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'Lyrically ambivalent and musically daring, this is glam for the flannel and Pabst crowd.'' - Andy Dowling, CMJ New Music Monthly

Ringodom or Proctor, the debut album from Chicago's Head of Femur, has received limitless praise for its unique approach to indie arrangements and pop sounds. Crossing too many genres to even begin to approach, the catchy yet incredibly intricate record bridges 70's art rock with the modern indie sound, creating something inexplicable yet inescapable. It has ambitious arrangements and rich, lush instrumentation utilizing cello, violin, trumpet, glockenspiel, etc. Rock 'n' Roll for people bored of modern rock music, it twists and flows through eleven songs of inspired madness.

Though several influences can be pointed to (Brian Eno, Sparks, Roxy Music, even the Beach Boys), Femur have crafted these influences into an unique, creative whole, incorporating elements of glam, indie, and straight out rock n roll.

Ringodom or Proctor was recorded at Lincoln, NE's Presto! Recording Studios by acclaimed indie producer AJ Mogis, and debuted at #30 in the CMJ top 200, remaining in the charts for seven consecutive weeks.

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"...filled with small epiphanies...ambitious arrangements, with trumpet, violins and cello playing counterpoint melodies atop rocking rhythms" -- Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, August 2003

"...one of the most exciting musical arrivals in some time...absolutely nothing sounds as fresh, fun and original." -- Joshua Klein, Billboard Magazine, August 2003

"what happens when a new album helps you predict one slot on top-10 lists for years to come." -- Andrew Earles, Magnet Magazine, October 2003

1. January On Strike
2. Curve That Byrd
3. Yoeman Or Tinker
4. 80 Steps To Jonah
5. Me, My Dad, My Cousin, and...Ronnie
6. Acme: The Summit of a Mountain
7. The True Wheel
8. Money Is the Root...
9. Science Needed a Medical Man
10. Finally I've Made It Nowhere
11. The Care Wore a Halo Hat

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Greyday Productions
  • ASIN: B000171UBU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Stoeltje on September 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
What is most impressive about Ringodom and Proctor is not the lavish instrumentation or high-quality production, which many would consider uncharacteristic of a genuinely "indie" album, but rather the simple genius of the songwriting. Initial listens may startle, but soon the recording's overall value becomes apparent; needless to say it is eclectic, but it is also just so very good. Obvious influences of this band might include the Beach Boys or the Talking Heads, but these kind of comparisons don't do justice to such an original album.

It should be noted that Head of Femur has borrowed not only the instruments of classical music, but also many of the painstaking polyphonic techniques and time changes that are rarely heard outside of the classical sphere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Head of Femur's debut album Ringodom or Proctor is excitingly experimental and yet is back to the basics good old fashioned rock and roll. The tunes are catchy and the lyrics wild and crazy. The blending of vocals and instruments is top-notch. This band sounds like they are having fun and that makes for pleasant listening. This is sophisticated rock at its best. The album receives my highest recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Elise on October 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Head of Femur is simply wonderful. I am completely biased by my love for them, but they are one of the best bands I have heard in many a year. The have an original, full sound to every song, and entertaining but varied tracks. They can maintain a playful sound but quickly and easily slide into a poignant sort of interlude. I have seen Head of Femur live several times, and they've put on the best live shows I have ever seen, they just have so much energy and love of what they're doing, that it is amazing to watch. People ask me what they're like, and I can only say "Awesome!" have a listen and hopefully you'll agree...
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By L. Travis on July 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion this album is their best of the first three. Who cares what I like? Maybe you like what I like. Here's what I like. I like Neutral Milk Hotel, Prokofiev, Tool, Beatles, Floyd, Bauhaus, Allman Brothers, and Pixies. I have listened to this album a lot. Very catchy. Clever. It is surprising to me they aren't more acclaimed. Very surprising, because they have an original sound. Honestly, I don't think they followed up on this album well enough. I don't know. I keep waiting for a repeat from them of something with such power.

My favorite is 80 Steps to Jonah. I also really like their cover of Brian Eno's True Wheel. Curve that Byrd is great. There are another 3 or 4 that are terrific. I hope they make another like this one sometime.
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I've got to give this album and band credit. I bought this based off a friends suggestion and after a few spins i was like "What in the heck?" It's weird and i dig on weird but at points in times, it can be jarring in terms of sound. (slightly rough, not as smooth production as you might assume) To me though and my experiences, this album is an absolute grower! Great lyrics, fun music and altogether very outstanding.

So, if after a few spins it doesn't click, give it some time. It will and the payoff will be a lifetime of love!

Style-wise, i hear a lot of modern day psychedelia but in a toned down manner. (more in substance than the music?) The song w/ Ronnie is damn brilliant too.
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