Devin Townsend Project - Punky Brüster - Cooked On Phonics

7.1 | 37 votes |
Release date: 19 March 1996
Style: Industrial progressive metal


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01. Recipe For Bait
02. Fake Punk
03. EZ$$
04. Metal Dilemma
05. Oats Peas Beans & Barley
06. Wallet Chain
07. Heinous Anus
08. Heavy Metal Mama
09. Crusty's At The Ivanhoe
10. Picture Of Myself
11. The Girls Next Door
12. Larry's O
13. Metal Heads Are Punk Rockers [bonus]

Additional info
Punky Brüster - Cooked on Phonics (a pun of the literacy program Hooked on Phonics) is the debut studio album by Canadian musician Devin Townsend. It is a metal/punk rock parody concept album written by Townsend. Cooked on Phonics tells the story of a fictitious death metal band from south-central Poland called Cryptic Coroner that sells out their metal look and sound to become a commercial punk rock band called Punky Brüster (the band's name is a pun on the 80's U.S. television series Punky Brewster).


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21.06.2013 - 20:08
Rating: 7
A must listen if you liked the humor behind Ziltoid. I laughed my socks off with this one.
18.08.2013 - 13:55
Rating: 9
Gem Seeker
Awesome. The first really impressive album by Devin. Nice riffs, vocals, production + tons of humour. Maybe my favourite punk album lol.
20.10.2013 - 03:34
M C Vice
Good to see this has finally been added. Have to get it sometime.
"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
"I'll put whatever I want in your mouth!"
29.12.2013 - 05:18
This is actually up there with my favorite punk albums. I do love parodies of my favorite genres and Devin totally nailed it.
12.09.2016 - 16:45
Rating: 5
Black Knight
Those of you who are reading my comment, ignore the rating, ignore everything else. This album is a parody of the pop-punk scene which was all the rave back in the 90s, with bands like Green Day ruling the top charts. Dev did not take this project seriously from a musical point of view. The music here supports the lyrics, which in any other Dev album would've been severely punished, rating-wise. I am not the kind to prefer form over substance and lyrics to me are secondary to music. However, since this album was not meant to be taken serious, I can cut it some slack. Best thing that happened since Spinal Tap. Green Day get mentioned here, as well as other bands from that crap pop-punk scene Sham 41 or Greed Charlotte. There is also a slight allusion made regarding Bad Religion, although their music was not as bad as Green Day's, they did profit from the rise of the pop-punk scene. Further proof that Devin was not serious in recording this? Track 6 which has a very funny spoke part has a riff taken from a Faith No More song "Digging the Grave". There are some very funny bits, most notably the first song i.e. the introduction to the Polish band Cryptic Coroner, and Devin breaking a string and "struggling" to stay in death metal mode. The next dialogue, in song 3, had me in stitches; it shows Cryptic Coroner addressing each other as if they were demons, Orcs or something, but then swiftly morph into high-pitched baby-punk bitches in order to make more money. Song 4 has a hilarious "metal moment"; a bit of a parody of heavy metal clichés this time. In song 8 the band's singer, Doctor Skinny, is embarrassed about his metal roots. In song 9 the band looks forward to becoming "validated" by winning a "Granny Award" in the Lifetime Achievement category despite the fact they'd been playing pop-punk for a mere few weeks. And so on, wonderful stuff like that.

Great tracks: none

Good tracks: none

Average/Crap tracks: all of them. From a musical point of view.

Funniest tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9.

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