Because We Hate You / Let War Against Music Begin
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But wait.. there's even more! The Minus Five featuring Scotty McOi (that's Scott MaCaughy to you smart guy), Ken Stringfellow of the once defunct, now resurrected, band The Posies, some guest vibes from Robyn Hitchcock, who performs well in storefronts, and some new guy on the scene, Peter Buck from some band called REM. Your first thoughts might very well be Pet Sounds when the vibrations of the notes hits your ears, and you'd be correct in thinking so. Great News Around You is a wonderful song, full of rich melodies, and great instrumentation.Read more ›
The Minus 5 Disc ("Let the War Against Music Begin") opens with "Great News Around You," which sounds as if it were taken straight out of the Beach Boy's classic "Pet Sounds." "Got You" is another catchy number with a darker meaning behind what initially seems to be bright lyrics. Other highlights include, "You Don't Mean It", "1000 Years Away" and "One Bar At a Time."
For their turn at bat, the Fellows put out an album's worth of tunes not all that far removed from the Minus 5 disc, but a little more amped up. Some favorites include the insanely catchy cover of Boyce & Hart's "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," the equally infectious "For the Love of a Girl", the dorky but lovable "My Drumset" and "Good Times Rock N Roll." And if that isn't enough to make you buy the album, they throw in a song devoted to a Krispy Kreme waitress.
Both discs feature a number of songs that could appear comfortably on the other, but both also retain their own spirit and unique feel. What really holds them together is the fact that both feature the powerful song writing of Scott McCaughey. This guy has been making music for many years now, and he knows what he's doing. Some musicians churn out a bunch of great songs early in their career only to burn out and release second rate garbage in their middle to late career. Scott McCaughey isn't one of those musicians. He keeps trying new things, but rest assured anything the man touches turns to gold. If some long-time fans of the Fellows are disappointed by this offering, it is probably due to the fact that it is different than McCaughey's early work. And making different music is a bit of a mixed blessing.Read more ›
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The Minus 5 disc in this set is their best. Shame it's out of print. It's mostly 60s-ish power-pop. It sounds "at home" in a shuffle with the Zombies, Swag, the Kinks, Cheap Trick,... Read morePublished on August 20, 2007 by John McGreivey
I concede that I bought this CD out of sheer curiosity. I never heard them -both bands- before. Now it stands between my most beloved CD's, and believe me, I do have a 'beloved'... Read morePublished on October 21, 2002 by e.s. ortiz-gonzalez
Criticizing this long-awaited new YFF release makes me feel bad. Much in the same way that a shipwreck survivor might feel guilty for commenting on the blandness of his first hot... Read morePublished on March 2, 2001 by Mel Matsuoka