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III

Fucking ChampsAudio CD
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The Fucking Champs are a three-piece progressive rock band from San Francisco, California. They are known for their heavy metal appeal, based largely around shifting time signatures, guitar harmonies, and lots of rhythm. Most songs are instrumental. They are currently signed to Drag City. They have also collaborated with Trans Am and the two have recorded albums together as TransChamps and The ... Read more in Amazon's Fucking Champs Store

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  • Audio CD (May 30, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenetic Records
  • ASIN: B00005V8DF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Andres Segovia Interests Me
2. Valkyrie Is Dying
3. Don the Atmosphere
4. Heart To Heart
5. The Trees
6. Silent Night, Friendly Night
7. Some Swords
8. Lee Tom
9. Now Is The Winter Of Our Discoteque
10. You're Feelings
11. Dale Bozzio
12. Sad Segovia
13. Amanda
14. '84
15. Flawless Victory
16. The Golden Pipes Trilogy (The Golden Pipes, On Seas of Sorrow Sail Death's Ships, Starlight On the Barrow Downs)
17. Some Swords Reprise
18. ROM
19. Atop the Pyramid That Is You
20. Guns In Our Schools
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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"III is articulate, incredibly sharp and absolutely monumental..." -- Angry Thoreauan

"Two guitars and a drum kit have never caused such a stir." -- Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Magnet

"Voivod only wish they’d thought of these riffs first." -- Alternative Press

.."The Champs know how to write complex guitar strata, and perhaps most importantly,they can actually pull it off.".. -- Dave Clifford, Your Flesh

Stephen Malkmus of Pavement listed The Champs’ "III" as one of his top five picks of the year. -- Readers Poll 1998 Rolling Stone, Artists’ Picks section

Product Description

There’s nothing conventional about the metal yet melodic onslaught of the Fucking Champs debut full length. Careening time signatures and dynamic arrangements make sure the boundaries of instrumental rock are being stretched at all times. Recorded by Tim Green this album lays the blueprint for other instrumental acts attempting to synthesize classic guitar rock and more avant-garde styles into one coherent sound that rocks your body and brain equally. The Champs varied approach to songwriting and performance makes them one of the most vital instrumental rock bands to emerge in the last ten years. Their first release for Frenetic is a tour-de-force that will amaze fans of heavy, heady music.

"The defining moment was III (Frenetic, 1997), a 25-track double album released under the moniker C4AM95. The style of the guitar duo had solidified in a forceful fusion of heavy-metal and math-rock, that did not eschew melodic progressions but only if grafted on convoluted structures. Sometimes reminiscent of Voivod , the Champs romp through rock and roll numbers such as Amanda and Valkyrie Is Dying and linger on the complex scaffolding of Dale Bozzio, Flawless Victory and The Golden Pipes Trilogy. The album is embellished with several short electronic ditties in the vein of Brian Eno (Now Is The Winter Of Our Discoteque, Andres Segovia Interests Me). " Piero Scaruffi


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5.0 out of 5 stars Total Classic. A genre of their own June 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
On this debut release the Fn Champs mix it up with the Kraftwerk and the metalizations. The synthy Kraftwerk stuff doesn't really do it for me (though I am a fan of Kraftwerk) but the metal stuff is definitely rocking. The sound is so thick and rectified and the playing is really tight overall. This is very guitar-driven - drums are less prominently featured. The production follows the overall sound and while the guitars are certainly metal, the recording is much more indie and ambient than a standard metal close-mic'd and compressed CD.

Last note: the melodies on this are great!! A very solid start for the champs.

** Edit - updated 1/11/2013
Having listened to this for years now, it's an absolute classic. I liked it at the start but it's grown on me a lot. It's everything I love about metal - the ornate harmonies, massive hooky riffs, epic builds, without the vocals (it's a personal thing so don't hate on me for my taste). And the song structures are more indie/post-punk in concept than metal IMHO. Anyway, who cares? It Fn rocks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album from one of my favorite bands May 16, 2014
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Can't recommend this album enough. Excellent songs, excellent guitar playing and enough variety in the album to keep one adequately entertained.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A weird band September 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Champs, The F*cking Champs, and C4AM95. a metal joke band? or jokey metal band? hmm...perhaps neither. hard to get a handle on these Portland rockers. their musical approach seems to be churning out hard rocking metal riffs with a smirk and a wink. oh gee...aren't we ironic. i think they have a genuine love of hard rock and metal, but this is not for the average heavy metal listener. the lack of vocals works well for this sort of thing, considering when they are included here (on a few select tracks) they sound forced and just plain amateur. there are some wicked riffs within this album, but there's also some god awful keyboard stuff that just does not fit the album. this is not bad...but just a really weird record.
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