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Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl

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Finally, everything by Boston's long-haired punks the Barbarians on one disc! Led by hook-handed drummer Moulty, the Barbarians ask the musical question "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" and serve up the beat on cuts such as the awesome "Hey Little Bird" and the inspirational "Moulty"! Original album plus 3 bonus tracks, unseen photos and the complete story from Moulty himself!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl
  2. Mr Tambourine Man
  3. House Of The Rising Sun
  4. Marie Elena
  5. Bo Diddley
  6. Memphis Tennessee
  7. What The New Breed Say
  8. Take It Or Leave It
  9. I'll Keep On Seeing You
  10. Linguica
  11. Susie Q
  12. I've Got A Woman
  13. Moulty
  14. Hey Little Bird
  15. You've Got To Understand


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B00004RC8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Samuel B. King on July 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I can see why other reviewers panned this release. However, to those who were teenagers at the time and into rock and roll, this music has some validity. I remember when these guys came out. For me, they were just as rebellious as the Stones. The songs hold up extremely well. Although the playing is not all that great, its a case of "atmosphere" over ability (their take on Memphis a case in point). The choice of material was very interesting (the haunting Marie Elena next to the relentless Bo Diddily, for instance). Their set was quite representative of the contemporary underground scene at the time. For that reason it has value. I believe this album, like the Shadows of Knight albums, accurately reflects mid-sixties Brit influenced punk/R&B rock. My 5 star rating is based on their impact on me, an impressionable 13 year old wanna be musician. Oh, well, guess you had to be there. If you were, pick this album up for a trip back to a time and place you might have forgotten.. If not, you might not appreciate it.
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The Barbarians had the classic wild garage band image, with long hair and their one-handed drummer Moulty. For the most part though, the music on the original album was not particularly rocking, and mediocre. Also, none of the songs were written by the group. The low points include anemic covers of well-known material like 'Mr. Tambourine Man' and 'House of the Rising Sun.' The #55 charting 'Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl' was a catchy novelty tune that (contrary to what another reviewer said) was poking fun at the conservative adults of the time who mocked youngsters with long hair, in a lightweight and humorous fashion. The Barbarians themselves could not have been taking aim at the British invasion groups, because the Barbarians (and especially Moulty) had longer hair than almost everyone at the time. Furthermore, the song's progress up the charts was hindered by uneven marketing, making it a bigger hit in New England and the rest of the east coast than in other parts of the country. The follow up record 'What the New Breed Say' was a fair song with rebellious lyrics that stalled at the #102 position. Aside from the repetitive slow rocker 'Take It or Leave It' and the ballad 'I'll Be Seeing You,' the rest of the album was filled with covers of well-known songs that were at best only average. The Sundazed reissue added three bonus tracks. Reaching #90, 'Moulty' was the group's third single, and quite an odd single for a garage band to release. 'Moulty' was on the sappy side, but nevertheless had some appealing qualities in the over-enthusiastic backing vocals, heavy instrumentation and positive message. The 45 was released against their will, and was the reason behind the band unceremoniously leaving Laurie Records.Read more ›
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Outstanding compilation of The Barbarians' tracks. Listen to the roots of the punk-movement, plus some excellent instrumentals from the days when recording was actually spontaneous. "Moulty" is a classic track, a gem, and Moulty of The Barbarians is an awesome drummer and a gentleman to boot!
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The first CD compilation of the music of The Barbarians, a Provincetown (Cape Cod), Massachusetts garage-band, was the 1994 volume from One Way Records which reformatted their lone LP (the1965 Laurie LLP-2033/LSP-2033 - the first by that label in stereo), which included one bonus side. This 2006 effort from Sundazed Music used the same cover and basic LP contents but with two additional bonus tracks - the previously-unreleased Hey Little Bird and You've Got To Understand.

Formed by drummer Victor "Moulty" Moulton, the band also included guitarists Bruce Benson and Jeff Morris and bassist Jerry Causi, and they hit the airwaves in October 1965 with the novelty tune Are You A Boy Or A Girl? which took direct aim at the long locks of many of the groups that had started to appear on the North American scene in 1964 during the opening phase of the British Invasion. It's catchy, with a nice beat, but the problem was, by this time it was going on two years since the arrival of The Beatles and most young men on the continent had started to let their hair grow (including their own), and so the market for the satirical lyrics was pretty limited. Consequently, it ran out of gas at # 55 Billboard Pop Hot 100 b/w Take It Or Leave It as Laurie 3308. Not a bad result, but then again there were 412 songs that rated higher that year.

Both are here as are both sides of their next single, a cover of Susie-Q b/w What The New Breed Say (Laurie 3326) which went nowhere. In fact, it would be almost half a year before their next charting side, an autobiographical tune by the group's leader, who had blown off his left hand while fiddling around with a home-made bomb, after which he wore a hook.
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