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Starjob

by The Frogs

6 songs about rock that rock
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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There are bands, and then there are groups. And The Frogs, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just a short shot north of America's Midwest, are a fine group. These days being in a band means as much about perception as calculation, but there is little manipulation in this group because you see, The Frogs just are; point is they exist. They shouldn't really, because they are either too good for rock and roll, or too politically incorrect to matter. But they are one of the greatest rock groups to come out of the 20th century precisely because they are too good for rock and roll, and too smart to care about caring. Fine tunesmiths, they craft memorable hooks out quite readily before stomping on them because they dare to exist. Nothing is sacred, but the reverence is there for the unspeakable uncomfortability that is at the heart of merging electricity and feeling and commerce. They have neither won nor lost, they persist. Deal with them before they put you in their sights and deal with you by ignoring what you care about. Their agenda is clear; to love, but never in the way you love. Their love is strong, willful, and brutish. make a wish, and they can make it come true. - Billy Corgan

Lyrics :

LORD GRUNGE:
sweet greasy hair and sweet grimy clothes
it was the year punk broke
in the year of our lord grunge
yeah yeah yeah no no no no no
yeah yeah yeah no no no no no
out on the west coast
Black Sabbath, Black Flag; meet the Beatles
it was the Seattle sound that made me proud
in the year of our lord grunge
yeah yeah yeah no no no no no
yeah yeah yeah no no no no no
smashing our instruments ala the who
diggin' on Keith Moon
and the voice of John Lennon
lumberjack rock star
jaggin' in the audience's mouth
it was the year punk broke
in the year of our lord grunge
yeah yeah yeah no no no no no
yeah yeah yeah no no no no no
no no no no no no no no no no

RAPED:
everyone's makin’ a big deal
out of the fact that I raped someone
what's the crime? i had fun
someone put me away
someone punch me out
someone let me play
let me get it out
after all she was a nun
and the priest wanted to watch
everyone’s makin' a big deal
over the fact that we raped someone
what's the crime we had
someone put me away
someone punch me out
someone let me play
let me get it out
after all she was a nun
and the priest wanted to watch
everyone‘s makin' a big deal
over the fact that we raped someone
what's the crime?
someone put me away
someone punch me out
someone let me play
let me get it out
everyone’s makin' a big deal
out of the fact that i raped someone
what's the crime?
what's the crime?
what's the crime i had fun

WEIRD ON THE AVENUE:
i think the handcuffs are a bit much
i don’t recall ever losing my touch
but just to hold you wouldn’t be fair
not only cavemen enjoy pulling hair
there’s a tattoo parlor down the street
a tattooed face often does look so sweet
they call it weird on the avenue
with all that's been done now what could be new?
they say you're a ten
i guess that means
ten dollars a night
your piercings say you’re on a crusade
but down that street baby there's no parade
they call it weird on the avenue
with all that's been done now what could be new
they say you’re a ten
i guess that means
ten dollars a night
i see your neck has found a noose
i’m not a cop, haven’t lived your abuse
the avenue has led me to here
i’m holdin' back all my tears for you Weird

STARBOY:
executive with his pants down sittin’ behind a desk
how bad do you wanna be a star boy?
be a starboy
that mansion on that hill could be yours, fancy cash and girls
how bad do you wanna be a star boy?
be a starboy
finish me off undo yourself, put this heroin in your arm
you’re on your way
i think we can do business boy, it’s a crazy business but it’s worth it
how bad do you wanna be a star boy?
be a starboy

I ONLY PLAY 4 MONEY:
i don't do interviews
i won’t sign autographs
don’t you love the star
when he's a prick
i only play for money
i don't give a fuck about the fans
i only play for money
i don't give a shit if you dance
‘cause you're diggin' on the star
‘cause you're diggin' on the one who's gone so far
if you take my picture your camera's smashed
if you send me fan mail i won't write back
don't you love the star
when he's a prick
i only play for money
i don't give a fuck about the fans
i only play for money
so keep your autograph books at home
i don't give a damn
cause you're diggin' on the star
cause you’re diggin' on the one who's gone so far

STARGIRL:
the sky don't need you anymore, and neither do i
stargirl you must go
you used to joke about the dark, but now you've fallen too
stargirl the sun is out and
stargirl you won't be seen
stargirl a dream's a dream and
stargirl you've had your dream
i used to clap when you would shine, but now that i am bored
stargirl you must go

THE FROGS BLOGS

Lord Grunge
The next song that was written and released by The Frogs was the first song off of our 6 song EP Starjob. I speak of the song Lord Grunge. It was written on April 19, 1993. Here are the original drafts before the final recorded version.

