It’s time to party. Let’s party.
Andrew W.K.’s 2001 album I Get Wet is, hands-down, the most energizing record I’ve ever heard. Every song is the equivalent of the brain rush that follows chugging an energy drink. Listening to the entire record is, to me, like throwing a party by myself, for myself. I’m left with the feeling that I can do absolutely anything I set my mind to.
I Get Wet full album stream
I listen to I Get Wet every time I have to participate in an important talk or meeting, or participate in an interview. I put on my headphones, play the album, and listen to as much of it, as loud as I can, until I get where I’m going. I get nervous when the stakes are high, but I’ve found the intense positive vibes Andrew W.K. radiates pacifies my nerves and gives me a huge burst of self-confidence. About six months ago, I had a job interview, and played I Get Wet while walking to the meeting room. Listening to even just the first 10 minutes or so made me feel like I was going to kick open the door, smoke billowing as I step in, backlit, two doves flying in on either side of me. I got the job.
I Get Wet is the archetypal party rock record. It’s mostly metal (and leans on some hair metal tropes). For me to sign off on this as being one of my favorite rock albums is saying something. I don’t tend to like party music. But this record is so life affirming, I could listen to it every day of the week.
Andrew W.K. the weatherman
Adding to my love of I Get Wet is Andrew W.K. as a person. In one life, he’s a party rocker, but in his other life, he’s a motivational speaker and an advice columnist. His speeches and advice typically revolves around his personal philosophy of positive partying, and although that may sound goofy, he’s so sincere and thoughtful that his thoughts really resonate with me. Just check out his Twitter account, full of his Party Tips (or more accurately, Life Tips), like this one. Read his Village Voice advice column. What he has to say on prayer and death specifically moved me. He’s a genuine and sincere dude and his love of life and people is infectious.
Andrew WK on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. This is what I imagine it’s like in his mind 24/7.
I will admit, I have not dug any further into Andrew W.K.’s discography. I feel like I don’t need to. I Get Wet feels like a complete statement: PARTY HARD! I don’t feel like I need more added to that. It’s not often that I feel this way about an artist. Normally when I love a release by an artist, I’ll dig into the rest of his or her catalog. I just don’t feel that I need to in this case.
In summary: PLAY IT LOUD! AND PARTY HARD!!!