Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

Wesley Willis

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Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 Review

by John D. Luerssen

Until his death in 2003, Wesley Willis' crudely amusing musical observations -- usually performed solo with a guitar and a primitive rhythm machine -- were either uniquely intriguing or deeply disturbing. On Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, the third installment in a series of compilations through Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, songs like "My Mother Smokes Crack Rocks," "I Whipped Spiderman's Ass," and "Make My Joyplane Crash and Burn" may not boast the most innovative of arrangements, but Willis' lyrics and ADD-like delivery make for golden moments. Not so, however, for titles like "The Viper Room" and "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers." These odes just aren't as funny or fascinating as one might hope, as the former finds Willis touting the virtues of Johnny Depp's infamous nightclub without any hint of sarcasm, while the latter is basically a concert review set to music. Two of the most controversial tracks here -- "Suck a Pitbull's Dick" and "Suck a Polar Bear's Dick," respectively -- are probably worth skipping if you're faint of heart. But "Verbal Assault," in which Willis' public use of obscenity is met with retribution from a city bus driver, counters such repulsiveness while still remaining charmingly offensive.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wesley Willis 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
2 Wesley Willis 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
3 Wesley Willis 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
Wesley Willis 02:11 SpotifyAmazon
5 Wesley Willis 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
6 Wesley Willis 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
7 Wesley Willis 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
8 Wesley Willis 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
9 Wesley Willis 02:01 SpotifyAmazon
10 Wesley Willis feat: Wesley Willis Fiasco 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
11 Wesley Willis 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
12 Wesley Willis 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
13 Wesley Willis 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
14 Wesley Willis 01:39 SpotifyAmazon
15 Wesley Willis 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
16 Wesley Willis 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
17 Wesley Willis 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
18 Wesley Willis 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
19 Wesley Willis feat: Wesley Willis Fiasco 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
20 Wesley Willis 02:07 SpotifyAmazon
21 Wesley Willis 02:17 SpotifyAmazon
22 Wesley Willis 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
23 Wesley Willis 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
24 Wesley Willis 02:18 SpotifyAmazon
25 Wesley Willis 03:16 SpotifyAmazon
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