Better Than the Beatles: A Tribute to the Shaggs

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
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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  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • Label: Animal World
  • UPC: 656605914725
  • Catalog Number: 16

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Disc 1
  1. 1 Philosophy of the World - Ida (4:41)
  2. 2 You're Something Special to Me - Optiganally Yours (2:34)
  3. 3 Who Are Parents - Thinking Fellers Union Local #282 (4:22)
  4. 4 My Cutie - Mongrell (2:09)
  5. 5 We Have a Savior - Bauer (2:47)
  6. 6 It's Halloween - Joop Visser (2:26)
  7. 7 My Pal Foot Foot - Deerhoof (1:32)
  8. 8 My Companion - R. Stevie Moore & The Olsiewicz-Chusid Ensemble (3:23)
  9. 9 Shaggs' Own Thing - Plastic Mastery (5:04)
  10. 10 Medley - Slot Racer (3:32)
  11. 11 Who Are Parents - Danielson Famile (3:00)
  12. 12 You're Something Special to Me - Furtips (2:08)
  13. 13 Philosophy of the World - The Double U (3:03)
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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
The 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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