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Animal Crackers

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
No one has ever accused the Mekons of being an especially "family friendly" ensemble, but two longtime members of the Leftist Punk Band That Refuses To Die -- guitarist and singer Jon Langford and vocalist Sally Timms -- have decided to take a stab at the children's music market, and the result is an unexpected delight. As the Wee Hairy Beasties, Langford and Timms team up with alt country chanteuse Kelly Hogan and the rollicking acoustic trio Devil in a Woodpile, and on Animal Crackers they've cooked up 14 tunes lively enough to please even the most fidgety youngster, and which are also witty, swinging and guaranteed to make the grown-ups in the room tap their toes. Most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
No one has ever accused the Mekons of being an especially "family friendly" ensemble, but two longtime members of the Leftist Punk Band That Refuses To Die -- guitarist and singer Jon Langford and vocalist Sally Timms -- have decided to take a stab at the children's music market, and the result is an unexpected delight. As the Wee Hairy Beasties, Langford and Timms team up with alt country chanteuse Kelly Hogan and the rollicking acoustic trio Devil in a Woodpile, and on Animal Crackers they've cooked up 14 tunes lively enough to please even the most fidgety youngster, and which are also witty, swinging and guaranteed to make the grown-ups in the room tap their toes. Most of the numbers deal with curious critters of one kind or another -- ants with attitude, dancing turtles, flies feasting on breakfast cereal and ducks with a taste for trad jazz -- and the wordplay is silly enough to make children giggle, but smart enough to still appeal to the more mature listener especially the parade of clich├ęs on "Animal Crackers," the Muddy Waters lift on "I'm an A.N.T." and the playfully ethereal "Toenail Moon", though some parents may find themselves at a loss to explain the convoluted story of "Cyril the Karaoke Squirrel." All the musicians on board brought their A Game for these sessions, with Devil in a Woodpile picking up a storm especially Joel Paterson on guitar and lap steel and Timms and Hogan making the most of their frankly wonderful voices; even veteran troublemaker Langford proves to be a charming and gregarious frontman in this context. With Animal Crackers, the Wee Hairy Beasties threaten to turn your kids into the youngest alt country
oots music fans on the block, and chances are good you won't mind one bit -- you might even join them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302013626
  • Catalog Number: 136
  • Sales rank: 211,547

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wee Hairy Beasties (3:00)
  2. 2 Flies on My Taters (1:39)
  3. 3 Animal Crackers (2:07)
  4. 4 Ragtime Duck (2:10)
  5. 5 Housefly Blues (3:08)
  6. 6 A Newt Called Tiny (0:16)
  7. 7 I'm an A.N.T. (I'm a M.A.N.) (2:40)
  8. 8 Road Safety Song (1:59)
  9. 9 Cuttlefish Bone (2:47)
  10. 10 Glow Worm (1:08)
  11. 11 Buzz Buzz Buzz (1:49)
  12. 12 Cyril the Karaoke Squirrel (4:43)
  13. 13 Toenail Moon (3:55)
  14. 14 Lightnin' the Turtle (1:36)
  15. 15 Wee Hairy Beasties (Reprise) (3:00)
  16. 16 Toenail Moon
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wee Hairy Beasties Primary Artist
Kelly Hogan Vocals
Joel Paterson Guitar, Drums, Kazoo, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry Clarinet, Harmonica, Drums, Kazoo, Vocals, Washboard, Jug
Ava Vocals
Jon Langford "Cyril The Karaoke Squirrel" Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Sophie Vocals
Sally Timms "Monkey Double Dippey" Drums
Technical Credits
Paul Lincke Composer
Jimmy Langford Video Director
Ryan Neuschafer Engineer
Wee Hairy Beasties Arranger, Producer
Sally Timms "Monkey Double Dippey" Video Editor, Video Director
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