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Ass PonysAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Checkered Past
  • ASIN: B00005JDCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Last Night It Snowed
2. Kung Fu Reference
3. Donald Sutherland
4. Black Dot
5. Dried Up
6. Only
7. Fire In The Hole
8. (Baby) I Love You (Baby)
9. Calendar Days
10. Baby In A Jar
11. Dollar A Day
12. Butterfly
13. Nothing Starts Today
14. Bonus Track

Editorial Reviews

Ass Ponys were local heroes in their native Cincinnati and then one-hit wonders with the 1995 alt-rock radio smash "Little Bastard." But with Lohio and its predecessor, Some Stupid with a Flare Gun, the group solidified its standing as a first-rate purveyor of smart roots rock played with heart and a goofy grin. Like Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Ponys singer and songwriter Chuck Cleaver has a pinched tone and a penchant for telling weird tales. On Lohio he sings with equal passion about old TV shows and morphine fixes, dead babies and forgotten crushes. Confessional songwriting may be increasingly dominated by smirking ironists and self-serious sad sacks, but thankfully, Ass Ponys never got the memo. --Anders Smith Lindall

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, the Ponys put together a true masterpiece! January 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
From the first warbling, child-like verse of "last night it snowed" through almost an hour of southern-fried, post-modern, twisted, arabesque and sad indie pop-rock this album means business. The Ponys have been churning out music since the late 80's, and their legacy includes a brief stint as major-label-almost-stars thanks to the '94 single "little bastard". Thier last major label disc was the spotty "known universe" in '97.... then, the boys fell of the map for a few years. When they returned, they almost sounded like a different band. When bands return to indie lables (checkered past), it is often sort of a homecoming--- and a liberation for a group of artists previously forced to spend more time negotiating with corporate slicksters than creating music. Such was the case with "Lohio"'s predecessor, "some stupid with a flare gun". The band sounded rough, but totally revitalized, and Chuck Cleaver came through with the best batch of songs of his career.... until "Lohio". Simply put, "Lohio" is a landmark album, a masterpiece. The first song tumbles from a tender, folky ode to a crushing, slash-and-burn guitar blast all in the space of a minute and a half. It's killer, It sounds so fresh, so vital. Better than battle-scarred vets have any right to sound. And it just gets better. The 2nd track, "Kung Fu reference" is arguably the best track the Ponys have ever laid down, and easily the best song of the year. Classic pop song structure, sophisticated lyrics that are achingly poignant due to an arcane pop-culture allusion and a wonderfully sad twist at the end: "Blade Runner's at the part where Rutger Hauer dies/I don't know anything/why do I pretend to?/If I did, I'd be the one? who's living with you know. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic recording from a fantastic band July 31, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant album filled with melodic songs, rich lyrics, and wonderful performances. The songs are catchy (dare I even say hummable), yet they have depth and complexity created by the band's brilliant instrumental performances. Chuck Cleaver's lyrics investigate a variety of distinctly odd American characters and situations. One of the finest recordings I've heard in some time... highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars their best yet April 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you purchase only one Ass Ponys record, make it this one. Chuck Cleaver's much-mellowed vocals and excellent writing should win some new fans while still pleasing the die-hards. Expertly played and beautifully recorded, Lohio paints a more cohesive picture than previous releases. From start to finish, it utilizes the rural midwestern landscape as a backdrop for its carefully crafted vignettes. From first snow to late summer longing, the focus glides from one memory to the next until they start to feel remarkably like your own.
More urbane critics like to describe (read: dismiss) the subject matter as "quirky", "dark", "wacky"...i.e. too fantastic, too homespun, too whatever... But maybe I should cut them some slack... Maybe they never grew up in the middle of nowhere, and so Cleaver's personal recollections probably do sound more like fairy tales.
But I don't know... Sweetness, regret, morphine, Jesus. Sounds like a typical day to me. Told with just the right amount of sincerity and humor by four guys who get the joke.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2001 August 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you like Americana, this is the best it gets. I have been a fan of these guys from Ohio for years and this album is their best album. Every song is a winner. Sick of corporate muscic? Get the real thing and buy this CD. My hat is off to the Ass Ponys. Great album.....great album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ass Ponys...let's ride tonight.... May 11, 2012
By Keene
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've had this album for many years, I'm telling you this is great Americana rock from what they call the heartland. This reminds me of the sound of the Band, a little bit more sensitive and personal. Great singing and funny and strange lyrics that tug on your heart. This guy Chuck Weaver is very talented. The band is defunct because the music industry is just terrible sometimes. Another great band that fell through the cracks. Weaver is now in another band called Wussy. Another terrific band. If you like this kind of music give it a try....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depression never sounded so good. June 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a wonderful album. The Ass Ponys prove once again that while they aren't afraid of the dark, they don't mind a little sunlight too. "Lohio" burns with lazy summer-day regret, as song after song peels away another layer of depression - the alone-on-Friday-night malaise of "Kung Fu Reference," the aching nostalgia of "Dried Up" and "Calendar Days," the sad sad descent into hospice morphine addiction of "I Love You." But the Ponys tackle their subjects with clear-eyed honesty and humor, and song after song comes alive with exuberance and poignancy.
It sounds great, too. The Ponys write with incredible economy (their favorite progression is I-IV), which allows them to have all kinds of fun with goofy arrangements and offbeat instrumentation. They haven't forgotten how to rock hard, either - check out "Last Night it Snowed," the song Wilco has been trying to write for years. But it's their tender and wise take on depression that keeps me coming back to "Lohio." When you're having one of those days where you wake up and just know nothing's going to happen, play the Ass Ponys. It's good to know they're out there, and they're on your side.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best songwriter of the 90s?...should be in the conversation
Ever since I heard and realized "Astronaut" was one of the best songs from the new millenium both lyrically, sonically and production-wise, I never really listened to them enough... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tiny tunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous
Great production, fantastic songwriting, terrific variety of songs, excellent musicianship by the band. Read more
Published on August 8, 2003 by W. D. Rupy
5.0 out of 5 stars Depression never sounded so good.
What a wonderful album. The Ass Ponys prove once again that while they aren't afraid of the dark, they don't mind a little sunlight too. Read more
Published on June 8, 2003 by M. Casarino
4.0 out of 5 stars Midwestern Misery
Last Night it Snowed, which kicks this [album] off, has the title of the Stroke's first big hit in it. Read more
Published on August 20, 2002 by TRAMPLER37
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful discovery
CD discoveries like this one from the "Ass Ponys" makes me happy. Never heard them before. Bought it out of sheer curiosity. It was (it is) worth the discovery. Read more
Published on August 3, 2002 by e.s. ortiz-gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely catchy songs and beautifully textured sounds
This is a great album. From the first time I heard it, I've needed to listen to it several times a day.
Published on June 3, 2002 by cliff
3.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Heartland- does this matter in post modern rock?
Upon my first listen to this record, I was immediately impressed with the obvious mixture of ingredients- a tight bar band, with the keening, tortured, high pitched wail of the... Read more
Published on October 5, 2001
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