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Abnormal

by Bumblefoot

\"Abnormal\" has been described as \"Sex Pistols meets Queen, with innovative guitar and a quirky Zappa-esque twist.\"
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. Abnormal
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2. Glad to Be Here
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3. Objectify
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4. Some Other Guy
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5. Jenny B
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6. Last Time
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7. Simple Days
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8. Conspiracy
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9. Piranha
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10. Guitars Still Suck
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11. Green
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12. Spaghetti
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13. Misery
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14. Redeye
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15. The Day After
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16. Dash
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
RON THAL (aka BUMBLEFOOT)

Groove magazine:
Interviewer: Describe your style in 3 words or less.
Ron Thal: \"Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
Hepaticocholangiocholecystenterostomies.
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian.\"

This describes Ron Thal (aka \"Bumblefooot\") and his music perfectly. An obnoxious punky attitude, mixed with off-center abstract intellectuality, and a sense that he\'s just being himself with you - whether playing lead guitar onstage with Guns N\' Roses in front of 150,000 people at a European festival, or in a one-on-one conversation.

Since the early 90\'s and before joining Guns N\' Roses, Ron had already released 7 CDs, a live DVD, had numerous appearances on compilation CDs and as a guest performer for other artists, appeared on magazine covers, and toured internationally headlining venues and guitar festivals. Now, in his third year recording and touring with GNR, his 8th and latest solo album, \"Abnormal\", is being released July 1st, 2008. Abnormal is being described as \"Sex Pistols meets Queen, with innovative guitar and a quirky Zappa-esque twist...\"

As a child, Ron would play Bach pieces with his feet. Today, his guitar-work can also be heard on the entire Guns N\' Roses \"Chinese Democracy\" album, the Latin acoustic guitar of Jessica Simpson\'s \"Irresistible\" dance mix, and as far off as CNN-Turkey station IDs. Live, he\'s just as diverse, whether jamming to an audience of 10,000 people on stage with Joe Satriani, or at fundraisers with Nancy Sinatra, Cyndi Lauper, composer Fahir Atakoglu, and jazz legend Allen Toussaint. Ron volunteers much of his time for fundraisers and to help non-profit organizations, including Rock Against Diabetes and MS Research Foundation.

Ron is also a record producer and songwriter for artists and publishing companies. Often working out of his own studio in Princeton NJ, he has written theme songs and background music for shows on MTV/VH1, FuseTV, CW, SpikeTV, Oxygen Network, Carlin Publishing, and SEGA, SSI and Atari videogames. As a hands-on engineer, his work has included FuseTV\'s \"Talking Metal on Fuse\", recording, mixing and mastering the audio of live performances that included Zakk Wylde, Exodus, The Spyderz, members of Overkill, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Twisted Sister, Iced Earth, In This Moment, God Forbid and Warrior Soul.

Ron is also a Professor at SUNY Purchase College teaching music production, does guitar clinics around the world, writes educational articles and lessons for music magazines.

Future endeavors include cartoon voice-overs and his own line of hot sauce.


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Barry / NES

Like guitars? You'll love Bumblefoot!
This new album is a great display of what made so many people love Ron’s music, while once again presenting a different shade of himself for us. It contains much of the quirkiness we’ve come to expect of him, yet remains within the bounds of reasonable listening. What Ron has done is quite amazing. This album presents a Ron Thal who has grown so comfortable to his abnormal sound that he can shape the music in such a way that is catchy to even the most casual of music fans. Rarely is anything on this record weird for the sake of being weird, but rather used to make the songs unique. We’ve experienced a Ron who has done things that make us turn our heads, but now that he has our attention he is doing things for the sake of the song rather than for himself. That, I think, is an exceptional task for any musician.

Alex

Thrilling!
First of all, this one\'s my favourite BBF already. This album has it all, stunning guitar soli, nice songs, fat sounds, catchy choruses... which you might be not so familiar with if you are the regular BBF fan, because most of his past records where quite a mashup, and not so well produced.

This one\'s different, in many ways.

1. Stunning production. Crystal clear sound, BBF made himself a looot of work making this album sound very, uhm, AWESOME. Really, turn up the volume, this is the most clear BBF you ever heard. Better done than the new Metallica, no sh!t.

2. Songwriting quality. I know that Ron can write songs. We all know. On this record, he actually shows it. Songs like \"Green\" and \"Dash\", these songs are just beautiful. And I don\'t mean \"shredhead plays some ballad\", I mean, this is the real deal, listen to the final of \"Dash\", you\'ll get it. I was touched, which is kinda weird if you listen to a BBF record.

3. Stunning guitars. Yeah, I know, BBF is ALWAYS stunning guitars, and again, this album has a little bit more than the previous ones... Actually, there are so many mindfreakin soli that I cannot recommend a certain song. Oh well, just try \"Guitars still suck\" for the moment. You\'ll see, it\'s not the guitars that suck, it\'s YOU who sucks in comparison to BBF.

Listen. Buy this one. Very EFFIN great record by a very great guy, Ron Thal. One of the best guys around.

Don Lyman

Great Album
A fitting follow up to Normal. Highly recommended.