Better Than the Beatles: A Tribute to the Shaggs

Better Than the Beatles: A Tribute to the Shaggs

     
 

The appeal of the Shaggs goes beyond the simple novelty of their situation. Their appeal is partially based on the naïve, simple pop songs that lie beneath the noise and the terrible playing. So this tribute to the Wiggin sisters could have easily been a joke, with bands purposefully making goofy and terrible-sounding covers of the material. Instead, the bands here…  See more details below

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The appeal of the Shaggs goes beyond the simple novelty of their situation. Their appeal is partially based on the naïve, simple pop songs that lie beneath the noise and the terrible playing. So this tribute to the Wiggin sisters could have easily been a joke, with bands purposefully making goofy and terrible-sounding covers of the material. Instead, the bands here try their hardest to live up to the pop intentions of the original songs. Basically, if the Shaggs could play their instruments, their songs would have sounded much more like this. It is a good thing they never learned, because these songs would not have the wide-eyed charm that they do without the rough original versions to work from. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 slowly crawl through "Who Are Parents" with their own quirky style that leaves the song echoing quietly throughout its own duration. Ida's warm, psychedelic take on "Philosophy of the World" is just different enough from Double U's fragile indie pop version to allow both songs to appear without much fuss. Plastic Mastery's "Shagg's Own Thing" might be the best track here; with their shuffled beat and droning guitar they come the closest to sounding like the Shaggs. On the other end of things, the second best track is probably Bauer's "We Have a Savior," which is a well-produced, pleasantly approached rendition that brings to mind the Carpenters. The entire album is good, with each band understanding how to approach the songs without being condescending to the material. Fans of the original band should check this out; it makes it easy to see what could have happened to the Shaggs if they would have learned how to play. On the flip side, this album may be the best way to ease an unfamiliar listener into their world without directly playing Philosophy of the World. These are the same songs, just played in a more accessible way. Either way, this is a recommended tribute to a band who is too often overlooked and considered a joke.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2002
Label:
Animal World
UPC:
0656605914725
catalogNumber:
16

Tracks

  1. Philosophy of the World  -  Ida
  2. You're Something Special to Me  -  Optiganally Yours
  3. Who Are Parents  -  Thinking Fellers Union Local #282
  4. My Cutie  -  Mongrell
  5. We Have a Savior  -  Bauer
  6. It's Halloween  - Joop Visser
  7. My Pal Foot Foot  -  Deerhoof
  8. My Companion  -  R. Stevie Moore & The Olsiewicz-Chusid Ensemble
  9. Shaggs' Own Thing  -  Plastic Mastery
  10. Medley  -  Slot Racer
  11. Who Are Parents  -  Bro. Danielson
  12. You're Something Special to Me  -  Furtips
  13. Philosophy of the World  -  Double U

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jocelyn Brown   Vocals
Thinking Fellers Union Local #282   Track Performer
Irwin Chusid   Drums
Optiganally Yours   Track Performer
Joop Visser   Track Performer
Bauer   Track Performer
Slot Racer   Track Performer
Plastic Mastery   Track Performer
Jason Dove   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

R. Stevie Moore   Engineer
Irwin Chusid   Engineer,Liner Notes
Andrew Gill   Cover Photo
Richard Wells   Engineer
Dorothy Wiggin   Composer
Dan Littleton   Engineer
Danielson Famile   Engineer
Double U   Engineer
Rob Crow   Engineer
Furtips   Engineer
Deerhoof   Engineer
Pea Hix   Engineer
Sonja   Engineer
Warn Defever   Engineer
Plastic Mastery   Producer
Krystyna Olsiewicz   Engineer
Jason Dove   Engineer

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