GIANT ROBOT album of the week: ANDREW W.K. “Gundam Rock”

Yes, this is a thing, it’s real, it exists. I am dead serious.

What it is: Party metal legend and all around awesome dude, Andrew W.K. recorded a cover album featuring the music of the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV show. The album was released on September 9, 2009 to commemorate the series’ 30th anniversary. It was only released in Japan, but is available for import. There are probably other ways of hearing it as well, but I don’t know of any. AWK is a pretty well-documented fan of Japan, anime, and Gundam, and you can really hear how much fun he’s having recording the songs.

Why I dig it: It’s Andrew W.K., singing about giant robots; what’s not to love… Well, honestly, the album is cheesy, over-the-top and at points barely listenable, but damn it, it’s so much fun to listen to! Andrew W.K. is putting all his classic energy into these songs, but it never feels forced or “ironic.” He genuinly loves what he’s doing and how much fun he’s having. There isn’t a twinge of cynicism or sarcasm, something common in all his music. On top of that, it’s pretty rad to hear the music of the class Gundam series again, and having Andrew W.K. is a huge bonus. You don’t have to be a Gundam fan to enjoy the music (but it helps).

Even if you don’t like Andrew W.K. then something’s wrong with you you’ll still hear and feel the passion he has for music, Gundam, and life in general in every moment of these songs. It’s not my favorite Andrew W.K. album, hell it’s not even that great of an album, but I love it with the same unironic enthusiasm that he had making it. I think we could all live our lives a little more like Andrew W.K.; it’d make the world a better, happier, more fun place to live, covered in puke and blood. That’s something we can all strive for.

Here’s a taste of what the album has to offer:

Genius.

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