Join the Army

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Join the Army
Studio album by Suicidal Tendencies
Released June 9, 1987
Recorded January 1987 at Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Hardcore punk, crossover thrash, thrash metal, rap metal
Length 38:53
Label Caroline
Producer Lester Claypool, Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies chronology
Suicidal Tendencies
(1983)
Join the Army
(1987)
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
(1988)
Singles from Join the Army
  1. "Possessed to Skate"
    Released: 1987

Join the Army is the second album by Suicidal Tendencies. It was released in 1987 – four years after their self-titled debut album – and is one of the most well known albums for crossing over the genres of punk and thrash metal, known as crossover thrash, a genre that Suicidal Tendencies have been credited for creating. Join the Army is arguably one of Suicidal Tendencies' popular efforts, although it only reached No. 100 on the Billboard 200 chart.[1] This was their first album with guitarist Rocky George and drummer R.J. Herrera, and their last recording with bassist Louiche Mayorga (although he did co-write songs on their next album How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today).

Musical style[edit]

Mike Muir used vastly different vocal techniques and range compared to their debut album (sometimes sounding similar to Lemmy from Motörhead).[citation needed] Original guitarist Grant Estes had been replaced by Jon Nelson in 1984, who was then soon replaced by Rocky George, who influenced the change of the band's sound into the thrash direction. Original drummer Amery Smith was replaced by R.J. Herrera, who used the particularly metal drum feature of double kick.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Reviews for Join the Army have been mostly positive. Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia awards the album three stars out of five, and calls it "a transitional album in the transformation of the band's sound from hardcore punk to thrash metal."[2]

Join the Army was also the first Suicidal Tendencies album to enter the Billboard 200; it peaked at No. 100, and remained on the chart for thirteen weeks.[1] "Possessed to Skate" preceded the album's release as a single, which also had a music video created for it. The video featured old school skateboarding tricks, and as such is considered a classic visual period piece of skateboarding.[citation needed] The success of Join the Army garnered attention from major labels, including Epic Records, with whom Suicidal Tendencies would eventually sign in 1988.

"War Inside My Head" is featured in the game Guitar Hero: Metallica. "Possessed to Skate" is featured in the game Skate 2. "Suicidal Maniac" was covered by Hatebreed on their 2009 release For The Lions.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Suicidal Maniac"   Rocky George, Mike Muir 2:57
2. "Join the Army"   Louiche Mayorga, Mike Muir 3:37
3. "You Got, I Want"   Suicidal Tendencies 2:55
4. "A Little Each Day"   Muir 4:08
5. "The Prisoner"   Mayorga, Muir 2:53
6. "War Inside My Head"   Mayorga, Muir 3:51
7. "I Feel Your Pain"   George, Muir 3:27
8. "Human Guinea Pig"   Suicidal Tendencies 2:05
9. "Possessed to Skate"   Mayorga, Muir 2:34
10. "No Name, No Words"   Mayorga, Muir 2:35
11. "Born to Be Cyco"   Mayorga, George, Muir 2:13
12. "Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right (But They Make Me Feel a Whole Lot Better)"   George, Muir 2:49
13. "Looking in Your Eyes"   Mayorga, Muir 2:50
  • "War Inside My Head", "Human Guinea Pig", and "You Got, I Want" were originally written by previous guitarist Jon Nelson. He traded the rights for "War Inside My Head" for a Flying V guitar after he left the band.[3]
  • "Human Guinea Pig" does not appear on vinyl or cassette versions of the album

Credits[edit]

  • Recorded and mixed at Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Produced by Lester Claypool and Suicidal Tendencies
  • Engineered by Lester Claypool
  • Guitar and vocals recorded at Baby/O/
  • Album cover by Michael Seiff

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Join the Army - Suicidal Tendencies". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  2. ^ a b Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Entrevista – Jon Nelson | SUICIDAL MANIAC". Stillcyco.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26.