PERFORMED ILLEGAL MUSIC
STOLE POLITICIAN'S GARBAGE
SPREAD MEDIA VIRUSES
REJECTED GENDER STEREOTYPES
IMPERSONATED A CELEBRITY
SWALLOWED ENEMY HYPE
World Entertainment WarRead a story about the band's history
Fights the Genocide of the Imagination
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SF Weekly article
"Audio Magicians: A portrait of esotericism in sound, from Firesign Theatre to World Entertainment War"
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Videos of World Entertainment War's live shows:
New Year's Eve show
Excerpts from reviews:
"They pack their songs full of enough heady words and phrases to fill a Greil Marcus-style rock critique. But WEW reminds us that smart music need not be the prisoner of rock academia. It's a stirring, entertaining band with a smooth, funky sound and a loose, punky attitude . . . They succeed at wresting 'smart' rock out of the critics' hands."
- Gus Stadler, SF Weekly
"Calling this music 'smart rock,' as some critics have, does a disservice to the emotional sweep of the music and the ready accessibility of Rob Brezsny's lyrics."
- Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"Co-lead singer Rob Brezsny has a brash, huckstering stage presence and writes socially conscious lyrics that challenge people to think and care. The other vocalist, Darby Gould, has a soaring voice with a dynamic range. The instrumentalists wrap a wealth of intriguing, often unexpected hooks around the inspired harmonies of Brezsny and Gould. Stir together some industrial angst and anger with uptempo r&b/funk, a touch of metal, and straight-ahead rock and roll, add a pinch of ballad and rap, and you've got WEW."
- John Hogle, BAM
"World Entertainment War is cheerfully anarchist, socially conscious, warmly humanist, charmingly goofy, and sternly pop."
- Deb Finley, Detroit Metro Times
"All the mystic power of the Zep, but with good will and good vibes. Very powerful singers and thoughtful lyrics. Soul-feeding music. Occult wisdom. Now anthemic fire, now intricate rhythms. Secret Orders take note."
- Reviewer on Amazon.com
When you're too well-entertained to move, screaming is good exercise, so please scream along with us!
We will succeed where the paranoids have failed!
We will take back the airwaves from the entertainment criminals!
Long live the primordial music of our televisionary revolution!
World Entertainment War is a BENEVOLENT MEDIA VIRUS programmed to PREVENT the ENTERTAINMENT CRIMINALS from STEALING YOUR IMAGINATION
WORLD ENTERTAINMENT WAR IS:
Safe Sex God (lead vocals): Rob Brezsny
Safe Sex Goddess (lead vocals): Darby Gould
Neuromancer Riffs (guitar): George Earth
Subversive Rhythms (drums): Anthony Guess
Thunder in the Earth (bass): Daniel Lewis
Macho Feminist Love Games (keyboards): Amy Excolere
Deep emotion guaranteed! Global warming in your pants! Learn to use your nightmares to become rich and famous! Wear your funniest face! Eat money! Kick your own ass! Get rid of your guilt -- maybe forever!
Learn the art of underpants hats! Legal highs not legal lows! Maximum security clearances! Pretend to be crazy so you can get away with doing what's right! Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be jerks!
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