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169. Aunt Bettys – Aunt Bettys

AUNT BETTYS (1996)

Aunt Bettys

Of all of Mike Knott’s multiple incarnation, Aunt Bettys is by far the most puzzling, controversial and utterly brilliant. Mike Knott should be a rock star and the Aunt Bettys should have been the vehicle to deliver him to that status. Combining the most frentic writing, best of his previous work and a band recording live in the studio to create a loud and passionate rock and roll project.

Not as pop and sweet as the Lifesavers, or as dour and dark as LSU, Aunt Betty’s took the best of Jane’s Addiction and kicked it in the ass. Much of the debut is made up of previously recorded or written songs from Mike’s repertoire, but here the versions seem faster, heavier, wilder.

Many struggled with this release and the “not-so-sanitized” versions of some songs. “Jesus” still ranks among the best of Knott’s career. “Rock and a Bomb” is just a great song…period! But this is a rock and roll record and songs like Addict make it a 90’s classic.The version of Double is great, though here is the one time I would choose the original.

The band would release other material but the flight to the bright lights never took off. Suffice it to say that no matter the incarnation, Knott is utterly brilliant and deserved much more than he received from the industry.

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  1. Tim
    February 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Where’s the Christian worldview here? Not the “Christianese” that he drops on occasion. Just because an artist has put out Christian records as part of his catalog does not open up all of his catalog for inclusion on a list like this. Otherwise, all of Dylan’s albums could be considered for inclusion, not just those with the Christian worldview. I’m not asking for ‘sanitized’ lyrics, but the lyrics on these songs are just straight up ungodly and heathen. To validate a list like this, an album like this just should not be included.

    If you want to make an album listing of the 100 most rocking albums by artists who personally have a Christian worldview, include this album. But don’t try calling this a Christian album.

    • low5point
      February 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      It’s a big internet. Plenty of room for others to create similar lists. Oh…and I disagree on the lack of worldview on this album, especially when you consider several of the songs are included on albums which would not cause such a rejection.

  2. Andrew
    March 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Are you serious about placing this record on a Christian albums list? This album has a song about a sex doll, one about being a drug addict, other songs that reference drug abuse, and one about a cross-dresser talking to his lover where the indication at the end of the song is he would cut off his manhood for her!! And the ‘Jesus’ song is written from the point of view of a guy who thinks God is a Santa Claus type figure. Yeah, I’m sure everyone in the Christian community was just upset about the ‘s’ word being used at the end of one song. BTW, allmusic.com properly rates this as a meh-inspiring 2 1/2 stars.

  3. Andrew a.
    August 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I think what you are perhaps failing to realize is that this album is better produced and better written that most albums (Christian and non) of it’s or any time since. It should also be mentioned that everyone has doubts and dark secrets and that covering these issues up only leads to the problem of music that people can’t relate to.

  4. Kit
    November 29, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Love this album. It also happens to be the last thing Knott-related that I really like apart from Cush.

    Also, a good portion of the songs from this album are based on real characters that Knott observed at his apartment complex, as well as a local dive bar. It’s no secret the dude has issues, but as far as the content of this album, I don’t find it out of place here.

  5. Greenchili
    December 28, 2011 at 6:46 am

    FYI 2 and a half stars is the default rating of an album that has not been reviewed. Until there is actual text of a review will you then know what rating the album received by the reviewer on All music.

  6. Greenchili
    December 28, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Kit :Love this album. It also happens to be the last thing Knott-related that I really like apart from Cush.
    Also, a good portion of the songs from this album are based on real characters that Knott observed at his apartment complex, as well as a local dive bar. It’s no secret the dude has issues, but as far as the content of this album, I don’t find it out of place here.

    You sure it is not “Rocket and a Bomb” that has the songs based on observations of real people at his apartment complex.

    • low5point
      December 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      The crossover between Betty and Bomb is pretty obvious

      • Greenchili
        December 29, 2011 at 7:15 am

        Yeah scratch that. I looked the album/group up in a book which pretty much stated that the songs were based on his observation of people at his apartment complex. I’ve only listened to Life Savers album once so I’m not real familar with it. Anywho.. lyrics aside the fact that this was recorded live is pretty remarkable. Some great stuff musically. In the write-up I read earlier it said he threw this together real quick in hopes of making up for some money loss since he was bankrupt at the time.

        Seems like alot of artists were struggling in the 90’s. I don’t know if this was due to grunge taking over the scene, or record companies going under (and merging) like crazy or what. Seemed like alot of that was going on at the time from different reviews I read. Sometimes I wonder if it was less a case of grunge taking over and more a case of the “digital” revolution taking over. I remember really getting into mp3’s around that time. I convered probably 90% of my collection over to mp3 at the time.

  7. y2daddy
    February 4, 2012 at 2:25 am

    My issue with this album being on the list isn’t the content, it’s the fact that I cheated and did a search, and discovered that The Grape Prophet is nowhere to be found. For shame 🙂

  8. December 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Yup….Grape Prophet is LSU’s best album, IMO.

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