1st Draft

Sweet greasy hair
And sweet grimy clothes
It was the year punk broke
In the year of our lord grunge

Firecrackers tied to our dicks
Parents please call the police
It was the Seattle sound that made me proud
In the year of our lord grunge

Smashing our instruments ala The Who
Rebelling against our folks
And that whole mindset

Lumberjack rockstar
Jaggin' in the audience's mouth
It was the year punk broke
In the year of our lord grunge

2nd Draft

Sweet greasy hair
And sweet grimy clothes
It was the year punk broke
In the year of our lord grunge

Yeah ,yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no

Out on the West coast
Black Sabbath, Black Flag meet The Beatles
It was the Seattle sound that made me proud
In the year of our lord grunge

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no

Smashing our instruments ala The Who
Diggin' on Keith Moon
And the voice of John Lennon

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no

Lumberjack rockstar
Borrowing from (admiring) (stepping out of) John Fogerty's closet
It was the year punk broke
In the year of our lord grunge

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no

Here are the final lyrics we all know and love on the Strajob EP:

Sweet greasy hair
And sweet grimy clothes
It was the year punk broke
In the year of our lord grunge

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no ,no

Out on the West coast
Black Sabbath, Black Flag meet The Beatles
It was the Seattle sound that made me proud
In the year of our lord grunge

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah. yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no

Smashing our instruments ala The Who
Diggin' on Keith Moon
And the voice of John Lennon

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no

Lumberjack rockstar
Jaggin' in the audiences mouth
It was the year punk broke
In the year of our lord grunge

Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no

The song Lord Grunge was written the day after seeing a Mudhoney show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The original second verse lyrics:

Firecrackers tied to our dicks
Parents please call the police

was in response to the members of Mudhoney lighting off firecrackers after the show.

The song was recorded at Soundworks (first incarnation) in Chicago, Illinois in January of 1994. Four of the songs (Lord Grunge, Raped, Weird On The Avenue, I Only Play 4 Money) were recorded in 3 days for $1,500- I paid for it. Aren't record companies sweet and giving and loving? The other 2 songs (Starboy, Stargirl) were recorded at Billy Corgan's house on December 3, 1994. All six songs were then mixed in one session at Soundworks (new incarnation) in January of 1995.

Billy told us in 1993 he would produce us so we gave him over 300 songs of mine on tape to go through for song choices. While on tour we also played some songs on acoustic guitar to him in his hotel room in Pontiac, Michigan. These six songs then were the chosen ones. Billy liked the song Lord Grunge but thought it needed another section. I went home and wrote the ("Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no") section and he was pleased. He was right. It made the song. B.C., or Bill Corgan as you know him, arranged the song from a chord structure standpoint brilliantly by suggesting that after the ("Smashing our instuments") section of the song that it should go right back to the ("Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no") section. The song turned out to be a non-stop action filled hook-fest.

The Chord progression on the verses is: C Major / E minor / F Major. The year punk broke section chord progression is : F Major / G b Diminished / F Major / E Major / F Major / G b Diminished / G Major / A b Diminished / A minor / B b 6 / E major. F Diminished / A minor / B b 6 / E Major / F Diminished. The chord progression for the smashing our instuments section is E major / A minor. F minor / A b Major / D b Major / C Major.

The track Lord Grunge consists of myself on lead vocal and acoustic guitar and bass ( the original bass guitar take I did was wild and exciting to Dennis, Kerry Brown the engineer and my ears but when Billy returned and heard the take he thought it sounded like I was playing guitar instead of bass), Billy Corgan on electric guitar, Dennis on drums and gang backing vocals on the ("Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, no, no, no, no") section by myself, Dennis, and Billy.

I have seen it written in reviews as "Starjob" being a concept album about Kurdt Donald Cobain. The only reference to Kurdt on the entire EP is "The voice of John Lennon" line.

