David Clement

Be More Like Me

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David Clement is a potent artist who makes you feel and think. The feeling he evokes is shamefully indulgent angst, and the thoughts he manifests come perilously close to self-hating. Perhaps the artist is simply holding a mirror up to the soul. It seemed to be hip in the '90s to expose the dark places of the human heart with reckless abandon...to revel in ugliness. That being the case, Clement is a master craftsman. An orgy of self-loathing and wry turns of phrase, Be More Like Me succeeds in torpedoing the gay spirit. Clement's cynical rhetoric of struggle is honed to a fine point. "There are a million things I would do if I felt like trying/And I would f*ck my way to the top but I'm too scared of dying," he sings in one song. Some folks have referred to his music as a mind-altering substance -- more like a bad acid trip than an ecstasy high. Dour and downbeat, focused in decay and death, this acerbic collection of songs will strike a chord with those most disaffected inside the gay community. Includes "Angry Young Fag," "Eat It," "Objectify Me," and "Old Men."

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