Puddle of Mudd has done it, they've taken your mommy and daddy's album collection and "covered" some of their favorite party songs. Martin Scorsese himself would be proud to know that the CD starts off with The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter", used in many of his movies like "Goodfellas" and "Casino" to set the pace for an evening of rolled up dollar bills and trips to "powder your nose". But, of course that's just in the movies. It wouldn't even surprise me if Puddle of Mudd’s lead vocalist, Wes Scatlin, work on 1975 AC/DC hit "T-N-T" causes the late great Bon Scott--former vocalist of AC/DC--to come back from the grave to say "right on mate, great job". With lyrics like "I'm dirty, mean, I'm mighty unclean....I'm a wanted man"....you'd better buy some papers, 30 pack, and a bottle of booze because you're in for a long night!

The band shows their softer side with songs like "Old Man" by Neil Young, and "Rocket Man" by Elton John. These songs work to remind us of the days when holding a lighter in the air at a concert signified how you felt about the music; no matter how many times the flamed burned your thumb, you kept it held high. Today, the smart phone with it's flash light on might not really be the same thing, but believe me....it'll still mean the same thing.

Other up-beat hits like Tom Petty's "Stop Dragging My Heart Around", Billy Squire's "Everybody Wants You" (without the ass shaking video) and Free's "All Right Now" are just some of the other cover tunes that bring back memories of cruising on the weekends while looking for chicks and a good after-party. At the stop light you roll down your car window and turn up the volume just to piss off the dudes in the car next to you.

In the end, the album is all about a good time. Puddle of Mudd aced it! They took a chance with a "cover" album and won. Big time. Forget about "downloading a single", go out, buy it and hold it in your hands. Read the liner notes. Memorize every lyric to the songs you already know. After all, that's what your Mommy and Daddy would have done. \,,/

Listen to Puddle of Mudd cover Gimme Shelter