Raped
The second song off of The Frogs "Starjob" EP is "Raped". The original title for the song was "I Raped Someone". It was written on April, 18, 1991 in five minutes between 8:25 and 8:30 P.M. Pete Townsend had mentioned the word in 1969 in the rock opera "Tommy" on the song "We're Not Going To Take It"
("We forsake you, gonna rape you") and again in 1973 in his rock opera "Quadrophenia" on the song "Dr. Jimmy" ("Who is she?, I'll rape it"). Alice Cooper in his song off of "Billion Dollar Babies" ("Raped And Freezin'").
Interestingly enough song two off of that album as well. Dennis Flemion in his song ("The Rapist") in 1984. K. on ("In Utero") in 1994 in a song called ("Rape Me").
I mentioned it one more time in a song in 1993 called ("They Screamed From The Mountaintops") in a lyric ("Rape is wrong, they screamed from the mountaintops"). Remember this song "Raped" was written on April 18, 1991, but the "Starjob" EP was not released until May 6, 1997. The song was inspired from an unexpected source's surprising revelation.

The lyrics read:

Everyone's makin' a big deal out of the fact
That I raped someone
What's the crime? I had fun

The chord progression complementing that section of the song is:

B Major / G b Major / G major / B Major / G Major / E minor / B Major.

Then the lyrics read:

Someone put me away
Someone punch me out
Someone let me play
Let me get it out

The chord progression that goes hand and hand with that section is:

D b minor / A Major / E Major / B Major.

Then as the story unfolds we discover that:

After all she was a nun
And the priest wanted to watch

The chords befitting this section of the song are:

E major / A b minor / A Major / G b minor / G b Diminished.

Later on we find out that "We had fun" suggesting that more than one party is involved, although the perpetrator wonders "What's the crime? I (We) had fun".

The track ("Raped") consists of myself on Vocals, Acoustic, Electric and Bass guitar, Dennis on drums and Jimmy Chamberlin on bongos. A typical whisper to a scream electric guitar moment (where the fuzz pedal is kicked in) occurred and was recorded at the ("Someone put me away") section and was punched out after ("the priest wanted to watch") lyric. This fuzz elecric guitar was later muted in favor of the acoustic released version of the song. The original guitar solo was effectively erased by a second engineer appropriately named Rusty.

ps one more rape reference: from the lp Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" ("their logic ties me up and rapes me") and later in the same song ("their logic ties you up and rapes you.")

Weird On The Avenue
On March 5, 1992 The spectaular song entitled Weird On The Avenue was written into this world. In the key of G Major it began:

I think the handcuffs are a bit much
I don't recall ever losin' my touch
But just to hold you wouldn't be fair
Not only cavemen enjoy pulling hair

The coinciding chords for that verse / chorus are: G major / C Major 7 / G Major / C Major 7 / A minor / D 6 / A minor / D 6 / G Major

The second verse begins:

There's a tattoo parlor down the street
A tattooed face often does look so sweet
They call it weird on the avenue
With all that's been done now what could be new?

For the record unlike Chrissie Hynde's love boys and Tattoo from Fantasy Island (Herve Villachaize if you will) , I am tattoo-free. Back then these were the TV shows you watched (Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and Vegas), and you pretty much didn't tune in and watch to see what Tattoo would do that week.

There are 4 verses in the released version of "Weird On The Avenue". Here is an alternate verse that was discarded.

Alot of beatings are makin' the news
The news of love often gets them confused
They call it weird on the avenue
With all that's been done now what could be new?

In the middle eight of the song we learn how close this Hot Child In The City is in comparison to Bo Derek:

They say you're a 10
I guess that means
10 dollars a night

As with all classic movies, I was there opening night in the cinema (see English for movie theatre) to see "10", as well as on opening night for the motion picture "Bolero".

The third verse relates:

Your piercings say you're on a crusade
But down that street baby there's no parade
They call it weird on the avenue
With all that's been done now what could be new?

Once again, brace yourself, I am piercing-free.

The last verse finds the one they say is a "10", in a new position and destination.

