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This Will Be Laughing Week

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Rock trio from Kansas kicks out serious pop hooks and instant sing-along melodies. Lots of rockin' guitars and catchy riffs. This is the second CD from Ultimate Fakebook, one of the fastest rising bands in the Midwest.

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"Ultimate Fakebook has been writing and refining its brand of love-themed power-pop in the Lawrence, Kansas, area since 1994. Even though Electric Kissing Parties is Ultimate Fakebook's first release, the band is an acknowledged heavyweight on the Kansas scene... Great pop songs and awards are enough to get A&R folks worked up, and there is no doubt that the group's second full-length, which the group is recording right now, will be something to fight over. Until then, folks will have to savor the award-winning Electric Kissing Parties."

- CMJ, November 2, 1998 "...a sharp, focused powerhouse that will take you by surprise...we urge you to listen to this record. We see limitless potential in this band, and were sure youll concur."

- FMQB, November 21, 1997 "Kissing Parties is a nice collection of 10 power-pop anthems that manage to bob, weave and swerve just enough...If you are looking for comparisons, think of every power pop band that pays naked reverence to Cheap Trick or even Big Star, and youre in the neighborhood."

- The Kansas City Star, November 20, 1997 "Unabashedly infectious."

- The Manhattan Mercury, November 16, 1997 "...their full-length debut is overflowing with intelligent, driving guitars that manage equal amounts of melody and intensity...a tremendous power pop outfit..."

- Pitch Weekly, November 13, 1997 "Long on pop while still incorporating a rockin guitar sound, they have constructed a strong college rock album...its obvious these guys know how to write a song."

- The Lawrence Journal-World, November 13, 1997 "Electric Kissing Parties is a fantastic album from beginning to end...If you threw equal amounts of Weezer and Cheap Trick into a blender with just a bit of Pavement on the side, you would have Ultimate Fakebook."

- Kansas State Collegian, October 23, 1997 "If you enjoy musical passion, attitude and powerful vocals, Ultimate Fakebook will be your cup of tea!"

- Album Network January 9, 1998

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004VW9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tyler D. on October 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is an outstanding CD. I work at Abercrombie & Fitch and I first heard this band playing on our CD at work. The first song I heard was "Tell me what you want" which I instantly fell in love with. What a great track. Then I realized each month, Abercrombie would feature 2 new tracks from UFB each month. They're style is very recognizable. I could tell whenever UFB was playing on our disc even before I knew the band's name. It's catchy, it's pop, it's fun, and most surprisingly, it's musical. That's why I dig it. So I decided I'd go and buy their album. I was not disappointed. Virtually all the songs are good.
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If Blur humped Dokken, the result would be this electrifying 3-piece out of Manhattan, KS. Having debuted most of this album in front of audiences throughout the Midwest, "This Will Be Laughing Week" captures these guys at their finest, blending riff after riff of heavy metal crunch with frontman Bill McShane's crooning falsetto. But "This Will be Laughing Week" isn't an album for metal-heads only. McShane's intelligent lyrics explore young love and young relationships with a breathtaking honesty shocking to find coming over the top of the pop-iest metal around. Comparisons to Weezer abound, but Fakebook's blend of pop and metal poured over refreshingly intelligent lyrics will win favor with fans of Emo and Brit-pop as well. The album's opener, "She Don't Even Know My Name," along side "Little Apple Girl" and "Soaked in Cinnamon" are classic Fakebook. Drummer Eric Molin's fills are the biggest this side of Tommy Lee, and complement McShane's guitar and the driving bass that are the band's trademark. But there are also a few surprises. The title track sounds like a Leon Redbone cover, while other tracks evoke throwbacks to the Beatles, Beck and the Rolling Stones. All in all, this album is a must-have not just for metal heads (long live metal!), but fans of pop music looking for something original in this world full of Alanis Morisettes and Semisonics. AND PLEASE-- If they're ever in your area, go see them. You're likely to see one of the best live acts around, and you might just catch a cover version of "Xanadu" or "Purple Rain."
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No one has been able to do what Ultimate Fakebook is doing ever since The Plimsouls and The Beat did it oh so well in the early 80's. So many other rock groups TRY to master the power pop genre, but the only band that is doing it right now is Ultimate Fakebook. They're the only ones with the energy, power, and incredibly catchy hooks and choruses to significantly certify them as a power pop outfit. Yes, they're doing just about everything right, and This Will Be Laughing Week proves it. One listen is all it takes.
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There's just something about Ultimate Fakebook that makes them stand out of the crowd when it comes to good music. It's not because of a certain music style tag, a cetain record label, or any over the top pop glitz that can make anyone who stands defiantly in front of the top 40s barrage nauseous. It's because they play rock and roll, plain and simple. And ever though some of the songs have pop elements in them, they're still rock and roll. Now a rather large name in the Midwest, Ultimate Fakebook, hailing from Manhatttan, Kansas, does the term power pop-rock justice. Most of the time, when hear that label, I think of MTV and cringe at the thought of formulated songs and star-studded money magnets playing their instruments not for the love of the music, but for getting their faces plastered on TRL. Well, that put aside, Ultimate Fakebook definatly earns the respect they deserve. The songs on This Will Be Laughing Week just make you want to get up and rock out. Just hearing the opening to She Don't Even Know My Name, the pounding beats in Soaked in Cinnamon, and the closing of Far, Far Away just makes you want to get up and shout YES!, this is what good music should sound like! Eric Molin's drumming would make the likes of Neil Peart proud. Just hearing the downbeat on 1 and 3 on Soaked in Cinnamon makes you want to get up and slide across the floor palying air guitar. Bill McShane's voice also isn't bad at all, and the falsetto adds just another different element into the band that makes it so good. Not only that, but the band actually spends time with their fans at concerts! Truly good musicians know how to appreaciate their fans, and instead of hiding back in the cave of the backstage after a show, UFB gets out and does the walk.Read more ›
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This cd is the best. There is so much negative music out there, "This Will Be Laughing Week" is a nice change. Their music puts me is such a good mood! They also have a variety of tunes so I never get burned out. This is my ultimate favorite!
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This is one good cd. Not excellent, but good. If you like what you hear out the Kansas area, such as these guys, pick up something by the get up kids or the creature comforts. I especially like that this trio, headed by Bill McShane, added in a couple of tunes from the first record, such as Far, Far Away and Downstairs/Arena Rock. All in all, a good mix from the boys in Manhatten.
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