In 2001, Andrew W.K. released his first LP, "I Get Wet." Recorded with many layers of overdubbing—a technique W.K. said was used in order to "make it sound as party as possible"—the album was notable for three things.
1. The sublime song "Party Hard," which featured the insightful lyrics: "When it's time to party we will always party hard/Party hard (party hard, party hard, party hard party hard, party hard, party hard party hard, party hard, party hard party hard, party hard, party hard)."
2. A legendarily bad 0.6 review from Pitchfork...
Alright, this is bullshit. I've had it. Is this what we've been reduced to? Michigan metalheads copping ESPN Jock Jams, capitalizing on the shameful worst of the 1980s and bellowing incessantly about the wondrous virtues of the all-nighter? Rock critics who dissed this entire genre in its heyday now glorifying its second coming as somehow superior? If this is what the future of music has in store for us, why no apocalypse on New Year's Eve '99? Doesn't God care?
... Which later became an 8.6 review 10 years later.
3. The cover art [above], designed to mimic a coke-head after a rough night, and the No. 1 reason why said Andrew W.K. album was thrown away by my mom when I was in the 5th grade.
Anyway, W.K. is back in the news for, somehow, being named a cultural ambassador for the United States. He'll travel to the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain next month and visit schools, the University of Bahrain, and music venues, all in the hopes of (his words) "promoting partying and world peace."
"This is a tremendous invitation. I'm very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I've never been before. And I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!"
W.K. spreading a message of peace and partying in a country known for having a conservative, theocratic government? This is the greatest idea from the American government since the Apollo program.