I see your neck has found a noose
I'm not a cop haven't lived your abuse
The avenue has led me to here
I'm holding back all my love for you weird

The last line was switched in the final version to:

I'm holding back all my tears for you weird

The track "Weird On The Avenue", includes myself on vocals and acoustic guitar, Billy Corgan on bass guitar, e-bow, and AA batteries slide guitar and Dennis on drums and backing vocals.

In a live setting occasionally, before a live audience, we would sometimes do a version of "Weird On The Avenue", with the music from "Weird On The Avenue" combined with the lyrics from "Raped".

What is this song ultimately about? It is to understand that life is not about playing dress-up, but rather it is about undressing the veils of the heart.

Starboy
There are 2 songs of mine wherein I use C tuning on the guitar. They are "Rid Me Of My Powers How?" (a song I wrote in 1995) and a song that was written over the course of two days on November 4th and November 5, 1992- "Starboy".
Now you've heard of "Starman" and even "Stargirl", but this song challenges the morals of a sweet and innocent "Starboy" to see just how far he will go in the land of casting couches. This song was inspired by a friend of mine, ours, and yours Bobby Brabant or as his mother called him in a long drawn out tender voice Bob. We met Bobby in 1978 at The Kinks concert at the Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dennis and I were in 2nd row center seats and Bobby was in a first row center seat. Dennis and I were joking going on kiddingly about how the Bruce Springsteen show sucked the other night and Bobby turned around and said "Fuck you". This sparked off a relationship of show business memories and good times that has lasted 30 years now. I remember Bobby sometime in 1992 prior to the writing of this song in conversation saying that the record companies want young strung out kids who are willing to do anything to make it.

Ed Vedder, who plays in the Grandma Pearl Jam band, especially liked this song of mine. When we opened for Pearl Jam in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1995 at the Marcus Amphithetre, Eddie sang "Starboy" while I played acoustic guitar during Pearl Jam's encore. I remember one time whilst being on tour with Eddie backstage in his dressing room, he looked at me and said "Just think this could all be yours" referring to the "Starboy" lyrics.

Here are those "Starboy" lyrics (no extra out-takes here). The lyrics came streaming out from the quill right to the page:

Executive with his pants down
Sittin' behind a dsek
How bad do you wanna be a starboy?
Be a starboy

That mansion on that hill could be yours
Fancy cash and girls
How bad do you wanna be a starboy?
Be a starboy

Finish me off
Undo yourself
Put this heroin in your arm
You're on your way

I think we can do business boy
It's a crazy business but it's worth it
How bad do you wanna be a starboy"
Be a starboy

The song is finger picked in a finger pinching technique in a C major open tuning.
CGCGCE. The chord progression is: C Major / F major Diminished / C Major / A (open no third) / B (open no third) / C Major. The middle 8 chord progression is D Major (C in bass) / C Major / D b Major (C in bass) / C Sus 4
C Major.

"Starboy" was recorded at Billy Corgan's house (upstairs). Billy set up a drum loop, and while he played the C Major chord throughout the song (at the top end of the keyboard) Dennis played the bass note at the other end of the keyboard at the same time. I sang and played acoustic guitar, and with Billy's space echo effect, I played the guitar solo in one take.

Ray Davies of The Kinks spoke of stars all the time. In "Sitting In My Hotel", ("If my friends could see me now driving 'round just like a film star"), in Celluloid Heroes", ("You can see all the stars as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard", and in "Everybodys A Star (Starmaker)", ("I'm a starmaker, yes I'm gonna make you a star, no matter how dull or simple you are, 'cause everybody's a star"). John Lennon in "Instant Karma", (Who on earth do you think you are , a superstar?, well right you are"), and in "I Found Out", ("They didn't want me so they made me a star"). Sylvester Stewart, or Sly Stone as you call him, "Everybody Is A Star". George Harrison, in his song "Wah-Wah", sang about Paul McCartney, ("You made me such a big star, being there at the right time, cheaper than a dime"). Jerry Lewis, as Buddy Love of the Los Angeles Loves in the 1963 motion picture, "The Nutty Professor", tells principle Kelp, "You're stuck with it, even if you wanted to get rid of it, you couldn't". The it factor. Star quality. The it girl. Clara Bow. The intangible factor. As Mark Feld or Marc Bolan as you knew him said, "When you have arrived, you are undeniable".

