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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000P1O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 x CD Album
Europe 1995

1Jaywalkin'3:27
2The Break3:57
3Need Some Air2:54
4Somebody Else's Body3:49
5Honesty Files4:29
6This Is No Place3:46
7The Mistake4:30
8Take Me3:00
9View Of The Rain4:42
10Last Night / Tomorrow5:22
11Tin Foil4:27
12Monopoly3:29
13And You'll Say4:16
14Digital Black Epilogue8:47

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Exit the Dragon is a somber, brooding effort fueled by more than a touch of "woe is me." There is no larger-than-life FM-rock anthem on this album; no Paul Shaffer favorite like Saturation's "Sister Havana." Produced once again by Philadelphia's Butcher Brothers, Joe and Phil Nicolo, the 15 songs are almost all mid-tempo groovers. In place of the last album's shimmering guitars and thunderous drums are groaning synthesizers, heavy Hammond organs, distant horns, and clattering congas. Over this late-night juke-joint backdrop, singers Nash Kato and Ed Roeser ruminate about how they hate walking in sunshine, can't get a break, never learned anything in school, made more than their share of mistakes, and don't pray anymore "because too many of God's children die." Such whining sentimentality would be unbearable coming from, say, sanctimonious folkies Soul Asylum or generic grungemeisters Bush. But the members of Urge Overkill are post-modern pranksters who are well versed in every aspect of rock history and '70s pop culture. They're having the time of their lives being this miserable, and the dark night of their souls is illuminated by sign posts pointing out the connections to legendary end-of-the-line classics such as Big Star III, the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St., and Sly and the Family Stone's There's A Riot Goin' On. --Jim DeRogatis

Customer Reviews

I love how "Exit the Dragon" is always referred to as a colossal F-up.
Amazon Customer
Essentially, I love this album because it is one of those albums that offer something that I cannot find anywhere else.
Jamie Klein
This record really struck me as being a very sincere and introspective effort.
MLW

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. khan on December 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
ok well its really simple, this album pretty much seperates all the squares from all the people that have an intuitive sense for good taste. the mixed reviews are pretty obvious and innevitable i mean mainstream doesnt really want an album with even a bit of irony. Exit the dragon has managed to incorporate so many elements and genres of music that it practically has come down to just that good ol' bad ass rock n roll. mixing power pop, melodic, punk, experiemental, blues, country ballads, duets, just all beautiful melodies to crunching guitars. im flabbergasted my favorite albums sells for only 2 dollars i mean you seriously cant beat that. but as many other bands such as new york dolls for every 5 fans that love em youd have another 50 that would label em as 'mock rock'. Which is probably the best sign of something being really good, usually the unlistenable is whats hot. this gem holds all the beauty of any album that will always grow on you.. The best song off the album hands down has to be last night/tommorrow a metaphor based song involving the from when the point you score smack to the transition of the song peaking and then the beautiful break down which symbolizes the come down.. A beautiful tragic album by one of the best bands that carried the power pop throne along side the replacements, cheap trick, posies, the dolls, superchunk, redd kross, i could go on but its better if you hear it from them and not me...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I am shocked at how few people to whom rock really matters have knowledge of this album. I feel somewhat clumsy all the same in labelling it a 'lost masterpiece' as UO still maintain a relatively healthy degree of respect and name recognition. But it is all the same true that 'Exit the Dragon' broke the back of this extraordinary band, and on account of that fact they never achieved anything close to the status they deserved. The lead review damns with faint praise by suggesting a link to 'Exile', 'Big Star 3' etc. I say this not because it is as good as 'Exile' or 'Riot' - (it isn't, but what is?) - but because it suggests that Urge are worthy of commendation largely on account of the quality of their influences. I think the real truth is that this is one of the few hyper-intelligent bands who rose above their own capacity to be arch and delivered instead a clear-eyed illustration of the sheer weight of everything they had been through together; the bruising of their collective dreams. In so doing they produced a testament to all that is glorious in rock music. Appropriately enough, hardly anyone cared. In my opinion, 'Exit the Dragon' is one of the great, great albums, - far better than any other UO effort - and is worthy of being compared to the efforts of any band in any era. Obviously, there's stuff like 'The Candidate' and 'Guyville' on the other releases, but this is the one definitive album Urge released. I am one of those who failed to realise on first listen how much 'Dragon' had to offer, indeed, it was probably a few years after first listening before I really came back to it. But when that switch was finally flicked, I was floored. It is impecable: so slick, so brilliantly played, yet so raw and human.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fatmatt on July 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hey folks--I've noticed that a lot of great music like "Exit the Dragon" is in ending up in the old dollar bin because the used merchants have too much and nobody cares anymore (uh, supply & demand I think). Well let me tell you--this is one great rock and roll album that, as I write this, can be had at a bargain.

These guys were a great band and they released their best when they were at the end of the rope they eventually hung themselves with. The tension and desperation are palpable, particularly on the Eddie Roeser tracks like "This Is No Place" and "Tin Foil." "The Mistake" is a regret-filled dirge about a drug suicide written by the drummer Blackie, who subsequently quit/was fired, allegedly for reasons including his own substance abuse problems. The Nash "Girl, You are a Woman Now" Kato tracks are generally more upbeat and help lift the gloom momentarily, but this one is a delightful downer(think Big Star's "Third/Sisters Lovers" or Sly's "Riot" but not as good).

I saw these guys in Athens, GA at the 40 Watt on the "Saturation" tour and I can attest that they were the real deal. They hit the stage barechested and wearing giant "UO" gold medallions around their necks. Too bad they had their chance when it was becoming uncool to act like rock stars.

So buy a copy now because I think its out of print and it will probably be worth BIG BUCKS someday...or maybe not, but you can still listen to it and think about how little you paid for so much listening pleasure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fuzzy bubblegum on January 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
God. They had that special quality. Urge had soul. Exit the Dragon is Urge Overkill's best album, but even if Geffen had done their job and had given the record a fair amount of promotion (yeah, they didn't), it probably still wouldn't have sold very well, I'm very sorry to say. Most people don't "get" UO, but all they need to do is listen with the ability to recognize what makes great art and what makes art great! It's all about "the touch", as Dirk Diggler once sang(although I think he was talking about a different sort of "touch"). UO truly had "it" on this record, but Geffen had just about "had it" with UO. I was 14 when this came out (I was even more of a fan then), and I don't remember knowing anyone who was into them at the time besides myself and some friends I had personally influenced. Sad stuff. It's okay, though, UO will be "Big Star"'s someday...It's the same old story; an inventive, ridiculously good band is misunderstood and frustratingly commercially unsucessful during their existance until ten years later or so after their demise when a bunch of record collecting geeks "discover" them and turn them into cult-legends. They deserve so much more than that...Karma? Just buy this record and love it.
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