In 2002, I interviewed Andrew W.K. about his debut full length, I Get Wet, famous for its cover shot of his hemorrhaging nose and ubiquitous hit single, "Party Hard." Back then, AWK was trying to bridge the gap between his slavishly loyal fans and the numerous critics who dismissed him as a mildly talented yet ultimately derivative headbanger.
Both camps had a point; AWK's fierce energy was exemplified by a positive perspective that outshone Norman Vincent Peale, but he also typified a tradition of party-hearty Pop Metal and Big Dumb Rock that was great fun but perhaps not entirely original.
For his part, Andrew wasn't concerned, evidenced by this great observation: "I can work hard enough to include every single person on earth, even the people that don't want to be included.
I'll scoop them up on the next go-round. Everybody is invited here and we're only as far forward as the last person in line."
Andrew W.K. plays Sunday, May 26 with The Protomen at Madison Theater in Covington. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.