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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000UE64QA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Grip Like A Vice
2. Doing It Right
3. My World
4. Titanic Vandalism
5. Fake ID
6. Universal Speech
7. Keys To The City
8. Wrath Of Marcie, The
9. I Never Needed It Now So Much
10. Flashlight Fight - Chuck D
11. Patricia's Moving Picture

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England's Go! Team play a fast and furious mix of 60s girl groups, 70s car chase TV themes, 80s lady MCs, and 90s guitar squalor. Their 2005 debut, "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" was critically lauded for its cheerleader anthems, syrupy string samples, and mad-as-a-hatter horn arrangements. This release bombs melodies into the stone age with its needle-in-the-red anti-production approach. It lurches from bubblegum pop to white noise in a heartbeat. Contributors include Chuck D, the original Double Dutch Divas, Rapper's Delight Club, Marina from Bonde Do Role, Solex, and Washington, DC's Frederick Douglas All Star Cheer Team.


Is it possible to sound like you're having more fun than the Go! Team? Probably not, going on Proof of Youth, the second album from Brighton, England's brightest pop experimentalists. As on its predecessor, 2004's Thunder, Lightning, Strike, the eleven songs on Proof of Youth burst out your speakers like tangy pop bubblegum, but on closer inspection suggest a broader, braver web of influences; many bands can remind you of the chirpy soul singalongs of the Jackson 5, the metallic guitar clang of Sonic Youth, or the cut-and-paste sonic collages of Public Enemy's Bomb Squad, but only one can do it in a single song. "Grip Like a Vice" and "Titanic Vandalism" prove the Go! Team template is present and correct, joyful melanges of car-chase horns, double dutch vocals, melodic guitar, and crowd-hyping rapping from MC/cheerleader Ninja. But there's more here than formula. "My World" is a simple, pretty interlude of acoustic guitar, shaker, and synthesiser straight from some Look Around You-style 1980s science show, "I Never Needed It Now So Much" is a naïve pop song featuring vocals from Solex, and the glorious "Flashlight Fight" is a Public Enemy pastiche that actually features Chuck D. Skill. --Louis Pattison

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If the Go! Team's debut "Thunder Lightning Strike!" was a cheerleading squad on acid, then their second is the same squad taking over a club.

And "Proof of Youth" features this deliciously raucous, wild-sounding Brighton band splashing new sounds over their music. The quieter songs don't quite fit their sound as well, but fortunately most of the album is rollicking colourful rock'n'roll and quirky rap-pop, still fresh and fun.

"The blast from the past, superb in every word/Soupest female rapper, yes the best you heard... To you!/So what you wanna do?" It's a bit self-absorbed, but who cares? The first song -- and lead single -- is a frenetically-drummed, funky dance tune with their trademarked acid-funk-cheerleading-rock style. It'll make you dance, whether you like it or not.

It also sets the tone for the album, with loads of rollicking indiepop full of emphatic raps you can barely make out. Lots of blaring horns, schizophrenic synth, shimmering melodica, tinkly edges, wild riffs and bouncy, expansive melodies that are dizzying to listen to. The driving rock and powerpop hurtle you toward the finish line, the quirky, playful "Patricia's Moving Picture."

But the Go! Team also tries out some quieter songs -- "I Never Needed It Now So Much" is a straightforward indiepop tune with some wonky keyboard. And "My World" is a bit of a shock, with just a layer of keyboard over an acoustic instrumental. It's a letdown when it starts, and a shock when it switches over to the jumbled festival sound of "Titanic Vandalism."

Basically the Go! Team have much the same sound as before -- rap-funk-psychrock-pop as played by alien cheerleaders, and played with the same kind of wild enthusiasm.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Oyama on September 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is probably my favorite album of the year. It's hard to find such an awesome band that combines noise distorted guitars with rap, cheerleading and some wicked horn parts. This album is especially tasty, though, with a sugar-coated 70's TV show vibe combined with the hard rock of the 90's and cool raps.
The Go! Team is great at playing cool rhythms within four beat time signatures. However, I especially liked the strong downbeat feel of the album, in comparison to "Thunder, Lightning, Strike". This is a more hip-hop oriented album, with awesome rhymes. Chuck D. from Public Enemy even makes a great cameo, turning the song "Flashlight Fight" into a cool hard-core activist feel.
I like everything in this album. The songs remind me of the best parts of the "Parappa the Rapper" video game on the Playstation. The raps, the horns and the harmonicas combine to make the best rock/rap/cheerleader album that I've ever heard. Why hasn't anyone else made a great album like this?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. McKay on November 12, 2007
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WOW....a sophomore effort in this day and age that's as good as the debut....AMAZING! Well, it shouldn't be that amazing with this energetic young band from Brighton, England. Their unique sound and style should carve them out a career filled with incredible albums and singles. It's not easy to pin down the sound of The Go! Team, they're one of the biggest mixed bags that popular music has seen in a long time. But one thing that can be said is that they encompass true spirit and pleasure, trite, but I don't know how else to word it.

The band's American debut "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" knocked me out upon first listen in October of '05. Here was a dizzying combination of urban funk meets '70s T.V. show theme songs meets hip hop meets folk music meets noise pop meets Sesame Street! The band's songs relate to getting down on a dance floor as much as they do social consciousness glossed over with the same child like innocence as learning your ABCs with Bert and Ernie. CAN YOU DIG IT? Long winded, yes, but listening to The Go! Team will have you pondering such notions or just asking yourself, "Why does this band make me feel so happy?" And that is desperately needed nowadays, wouldn't you agree?

If you enjoyed the first album, then you'll love this one as well. A large second dose of that same happy sensation you felt when you first heard them (for me, "Ladyflash" on the radio driving home one night from work...ahem...WHO IS THIS?!). The formula isn't tampered with in the slightest. Track 8, "The Wrath Of Marcie" has got to be the best song they have released! Here the "catchy chorus" and "melodic hook" factor are SO overtly apparent the entire song boils right over into delusional sugar-coated insanity!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By loctgruv on November 1, 2007
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If I could give it 6 stars I would, especially after seeing them live! this sound is so fun and original and just hearing "Doing it Right" sends chills up my spine because it rocked even harder live. It was halloween, i was dressed like the devil and I danced so hard I thought I was going to drop dead!
Combining 60 spy music, 80's old school hip hop, nursery rhymes and white noise, The Go! Team paint a dadaist pastiche that is instantly danceable, fun, and out of this world original! Taking all these things and making them gel together this well rarely happens, but listen to "Fake ID", "Milk Crisis", "Grip Like A Vice", "Flashlight Fight", or "Phantom Broadcast" and try to tell me otherwise. Totally original and even beteer than the first LP! What a gift this album really is; Ninja and crew really took it out of the galaxy here. The Go! Team are Unbeatable!
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