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Warp 11: It's Dead, Jim
Reviewed by Joe Crowe, © 2007

By:   Warp 11 and Joe Johnson
Genre:   Star Trek-centric hard rock
Review Date:   July 18, 2007
RevSF Rating:   8/10 (What Is This?)

"Jesus has a phaser and it's set on love." -- "Beam Me Up To Heaven"

Warp 11 is a rock band with a unique set list: Star Trek. And that's all. They sing about it under the stealthy guise of a crunchy-guitar rock band whose every song coincidentally happens to be about Star Trek.

There are plenty of Trek-related funny songs. The difference here is there are no zany parodies or audio clips. (Not that there's anything wrong with those.) The music is of the rock variety, and it will allow one to bang one's head if one feels led to do so.

I was concerned when I saw the latest CD. There was no sexiness or sex act depicted on the album cover, unlike their CDs Red Alert and Boldly Go Down On Me. But then the third line of the first song is "I got an alien race sitting on my face." Never mind.

The irony of Warp 11 is that in Trek pretty much everyone is sexless and sex-averse unless they're under the influence of an alien virus or named Kirk. Or on the holodeck, unless they're in combat practice or a detective story.

Warp 11 songs, on the other hand, are sometimes just filthy.

These CDs are not for the kids, unless you want them to ask lots of hard-to-answer questions. About Trek, I mean. That trivia is tough.

"Please State the Nature of the Medical Emergency" performs the boldest feat. It rhymes Trek names and terms with diseases of the naughty parts, often badly. But "syphilis" and "Tom Paris" just naturally seem to go together.

The references zoom by on all the songs, but I award extra points to "Kirock," an entire song written about the TOS episode "Paradise Syndrome," where Kirk thought he was an Indian.

My favorite track is "Beam Me Up To Heaven". It mixes the rock and the Trek with religion. The result is an ironic power ballad.

But if you distrust me like Klingons and Starfleet, check out the video for "She Make It So."

Then watch their performance of "Jerk My Kirk".

Then see them live in concert.

Warp 11 is good, infectious fun. You'll dig it. The worst thing that could happen is you can't get through an Enterprise without thinking of how they rhyme "Dr. Phlox."



 
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