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Give Too Much

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Product Description

A tribal funk soundtrack for the entertainment guerilla in all of us, "Give Too Much" celebrates the radical doctrine of PRONOIA. The opposite of paranoia, PRONOIA dares you to believe that the whole world is conspiring to shower you with blessings.

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"Calling this music 'smart rock' . . . does a disservice to the emotional sweep of the music. . . " -- Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle

"They pack their songs full of enough heady words and phrases to fill a Greil Marcus-style rock critique." -- Gus Stadler, SF Weekly

"This is one one of the boldest and most literate albums released in years." -- Scott Benarde, Y-NOT

"World Entertainment War has all the ingredients to bring the band into MTV rotation." -- John Hogle, BAM

"['Give Too Much' is] cheerfully anarchist, socially conscious, warmly humanist, charmingly goofy, and sternly pop." -- Deb Finley, Detroit Metro Times

World Entertainment War, when viewed through the history presented in "The Televisionary Oracle," is more than an outlet for Brezsny's musical leanings. It is quite possibly the result of a prolific and prophetic performance artist and his band of co-conspirators. -- Instant Planet Quarterly

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Relax
  2. Dark Ages
  3. Apathy and Ignorance
  4. Pagan Jake's Dream Girl
  5. Telepathics Anonymous
  6. Marlboro Man Jr.
  7. Kick Your Own Ass
  8. We Have Ways
  9. Garbageland
  10. Yaya Gaga
  11. Prayer Wars
  12. For Your Ears Only
  13. Kick In
  14. Snake Dance
  15. Break the Law
  16. Televisionary
  17. Purity Test
  18. Get Outta My Head
  19. Furnace of Nuclear Love
  20. In a Crisis
  21. Control Yourself
  22. Mediapocalypse


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00004YA7O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robert R. Josef on September 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a re-release of the band's one and only album, orginally put out by MCA in 1991 as a self-titled CD. Here, the tracks have been resequenced, a couple re-titled and two songs added. I came to the album sort of backwards -- a year after its release, Paul Kantner recruited the female lead vocalist, Darby Gould, to replace Grace Slick in a re-launched Jefferson Starship. Gould brought one of these songs, "Dark Ages", to the Starship's live shows. It can also be heard it on the JS live album "Deep Space/Virgin Sky"

Gould's powerful voice is indeed all over WEW, but the lyrics and artistic vision are provided by the band's other vocalist, Rob Brezsny. It can easily be seen why Kantner might have been attracted to WEW, because Brezsny traffics in the same sort of ideas in his lyrics -- rants against media manipulation ("Dark Ages") and its attempts to anesthetize the individual ("Get Out of My Head", "Control Yourself"); the shallowness of corporate culture ("Marlboro Man, Jr."); the rape of the planet ("Garbageman"); the virtues of noncommittal sex ("Furnace of Nuclear Love"); a vague sort of pagan metaphysics ("Prayer Wars"); and exhortations to get up and do something about all of this ("Kick", "Break the Law").

All of this would be pretty insufferable, except for two things. One, Rob doesn't take himself too seriously. The surrealistic storylines in "Kick Your Own Ass" and "Pagan Jake's Dream Girl" are quite funny. And a few of the tracks ("Relax", "Telepathics Anonymous") are actually short "commercials" for the WEW concept, and prove that he has a sense of humor.

More importantly, he surrounded himself with some really good musicians. The band backs him with a tough, muscular funk-rock (INXS comes to mind as a comparison point)and very catchy melodies.
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This CD is a shining star for those who enjoy a funky groove and artistic expression with ABSOLUTELY no filler. Each and every track is polished. The lyrics are original, distilled, meaningful, life affirming and dangerous. The musicianship and production outstanding. As if each element of the project implicitly understood the artistic intention.
The CD is a one-off sensation (the Televisionary Oracle by Rob Brezsny has more information). I first heard of WEW through the original release of 'give to much', available in the early 90's as a self titled CD. A friend correctly predicted that this would be something that I would enjoy. How perceptive of him. This was the big question about WEW for me. Where did they come from, who are they, and most importantly, where did they go? I spent years then trying to find if there was any more of this magic (greedy sod that I am) only to discover, on a recent trip to the USA, that Brezsny (the creative nexus) writes a horoscope column and has done so for many years.
At this stage, much of the puzzle was able to come together.
The title of this triumph is a worry, though. 'Give too much' is what this collection of talented people probably did. There's a 10+ album career (maybe more) worth of ideas, invention, wickedness and compassion compressed onto a single CD. It is a work of art that I hope will be discovered and embraced by the majority. This is my prayer for what it's worth.
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By A Customer on October 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I agree with much of what the reviewer from New Berlin had to say.
WEW's CD, "Give to much" is an instant classic - though possibly 20 years in the making. The original form of this CD was sent to me by a friend in the USA (again, thanks!!!). At the time, it bamboozled me that such extremes of talent seemingly had never been to the places where everyone at least had the opportunity to reject what was being offered. There was too much quality for it to have been a throw away by artists without some profile, too much invested into the production for it to have been a backyard job. Having recently finished the "novel" (!?!) "Televisionary Oracle" by Rob Brezsny, many of these questions have been explained, or at least a story has been offered.
What truly distinguishes this CD is that it's brazen without being preachy, it's not depressive, but rather, it celebrates life and living and encourages the listener to maximise her experience. At times, I'm lulled into the notion that a cook book for changing one's reality is being presented (we are controlled only as much as we wish to be).
The music is sensational. It rocks. But it has to be loud. Otherwise, the impact has to be partly gained with reference to previous listenings. Some songs are produced in a fashion that multiplies the desired message ('Get Outta My Head' kicks in with a production fiddle that is almost unbearable... almost seizure inducing).
My major quibble is the title, "Give to much". Lame - seemingly another attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of (sales) victory. Why not 'Media Apocalypse' or 'Sign up...' or 'Now recruiting'. Again, after reading the yeah-sure-novel a clue seems to emerge.
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By A Customer on September 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the greatest album of all time. I am not kidding.
Actually, this album is a re-release of their self-titled album,
with some additional songs. I first found their album in a
discount used CD bin about 8 years ago. I hadn't heard of them
but the lyric sheet made it seem worth the risk.
It was the best buy I have ever made. The lyrics and music are
amazing, and everything fits together perfectly, with themes
(both words and music) running through the entire album.
The "W" section is always my first place to check when I
find a new record store, and over the years I have found a
few copies which I passed on to friends. I even found a
cassette copy in a variety store in Australia! Go figure.
The album merits your full attention. Even though I have
heard it 100 times, my favorite way to listen is to sit
quietly and pay attention. It never disappoints and I keep
finding new things to amaze me. I am also amazed that this
album is not a best seller. At least a half-dozen songs on
it seem perfect for MTV, and everything on it is perfect for
college radio.
So what is the album about? The words are a scathing tirade
against the media (tv, radio, advertising, televangelists, etc).
The music is melodic and intricate and soothing and in-your-face,
all at the same time. I know that you can download samples for
free, but you really miss something if you don't listen to the
whole album in the original order.
I hope that you buy it and enjoy it as much as I have.
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