Gizmodgery [Explicit]
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Gizmodgery [Explicit]

December 28, 2009

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Song Title
I Am A Little Explosion
5 Alive
Dead Man
Trunk Fulla Amps [Explicit]
Miracle Worker [Explicit]
Hi, My Name's Cindy [Explicit]
What A Fool Believes
9 Lives
I Love To Love Your Love My Love [Explicit]
Trunk Fulla Amps (Clean Version)
Resurrect (Bonus Track)

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2000
  • Label: Self Digital
  • Copyright: 2010 Self Digital
  • Total Length: 45:29
  • Genres:
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B0032VPIF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,195 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toy genius. 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SELF MASTERY. March 11, 2005
By marc
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Accomplished Undertaking 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Approach to Making Music 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Was looking for this all over the place
Loved this group in the 90's, was a great gift for myself :) Good value and great price what more can I say
Published 10 months ago by Chris Wichryk
Mahaffey is the most brilliant musician I've ever seen. He actually gave me his only promo copy of the third album, "Breakfast with Girls", when I saw him tour for it; someone I... Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Erik Kulick
5.0 out of 5 stars Loud and Clear
I just read that people are saying this album is only made with toys. I can hear loud and clear that there is drums, guitars/pedals, keyboard drum loops, and more. Read more
Published on November 7, 2011 by Douglas Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest pop records of all time!
Yes, it's really cool that it's recorded completely on toys (years before there was such a thing as "circuit bending". It's an amazing bit of engineering on the part of Mr. Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Bradford R. Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept, perfect execution.
Gizmodgery is Self's most bizarre album, but it might be their most cohesive. The concept: an album played on exclusively children's toy instruments. Read more
Published on January 16, 2010 by Nathan Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars it's done with toys!
Have you ever wondered how creative a person can be? And if they really are that creative, how well they can pull it off? Look no further than this album. Read more
Published on October 9, 2007 by Anneschwak
5.0 out of 5 stars The creativity of Gizmodgery is unmatched
I'm surprised it took me so long to find out about this incredible album; a CD as uniquely creative and catchy as Gizmodgery should have been instantly well-acclaimed, yet this... Read more
Published on December 16, 2006 by Electro
5.0 out of 5 stars The creativity of Gizmodgery is unmatched
I'm surprised it took me so long to find out about this incredible album; a CD as uniquely creative and catchy as Gizmodgery should have been instantly well-acclaimed, yet this... Read more
Published on December 16, 2006 by Electro
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw their toy show in Murfreesboro
Luckily, I had a friend in Nashville at the time that Gizmodgery came out. I went to visit on a weekend when Self was performing a toy show in Murfreesboro. Read more
Published on July 13, 2006 by Vincent J. Badagnani
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, But Check Out Their Other CDs!
I originally started listening to and buying Self CDs only because I heard Gizmodgery at a friend's house and fell in love with the catchy-pop riffs. Read more
Published on December 5, 2005 by Maureen M.
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