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Dengue Fever is Cambodian songstress Chhom Nimol, Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (Farfisa), Senon Williams (bass), Paul Smith (drums) and David Ralicke (sax). The Los Angeles-based band’s music has been featured in a number of film and television shows including CITY OF GHOSTS, MUST LOVE DOGS, BROKEN FLOWERS and twice on Showtime’s hit series, WEEDS. They have ... Read more in Amazon's Dengue Fever Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: M80
  • ASIN: B00114XM36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Seeing Hands
2. Clipped Wings
3. Tiger Phone Card
4. Woman In the Shoes
5. Sober Driver
6. Monsoon Of Perfume
7. Intergratron
8. Oceans Of Venus
9. Laugh Track
10. Tooth And Nail
11. Mr. Orange

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At last, Dengue Fever has made an album that quite nearly matches their incredible live performances. The group began at least as a tribute to the playful yet heavy psychedelic pop scene that flourished in Cambodia before Pol Pot came to power and silenced countless suspected dissidents in that country's infamous killing fields in the mid-1970s. Like the Cambodian pop music that so enamored them, Dengue Fever began by revitalizing strong elements of '60s surf and garage rock in their sound. Over time, they've expanded their influences to Ethiopian funk and modern dance-rock. Once a multi-culti California band with a Cambodian-born singer paying homage to the past, Dengue Fever now plays original, swirling, psychedelic pop. With Western audiences ever more open to hybrid sounds, it will be a huge surprise if Venus on Earth doesn't allow Dengue Fever to quit their day jobs for good, especially after the film about their trip to Cambodia, Sleepwalking through the Mekong, hits the festival circuit in 2008. --Mike McGonigal

Customer Reviews

My words can't do justice, just give them a listen.
Chason Castro
The psychedelic, surf, and garage melodies filtered through traditional Cambodian music fit perfectly with the haunting singing of Chhom Nimol.
J. D. JANSEN
Get out the spring rolls, the jasmine tea, and ENJOY!
Amaranth

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
My first encounter with Dengue Fever (the band) was on National Public Radio's Fresh Air, where Terri Gross interviewed lead singer Ethan Holtzman. She also played a few cuts, including the second on this CD, "Clipped Wings." I heard the same cut a few weeks later, on another NPR show, including a different interview with Holtzman.

Yesterday, on a lark, I asked for the disc in a CD haunt. The clerk had never heard of "Venus on Earth" OR the band. Who? He said. Fortunately, I found a copy, albeit the store's very last of any Dengue Fever album.

But music stores nationwide should stock and promote this amazing mix of 1960s and '70s rock style, featuring the ethereal, snaking, dipping soprano Khmer vocalizations of Chhom Nimol---pronto.

In 1997, Ethan Holtzman went to the Angkor Wat ruins outside Siem Reap. On that fateful day trip, his travel companion contracted Dengue Fever and the pair "enjoyed" a sweaty bus ride back to Phnom Penh while their driver blasted classic Cambodian '60s and '70s rock songs.

During his genocide of 2 million Cambodian intellectuals, artists, students and city dwellers, Pol Pot had murdered all the talented composers and performers whose songs and performances they heard. The soul-stopping mixes---of static-guitar, fuzzy Farfisa organ, metal percussion, and Khmer women singing like perfectly high-pitched violins---blew Holtzman away. He bought all the Cambodian rock he could find and flew back to Los Angeles.

When Ethan's brother Zach also returned to L.A.---from a decade playing San Francisco clubs---the brothers started combing Long Beach's neighborhood known as Little Phnom Penh for a Cambodian singer to join their nascent band, Dengue Fever. In summer 2001, they found Chhom Nimol, at the Dragon House club.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By spitgrrl on March 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate that my local record store put a copy of this album in their listening station. After hearing only half of the first track, I was convinced that I needed to own it. The songs throughout the album are extremely catchy and melodic. An East Asian flair integrates wonderfully with rock, funk and folk inspired music. The singer (from Cambodia, I believe) has a wonderful voice and sings some of the songs in her native language (the others are in English). If you're interested in world music or just want to listen to something unique, I highly encourage you to give Dengue Fever a try!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cornelius McGee on February 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been following Dengue from the beginning and this is their finest work yet. Their original influences (Cambodian Rock & Ethiopian Jazz) are still present but the band sounds more evolved than ever. The textures are interesting and varied. This album pushes them into the realm of great songwriting. A song like "Monsoon of Perfume" for example is timeless. Instant Classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. D. JANSEN on March 2, 2008
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This is my first experience with Dengue Fever, and in an ocean of sameness, this stands out as remarkably unique. The psychedelic, surf, and garage melodies filtered through traditional Cambodian music fit perfectly with the haunting singing of Chhom Nimol. And while I love the fact that most of the lyrics are sung in Khmer, I also appreciate the interplay with Zac Holtzman on the English language tunes "Tiger Phone Card" and "Sober Driver", and especially their subtle harmony at the end of "Tooth and Nail". I highly recommend this to anyone interested in something different but still highly listenable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vincent-pheap Chan on March 10, 2008
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I listen to Khmer oldies from the 60's and 70's every day and I know most of the lyrics. But this band is so great and so unique you can't find anywhere else on this planet. I didn't even know there was such a Band until I come across NPR and youtube video of the band's public performance. Let me tell you that I was blown away to hear Khmer oldies in Dengue Fever albums. I love it!!! my only regret is that I wasn't able to see them when they were in Montreal, Canada. I'm gonna buy every single one of their albums, believe me or not. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2008
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...check it out for yourself.

I keep reading about this band in Giant Robot, so I finally caved in and got this record along with "Escape from Dragon House." This is some awesome music by a bunch of talented players and songwriters. And those vocals--holy crap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Ness on February 27, 2008
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They have done it again...... I've listened to this disc more than 100 times and I'm still blown away. I have to admit that I heard every track sample clip on amazon prior to release and hearing this in it's entirety was amazing. I immediately went to track 6 (Monsoon of Perfume)and then played it again and again and again, you get the idea. GOOSE BUMPS! That is possibly the most beautiful song ever written and performed. I picture a space glam video(Satelite of Love) with Chhom. Then moved on to (Clipped Wings)my second favorite; very moody; cleverly orchestrated . I wish I could walk into a club sometime and hear (Integratron) playing very loudly. I have a special walk just for that song. The duet on (Tiger Phone Card) couldn't have been done better by George and Tammy. (Sober Driver) is a great story and a familiar one to probably alot of guys that date girls. (Woman in the Shoes) is very ABBA goes to Cambodia. (Oceans of Venus) should be the opening music for some Cool New International Space Spy drama - very fun.
(Seeing Hands) is spooky and sounds to be about serious regret(total- guess).
So go buy this CD and be in on something very rare in 2008.
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