Low Fat Jesus by 9 O’clock Nasty: Review
9 O’clock Nasty’s single ‘Low Fat Jesus’ is a fantastic example of punk rock at its finest. With influences from the early days of punk, this track showcases the shock value and offensive lyrics that made the genre so iconic. The song’s sacrilegious black comedy, bright and upbeat chords, and well-timed drum lines are all elements that pay tribute to the roots and basics of punk rock.
The strong bassline of the song serves as the backbone that ties together the drums and guitars, while the vocals strike a perfect balance between nasality and melody, maintaining a degree of yelling and a strong-sounding chest register. The yelled-out backing vocals add to the charm of the song, especially during the chorus when they repeat the phrase “don’t do what I do, do as I say!” The lyrics of ‘Low Fat Jesus’ are full of humor and irony, poking fun at the sanctimonious attitudes of the church and religious people. The chorus is a catchy sing-along that echoes the sarcastic tone of the song, and the harmonies are superbly executed, making for a high-quality performance. The sections of the song always return to the chorus, making it a track that is sure to get stuck in your head.
9 O’clock Nasty has also released a remix of ‘Low Fat Jesus’ that merges English post-punk with New Jersey Techno from up-and-coming DJ Mark Wise. While it is something very different from the original track, the remix works perfectly, showcasing the band’s willingness to experiment and take risks.
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Review by: Paul Woodman