The Raunchy Young Lepers

Make Yourself Heard

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According to 28086 in later years, his bass cable stopped working, yet the desire for another album ran strong in the Lepers. Thus, Make Yourself Heard, allegedly the band's "synth-pop" album. For all that cheap Casio keyboards (if that) made up the music this time around, the Lepers otherwise stayed on the same inane course as before. Thus, the opening "Them," with Dr. Pain wondering "Why am I insane?" and random pounding and clanking mixing with the pseudo-spooky music. In true Lepers fashion, the sound of fingers slamming keys comes across as loud as the actual synth tones themselves. The Goat-Boy gets in more of his joyful singalongs, like the bizarrely hummable "You're a Lunatic" or the sneered opening of the acoustic romp "Lusty Bitch": "I know you want me/But you cannot have me!" 28086 has both a sweet number -- the concluding "La Cancion Espaqola," indeed sung in Spanish -- and a crazy one, the giddy shout-along "Grim Reaper's Death Disco" ("...People who go in DIE!"). In the fine tradition of earlier Goat-Boy and Dr. Pain duets about filth and folly, the two whipped up a lengthy composition, "Darkness." With the Goat-Boy playing along with the various drumming presets on his keyboard with all the inspired skill of Wesley Willis, not to mention announcing every change before hitting a button, Dr. Pain first sings about being a "servant of darkness" before delivering random proclamations about various things. The then-world-conquering New Kids on the Block come in for particular abuse -- "They probably voluntarily castrated each other/and then said, 'God, you look sexy.'" Other winners include the theoretically empowering title track, a Dr. Pain-yelped crash and bash, "University of Insanity" ("Majoring in horror!/Go psychos go!"), and the Goat-Boy's high-speed, 20-second rip "Thrust That Banana Through Your Brain."

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