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Sports! Chips! Booty!

by Amy X Neuburg & Men

Highly crunchy punchy bouncy crispy and manly, "Sports" captures the essence of AXN & Men's off-the-wall over-the-top on-the-edge "avant-cabaret" stage show.
Genre: Rock: Avant-Prog
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1. Sports Chips Booty
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2. Big Barbecue
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3. Naked Puppets
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4. Orange County
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5. Waiting Man
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6. I Know You
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7. The Shower Song
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8. Bison Bison Bison
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9. Baby
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10. How Many
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11. Joel-o
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12. Tiny Little Bed
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This CD captures the energy of Amy X Neuburg & Men's crazy stage show, and they have honed their sound into a unique crossover blend of art-rock, electronic weirdness, old-timey cabaret and plenty of social commentary. Amy makes use of her wide vocal range, and the new line-up of Men now has a distinctive beefy herky-jerky Manly sound. This review in the All-Music Guide describes it well:

"This album, Amy X Neuburg/s second with her group of Men, is nothing short of a quirky, intelligent pop masterpiece. The cabaret theme exposed on the album cover is fully explored within, as much in the relationship between the lead singer and her musicians as in the number of styles brushed. It gives the illusion of an avant-revue. Neuburg still leads the way, thanks to her impressive voice and witty songwriting, but the Men take more room; they feel more like a group. Only Herb Heinz (guitars) and Joel Davel (MIDI mallets) made it to the second level, joined by Micah Ball on Chapman stick and J.T. Quillan III, credited for "ambient personality" along with backing vocals. The album's track list mixes wacky pop songs, wackier interludes, and a couple of really surprising covers. After the initial curtain-riser of a title track, "Big Barbecue" gives a cynical wink at backyard America -- the undisputed highlight of the album, with lines like "I've got volleyball and tetherball and revolution action/So honey get your mask on and be a part of it." "Naked Puppets," "I Know You," and "Baby" pursue the cabaret theme through excellent vocal parts and the stupidest show tricks (all to the listener's delight!), reaching a peak in the mutating barbershop quartet "The Shower Song." Woven into the songs are elements of new wave, progressive rock, and the avant-garde pop of Slapp Happy. The version of "Alabama Song" closing the album has more to do with David Bowie's cover than the Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill original. The big surprise is King Crimson's "Waiting Man," as Neuburg nails Adrian Belew to the ground. Highly recommended." [François Couture]


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Tanya Shaffer

Amy X Neuburg Rocks!
This is a fabulous CD. If you know Amy's other work, this is right up there with the best, and if you don't, what are you waiting for? This is smart and fun and funny and tuneful and wholly original. Enjoy!

Paul Nicholson

I liked it a lot
Though I prefer Amy X Neuburg's solo work, like RESIDUE, this album is wonderful. There is an intelligence behind it all that is very attractive and satisfying. I now have a copy of everything I know about by A.X.N.

ProgMark

REALLY COOL
This music that is worthy of one called ProgMark I loved it and look forward to checking out other releases from this artist. Mark