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It's Fun to Steal

3.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Merriam Webster defines kitsch as "sentimental, often pretentious bad taste, especially in the arts," but there's a certain sincerity and refreshing absence of hypocrisy in the current, decidedly kitschy "lounge music" revival that at least partially explains the genre's appeal to a modern audience. Mono Puff's John Flansburgh, formerly one half of mid-'80s geek-rock band They Might Be Giants, seems willing to embrace the theory, anyway, as his band gleefully tears into the material on It's Fun to Steal with a goofy, unaffected eclecticism. The absurdity is rampant, with songs about dashikis and bomb making, funk jams that rhyme "New York City" with "extra crispy," or a monotone voice saying "this song is called creepy" in a song called "Creepy," just for redundancy's sake. Mono Puff succeed in taking Webster's "pretension" out of the kitsch equation, and grab onto a silly vibe that may just continue the revitalized popularity of piano bars and questionable clothing decisions into the third millennium. --Matthew Cooke

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Creepy
  2. It's Fun To Steal
  3. Poison Flowers
  4. Mr. Hughes Says
  5. Imaginary friend
  6. Taste The Bass
  7. Extra Krispy
  8. Dedicated
  9. Back Stabbing Liar
  10. Hillbilly Drummer Girl
  11. Dashiki Lover
  12. Pretty Fly
  13. I Just Found Out What Everybody Knows
  14. Night Security


Product details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bar/None Records
  • ASIN: B0000069SW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,148 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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