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The Presidents Of The United States Of America

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2008 reissue of the fabulous debut from the Seattle Alt-Rock trio, originally released in 1995. Features the hits 'Lump', 'Peaches', 'Kitty', 'Dune Buggy' and more.


1. Kitty
2. Feather Pluckin
3. Lump
4. Stranger
5. Boll Weevil
6. Peaches
7. Dune Buggy
8. We Are Not Going To Make It
9. Kick Out the Jams
10. Body
11. Back Porch
12. Candy
13. Naked and Famous

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tooth & Nail
  • ASIN: B0018PJESU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
1990s new rock needed levity after Kurt Cobain's death, Scott Weiland's addictions and dark grunge records like Soundgarden's "Superunknown." The Presidents of the USA wouldn't see the new millennium, but provided an unforgettable debut mixing hard rock with a touch of goofiness and cornpone humor.
Make no mistake, this trio could rock as its cover of MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" attests. They also reference ZZTop, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Beatles musically and lyrically. The topics were fun ("Kitty," "Lump," "Dune Buggy") and the group had a way with a guitar hook. Moreover, like that fun 60s rock, the Presidents made their points quickly and got out (most songs struggled to make it to three minutes.) This is the album the infamous Shaggs wish they could have made.
But it wouldn't last. Green Day took the same approach, added a whinier voice, slacker world view and a touch of schmaltz to bring LPs like "Dookie" and songs like "Time Of Your Life" to the charts, while the Presidents recorded another year, cut a movie theme, then split. A shame, really, we could have used tunes like "We're Not Going To Make It," and "Peaches" one of these every couple of years, to remember that rock and roll needn't be angry to be enjoyable - or good. Recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PSM/Bokor on July 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I haven't listened to any of the band's other albums; I can only hope they are just as good as this one.

The President's style is relaxed and enjoyable. Every song on this CD is catchy and a lot of fun. There's nothing " deep" or " meaningful" about the songs; they are just enjoyable.

If you're ever in the mood to just flake out and smile, this CD is perfect. Some songs may actually make you laugh.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Some Random Guy on April 9, 2006
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This is probably one of my favourite albums, and I kinda feel inclined to give it a track by track review. Enough blabbing, on with the show...

1. Kitty 8/10- Quite a catchy track, and quite funny too, especially the line "F*ck you kitty/you're gonna spend the night outside!" Not the best track here, but tends to go down well at live gigs.

2. Feather Pluckn 10/10- Very good track, probably taking it's cues from nonsense poems, as the song itself makes no sense. Very catchy guitar lines and chorus.

3. Lump 10/10- One of the best songs on the album, catchy as hell (like most of this album) and a great single. Seemingly a love song, but still pretty bonkers.

4. Stranger 10/10- Slow start, but with a killer chorus. Lots of weird uses of speech, but original, as you'd expect from PUSA. Tells the story of a love affair with a stripper, with plenty of humor.

5. Boll Wevil 9/10- Very funky, telling the story of trying to get a bug "friend" outside. Not the best again, but great bass, and the ending section is killer.

6. Peaches 11/10- The best track here, a song about- you guessed it- Peaches! Again, kinda nonsense, but endlessly catchy! The guitar riff echoes the poppier side of punk-pop acts, such as Dookie-era Green Day. No bad thing.

7. Dune Buggy 9/10- This track has grown on me immensley, at first I thought it was rubbish, but now I like it quite alot. A strange song about a spider driving a dune buggy.

8. We Are Not Going To Make It 11/10- The 2nd best here, very, very catchy, short, but sweet. A go at a "proper" punk song, and one of my favourites.

9. Kick Out The Jams 10/10- Cover of the MC5 song, speedily done, but thriling, fun and overall- ace!

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By wellwellwell on March 25, 2003
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Since most of the Seattle grunge bands (i.e. Nirvana, Soundgarden) were finished by 1995, it was good to see and hear a new rock sound from a new band. The Presidents Of The United States Of America's self-titled debut offered great relief from the angst of music; and was (and still is) a whole new breed of music. Yes, this is mostly simple rock music, but it's simple rock music at its very best. No one can say that songs like "Lump", "Peaches", and "Kitty" didn't influence them and/or their musical preferences. And in turn The Presidents had struck gold a few times over. Their songs are to the point; carrying along some comedy and, again, a great rock & roll sound. 12 of the 13 tracks on this debut CD are absolutely brilliant. And here's an [informative] overview of those 13 songs.
The CD begins with one of the band's best: "Kitty". The second single on the album is actually the reason I became such a huge fan of The Presidents. "Peaches" and "Lump" also took part in that. Most people know it by now. One of my particular favorite songs here is "Feather Pluckn". The first track was pretty straightforward, as it was about a cat, but "Feather Pluckn" is a great song about nothing too specific. The first verse reads: `10 million monkeys all pick up guitars / 5000 fishies rockin really really really hard / check out chickie, drivin piggy's little blue car' with a background shout of `...and nobody taught them how'. There's really nothing we as fans can relate to, but it's still an awesome song. All I have to say about "Lump" is if you like it, you'll like the entire CD. The main single showcases the album's sound quite well. The song "Stranger" is also one of my favorites. It's about a striper and is a little more harmonious in its beginning than the previous three.
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