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Opbopachop

by Barnes and Barnes

Barnes and Barnes are back with their first album of ALL NEW material in 18 years. The songs are infused with their unique MIDDLE AGED perspectives.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Middle Aged Lament
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2. When Uncle Hy Takes the Train to Kansas City
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3. My Bad
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4. Heinous Anus
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5. The Pope Said Nope
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6. Life Is What You Do in Between Orgasms
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7. Homophobic Dream # 24
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8. Old Queens
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9. Sleepover
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10. So Long Mama
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11. I Am Stevie
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12. Oh the Pain
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13. Our Dead Dads
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14. Napnoop: the Middle Aged Men Suite
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15. Ice Cream Bed
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Barnes and Barnes. A spectacular one of a kind duo. A handsome pair. Art and Artie. The original "2 friends with a 4 track" artists. Mostly dormant for 18 years. Semi-retired. They had released only a few new sporadic songs in all that time. They also digitized and reissued all their past work and released it in the new millennium. Most people had long given up on them. No one thought they would ever make that long rumored "comeback" album of ALL new material that they threatened to make over the years. Only the "Hardcore 9" fans truly believed it could happen. But then again, Barnes and Barnes were always full of surprises. Could they make the impossible happen?

Yes! The impossible HAS happened BIG time! "OPBOPACHOP" is here! It exists. In one short five week creative burst of spontaneous combustion in 2008, the boys returned to their Lumania studio, anxious to see where the muse would take them. It took them on a wondrous 15 song journey. Each song turned out to represent a piece of where the boys heads were at, now that they've hit "middle age". Although not a concept album, when all was said and done, there is a very cohesive feel to this project, which possibly contains the best music and lyrics B & B have ever written!

The tracks cover many subjects: The deaths and dying of mothers, fathers, brothers, and dogs. Changes. Marriages and child rearing. Coming of age and aging itself. And dare we say the word? Maturity... Oh, the album still contains plenty of odd humor, quirky and bent fantasies, and general weirdness which has always been the norm for Barnes and Barnes. But upon completion, there is a oneness to the overall textures and calm frenzy of this album. And it's a nice feeling. Perhaps it's a shrug of resignation. Unsettling at times, but...nice. Familiar. Warm and comforting. Again, a sort of sweet resignation to their fates. And sometimes the acceptance of fate and change ain't such a bad thing.

"OPBOPACHOP" by Barnes and Barnes. Listen to it and learn more truths about life that you haven't yet considered. And some things you maybe never wanted to consider---


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Jason Polland

Death, Loss, And Sophisticated Weirdness
The last time I was able to experience the rare pleasure of purchasing an all-new Barnes & Barnes album was 1991, so discovering "Opbopachop" was quite a treat. It's 2009, exactly thirty years after the infamous "Fish Heads" single was unleashed upon the world, and there's one thing that Art and Artie Barnes seem to agree upon: They're old, and everybody around them is dying.

Coming to grips with mortality makes great songwriting material. The lyrics dealing with the loss of friends and family are introspective, thoughtful, perhaps even thereputic on some level for the boys. "Our Dead Dads" is a fond farewell with a hauntingly beautiful piano melody. "Oh, The Pain" is Art Barnes' catchy and whimsical tribute to actor Jonathan Harris... or perhaps, simply a nod to one of the characters he played. "Napnoop" is a suite of seven segments, of which the rollicking shanty "Ask Me If I Care" and the childishly eerie "Mama, Where's Papa?" are very memorable. "I Am Stevie" is from the point of view of a deceased child (Artie's brother?) looking back innocently at the world of the living. Other songs of decrepitude and death include "Old Queens" and "So Long Mama," the latter being quite remarkable in a simple way. The album closes with "Ice Cream Bed," a song of gratitude for all that is.

There are also many humorous and bizarre tracks which do not focus on the inevitable. Artie Barnes gives a spiritedly hilarious vocal performance in "My Bad," an exploration of everyone's favorite insincere apology. "The Pope Said Nope" is perhaps one of their funniest songs to date, a true piece of absurdism. "When Uncle Hy Takes The Train To Kansas City" is a brillant pop song which will doubtless spawn many interpretations of its unsettling lyrics.

Musically, the album has a uniform sound, with a wide range of styles. The overall tempo is slower than previous efforts, which seems only fitting for an album about middle age. Going back to their roots, spuzzle percussion once again makes an appearance on several tracks. The sound is not as heavily layered as previous works. There is a sophisticated simplicity to it all, both musically and lyrically. A refinement of all that is Barnes & Barnes.

Does "Opbopachop" hold its own against the extreme humor of today? Without naming particular bands and TV shows, suffice it to say there are few roads modern humorists are unwilling to travel. I would argue yes, because unlike much of today's lowbrow surrealism or blatent shock-value humor, Barnes & Barnes have the ability to portray extreme weirdness with substance behind it. There is an inherent psychological depth which will leave listeners variously confused, intrigued, uncomfortable, or highly amused.

Overall, "Opbopachop" is rather positive considering its subject matter. They do not dwell or brood, but rather explore and ruminate. It bears repeated listenings and is a unique addition to the B&B discography. A must for all fans of Barnes & Barnes, and highly recommended for lovers of esoteric and unusual music in general.

Susanne Stiward

The Best of the Bestest
It's the best thing since eggplant, pineapple & artichoke pizza and fish heads! It's my favorite. So just order it now, because it is a grammy-nominated album. Yeah!