I Only Play 4 Money
Song 5 off of the "Starjob" EP is "I Only Play 4 Money". This song was actually comprised from 2 songs. The first song "Prick", I wrote on February 19, 1993 in my upstairs bedroom. The second song "I Only Play 4 Money", was created on October 19, 1985 in our living room. We had a show that night at Sal's Bar in St. Cloud, Minnesota and earlier that day during practice, Dennis and I came up with "I Only Play 4 Money" and later debuted the song that night. Here are the lyrics to "Prick":

I don't do interviews
I won't sign autographs
Don't you love the star when he's a prick?

If you take my picture
Your camera's smashed

If you send me fan mail
I won't write back
Don't you love the star when he's a prick?

Here are the original lyrics to "I Only Play 4 Money". The only difference is the word (one) was substituted for the word (man):

I only play 4 money
I don't give a fuck about the fans
I only play for money
I don't give a shit if you dance

'Cause you're diggin' on the star
'Cause you're diggin' on the man (one) who's gone so far

I only play 4 money
I don't give a fuck about the fans
I only play 4 money
So keep your autograph books at home
I don't give a damn

'Cause you're diggin on the star
'Cause you're diggin' on the man who's gone so far

I only play 4 money

The chord progression for "Prick" is: G Major / D major (G b in Bass) / G Major / D Major (G b in Bass) / G major / B minor / B minor (G in bass) / G b Sus 4 / G b minor.

The chord progression for "I Only Play 4 Money" is: D Major / C Major / B minor / G Major / D Major / C major / B minor / G Major / D Major / G Major / C Major / A Major.

At the very end of the song after the "You've gone far" lyrics, there is a new chord progression. Where the C Major chord usually goes to the A Major chord, it now goes from C Major into this new chord progession: D Major / B b Major / C Major / G major. Billy Corgan thought a new section was needed here and suggested these chords in his living room. He also suggested combining the songs "Prick" and "I Only Play 4 Money". Hey guess what? He also suggested a talk over rap speech during the end of the song. So at the end of the song I speak of rock 'n roll. The exact content of the rock talk is unknown to me as it was improvised, but if the faders were pulled down on the console, while listening back to the master tapes we would all know the answer. At the end of the song I make a reference to "Modern Drummer" magazine being on the phone for Dennis because of his knockout drumming.

Here are the final sewn lyrics as they appear on the "Starjob" EP for "I Only Play 4 Money":

I don't do interviews
I won't sign autographs
Don't you love the star when he's a prick?

I only play 4 money
I don't give a fuck about the fans
I only play 4 money
I don't give a shit if you dance

'Cause you're diggin' on the star
'Cause you're diggin' on the one who's gone so far

If you take my picture
Your camera's smashed

If you send me fan mail
I won't write back
Don't you love the star when he's a prick?

I only play 4 money
I don't give a fuck about the fans
i only play 4 money
I don't give a shit if you dance

'Cause you're diggin' on the star
'Cause you're diggin' on the one who's gone so far

You've gone far

The actual writing part of the "I Only Play 4 Money" section of the song, is not remembered by Dennis or I, so we give each other half credit on that one. I tend to remember that Dennis wrote the "I don't give a shit if you dance" lyric.

If people are offended by the "F" grenade, take it easy. Remember that the word "fuck" is not a word at all, but rather an acronym that was used when prostitutes were brought into jails in early England. To alleviate writer's cramp, the jailers would use a shortened pen stroke and write on their sheet of paper (FUCK) which was short for (for use of carnal knowledge).

The track "I Only Play 4 Money", contains vocals, acoustic and electric guitar by myself, Billy Corgan on bass guitar, and Dennis on drums. Alas the guitar solo. I did the guitar solo at the end of the song in one straight take, with Billy punching in the effects pedals while I played.

Billy Corgan and Eddie Vedder have both performed this song with us live a handful of times each.

Do we only play 4 money? Well we did play a benefit once for "W.O.W" Wendy Williams of The Plasmatics in 1981. After the Milwaukee Police Department shut down The Plasmatics show at The Palms for Wendy simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer, they arrested her and beat her up and threw her in the back of the paddy wagon. The benefit included our version of "Sometimes I Feel It" by The Plasmatics that I performed with shaving cream on my chest and white underwear (ala Wendy O. except for the whipped cream). This was years before The Naked Cowboy y'all worship. By the way I did have my picture taken with The Naked Cowboy in N.Y.C. for all concerned and also did get Wendy O.'s autograph at the Milwaukee County Coutrthouse and subsequently sold it years later at a record convention for 8 dollars.

