At the Mall: Remixes [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Recorded by college friends between 1988 and 1992, Baron Zen's At the Mall sounds, well, a lot like something some music-loving kids would record between 1988 and 1992. The Joy Division, Black Flag, and Dead Milkmen influences are all there, as are the early hip-hop, pop, and even disco ones. It's clearly music made by people who liked a lot of different styles one of Baron Zen's members, Chris Manak, aka DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, though he doesn't show up on every song on the album -- only Sweet Steve, the band's songwriter and main performer, has that honor -- went on to form the Stones Throw record label, and who have some fun toys a four-track and drum machine, as well as...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Recorded by college friends between 1988 and 1992, Baron Zen's At the Mall sounds, well, a lot like something some music-loving kids would record between 1988 and 1992. The Joy Division, Black Flag, and Dead Milkmen influences are all there, as are the early hip-hop, pop, and even disco ones. It's clearly music made by people who liked a lot of different styles one of Baron Zen's members, Chris Manak, aka DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, though he doesn't show up on every song on the album -- only Sweet Steve, the band's songwriter and main performer, has that honor -- went on to form the Stones Throw record label, and who have some fun toys a four-track and drum machine, as well as a keyboard and some guitars and a lot of free time. The covers of Joy Division's "Walked in Line" and Debbie Deb's "When I Hear Music" which takes an almost industrial spin, and is actually pretty cool are unpretentious and catchy, and the original pieces, albeit a little purposeless and messy, are guiltily enjoyable. Which means that although At the Mall isn't a great record, it's still a fun record; it's about having a good time, not taking yourself seriously, hanging out with friends, and simple, fuzzy guitar riffs. No, the musicianship is not mind-blowing, the lyrics are not particularly inventive an exception being "Shoes," which has Sweet Steve rapping about how he loves the accessory "more than the behind of a female", and the raw attitude and anger that often define the work of young male artists and make it exciting even when it's lacking in other areas is instead replaced by a more suburban apathetic -- or at least bored -- view of the world, but somehow this renders it all the more charming. It's a glimpse into the life of some college students having fun and making a little fun of themselves and things around them in the process, and it's worth checking out. [Stones Throw issued a version of the album in 2007 that contained an extra disc of remixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • UPC: 659457216023
  • Catalog Number: 72160
  • Sales rank: 285,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baron Zen Theme (3:01)
  2. 2 Gotta Get Rid of Rick (4:07)
  3. 3 Night in Jail - M-80 (2:49)
  4. 4 When I Hear Music - J. Rocc (4:40)
  5. 5 At the Mall (2:31)
  6. 6 Money (3:02)
  7. 7 Shoes (3:05)
  8. 8 Burn Rubber - Dâm-Funk (3:21)
  9. 9 Fucking Bored (1:54)
  10. 10 Electronic - Tekblazer (2:22)
  11. 11 Walking on Sunshine (2:50)
  12. 12 Turned Around (4:47)
  13. 13 No More - Tekblazer (5:42)
  14. 14 Walked in Line - Blu Jemz (3:01)
  15. 15 Walked in Line - M-80 (2:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Baron Zen Theme (1:27)
  2. 2 No More (2:02)
  3. 3 Walked in Line (2:53)
  4. 4 Fucking Bored (2:05)
  5. 5 Shoes (2:48)
  6. 6 Turn Around (3:13)
  7. 7 Night in Jail (2:42)
  8. 8 Last Night (1:00)
  9. 9 When I Hear Music - John C. (2:24)
  10. 10 Gotta Get Rid of Rick (3:23)
  11. 11 At the Mall - Tekblazer (2:33)
  12. 12 Money (3:13)
  13. 13 Walking on Sunshine (2:35)
  14. 14 Burn Rubber (0:38)
  15. 15 [Untitled] (3:09)
  16. 16 [Untitled] (3:37)
  17. 17 [Untitled] (0:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Baron Zen Primary Artist
Johnathan C. Vocals
Technical Credits
Katrina & the Waves Composer
Joy Division Composer
Peanut Butter Wolf Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Kelly Hibbert Mastering
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