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Alert Today Alive Tomorrow

The MuffsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Honest Don's Hardly
  • ASIN: B00000J5ZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Wish That I Could Be You - The Muffs
2. Silly People - The Muffs
3. Another Ugly Face
4. Prettier Than Me
5. Clown
6. Your Kiss - The Muffs
7. Numb
8. I'm Not Around - The Muffs
9. Blow Your Mind - The Muffs
10. Room With No View - The Muffs
11. Dear Liar Love Me
12. In
13. Jack Champagne - The Muffs

Editorial Reviews

Kim Shattuck has a magic touch when it comes to hook-happy power pop. She writes the kind of catchy tunes that might seem effortless to compose but whose grace and precision come from more than just a nifty chord progression. The former Pandora has the knack and the guitar chops to make these rollicking three-minute pop songs memorable--you practically need the jaws-of-life to get them out of your head. The raucous tunes about envy, jealousy, true love, and well-deserved enmity are delivered with the melodic surge of Nirvana combined with the chutzpah of the Shangri-Las. The deft rhythms of bassist Ronnie Barnett and drummer Roy McDonald give Shattuck a straightforward anchor for her crispy chords and cat-scratch vocals. Fans of the dirty sound of Happy Birthday to Me and Blonder and Blonder might worry that Alert's ultraclean production signals that the Muffs are going for a more high-class sound, but don't worry--they're not straying too far from their roots. They're just moving up to three-car-garage rock. --Lois Maffeo

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loud and Fast and Hard and Catchy and Fun August 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
In 1974, the Ramones laid out the blueprint for how rock & roll bands are supposed to be built. It was simple: be loud and fast and hard and catchy and fun. Sometimes, I think only Kim Shattuck was paying attention. Before I came across the Muffs a few years back, I didn't think they made bands like this anymore: equal parts noiseband fuzz and bubblegum hooks, fun without being mindless, brainy without ramming it down your throat. And their latest album is a gorgeous achievement the way early Kinks albums are gorgeous, or pre-"Tommy" Who singles are gorgeous. Listen to "Dear Liar Love Me" for example: an understated organ intro that sounds like it was scraped off an old "Little Rascals" short segues abruptly into a huge crunchy riff. Just when you're tapping your foot to that, it's abandoned in a haze of feedback and a dense speed thrash takes over, complete with a solo section that echoes the original organ bit. That's art kids. Not snooty, boring, pretentious nonsense pretending to be art, but two and a half minutes of pure heavenly rock & roll art. And that's just one of the classics on this CD. The Muffs do rock the way you're supposed to do rock. Loud and fast and hard and catchy and fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the muffs are the best band in the world! September 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
simply put, the muffs are the best! simple, straight ahead, pop can't go wrong. it's driving in the car music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still fun with good melodic twists and turns July 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A good listen, fun and dark at the same time. Nice singing you can finally hear, drumming superb as usual. Can even hear the bass. Another first. Kind of glad there are less screams, the songs don't require such gimmicery. Way fuller sound that any of their previous. Lyrically disturbing. Must go back to privious records and listen for any clue to current morbidity. Not usually noticed due to cute melody disguise. Makes listening to the Muffs like a game. Jolly good.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most people in the world have bad taste October 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The ONLY reason the Muffs aren't as huge as the Beatles is everyone in the world at least right now has completely cruddy taste. The Muffs are quality, beautiful and have great songs. Why more people don't know about them is basically very telling about the pathetic state of mind of music right now. Alert Today Alive Tomorrow is a better record than the pathetic public deserve.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a Great CD! January 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I heard some songs from "The Muffs" in Clueless -movie and I thought that this maybe would be good. And it is! "I Wish That I Could Be You" is great song, and I loved it! Then I knew that I would become a fan of The Muffs. Other great songs are "Prettier Than Me", "In" and "Jack Champagne"... This is great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The darker side of Kim Shattuck October 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
With "Alert Today Alive Tomorrow", The Muffs move into darker territory (check out the lyrics to "Clown" and "Dear Liar Love Me"). I love The Muffs and the new CD is great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Kim Shattuck, Ronnie Barnett, and Roy McDonald, have once again returned to the studio to fuse the bouncy melodic beat of pop, the cat-scratch grind pf punk, and classic guitar hooks of rock, to give us what may be their best session yet! The Muffs have come a long long way since their major label debut in 1993, and it's hard to believe that they've gone this long without breaking the mainstream! Now that they've taken production of their work into their own hands, we can see their punk rock sensibility shine through. There are plenty of gems on this album, but the brightest may be "Funny People", and "Prettier than Me". So, if you're a Muffs fan, and you think that this CD will probably spend more time in your player than any other release this're probably right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first few songs are pleasantly strong, though it seems the muffs are getting slower and slower (less punk and more pop). this is ok, as most great artists change styles, and the muffs are great--perhaps the greatest band never known. As usual, the dark and sometimes sad overtones of many of the songs resonate with the pessimism and cynicism that so many of us brought up post-vietnam feel. Track #4 sums up the album and, perhaps, the muffs career--they can't be prettier for most people. By the way, this is a fantastic ballad. not a pure knockout like the first album, but nothing matches their debut (it is my favorite album). If it's muffs, it's still fun, that's my saying. pop it in and drive down a coast. enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Stuff
I am baffled by the one and two star ratings, and those of you who gave them a five star rating, well that's ok, I mean, I don't agree with that but that's ok. Read more
Published on February 20, 2008 by Jack F. Chavoor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd
This was the first "Muffs" Cd I ever bought and I love it! I took a chance and bought it off of fat wreck chords just because I heard that KIm had a very unique voice. Read more
Published on July 2, 2003 by "stalkingroxy"
1.0 out of 5 stars Once a great band, now asleep at the wheel....
The rest of the reviewers here must be listening to a completely different version of this album than I am, because quite frankly, "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" is one of the most... Read more
Published on April 19, 2002 by Mel Matsuoka
2.0 out of 5 stars review from ...girlpunk....
This is the LA trio's fourth release which is packed full of pop-punk melodies and catchy guitar riffs. The 13 track CD runs a little bit under 35 minutes. Read more
Published on March 24, 2002 by GirlPunk.Net
2.0 out of 5 stars Overall a Disappointing Effort. Creatively Bankrupt.
I'm amazed that many reviewers give this release such high praise, the only stand-out single on the cd is Prettier Than Me. Read more
Published on June 20, 2001 by marc andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Alert Today, Adore Tomorrow
This band is quickly becoming my favorite band. You will NOT be disappointed if you like punk with your pop music. The first time I heard "Silly People", I thought Kim S. Read more
Published on January 28, 2000 by "boy_with_the_thorn_in_his_side"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet
Genius caliber writing, drumming. Awesome sound quality. Great band
Published on September 18, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars as if you were listening to god
need I say more? But a great album. Buyit and you will love it
Published on September 16, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocking!
AN AMAZING EFFORT BY THE PREMIER SONGWRITER OF OUR GENERATION! All songs shine with a beautiful quality. Kim, my idol, should be doing some priding after this one! Read more
Published on August 18, 1999
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