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Spent Poets Original recording reissued

4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, March 19, 1996
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mr. Einstein
  2. My Useless Heart
  3. Your Existential Past
  4. Grassheads
  5. Special
  6. Dogtown
  7. You Can't Kill Michael Malloy
  8. Walt Whitman's Beard
  9. He's Living With His Mother Now
  10. Ali Ali Ackbar
  11. The Rocks In Virginia's Dress
  12. You Don't Know Me
  13. Why Are You Sleeping With Mr. Brown
  14. A Bad Case Of Melancholy


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • ASIN: B000000P0D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
These guys might have been done in by their own stylistic virtuosity as much as anything else. Originally known as Monkey Rhythm, the Spent Poets released this self-titled effort in 1992 and then sank without a trace shortly after the follow-up was shelved by the label. Predictably this is now a denizen of the "Shame It's Out-of-Print" File, but if you're a fan of late 80's/early 90's alternative, you should check it out if you stumble upon it. It has a quirky inventiveness, a bit of a postmodern Beatles feel. "Your Existential Past" is insanely catchy jangle-pop, "You Don't Know Me" rises and falls like a wave, and "You Can't Kill Michael Malloy" sounds like something off a period film soundtrack. As with any band that tries so hard to be cerebral and unique, there are moments of coyness and pretension, but these are a small price to pay. After all, how can you not like an album that samples "Orphee" and has a song named after Walt Whitman's facial hair?
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By A Customer on May 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A wonderful gem of pop music. Don't be fooled by the fact that these guys have worked with Primus - they are not at all like Primus. The second album was never completed/released. A genuine tragedy. As one of the other reviewers said "I want to buy this CD again and again". Myself, I snatch it from used-CD bins whenever I can and give it to friends. Easily one of the best 50 or 25 albums of the 1990s.
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By Matt on November 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD is unbelievable, I really don't understand why more people haven't heard of them or why this is so cheap. Music of this quality does not belong on a discount rack. I have given this CD to all of my friends and everyone loves it, It is such a shame it never became popular, because I consider it one of the best in my collection. Just buy it, not because it's practically free, but because it's an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience.
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I remember when this cd first came out. For some reason, here in the bay area, this cd was buried amidst the fallout by the (now-vh1-where-are-they-now-wonders) of the Spin Doctors. As such, it got largely ignored except by those who were in-tune with the bay-area music scene and its overlaps (primus, faith no more, limbomaniacs, psychedlicfunkapus). Somehow, although musically miles apart from the bands just mentioned, they were in that scene.
Musically, these guys are VERY reminescent of bands like XTC. They also have a kind of Michael Penn-esque pop sensability about them. Similar bands came out back in this area, namely Material Issue, School of Fish, and The Rembrants (back when they were just two guys playing acoustic guitar and hadn't acheived FRIENDS fame yet).
However, these guys were also WAY ahead of their time. Not only did they have an amazing sound, but they coupled it with amazing production. You get a kind layer-upon-layer sound, truly appreciated through some decent headphones. It makes for a very rich and warm sound.
This is very worth getting if you can. This is where the "regret" portion of my title comes into play. I had this cd many times before. The first time I had it, it met an unfortunate fate as I was driving down 280 in Daly City bickering with a (virtually rabid) ex-girlfriend. Frustrated with the argument, she pushed the "eject" on the cd player, and threw it out the window. More than ten years later, I somehow can still recall that as if it happened in slow motion.
So, after leaving her on the side of the road (just kidding), I had to get another copy. That copy I loaned to a "friend" and it never returned.
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