Amerika

Amerika

by Tonio K.
     
 

Happy nihilist Tonio K. returns after his critically acclaimed Life in the Foodchain with a stronger, even more sardonic record, Amerika. With tight riffs and intelligent lyrics, Tonio K. rocks hard on this one. But if an album's message can make one want to walk into traffic, this is it. Every song here espouses the end of all hope, the absence of…  See more details below

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Happy nihilist Tonio K. returns after his critically acclaimed Life in the Foodchain with a stronger, even more sardonic record, Amerika. With tight riffs and intelligent lyrics, Tonio K. rocks hard on this one. But if an album's message can make one want to walk into traffic, this is it. Every song here espouses the end of all hope, the absence of values, the hopelessness of the human condition -- all sung with intelligence and wit (from "Say Goodbye": "The signs are everywhere/Only no one even cares/This paradise is dying/Say goodbye"). Most notable is the Dada tribute in the final track, "Merzsuite," which is divided into three sections ("Let Us Join Together in a Tune," "Umoré," and "Futt Futt Futt"). A lot of fun. Tonio K. is punk for academics. Lots of literary and political references. Lots of words in foreign languages (he admits in the CD reissue liner notes that he doesn't know what the foreign words mean, but he can look them up). A fun recording all around. ~ Mark W.B. Allender

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/1997
Label:
Gadfly
UPC:
0076605222628
catalogNumber:
226
Rank:
152335

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tonio K.   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Ike Willis   Vocals,Harmony
Jay Gruska   Organ,Hammond Organ
Peter Freiberger   Bass
Peter Frieberger   Bass,Background Vocals
Paul Hertzog   Keyboards
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Claude Pepper   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Nick VanMaarth   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Jolly Chimp   Percussion
Jon Devirian   Bass
Jeanie Reed   Percussion,Vocals
J.E.D.   Background Vocals
Jon ?   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tonio K.   Arranger,Producer
Ken Perry   Mastering
Bill Bottrell   Engineer
Nick VanMaarth   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Wyner   Remastering
Jon Devirian   Producer

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