I Get Wet

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I Get Wet
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 13, 2001
Andrew W.K. chronology
Party Til You Puke
I Get Wet
The Wolf
Singles from I Get Wet
  1. "Party Hard"
    Released: October 29, 2001
  2. "She Is Beautiful"
    Released: February 19, 2002
  3. "We Want Fun"
    Released: December 2002
  4. "Fun Night"
    Released: 2003

I Get Wet is the debut studio album by American musician Andrew W.K. It is noted for its controversial artwork as well as its hit singles "Party Hard" and "She Is Beautiful".

Recording[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

I Get Wet was recorded while Andrew W.K. was living in New York City. The album was recorded with many layers of overdubbing, in order to make the album "sound as party as we could make it sound," and for the "sound of the songs to be like one instrument" instead of a collection of individual musicians.[3] In July 2001, Andrew & Jimmy Coup traveled to Minneapolis, MN to record with John Fields @ SubJersey Studio. In August, the 3 traveled to Sherman Oaks, CA to mix the record with Mike Shipley @ Record One.

Influences[edit | edit source]

One inspiration for the album was Andrew W.K's enjoyment of intense, major-key music, something he attributed to his musical childhood experiences with the piano.[3]

Another inspiration for I Get Wet was the charity single "We Are the World" by USA for Africa. Andrew W.K. was impressed with how all the artists on the song were singing all at once, something he described as a "powerful sound, like an orchestra." In turn, Andrew W.K. wanted to create music that sounded like that.[3]

Artwork[edit | edit source]

I Get Wet is known for its highly recognizable cover art shot by famed art photographer Roe Ethridge: a photo of a wet-haired Andrew W.K. with a large stream of blood running from his nose, down his chin and onto his throat. This cover art caused a controversy in Europe, as it was seen to represent cocaine abuse and violence.[4] To achieve the effect, W.K. initially said that he struck himself in the face with a piece of a cinder block during the photo shoot but later explained that it did not lead to enough blood flow. Consequently, he supplemented his own blood with some of an animal which he got from a butcher's shop.[5][6]

Release history[edit | edit source]

The album went to #1 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The songs "Party Hard" and "She Is Beautiful" were released as singles. The opening track, "It's Time to Party", was featured in an advertisement for Hotwire.com, a Coors spot and an Expedia ad. "Fun Night" can be heard in the 2003 film Old School. The track, "Don't Stop Living in the Red" was featured in an ad for Target. "I Love NYC" is frequently played at New York Rangers games. "Ready to Die" is used in the Hitman game series, as well as the trailer for the game Rage 2.[7]

On August 28, 2012, a deluxe reissue of I Get Wet was released. The reissue contained previously unheard recordings, demos, live tracks, and alternate mixes. A limited number of autographed deluxe editions contained a lock of Andrew's hair, a piece of his white jeans, or an autographed plane ticket from his 2012 world tour.[8]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Alternative Press8/10[11]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[13]
The Guardian[14]
Pitchfork0.6/10 (2002)[16]
8.6/10 (2012)[17]
Rolling Stone[19]
The Village VoiceA−[20]

I Get Wet provoked sharp critical reaction when it was initially released, with Pitchfork's Ian Cohen retrospectively writing that "critics of Andrew W.K. were often branded as the fun police and his fans considered fools or incurable ironists."[17] On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album holds a score of 64 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club described I Get Wet as "more fabulously entertaining the louder it's played" and added that "if it wipes out a generation of hard-rock crybabies along the way, fans will owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid."[1] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone also gave the album a positive review, stating that "there's no denying the over-the-top whomp of his music, the loudest and funniest metal you've heard in ages."[19] David Browne, writing in Entertainment Weekly, noted that W.K. "must know how ridiculous this all sounds, but he attacks the material with such fervor that you almost believe he means every word."[13] AllMusic's Heather Phares noted that while the album "has a certain sameness due to the frenetic beat that drives nearly every track, it's the perfect complement to W.K.'s party-centric vision", praising it as "refreshingly simple and cleverly stupid."[10]

Adrien Begrand of PopMatters gave the album a mixed review, writing "At its best, WK’s music is a refreshing blast of skanky air on the current stale music scene, but at its worst, it’s disappointingly monotonous, unoriginal, and very, very dumb."[21] Evan Chakroff of Stylus Magazine called it a "worthless piece of rock-product, 35 minutes of glossy, overproduced tripe", but concluded that "once these songs have pounded their way into your head, you can’t help but pay attention" and "if this is a joke, it's a brilliant one."[22] Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork panned the album as being "about as empty as rock music gets, right down to the tinny, digitally processed tonebank noise that passes for 'guitars.'"[16]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Q listed I Get Wet as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[23] NME included I Get Wet in their retrospective list of the best albums of 2001.[24] Rhapsody ranked the album at number two on its "Rock's Best Albums of the Decade" list.[25] Despite initially panning the album, Pitchfork placed I Get Wet at number 144 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[26] Ian Cohen of Pitchfork acknowledged his review of the album's 2012 reissue, which received a "Best New Reissue" designation, as the website's "biggest statistical mea culpa ever", writing that "whether you consider these songs to be brilliant, brilliantly dumb, or just dumb, I Get Wet is necessarily simple".[17]

