Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's a certain genius to Scott McCaughey's double-barreled attack of the Minus Five and Young Fresh Fellows' split album Let the War Against Music Begin/Because We Hate You, since it not only recalls the record geek's beloved vs. albums of the '50s/'60s, it tacitly acknowledges that anyone buying one record will certainly buy the other. Still, this approach puts his shortcomings in sharp relief, particularly on the Minus 5's Let the War Against Music Begin, which makes a convincing argument that the Beach Boys or perhaps more accurately, Sean O'Hagan ruined alt-pop. Yeah, there's a certain amount of "craft" behind this stuff, but the mock-Pet Sounds/Smile ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's a certain genius to Scott McCaughey's double-barreled attack of the Minus Five and Young Fresh Fellows' split album Let the War Against Music Begin/Because We Hate You, since it not only recalls the record geek's beloved vs. albums of the '50s/'60s, it tacitly acknowledges that anyone buying one record will certainly buy the other. Still, this approach puts his shortcomings in sharp relief, particularly on the Minus 5's Let the War Against Music Begin, which makes a convincing argument that the Beach Boys or perhaps more accurately, Sean O'Hagan ruined alt-pop. Yeah, there's a certain amount of "craft" behind this stuff, but the mock-Pet Sounds/Smile excursions are deadly convoluted, as are the arty posturing -- borrowing equally from psychedelia, Velvet Underground, and underground humor, much like Loud Family and to a lesser extent Chris Stamey -- that closes the record, highlighted by Robyn Hitchcock's "Your Day Will Come." The Minus 5 record really works when it gets close to power pop, such as "Got You," the sprightly "You Don't Mean It" and the wistful "A Thousand Years Away." McCaughey devotes the Young Fresh Fellows to this kind of pop and if it isn't as self-consciously "imaginative" as the Minus 5, it's far more satisfying. If nothing winds up being as much fun as the cover of Boyce & Hart's "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," that just proves that this the record geek's dream band, where it's as much fun to rave through your favorite bubblegum tunes, write jokes, devote a tune to a Krispy Kreme waitress, harmonize, and directly address and mock your audience that diligently reads the liner notes. This is a kaleidoscope of pop culture arcana and it's witty, too -- witness how the teen-rocker "My Drum Set" is tweaked with sitar, thereby blending the garage and psychedelia, the two most beloved subgenres of record collectors. It's pure, simple, hard-rocking, giddy fun. In this battle of the bands, the winner is clear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616550927
  • Catalog Number: 165509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Great News Around You - The Minus 5 (4:24)
  2. 2 Got You - The Minus 5 (3:50)
  3. 3 Ghost Tarts of Stockholm - The Minus 5 (3:30)
  4. 4 The Rifleman - The Minus 5 (3:52)
  5. 5 You Don't Mean It - The Minus 5 (3:14)
  6. 6 A Thousand Years Away - The Minus 5 (3:06)
  7. 7 The Amazing Dolphin Boy - The Minus 5 (2:41)
  8. 8 Thirsty Bird - The Minus 5 (2:18)
  9. 9 One Bar at a Time - The Minus 5 (2:58)
  10. 10 John Barleycorn Must Live - The Minus 5 (4:46)
  11. 11 Desperate for Someone - The Minus 5 (4:38)
  12. 12 Your Day Will Come, Pt. 1-2 - The Minus 5 (7:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Barky's Spiritual Store (1:42)
  2. 2 Lonely Spartanburg Flower Stall (3:19)
  3. 3 I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight (2:50)
  4. 4 For the Love of a Girl (2:54)
  5. 5 Fuselage (3:16)
  6. 6 My Drum Set (1:48)
  7. 7 Worthless (4:04)
  8. 8 She's a Book (1:17)
  9. 9 Good Times Rock 'N' Roll (3:12)
  10. 10 Little Bell (2:36)
  11. 11 Summerland (3:03)
  12. 12 Mamie Dunn, Employee of the Month (2:25)
  13. 13 Your Truth, Our Lies (3:41)
  14. 14 the Ballad of Only You and the Can Preent Forest Fires (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Young Fresh Fellows Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Trumpet, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals, sleigh bells, Crotale
Kurt Bloch Guitar, Vocals
Tad Hutchinson Drums, Vocals
Jim Sangster Bass, Guitar, Vocals
The Minus 5 Track Performer
Rob Allum Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Scott McCaughey Composer, Contributor
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