The Oral History of Kid Rock's The Polyfuze Method
Though it's practically needless to say by now, this Saturday -- March 16 -- is a date that most rock fans have long had circled on their calendar: The 20th anniversary of Kid Rock's remarkable second album, The Polyfuze Method.
Seminal, landmark, epochal, Important ... really, none of the words in the music writing lexicon seem sufficient enough to encapsulate that astonishing moment in the spring of 1993 when unheralded Michigan native Bob "Kid Rock" Ritchie unleashed an LP suffused with youthful passion, irrepressible hedonism and jaw-dropping, groundbreaking sonic adventurousness which, in hindsight, incontrovertibly defined a generation and captured the zeitgeist of an era on the precipice of social, political and cultural upheaval.
I believe it was either Brian Eno or Brian Bosworth who said recently that while only 137 people may have purchased, or even heard, The Polyfuze Method in 1993, "just about every one of those 137 people started a rap-rock band."
The oral history that follows is not meant to deconstruct the notion that the album seemed to have oozed from the primordial muck that was early '90s Detroit rather than from the genius residing inside the heads of Kid Rock and his collaborators, but to revisit a towering creative achievement and reintroduce the LP to a new generation of music listeners whose ears are yet to bathe in its grandeur.