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Artist: Barnes & Barnes

Date Released: 1980

Label: Rhino / Oglio (reissue)

Produced By: Barnes & Barnes

Tracklisting:

  1. Please Please Me
  2. Boogie Woogie Amputee
  3. Gumby Jaws Lament
  4. dE Pumped Out Blues
  5. Clip Clop (Ode To Equus)
  6. I Hope She Dies
  7. Party In My Pants
  8. Fish Heads
  9. Sewey Hole
  10. The Lumanian Love Song
  11. Cemetary Girls
  12. Something's In The Bag
  13. Linoleum
  14. When You Die
  15. The Vomit Song
  16. Boogie Woogie Amputee (early version)
  17. High School Gym
  18. Three Drunk Newts
  19. Voyeur
  20. Cruising Through Westwood
  21. Neanderthal Love
  22. Please Squeeze My Knees Louise
  23. I Love You Baby

(Tracks 15-23 on the CD reissue only.)

ReviewEdit

The first Barnes & Barnes album is a very strong effort. It, along with Sicks is their most straight novelty/comedy release, but as with all the Barnes & Barnes albums, the experimentation and musicianship makes it a record you can return to over and over. As with a lot of comedy records, not every track works ("The Lumanian Love Song" never really clicked with me), but the bulk of them do, and those make up for any shortcomings. The CD version adds a lot of tracks (as do all of the Oglio re-issues), although the bonus tracks are a much more uneven bunch than on later releases. "The Vomit Song", "Cruising Through Westwood" and "I Love You Baby" are all superb, though "Please Squeeze My Knees Louise" and "Neanderthal Love" don't really work that well (despite some really cool sounds in the latter). The thing is, Barnes & Barnes are such skilled producers that, for the most part, even the misfires are still interesting to listen to, if for nothing else, to wonder how they got the unique sounds they did. The strange thing with this album and the follow-up is that the LP edition of Voobaha was stronger than the LP edition of Spazchow, but the CD issue of Spazchow is much stronger than the CD edition of Voobaha. Go figure. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

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