography. Born Annoying was their first major full-length release. It sounds very raw, almost lo-fi, but the band's unbound energy and anger sends your senses into overload. Page Hamilton's vocals are at his best, and the signature staccato rhythms complement him perfectly. Shirley MacLain is my favorite song here.

Raw Talent

If you are a true Helmet fan and can appreciate their will agree that this is one of their best albums..its raw..its hard..and it makes you realize what Helmet is.

did anyone notice

that the second born annoying has 3 Ns in a row in annoying so its annnoying anyways it was pretty good


Formed: 1989 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like many influential bands, Helmet were born out of an unusual set of influences. Oregon-born guitarist and founder Page Hamilton had actually moved to New York City to study jazz, but found inspiration in the late '80s through post-punk acts Sonic Youth, Killing Joke, and Big Black, and envisioned a group that combined then-unusual tunings (particularly dropped D) with uneven and jazz-like time signatures and harmonies. The result was Helmet, the East Coast's answer to Seattle's then-underground...
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