This is part of a Retrospective that covers the bands entire discography. You can find the post for the previous album here. There’s also an introduction and disclaimer that you can read here, that I strongly suggest you start out with.
Alrighty, so after tackling a bunch of Blood on the Dance Floor’s full length releases, we’re finally back into EP territory with Clubbed to Death and it’s pretty great, if a little short. This EP was released to the fans for free the day after Evolution hit the shelves, as a thank you to the fanbase for all the support they’d given over the years. And as a free gift, it’s a pretty sweet little EP that’s both extremely varied and consistent.
So yeah, let’s just get right into this one. As I mentioned above, it’s a pretty short release consisting of only 3 tracks, but every single one of them is worth listening to and is fairly unique, especially because they can’t be found on any other release aside from this one. The best way to describe these songs would be “outtakes”. They feel like tracks that were stripped from full length releases at the last minute, with each of them having a different focus in general sound and structure.
The title track, Clubbed to Death is pretty great. It more or less feels like a cut All the Rage!! track with better production values and some really heavy, overdriven guitars and fantastic screaming vocals. It’s a pretty great, upbeat, boastful party track with a kickass chorus that celebrates the fandom they released the EP for while also giving a middle finger to their detractors. It’s catchy and I really like it.
Deep Within is also a great track, and probably my favourite on the album with a really soft and calm opening, with soaring vocals by Dahvie that quickly explodes into a fast-paced rap verse with a hardcore, dubstep beat that slaps hard. The lyrics aren’t the best in these verses, and are a throwback to the bands earlier, more juvenile days of “techno sex raps” (for lack of a better term), but the rhymes and phrases are pretty funny and catchy this time around and Dahvie’s flow honestly isn’t that bad. Plus the line “fingers up at the club, you chicks can lick my nuts” is fucking hilarious. It reminds me of the traditional, signature style of rapping you’d find in early Crunkcore, like BrokeNCYDE. And as I said, the beat during these verses hits hard, with a wobbly, dubstep sound to it. It’s great. But the chorus is where Deep Within truly shines as a track, with the song switching gears entirely and having Jayy come in with more melodic singing and lyrics focusing on being deeply in love with someone. The song constantly bounces between these two sides of the bands career, the early juvenile side and the then-current more serious, emotional side, and it’s pretty fantastic. Personally, I feel the song is a pretty solid representation of the two sides of romance as well, with Jayy’s parts representing the emotional, loving side and Dahvie’s parts representing the sexual, lustful side. Maybe I’m just reading into it too much though. Regardless, give it a listen.
And finally, we have the third and final track, Where’s My Wonderland? which is actually a track I never used to care for at all. But upon revisiting this EP for this Retrospective, and having to actually go and listen to everything including the songs I’d frequently skip, I actually really love this song now. In fact, it’s become one of my favourite songs by the band. It’s a bit of an outlier in the bands catalogue, being a mostly rock oriented song with heavy guitars and very little electronic beats at all, outside of some auto-tuned vocals and a wobbly dubstep effect that plays in the background of the guitars at certain points in the song. It has some of the best production work the band has ever released and the lyrics are surprisingly emotional and above average compared to the rest of this release. I was also surprised to see the comment section for this song on the bands official YouTube channel was overwhelmingly positive. The amount of people saying things like “I fucking hate this band, but this song is great” or “Is this really Blood on the Dance Floor?” is insane. So I guess if there’s a song I’d recommend you listen to out of any of these, it’s most definitely this one. With a more rock oriented sound, some of the best singing vocals from both Dahvie and Jayy and a complete absence of the bands braggadocious attitude and often juvenile lyrical content, Where’s My Wonderland? is probably the most accessible track in their entire discography, let alone this release. I can’t recommend this song enough. It’s fantastic, and I’m glad I discovered how great of a song it is through revisiting it for this Retrospective.
Overall, Clubbed to Death is a very short, but absolutely solid EP from the band. It’s only three tracks long, but every single one of those tracks is absolutely worth your time and they do an excellent job showcasing the different sounds and sides that have been presented throughout their career up until this point. I find myself coming back to this little gem more often than I thought I would. It’s great.
And now, here’s some track ratings for you all:
- Clubbed to Death! – 9/10
- Deep Within – 10/10
- Where’s My Wonderland? – 10/10
Deep Within, Where’s My Wonderland?
I’d say Clubbed to Death!, but I’d feel bad for saying it’s the “worst” when it’s still a top tier Blood track so…
Would I Recommend It?
Abso-fucking-lutely. Clubbed to Death is often considered a pretty inessential release among the fanbase due to its short length, but honestly if you’re looking to “get into” Blood on the Dance Floor, this EP is a pretty great starting point. Not only does it contain three of the bands best songs, but it’s also an excellent showcase of the various different styles they’ve experimented with up until 2012. And also it features Where’s My Wonderland? which is easily the most accessible and critically acclaimed song the band has ever released. That alone makes this short, but sweet EP worth checking out in my opinion. Give it a listen. You won’t regret it.
Next time we’ll be looking at another EP release from the band, The Anthem of the Outcast. This EP is a huge outlier amongst the bands many releases due to having a completely different sound from everything else they’ve ever put out, as well as being the longest EP in their discography, being just short of the length of full-length album. Being an alternative rock album, as opposed to an electropop one, and again moving even further away from the bands earlier, more juvenile days, how does it hold up? Is it worth a listen? We’ll see!
Until next time!