Andrew W.K. reflected on the album's initial reaction in a 2012 interview, saying:

Everything is always going through changes in terms of attitudes or mood, but it does seem like partying is a more common theme in music and culture [now]; colorful attitudes and excitement and positivity are more embraced. I remember trying to make a band the first time around [..] people didn't like that there were keyboards in the music. They said it sounded too corporate. They also didn't like that it had this four-on-the-floor club beat. But it's interesting because now the club/dance beat is in lots and lots of songs. I was very happy with how things have come around.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

The song "Ready to Die" is referenced in the Zombie Apocalypse novel "Islands of Rage & Hope" by John Ringo. The song is played on loudspeakers by the Marines prior to their assault on a zombie infected beach. The leader of the assault is singing along as they attack the zombies.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs composed and written by Andrew W.K.

  1. "It's Time to Party" – 1:30
  2. "Party Hard" – 3:04
  3. "Girls Own Love" – 3:13
  4. "Ready to Die" – 2:54
  5. "Take It Off" – 3:10
  6. "I Love NYC" – 3:11
  7. "She Is Beautiful" – 3:33
  8. "Party til You Puke" – 2:34
  9. "Fun Night" – 3:23
  10. "Got to Do It" – 3:55
  11. "I Get Wet" – 3:23
  12. "Don't Stop Living in the Red" – 1:42
Japanese edition bonus tracks
  1. "We Want Fun" – 4:21
  2. "Make Sex" – 0:46

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[27]

Primary musicians

Additional personnel

  • Tony Allen – guitar, assistant engineering
  • Dan Burns – assistant engineering
  • Jeff Burns – engineering
  • Chris Chaney – bass guitar
  • Cory Churko – digital editing, programming
  • Mike David – bass guitar
  • Wikipedia:Roe Ethridge – photography
  • John Fields – production, engineering
  • Tom Gordon – sound effects
  • Frank Gryner – engineering
  • Scott Humphrey – production
  • Roger Lian – digital editing, programming
  • Tony Miller – programming
  • Wikipedia:Gary Novak – additional drums
  • Mike Shipley – mixing
  • F.T. Thomas – guitar
  • Robert C. Thompson – engineering
  • Dave Collins - mastering
  • TSD – production
  • Frank Vierti – piano, keyboards, production
  • Bobby Warner – engineering
  • K. Williams – art direction
  • Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis – sound effects
  • Phil X – guitar

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2002) Peak
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 59
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 71
US Billboard 200[31] 84

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Cowen, Andrew (November 3, 2001). "CD Reviews: Rock and Pop". Birmingham Post. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Cohen, Ian (September 5, 2012). "Interviews: Andrew W.K." Pitchfork. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  4. "Blame it on the piano lessons". The Independent. February 3, 2002. Archived from the original on August 20, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  5. Worley, Gail. "Andrew W.K". Ink 19. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
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  9. 9.0 9.1 "Reviews for I Get Wet by Andrew W.K." Metacritic. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Phares, Heather. "I Get Wet – Andrew W.K." AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  11. "Andrew W.K.: I Get Wet". Alternative Press (165): 65. April 2002.
  12. Harris, John (April–May 2002). "Andrew W.K.: I Get Wet". Blender (6): 112. Archived from the original on June 14, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Browne, David (March 18, 2002). "I Get Wet". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  14. Sullivan, Caroline (November 2, 2001). "Party on, dudes". The Guardian. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  15. Oldham, Jason (October 30, 2001). "Andrew WK : I Get Wet". NME. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Schreiber, Ryan (July 7, 2002). "Andrew W. K.: I Get Wet". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Cohen, Ian (August 31, 2012). "Andrew W. K.: I Get Wet". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  18. "Andrew W.K.: I Get Wet". Q (185): 128. December 2001.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Sheffield, Rob (April 11, 2002). "I Get Wet: Andrew W.K." Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  20. Christgau, Robert (February 11, 2003). "Consumer Guide: The Prelude". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  21. Begrand, Adrien (March 25, 2002). "Andrew WK: I Get Wet". PopMatters. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  22. Chakroff, Evan (September 1, 2003). "Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  23. "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q (185): 60–65. December 2001.
  24. "A Decade Of Music – 50 Best Albums Of 2001". NME. November 4, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  25. Farrar, Justin (November 8, 2009). "Rock's Best Albums of the Decade". Rhapsody. Archived from the original on November 8, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  26. Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009.
  27. I Get Wet (CD liner notes). Andrew W.K. Island Records. 2001. 314-586-588-1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)Wikipedia:Category:CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes)
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  29. "Swedishcharts.com – Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  30. "Andrew W.K. | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  31. "Andrew W.K. Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2015.