Diary of the Madmen [Bonus Tracks] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
LEN's 1999 hit "Steal My Sunshine" was an absolute jam. Its Andrea True Connection break and bassline bump meshed seamlessly to Sharon Costanzo's exuberant vocal, and like the best summer songs its lyrical agenda involved little more than getting stupid and lying in the grass. Unfortunately the boozing, partying smash-up that followed LEN's breakthrough killed the combo's momentum dead, and "Sunshine" was relegated to '90s rock compilations. LEN's principals (Costanzo and her producer/vocalist brother, Marc) holed up in a studio, but the sessions stalled out. Still, what was recorded has surfaced in 2005 as Diary of the Madmen, a collection of tracks recorded between 2001...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
LEN's 1999 hit "Steal My Sunshine" was an absolute jam. Its Andrea True Connection break and bassline bump meshed seamlessly to Sharon Costanzo's exuberant vocal, and like the best summer songs its lyrical agenda involved little more than getting stupid and lying in the grass. Unfortunately the boozing, partying smash-up that followed LEN's breakthrough killed the combo's momentum dead, and "Sunshine" was relegated to '90s rock compilations. LEN's principals (Costanzo and her producer/vocalist brother, Marc) holed up in a studio, but the sessions stalled out. Still, what was recorded has surfaced in 2005 as Diary of the Madmen, a collection of tracks recorded between 2001 and 2004. Nothing matches the strength of "Sunshine," but overall it's a much more dynamic set than You Can't Stop the Bum Rush. The music is stronger throughout, like in the backgrounds of "Fight," "Get Down," and "People (Come Together)." (The latter samples A Tribe Called Quest and the 1968 Friend & Lover hit "Reach out of the Darkness.") And while LEN's lyrics don't usually progress much past the song titles as emphatics, their sentiments are certainly genuine. "I'm just freaking out 'cause I'm thinking too much," Sharon sings over the pretty strings and softly brushed percussion of "Let It Slide," and repeat collaborator Biz Markie makes a cameo, too. Other standouts: LEN remakes New Edition's "Cool It Now" as fluttery, Off the Wall-style disco, complete with strings, brass, and wah-wah guitar, and "Dante's Inferno" is a slowly bobbing instrumental that approaches acid jazz. There's some throwaway material on Diary of the Madmen, but for drawing from three years of sessions it's remarkably cohesive. It took them awhile, but LEN's sequel to "Sunshine" deserves a listen. [The album was reissued in 2007 minus their cover of "Video Killed the Radio Star" and with the addition of two previously unreleased tracks: "Red Hot Day" and "Rubble."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2007
  • Label: Linus
  • UPC: 803057007424
  • Catalog Number: 270074
  • Sales rank: 290,119

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:30)
  2. 2 We Are... (1:35)
  3. 3 People (Come Together) - Planet Pea (3:05)
  4. 4 We Be Who We Be (3:14)
  5. 5 Good Ol' Days (3:00)
  6. 6 It's a Brother-Sister Thing (2:44)
  7. 7 Cool It Now (4:27)
  8. 8 Get Down (3:57)
  9. 9 Another Crazy Nite (1:48)
  10. 10 Fight (3:18)
  11. 11 Kookoo Docks - Governor Bolts (3:22)
  12. 12 Funnel - J.O. Smooth (3:48)
  13. 13 The Royal Screwjob (2:59)
  14. 14 Let It Slide (3:55)
  15. 15 Better Days (3:02)
  16. 16 Dante's Inferno (3:22)
  17. 17 Outro (0:32)
  18. 18 Video Killed the Radio Star (2:46)
  19. 19 Red Hot Day
  20. 20 Rubble
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LEN Primary Artist
Divine Styler Vocals
Joe Public Horn
Biz Markie Guest Appearance
Boz Rap
Joel Derouin Violin
Suzie Katayama Cello
Randy Cooke Drums
Whitey Don Guest Appearance
Michael Parnin Bass, Bass Guitar
Shane Endsley Horn
Tim Parnin Guitar
Rob Laidlaw Bass, Bass Guitar
Double G Horn
Marc Costanzo Bass, Vocals
Sharon Costanzo Vocals
DJ Moves scratching
Dirty Sanchez Guitar
Marc Vocals
Paige Vocals
Taisuke Ara Guitar
Tom Beiderman Horn
Nick Gefucia Bass
Governor Bolts Rap
J.O. Smooth Rap
Martin Lozej Piano
Spartek McDougall screams
Stephens McGraff Drums
Ben Naismith Horn
Mongoose OReilly screams
Fisher Oss Horn
Don Pham Drums
Adam Weir Piano
Erika Vocals
Matthew Funes Viola
Planet Pea Rap
Don Pham Drums
Spartek McDougall Vocals
Martin Lozej Piano
Taisuke Ara Guitar
Jerry Vocals
Amy Vocals
Phatal Rap
Fisher Oss Horn
Tom Beiderman Horn
Rich-I-Sax Horn
Stubs Rap
Maxi-Bone Horn
Pam Vocals
Ben Naismith Horn
Nick Gefucia Bass Guitar
The Bounzehound Crew Vocals
Druncness Monster scratching
Adam Weir Piano
Mongoose O'Reilly Vocals
Julie Umbrico Harp
Nick Pesut Drums
Trish Vocals
Joe "Coach" Hanna Drums
Courtney Keyboards
Technical Credits
Divine Styler Audio Production
Rupert Hine Producer
Victor Florencia Engineer
Suzie Katayama String Arrangements
Michael Parnin Composer, Engineer
Gordie Johnson Producer, Audio Production
Steven Carty Art Direction
Marc Costanzo Producer
DJ Moves Audio Production
Kirk McNally Drum Engineering
The Bigbossillini Audio Production
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