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Formed in Greenwich Village in 1964 by beat poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, The Fugs were a seminal rock group that paved the way for The Mothers of Invention, The Velvet Underground, and generations of alternative, underground, punk, political rock and freak-folk artists.

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  • Audio CD (May 30, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XEF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slum Goddess
2. Ah, Sunflower Weary of Time
3. Supergirl
4. Swinburne Stomp
5. I Couldn't Get High
6. How Sweet I Roamed From Field To Field
7. Carpe Diem
8. My Baby Done Left Me
9. Boobs A Lot
10. Nothing
11. We're The Fugs
12. Defeated
13. The Ten Commandments
14. CIA Man
15. In The Middle Of Their First Recording Session The Fugs Sign The Worst Contract Since Leadbelly's
16. I Saw The Best Minds Of My Generation Rock
17. Spontaneous Salute To Andy Warhol
18. War Kills Babies (Live)
19. The Fugs National Anthem (Live)
20. The Fugs Spaghetti Death (No Redemption No Redemption)-A Glop Of Spaghetti For Andy Warhol (Live)
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It didn't start with GINSBERG, folks!!
MARTHA GRAHAM
Since I love guys with a good sense of humor, I bought the album and I never ever regretted doing so.
Bèr Wilbers
The answer is like totally yup and yessum if you ask me.
Noddy Box

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Rick Bruner on November 17, 2002
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I had this album and The Fugs Second Album in the LP collection I inherited from my older brother who bought them when they were first issued. Sadly, the disappeared years ago from the collection (I suspect a step-brother, tho he denies it). So for years I've been wanting to buy them again and finally did so recently on CD.
Was not disappointed. What can you say about songs like "Ah, Sunflower Weary of Time," "Supergirl" (perhaps my favorite), "Swinburne Stomp," "I Couldnt' Get High," "Boobs A Lot" or "Nothing"? They're too hilarious for words. This album and The Fugs Second Album are really historical snapshots of the Beat Generation coming into the hippie age, brilliant, totally irreverant, intellectual (two poems of William Blake put to music) and juvinile (e.g., "Boobs A Lot") at the same time.
Don't expect musical genius. The quality of musicianship is crude, and studio conditions are garage, but the energy, wit and spontineity of these tracks couldn't be improved upon.
Listening to them again now, I totally hear the Fugs in the music of the Ramones, Ween, the Residents, the Jazz Butcher, Robyn Hitchcock and others. I'm surprised I haven't heard more (or for that matter any) contemporary covers of these songs. "Supergirl" or "Nothing," for example, would be very stylish for some neo-punk band to cover.
Better than the original LPs I had, these two CDs have great liner notes and lots of extra tracks.
This is definitely not to everyone's taste. My wife, for example, was appalled when I put this on. But if you appreciate humor in music and are interested in the sound of the irreverant '60s anti-establishment, by all means go for it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2002
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I believe Lester Bangs once compared this album to a bunch of Neanderthals sitting around a fire beating on logs and baying at the moon. That's pretty accurate. Anyone looking for musical or production sophistication should look elsewhere. But if your looking for that primeval yalp that created music, and probably initiated procreation itself, you'll find it here.
As a teenager I owned all the Fugs' LPs on ESP. "The Fugs Second Album" is more polished. It should be since actual musicians were playing on it. Ed, Tuli, and Ken are writers, not musicians (unless you want to call Tuli's erectorine a musical instrument). "Virgin Fugs" was my all-time favorite ESP album by the Fugs. It's musically as crude as the "First Album", but the lyrics were more blantantly obscene and simply hilarious! I hope some bold recording company will re-release it someday.
I remember being amazed when Warner Brothers/Reprise signed the Fugs in the late sixties. I couldn't believe a major label had signed the band. Imagine something like this happening now- impossible! The Reprise Fugs albums were enjoyable, but they lacked the creative intensity and sheer chutzpah of the ESP albums. The Fugs tried like hell to sound as polished as your ordinary rock band back in those days. But it was like spraying gold paint on a pile of manure. The gold paint may look pretty, but it's what's underneath that's closer to the true essence. The Fugs were renegade satirists who did their best work on a small, independent label, ESP. They were never destined for "The Ed Sullivan Show".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bèr Wilbers on February 14, 2002
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Great to see this re-release. I still remember the first time I saw something by The Fugs. I was in the record shop and and I found myself with an album in my hand that somehow managed to get in there. Quite curious how it got there I looked at the title: "It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest" by The Fugs. So that explained why I was holding it and it turned out to be the best excuse when somebody asked you how the H... you could have bought that album. Since I love guys with a good sense of humor, I bought the album and I never ever regretted doing so. Anarchy and nihilism, laughter and anger, bombastic rockopera in a circus package, that's The Fugs. Listening to the cd's now you hear that they were a document of their time. One can hear they are 35 years old, but they still are great fun to the not too easily insulted or fainthearted. And now I want It Crawled.... on cd too!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
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I will be fifty two this April. This means that in 1966 I was prime Hippie material but, somehow, I missed all that at the time. Now, I am marrying someone my own age who didn't. She is introducing me to all sorts of things, including The Fugs. I think they are wonderful, including and especially their first, rough album. They are poets not only for a generation but, I expect, for all time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Noddy Box on November 20, 2008
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A scrappy happy antidote to the streamlined blare of ultraslick melody makers. What The Fugs First Album lacked in polish though it more than supplied the want in anarcho-comical fark you attitude. A period piece now to be sure, a relic, but one that remains for me oddly comforting and frankly indispensable--there's still nothing like Tuli and the boys singing Slum Goddess or My Baby Done Left Me or Nothing to thoroughly recombobulate the banjaxed brainbox. Subversive imperfection never sounded so redoubtable. Like the dude sez here, cacophony forever.

And wasn't that amped-up and spliffy live version of CIA Man over the closing credits of the Coen brothers' Burn After Reading just an inspired fugging choice? The answer is like totally yup and yessum if you ask me.
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