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Gizmodgery [Explicit]

December 28, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2000
  • Label: Self Digital
  • Copyright: 2010 Self Digital
  • Total Length: 45:29
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B0032VPIF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,887 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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If you havent heard SELF, GO BUY THEIR ALBUM!
Rik
What A Fool Believes is the best cover song ever recorded.
"forecurtis"
This is top-notch brilliant pop music made with toys!!?
marc

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hogarth Hughes on September 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Extremly hard to obtain but an absolute CD necessity, GISMODGERY is the fourth commercial release from the unchartably creative SELF. An interesting novelty (toy instruments) done in a manner of dignity, this record is just plain supercool. Once again MATT MAHAFEY and his bandmates prove their cutting edge pop know how is unmatched. This Japanese version is the same as the U.S. release save the import's bonus track, RESURRECT, which makes this disc worth the extra bucks (not to mention the fact that the U.S. version is all but impossible to track down). A must for the alternative pop afficianado.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cinephile100 on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Self is the name of the band of Matt Mahaffey. The name spurs from the fact that he records most of the songs by, you guessed it, himself. "Gizmodgery" is his latest release. You could call it a concept album; the concept being that besides his voice, all the instruments used in the recording of this album were toy instruments. Yes, you heard right. No electric guitars. No drums. No pianos. Only their toy equivalents. Quite the gutsy move.
But he pulls it off. He manages to make these toy instruments sound commonplace in his music. The idea of "only toy instruments" moves beyond being a gimmick into an expression. This album is unlike anything I've ever heard before. There is really no better way to describe it. It's sound is unique unto itself. And its a bit of a departure from previous Self albums. It moves out of the more rock oriented realms and begins to experiment with what can be done in the art of music. That's not to say this album doesn't rock.
With such songs as "Dead Man" and "Nine Lives" to the cover of the Doobie Brother's "What a Fool Believes" to the classic "Trunk Fulla Amps," this album doesn't stop (with the exception of "Chameleon", a song I could take or leave). Track after track you are hit by another rocking tune. Even the croonish "Ilovetoloveyourlovemylove" has a beat you can tap your foot to.
As a whole, the album is a well executed experiment in music that pays off. If you have the fifteen bucks and are tired of listening to music that sounds like everything else out there, pick this up. You won't be dissapointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By marc on March 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For production value (or should i say genius?) MATT MAHAFFEY cannot possibly be outdone. This album was recorded solely with TOY INSTRUMENTS...thing is you shouldnt be fooled. As childish as it HAS to be, this is no amateur, silly, indie-rock record. Nor is it some low grade attempt to be arty or avante garde. Which the concept might lead you to expect. AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT STAND OUT AS A CUT ABOVE. This is top-notch brilliant pop music made with toys!!? And as usual SELF is relentlessly versatile and creative with composition.Once again showing off their ability to flow in and out of different musical styles with mastery. A fine example of this point occurs with the cover of "What a Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers. Just in case this isnt sinking, let me say this again. We're talking "What a Fool Believes " played on toy instuments!!!??? What's most impressive is all of the TOYS on the album were recorded w/out the help of a sample machine yet the production sounds so good you cannot fathom how it was done.

Did I mention that this isnt even their best record?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam W. Smith on September 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Recorded using toy instruments only (such as toy guitars, drums, keys, etc., and plain childrens toys), "Gizmodgery" is a truly unique album in many ways. Comparable to "Subliminal Plastic Motives", "The Half-Baked Serenade", and "Breakfast With Girls" in sound and musicianship, "Gizmodgery", Self's 4th CD (not including "Feels Like Breaking Shit" and various boots), has a different feel to it at some points during the course of the CD. Obviously, the songwriting has a different approach to it, it ends up working quite well for most of the CD. On "I Am a Little Explosion", the music has a kind of sterile, inhuman feel to it, but that's the exception to the rule, for an album using strictly toy instruments and vocals (and handclaps), "Gizmodgery" sounds very much human, and all of the songs on here would sound great live. The constant barrage of toy sounds and bleeps doesn't become annoying at all, it's part of the overall charm of the album. The standout tracks, in my mind are "Dead Man", a nice piece of pop that has great lyrics to match the music behind it; "Trunk Fulla Amps", an obvious single which has an edited version included as track 13; "Miracleworker", which starts out with a guitar riff that brings to mind The Who's "I Can't Explain"; "Pattycake", a Prince-esque post-disco rave-up ode to a carefree childhood, complete with a handjive in the middle of the song; and "What a Fool Believes", a cover of the Doobie Brothers song, which improves upon the original, while sounding faithful to it, despite the usage of toy instruments.Read more ›
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