Stargirl
The last song (song 6) on the "Starjob" EP is "Stargirl". It was written on September 27, 1994. It was a relatively new song when it was recorded on December 4, 1994 upstairs at Billy Corgan's house. It is a song about a girl star I knew, know, who I ran into at The Empty Bottle in Chicago, Illinois. She had not expected to see me there and my friend told me of her man she was there with. The song details the shine, sparkle and glimmer had come off the girl star and the lyrics reflect this :

The sky don't need you anymore
And neither do I
Stargirl you must go

You used to joke about the dark
But now you've fallen too

Stargirl the sun is out
And stargirl you won't be seen
Stargirl a dream's a dream
And Stargirl you've had your dream

I used to clap when you would shine
But now that I am bored
Stargirl you must go

"Stargirl" is one of only 4 songs that I use a capo on the guitar neck on. "Isn't It Funny" and "Whisper" use a capo on the 2nd fret, "The Longing Goes Away" uses a capo on the 5th fret and "Stargirl" uses a capo on the 9th fret.

The song is in the key of D b minor and with the capo on the 9th fret, here are the actual fingered chords for the verses : E minor / E minor Augmented / A 7 (B b in bass) / C Major Sus 2 / D minor 6 / E minor. The chorus chords are : A Major / A Sus 2 / A Major / A Sus 4 / A Major / A Sus 2 / G b minor / G b minor Sus 2 / G b minor / G b minor 7 Sus 4 / G b minor / G b minor Sus 2 / A Major / A Sus 2 / A Major / A Sus 4 / A Major / A Sus 2 / G b minor / G b minor Sus 2 / G b minor / D minor 6.

The track "Stargirl" consists of myself on vocals and acoustic guitar (1 take), Billy Corgan on keyboards and electric guitar solo and Dennis and Billy on backup vocals.

Off the top of my head some of the girl stars I enjoy are : Joni Mitchell, Deborah Harry, Patti Smith, Lena Lovich, Chrissie Hynde, Lulu, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Grace Slick, Melanie, Janis Joplin, The Spice Girls and the ABBA women.

Starjob Reviews

Track listing
1. Lord Grunge

2. Raped

3. Weird on the Avenue

4. Starboy

5. I Only Play 4 Money

6. Stargirl



Details
Playing time:16 min.Producer:Johnny GoatDistributor:Alternative Dis. AllianceRecording type:StudioRecording mode:StereoSPAR Code:n/a

Album notesThe Frogs: Jimmy Flemion, Dennis Flemion.


Perhaps the scariest thing about The Frogs is how competent they are. Part of you would feel more comfortable with their disturbing ideas if they weren't presented in such perfectly crafted arrangements--as pleasing to the ear as they are disquieting to the mind. This is no lo-fi rant from the depths of some dank basement. From the convincingly crunchy backing track of "Lord Grunge," a vitriolic, funny, and on-the-money Seattle send-up, to the lush instrumentation of "Starboy," The Frogs put a deceptively sweet (and well-produced) coating on a very bitter pill.
STARJOB, however, isn't as overtly offensive as their previous works. In fact, its brevity (6 songs) and relative prudence make it a perfect introductory course. The light, jumpy "Raped" is as close as they get to their shock-rock past, but it's a telling statement about a band when a song about raping a nun in front of a priest is a sign of their mellowing with age.



Editorial reviews...the Frogs will make you consider whether or not you believe anything is sacred....the frogs succeed in showing how it's possible to laugh at anything, while only making you fell mildly dirty for having been party to it.
Option  (07/01/1997)



...uses a Kurt Cobainesque main character (Lord Grunge/Starboy) as a punching bag with which to parody early-'90s Seattle rock and its surrounding hoopla....they're the perfect antidote to last year's deluge of treacly, opportunistic Cobain tribute songs. - Rating: A
Entertainment Weekly  (05/09/1997)














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