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Frequent Asskicking Questions

Does it cost anything to use this site?

Who decides what's asskicking?

Why shouldn't I just download tracks I like from Limewire or Kazaa?

Will I be able to tell from these preview clips if I'll really like the song?

What do you do when there are both clean and explicit versions of a song?

Aren't I just going to hear a bunch of repetitive techno?

Why are there no album pages?


Does it cost anything to use this site?

Not a red penny. Browse and preview to your heart's content. When you buy tracks from your favourite online store, they generally cost about a buck. C&TAM gets a tiny referral fee to help pay for the upkeep of the site. (You don't pay any more because of it – the referral fee comes out of the music store's end.)

Who decides what's asskicking?

We do. So do you. Submit your personal favorite asskicking music, using the box to the left, for inclusion on the site.

Why shouldn't I just download tracks I like from Limewire or Kazaa?

Dude – don't even. There might have been some excuse for filesharing a few years ago. (Sure, we admit we tried it ourselves.) But there's no excuse now. Every major music site will sell you a totally DRM-free (i.e. restriction-free) MP3 file in high quality, usually for less than a dollar, and all yours in seconds with a couple of clicks. A dollar is pretty damned cheap for a song you're probably going to enjoy for years and hundreds of plays – and which you can transfer to any player or computer you ever own. Moreover, it's a righteous thing to make sure the artists you love can make a living doing what they love. Pay for what you play. Everyone wins.

Will I be able to tell from these preview clips if I'll really like the song?

You're damn skippy. Unlike some other music stores we could name (hint: all of them), we give you not 30-second, not 45-second, but full one-minute (or even 90-second) previews. We also start the preview 15 or 30 seconds into the song, so you might have some reasonable chance of hearing, you know, the chorus before you buy. In some cases, we may do longer previews, or start them further in, if that's needed to really do justice to a really ass-kicking song. Here, you'll know when you hear the good stuff.

What do you do when there are both clean and explicit versions of a song?

We link to the explicit one. Duh. Now stop asking stupid questions. (Ask some asskicking ones.)

Aren't I just going to hear a bunch of repetitive techno?

F&^% no. You can go listen to that crap in your Body Pump class. (If you can stand it.) Asskicking music needs to engage us – both the body and the mind. Asskicking music needs to be smart. That's why the charts you'll find here are generally hard as hell – but also cerebral. Brain-dead music kicks no ass.

Why are there no album pages?

Because asskicking music is about songs, not albums. Now, we'll grant you that there are a few albums – the debut release from Celldweller springs to mind – which are so dense with asskicking songs that one suspects there are demonic pacts involved. But, on the other hand, there are some artists (H-Blockx anyone?) who have released exactly one huge asskicking song ever (The Power?) - and the rest of the album it's on can take a hike. It doesn't matter. If the song kicks ass, it's in. It's the songs we listen to when we're working out.