Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline [Explicit Lyrics]

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Folks not hip to the critical praise amassed by Gomez proud winners of the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize for its 1998 debut Bring It On surely caught wind of the British quintet's 15 seconds of fame in those Philips TV commercials. The band's brief romp through the Beatles' "Getting Better" in those spots can now be heard here in its entirety. It wouldn't be hard to convince someone that Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline, a collection of unreleased tracks and B-sides, was actually a fully realized Gomez studio album. Recorded over the last three years, the songs here run on the same loose, bluesy folk-rock vibe that guided Bring It On and 1999's Liquid Skin. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Ciabattoni
Folks not hip to the critical praise amassed by Gomez proud winners of the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize for its 1998 debut Bring It On surely caught wind of the British quintet's 15 seconds of fame in those Philips TV commercials. The band's brief romp through the Beatles' "Getting Better" in those spots can now be heard here in its entirety. It wouldn't be hard to convince someone that Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline, a collection of unreleased tracks and B-sides, was actually a fully realized Gomez studio album. Recorded over the last three years, the songs here run on the same loose, bluesy folk-rock vibe that guided Bring It On and 1999's Liquid Skin. The group's mixture of good old-fashioned classic-rock songcraft might not label them trendsetters, but Gomez's ability to allow fresh ideas to evolve from vintage forms makes them a fascinating band to watch. You can certainly hear the band testing the limits of where their sound might go on such tracks as "78 Stone Shuffle," a stripped-down, yet punchier version of Bring It On's "78 Stone Wobble." More adventurous is "Machismo," the title track of a limited-edition EP bundled with the first 50,000 copies of Hotline. Spoken fragments and sampled grooves find their way into a swampy blues stop as if they'd always belonged there.
All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline is a collection of B-sides, outtakes, and live radio sessions courtesy of Gomez. Interestingly, this collection allows Gomez to better define themselves as a band by allowing them to indulge in some of their more experimental tendencies. "Emergency Surgery" is a fine example, with its treated vocals and electro-dub musical setting. The freaky loops and overall bizarre production of "Steve McCroski" belie its live in the studio origins. Production touches are more subtle on "Flavors" but still give an other-worldly feel. The familiar is rendered unfamiliar with "We Haven't Turned Around" getting a radical reworking with the X-ray mix. The vocal track takes center stage, accented by a bowed bass loop and Mellotron reminiscent of the intro to "Strawberry Fields Forever." "78 Stone Wobble" from Bring It On becomes "78 Stone Shuffle" when played live in the studio; the lyrics are the same, but the song has been reinvented. "Bring Your Lovin' Back Here" gets back to that "classic Gomez" sound, as does the eight-plus minute "Buena Vista," despite its Flock of Seagulls-esque guitar intro. The Beatles' "Getting Better" is also included, and sounds much better and more like Gomez in its entirety than excerpted on that commercial. Despite the fact that this is a collection of odds and ends, Abandoned Shopping Trolley Hotline holds together remarkably well as an album, due to good track selection and intelligent segueing; in fact, some of the songs actually run together quite smoothly, with no break between songs. Rarely does a rock band forge such a strong identity so early in their career. This collection shows Gomez to be an extremely self-indulgent band, but their instincts are so good they pull it off without a hitch. Initial pressings include the five-song Machismo EP as a bonus disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724385006029
  • Catalog Number: 850060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shitbag 9 (0:30)
  2. 2 Bring Your Lovin' Back Here (3:36)
  3. 3 Emergency Surgery (3:04)
  4. 4 Hit on the Head (1:25)
  5. 5 Flavors (3:12)
  6. 6 78 Stone Shuffle (3:27)
  7. 7 We Haven't Turned Around (3:18)
  8. 8 Buena Vista (8:59)
  9. 9 Shitbag (1:03)
  10. 10 Steve McCroski (4:33)
  11. 11 Wharf Me (3:21)
  12. 12 High on Liquid Skin (2:22)
  13. 13 Rosemary (5:50)
  14. 14 The Cowboy Song (1:16)
  15. 15 Getting Better (3:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Machismo (3:36)
  2. 2 Do's and Don'ts (2:08)
  3. 3 Touchin' Up (4:35)
  4. 4 Waster (3:03)
  5. 5 The Dajon Song (13:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gomez Primary Artist
Ben Ottewell Guitar, Vocals
Tom Gray Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Blackburn Bass
Olly Peacock Drums
Ian Ball Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
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