A's, B's and Rarities [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
A's, B's and Rarities didn't even get a U.S. release date, but the Brits eat up the Fun Lovin' Criminals' late-night shtick like a particularly tasty kabob, so they'll undoubtedly wash this three-disc survey down with numerous cans of lager. The comp's ambitions are bigger than it really is -- it didn't need to be three discs, it repeats itself a little too much, and there's no liner content to speak of beyond recording information and graphics of FLC artwork. Still, longtime readers of the group's R-rated New York City love letters know the Criminals were always bigger than life inside their brains. And they'll love what is here, from the singles to the rarities to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
A's, B's and Rarities didn't even get a U.S. release date, but the Brits eat up the Fun Lovin' Criminals' late-night shtick like a particularly tasty kabob, so they'll undoubtedly wash this three-disc survey down with numerous cans of lager. The comp's ambitions are bigger than it really is -- it didn't need to be three discs, it repeats itself a little too much, and there's no liner content to speak of beyond recording information and graphics of FLC artwork. Still, longtime readers of the group's R-rated New York City love letters know the Criminals were always bigger than life inside their brains. And they'll love what is here, from the singles to the rarities to the previously unreleased. Yes, the Criminals' weakness has always been follow-through; blowing their loot on sheen and finely cut suits, doing primo drugs and fronting through tinted windows, Huey and Steve rarely have enough duckets or energy to fill an entire album. That makes the first disc of A's perfect, because it's all about the singles, the high points, those nights you never forget. The "Fun Lovin' Criminal" theme song, the hard flash groove of the mob fantasy "King of New York," "Korean Bodega"'s Strangeloves rewrite, the Latin-inflected fine china glide of "Loco" -- these are songs dedicated to their element, and tapped into New York City's third-rail pulse. Naturally, "Scooby Snacks" is here, too. There are two versions with the infamous Pulp Fiction samples, but better is the "20mg" version. Previously only available as an international B-side, it imagines the Criminals' crime spree in cannabis slow motion, punctuated with guitar peels that echo like the squeals of the wheelman's tires. Other heretofore unavailable goodies include an instrumental of "Loco" and an early rock mix of "Fun Lovin' Criminal." "I rob banks, I pull pranks, sometimes I eat/Franks and knishes, best wishes, I'm vicious" -- the band's inside swingin' while boring stuff like seriousness and innovation are stuck in line outside.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724359311623
  • Catalog Number: 593116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Fun Lovin' Criminal (3:13)
  2. 2 The Grave and the Constant (4:47)
  3. 3 King of New York (3:48)
  4. 4 Korean Bodega (2:49)
  5. 5 Loco (3:56)
  6. 6 Bump (3:26)
  7. 7 Run Daddy Run (3:45)
  8. 8 Big Night Out (3:38)
  9. 9 I'm Not in Love (4:39)
  10. 10 Love Unllimited (3:27)
  11. 11 Scooby Snacks (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sleepyhead (4:18)
  2. 2 The Grave and the Constant (5:02)
  3. 3 I Can't Get With That (4:53)
  4. 4 Come Find Yourself (3:59)
  5. 5 Blues for Suckers (3:49)
  6. 6 The Fun Lovin' Criminal (5:02)
  7. 7 Run Daddy Run (3:56)
  8. 8 Loco (4:00)
  9. 9 Bump (6:55)
  10. 10 King of New York (5:40)
  11. 11 Everything Under the Stars (4:04)
  12. 12 Scooby Snack (3:40)
  13. 13 Smoke 'Em (4:48)
  14. 14 Love Unlimited (3:50)
  15. 15 The Ballad of Larry Davis (3:49)
  16. 16 Korean Bodega (2:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Fun Lovin' Criminal (3:14)
  2. 2 The Beach (4:49)
  3. 3 Scooby Snacks (3:05)
  4. 4 Searching for Clues (3:06)
  5. 5 Up on the Hill (4:50)
  6. 6 Bump (6:55)
  7. 7 The Fun Lovin' Criminal (3:37)
  8. 8 The Streets Are Watching (3:49)
  9. 9 Battle on the Golf Course (3:54)
  10. 10 Scooby Snacks (3:32)
  11. 11 King of New York (3:32)
  12. 12 Logo (3:54)
  13. 13 We Have All the Time in the World (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fun Lovin' Criminals Primary Artist
Shirley Manson Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Graham Gouldman Composer
Eric Stewart Composer
John Barry Composer
Jack Dangers Producer, Remixing
Garbage Remixing
Quentin Tarantino Composer
Billy Bush Engineer
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