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What's Your Name

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Adam Sandler follows his two previous Platinum albums--They're All Gonna Laugh At You and What The Hell Happened To Me?--with the uproarious What's Your Name? This time, he's created a full album's worth of deeply demented musical hysteria--14 songs about homicidal neighbors, lonely placekickers, sexually frustrated goats, obnoxious 4-year-olds and other vital topics. Working with producer Brooks Arthur and backed by ace musicians like Waddy Wachtel and Bob Glaub, Adam proves a comic master of musical styles, moving from over-the-top rock balladry to alternative angst to country crooning with equally hilarious results. Certified gold by the RIAA. (2/99)

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Among his Saturday Night Live peers--Chris Rock, Chris Farley, David Spade--Adam Sandler has always been the most musically inclined. It's only natural then that the creator of Opera Man and "The Hanukkah Song" would record What's Your Name, an entirely song-based, and often hilarious, musical parody record. The album's first song commences with one of Sandler's trademark nonsense words--a menacing "Schnoin!"--then goes on to tell the tale of a neighborly old man whose hobby is "Moyda" (or murder). There's also two spot-on snipes at Bruce Springsteen, "The Lonesome Kicker" and "Listenin' to the Radio," and one of the most unsettling dance-floor throw downs you'll ever hear--the P-Funk meets Ween booty-shake of "Dance Like You Just Shit Your Pants." Sandler ransacks just about every musical genre known to western humanity, but it's his unrepentant immaturity, more than his chops, that's sure to make What's Your Name a junior high school bus classic for years to come. --Matt Hanks
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002NHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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let me start by saying that i live in vienna austria and i'd never heard of adam sandler the comedian when i bought this record. as a consequence, i didn't listen to it primarily expecting to be amused or in any comedy context. i realised that some of the songs were parodic -- LIKE parodies -- but not outright parodies -- THE LONESOME KICKER sounds like sandler walked inside the mind of bruce springsteen and infected it with some lunatic perspective, so that it's bruceian, all right, but entirely something else again, too. the comedy isn't the important aspect, the distortion of vision is. it doesn't matter if you find it outright laughable or risible or guffawable -- it has that dylanesque quality of giving you a strange world view. in fact my first reaction to this record was, this is HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED -- revisited again! THE BAD BOYFRIEND was like the WHO and any number of hysterical songstresses blended together in some demented pop song -- comedy if you like -- but i have since of course come across other sandler records and films which strike me as more blatantly intentional comedy of a kind -- also less amusing --whereas here, because the comedy element is perhaps held in check by the music, or superseded by it, the record becomes something else, something MORE than mere musical comedy. most musical parodies tend to be fairly vacuous affairs, and even THE RUTTLES are hard to listen to more than a couple of times. but this record really works as music, and just as dylan's classic was something like a short story collection in song, so here too you have different windows on the world, each affording a unique view and perspective. it may not be outdoing dylan but i would still rank this adam sandler record as one of the ten or twenty best POP records of the 1990s. i think people will re-appraise this cd in the fullnes of time -- maybe ten years down the road -- and acknowledge it as an overlooked classic. so get it now, be ahead of the times.
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I was surprised that indeed there are NO SKITS on this album; but, as a fan of Adam Sandler, I was not disappointed with the content of this CD. I love the more comical songs ("Bad Boyfriend", "VooDoo", "The Goat Song", "Zittly Van Zittles" is kinda gross but come on, you know someone like this); but I absolutely adore the slightly more serious and definitely more musical/lyrical "Lonesome Kicker" and "Listening to the Radio". If you love music you are going to love this CD (you will understand Sandler's appreciation of music and other musical artists--I don't listen regularly to some of the masters like Bob Dylan, or Neil Young, or Bruce Springsteen; but I understood). "Listening to the Radio" is a sweet, sweet song. If you are expecting skits, you will be disappointed (and will miss some awesome music in the process).

"Dancin and Pantsin" is really funny if you can understand the words through the constant ups and downs, squeals and falsettos and the growling gravelly, clearly exaggerated lows of his singing voice all in a funk dance beat: "Dance! Like you just s*** your pants!" I smile every time.

I can't say i have one favorite but I listened to "VooDoo" many times over because I love accent, the words, the message of being nice. "This song is intended as a warning, to all the bad people of da world." If only song could fix our troubled world. Maybe a little mary jane.

Okay, the goat song is like, a Stephen King novel in the sense that it's a dark place to be. I think this is an extension of the goat skit in his earlier material. He retells the goat story but in song. It's funny, and sad, and I just hate imagining the beatings (I just hate to read about or even think about animals getting abused....
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What makes this recording superior to others of its ilk (i.e. Al Yankovic) is Sandler's musicianship coupled with his originality. He handles several musical genres, including heavy metal, blues, and reggae with ease, and his Springsteen influenced "The Lonesome Kicker" is right on. The real question though is who else but Adam Sandler is insane enough to write a song about a field goal kicker from Europe, or a song about a sweatshirt? My personal favorite is "Voodoo", in which he synthesizes all elements perfectly, lyrics, music, and parody. Other favorites include "The Lonesome Kicker", "Bad Boyfriend", "Pickin' Daisies", "Corduroy Blues", and the Queen-like opera rock epic "The Goat Song". All in all, a hell of a lot of fun from an insane genius. Spending 45 minutes with this cd/cassette is guaranteed laugh therapy!
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After watching Adam Sandler's parodies on SNL and his singing abiltiy on the Wedding Singer,I took a punt on WHAT'S YOUR NAME? and boy,am I glad I did!Sandler takes apart certain rock singers/bands with skill that would make a surgeon envious.He spears Bruce Springsteen(LONESOME KICKER,LISTEN' TO THE RADIO),Aerosmith(SWEET BEATRICE)and Guns'N'Roses(CORDUROY BLUES).Sacred cow music styles recieve a bashing as well:country(ZITTLY VAN ZITTLES),heavy metal(BAD BOYFRIEND),funk(DANCIN' AND PANTSIN',MOYDA),and reggae(VOODOO).THE GOAT SONG is an epic that almost defies analyses;let's just say that it sets back the animal rights movement back twenty years and makes me scream with laughter every time I hear it.THE RESPECT CHANT is just that . . . and damn proud of it!WHAT'S YOUR NAME? is the first fully song laden album by Adam Sandler and if he keeps on producing material like this,Weird Al should start looking over his shoulder.All together now . . ."I am a simple goat" . . .
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