Bellybutton

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All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
Including lead singer/drummer Andy Sturmer, guitarist Jason Falkner, and keyboardist Roger Manning, the San Francisco band Jellyfish released their 1990 debut Bellybutton to critical raves. Despite the kudos and some play at video outlets, the album failed to make much of a commercial impact. It was truly unfortunate because Bellybutton, despite obvious influences, was a breath of fresh pop air. "The Man I Used to Be" kicks off the album as a catchy song about domestic failure wrapped in nautical metaphors. The single "The King Is Half-Undressed" is a slice of effervescent power pop whose melody runs counter to the lyrical theme of loneliness. In fact, behind the bounce and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
Including lead singer/drummer Andy Sturmer, guitarist Jason Falkner, and keyboardist Roger Manning, the San Francisco band Jellyfish released their 1990 debut Bellybutton to critical raves. Despite the kudos and some play at video outlets, the album failed to make much of a commercial impact. It was truly unfortunate because Bellybutton, despite obvious influences, was a breath of fresh pop air. "The Man I Used to Be" kicks off the album as a catchy song about domestic failure wrapped in nautical metaphors. The single "The King Is Half-Undressed" is a slice of effervescent power pop whose melody runs counter to the lyrical theme of loneliness. In fact, behind the bounce and breeze of Bellybutton's engaging songs is a recurring theme of melancholy and longing like "She Still Loves Him," with its stirring vocal harmonies and a blistering guitar solo, and the punchy "All I Want Is Everything." Better yet is the second chance the singer delights in on the joyous "Baby's Coming Back," which is accentuated with handclaps. Delightful.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778618621
  • Catalog Number: 86186
  • Sales rank: 42,091

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jellyfish Primary Artist
John Patitucci Bass, Upright Bass
Sid Page Strings, Conductor
Babyface Ratto Background Vocals, Noise
Lenny Castro Percussion
Luis Conte Percussion
Chris Coyle Background Vocals, Noise
Jason Falkner Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Chris Manning Hand Clapping
Steve McDonald Bass Guitar
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
North Hollywood Wire Choir Strings
Andy Sturmer Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Roger Manning Piano, Harpsichord, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Sid Page Arranger
Albhy Galuten Producer
Babyface Ratto Sound Effects
Chris Coyle Sound Effects
Chris Manning Contributor
Jack Joseph Puig Producer, Engineer
Mick Haggerty Art Direction
Steve Samiof Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Unknown Band That Never Made It

    I stumbled upon this album soon after its release, raved about it to any friends that would listen, and watched the band quickly spiral back into obsurity. Why this band never broke is beyond me - this is one of the best power pop albums I've ever heard. To this day, it sits atop my iPod playlist. Worth every penny.

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