Record Revisited: Andrew W.K. / I Get Wet (2001)
Revisited by: Andrew W.K. (Andrew W.K. is the world’s most notorious party rocker. He is also a motivational speaker, producer, owner of the record label Skyscraper Music Maker, and part owner of the NYC venue Santos Party House.)
Normally, for our Records Revisited segment, we like to have someone reflect on an old record that made an impact on him or her at one point in their lives. Some folks have used it to discuss their pop punk phases, others have examined their hardcore periods. But it was tough to find someone who could adequately reflect on Andrew W.K.’s I Get Wet. The album transcends genre, time periods, and music scenes and is arguably the most famous party rock album of all time. It breaks rock music down to its most basic elements.
With one simple message: Party!, Andrew W.K. instantly spawned a truly unique movement, one that perplexed many. With lyrics like: "It’s time to party. Let’s party. Hang out with yourself and have a crazy party. Hey you, let’s party. Have a killer party and party!" many asked: Was this a joke? A guilty pleasure? Was the madman on the album cover with a dried up bloody nose a genius? A lunatic? Some sort of party rock idiot savant like a headbanging, footstomping Rain Man? And no really, was this a joke?
But however you felt about its intent, it was hard to deny the sheer intensity and likability of I Get Wet. As W.K. himself would say, ”Don’t even try and deny it!” After all, how could you? Do you hate partying and having a good time? Do you hate fun? What kind of person hates fun and partying and having a good time? A very sad person, that’s who.
So, as the album turns over a decade old, and was recently reissued as a special deluxe anniversary edition, we thought: Who better to revisit I Get Wet than The Wolf himself, your friend, Andrew W.K.
It’s been almost 11 years since I Get Wet came out. Today, the album and just the culture of Andrew W.K. in general, is sort of a household thing. But at the time, was it difficult to get people, let alone a major label, to grasp what the hell you were doing?
Andrew W.K.: From what I’ve been told, It was very smooth the whole way. I’ve had the good fortune of working with a foundation that had already been built so it’s easy to get spoiled or assume it was all easy. I totally understand what you’re saying. But from what I understand from the people I’ve spoken to, the label was always very supportive. They actually were there building this as much as anyone else. So I think on the creative side too, they were spearheading almost the entire project rather than it being a typical battle. Of course, I had heard horror stories myself from other people’s experiences with labels where their record didn’t even come out. That’s the worst case scenario. They worked on the entire project and it doesn’t even get to be put out. But again, from what I understand, great team, very supportive, almost sort of instigated the idea rather than the other way around. So it was like a partnership.
So do you feel like they let you take it in the direction you wanted to take or were there points where they said, “we’d rather you do this or that?”