35 Albums in 35 Years: 2001

In an ongoing attempt to bleed my opinions all over your computer screen, I’m selecting one album from every year that I’ve been alive that has some sort of significance to me…and then writing about it. Welcome back to 35 Albums in 35 Years.


andrewwk2001: Andrew WK’s I Get Wet

PARTY TIP: Partying doesn’t make life easier, it just makes it better.

Andrew WK wants you to be happy. It’s evident in everything he does, from his party-starting brand of rock n’ roll to his daily, life-affirming tweets. In the last 13 years, this renaissance man has been a proto-metal rocker, a television star, a self-help guru, a tampon spokesperson, a self-appointed US ambassador of partying, a minimalist piano composer, and an all around infectious personality. Oh, and he modeled some before all of that started. Andrew WK’s entire career has played out like some kind of surreal, multi-layered, Dadaist, performance art piece. And he plays a guitar shaped like a piece of pizza.

PARTY TIP: Being bored and depressed is worse for your body than any amount of partying. Have fun tonight!!!

Embarrassingly so, I was late to the…er…party on the sheer and ferocious good time that is Andrew WK’s I Get Wet. I was aware of the album, but just kind of wrote it off as another frat boy party record, a fading piece of disposable pop to be forgotten about a year later, or at least until the inevitable early-2000’s revival begins. I have to admit that I was wrong. Three or four years after its release, I remember driving around Austin with a good friend one Halloween, moving from party to party, and our soundtrack for the night’s ride was a boisterous mix of Andrew WK and booty rap. Ultimately, we ended up having more fun while driving than we did at any of the parties, and thus, my enthusiasm for I Get Wet and for booty rap was realized. I went out and bought the CD the next day.

PARTY TIP: Always cheers before you drink, and always look the other person in the eye.

I Get Wet is the sound of shotgunning a beer and then crushing the can against your forehead. It’s the sound of sneaking a keg out of a party. The sound of dancing in your room in your underwear. Of devouring an entire tray of BBQ. Of wrestling an alligator. Chaotic, indulging, and cathartic, Andrew WK is in a sense, a preacher of happiness, a purveyor of positive thinking (or partying), and his music a sweet release of anxious energy, not unlike howling at the moon. Scream it out. Dance it out. Bang it out. Sweat it out. Let’s get a party going. Let’s get a party going.

PARTY TIP: You can spend tons of time trying to figure out life, or you can just party and have an awesome life automatically.

Every track on the record is a short burst of energy and mayhem. Whether it’s the straightforward, on-the-nose party jams like “It’s Time to Party,” “Party Hard,” or “Party til you Puke,” or the still unsubtle party jams like “Fun Night,” “I Get Wet,” or “Don’t Stop Living in the Red,” every minute is pure, unadulterated joy. It’s about having fun and being happy with your life and who you are. And Andrew WK has taken this theme and worked into every aspect of his public persona and career. Be positive. Have a zest for everything the world has to offer. Believe in yourself. Party. This all might seem ridiculous if it wasn’t so enveloped in such a zealous and earnest love for life.

PARTY TIP: Don’t stress. You’ll get everything done in time.

PARTY TIP: Snuggle something, even if it’s just yourself.

PARTY TIP: Drink from a stein.


-Favorite song: “Party Hard”
-Runner up: “I Get Wet”

Some other albums I almost wrote about instead: Fantomas’ The Director’s Cut; The Divine Comedy’s Regeneration; Muse’s Origin of Symmetry; My Morning Jacket’s At Dawn; Air’s 10,000 Hz Legend; Daft Punk’s Discovery; Stars of the Lid’s The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid.


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

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