#1 Hits Explosion

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
If the Apples in Stereo had only made Fun Trick Noisemaker and then quit, their legacy as a legendary pop group would have been secure. In 1995, nobody else was making records as giddy or as full of wonder as the Apples, and definitely no one was making records as exquisitely arranged and magical on a shoestring budget. The release of Fun Trick was a defining moment in indie rock that came pretty close to being a lo-fi pop masterpiece, and still sounds just as amazing. That the Apples couldn't top it is no cause for shame on their part; that they kept trying and ended up creating a catalog as rich in great songs and records is cause for celebration. The cheekily titled #1 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
If the Apples in Stereo had only made Fun Trick Noisemaker and then quit, their legacy as a legendary pop group would have been secure. In 1995, nobody else was making records as giddy or as full of wonder as the Apples, and definitely no one was making records as exquisitely arranged and magical on a shoestring budget. The release of Fun Trick was a defining moment in indie rock that came pretty close to being a lo-fi pop masterpiece, and still sounds just as amazing. That the Apples couldn't top it is no cause for shame on their part; that they kept trying and ended up creating a catalog as rich in great songs and records is cause for celebration. The cheekily titled #1 Hits Explosion is just the kind of career-summing package the band deserves and it makes clear just how wonderful a band it is. Gathering songs in roughly equal numbers from all six of their studio albums and adding the infectious rocker "Signal in the Sky [Let's Go]" that they recorded for The Powerpuff Girls' Heroes & Villains soundtrack, the collection focuses mostly on the ultra-hooky, power pop-influenced side of the band. Starting with the booming rocker "Energy" from their most recent record, New Magnetic Wonder, the songs fly past like gooey sticks of bubblegum, glowing and shimmering like the finest pop music of the '60s and '70s. "The Rainbow," "Go," "Shine a Light," and "Ruby" just to pick four could have easily been hits in 1967 given the right circumstances, "Shine a Light" sounds like a low-budget ELO, and there's absolutely no reason "Signal in the Sky" wasn't topping the charts in 2000. Only "Strawberry Fire" and "20 Cases Suggestive Of..." hint at the trippy, hazily psychedelic side of the group, but even then the hooks in the choruses are strong enough that you could hang a cement overcoat from them with no problem. The possible flaw with the collection is that -- as is the case with any such album -- one of your favorite tracks might be missing "Glowworm" from Fun Trick, for example. Otherwise, it works as both an excellent overview of the band's career and as a document of some of the finest pop music of the alt-rock era and maybe of ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457263123
  • Catalog Number: 2631
  • Sales rank: 169,757

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Energy (3:32)
  2. 2 Go! (3:14)
  3. 3 Strawberryfire (4:21)
  4. 4 Tidal Wave (3:25)
  5. 5 Please (2:27)
  6. 6 The Rainbow (2:40)
  7. 7 Seems So (3:19)
  8. 8 Same Old Drag (3:23)
  9. 9 The Bird That You Can't See (3:55)
  10. 10 Shine a Light (3:21)
  11. 11 20 Cases Suggestive of... (2:52)
  12. 12 Ruby (3:06)
  13. 13 Signal in the Sky (Let's Go) (2:58)
  14. 14 Can You Feel It? (4:10)
  15. 15 Winter Must Be Cold (3:16)
  16. 16 Sun Is Out (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Apples in Stereo Primary Artist
Mark Mothersbaugh Synthesizer
Robert Schneider Guitar, Vocals
Dan Efram Background Vocals
Hilarie Sidney Drums, Vocals
Merisa Bissinger Flute, Trumpet, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Bill Doss Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, cowbell
Chris McDuffie Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals
Tammy Ealom Vocals, Hand Clapping
Jon Hegel Tenor Saxophone
John Dufilho Background Vocals
John R. Ferguson Background Vocals
John Hill & the Retreds Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Rick Benjamin Trombone, Conductor
Technical Credits
Bryce Goggin Producer, Engineer
Fred Kevorkian Remastering
Ron Marshall Engineer
Craig Morris Engineer
Rich Costi Remixing
Mike Deming Engineer
Robert Schneider Composer, Producer, Remixing, Instrumentation
Otto Helmuth Engineer
Hilarie Sidney Composer
Bill Doss Composer, Engineer
Steve Keene Artwork
Jeff Kuykendall Liner Notes
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