Freaked Out and Small [Bonus Tracks]

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As the Presidents of the United States of America were turning out novelty hits in the mid-'90s, it was easy to take them for granted, ignore them, or even hate them, depending on your disposition. First of all, they were stuck in the midst of a flood of post- grunge guitar bands that turned on the fuzz boxes, bashed out a few chords, and occasionally hit a hook or two. POTUSA weren't all that musically dissimilar from those punk-popsters and sludge rockers, except for their knack for ingratiatingly catchy hooks and a relentlessly irreverent sense of humor. That humor could come off as silly or smug, especially when placed in the context of the age of uber-irony. Once that age died in the late '90s, so did the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
As the Presidents of the United States of America were turning out novelty hits in the mid-'90s, it was easy to take them for granted, ignore them, or even hate them, depending on your disposition. First of all, they were stuck in the midst of a flood of post- grunge guitar bands that turned on the fuzz boxes, bashed out a few chords, and occasionally hit a hook or two. POTUSA weren't all that musically dissimilar from those punk-popsters and sludge rockers, except for their knack for ingratiatingly catchy hooks and a relentlessly irreverent sense of humor. That humor could come off as silly or smug, especially when placed in the context of the age of uber-irony. Once that age died in the late '90s, so did the Presidents and the band disappeared, only to surface again with Freaked Out and Small on a small indie label in the fall of 2000. Apart from the times, not much has changed with the Presidents, who still make catchy, punky pop tunes, but dammit if they don't sound better than they ever did. Maybe it's because the album stands in direct contrast with the teen pop and rap-rock that dominate the mainstream rock audience, or maybe it's because their jokes are now clever and silly, the production is varied, the songs are breezy, melodic, and catchy. Or maybe it's just because in this stripped-back production, the band never sounds self-conscious. They just sound like they're having fun, and that fun is contagious -- something that wasn't always true with their first two albums. Maybe the Presidents are just blessed with fortunate timing, releasing this album in a year nearly devoid of fun, hooks, and silliness, or maybe they really have gotten better. Either way, Freaked Out and Small feels like the best record they've ever done. Chances are, it's the one that the least amount of people will hear, but anyone who seeks it out will be surprised by how much fun it is. [In 2004 the Presidents reissued Freaked Out and Small
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: P.u.s.a. Inc.
  • UPC: 723721042950
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 84,539

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tiny Explosions (2:48)
  2. 2 Nuthin But Luv (2:41)
  3. 3 Tiger Bomb (3:18)
  4. 4 Last Girl on Earth (2:20)
  5. 5 Jazz Guy (2:12)
  6. 6 Meanwhile Back in the City (3:23)
  7. 7 Jupiter (2:37)
  8. 8 Superstar (3:08)
  9. 9 Death Star (3:22)
  10. 10 Blank Baby (3:48)
  11. 11 I'm Mad (2:15)
  12. 12 Headin' Out (4:17)
  13. 13 Velvet Universe (2:40)
  14. 14 Hand in Hand (2:10)
  15. 15 Tiny Explosions (3:13)
  16. 16 Nuthin But Luv (2:27)
  17. 17 Tiger Bomb (3:24)
  18. 18 Last Girl on Earth (3:03)
  19. 19 Meanwhile Back in the City (3:12)
  20. 20 Jupiter (3:23)
  21. 21 Death Star (3:03)
  22. 22 Blank Baby (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Presidents of the United States of America Primary Artist
Jason Finn Conga, Drums, Group Member
Chris Ballew Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, Synthesizer Organ, Group Member
Dave Dederer Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Phil Franklin Drums
Dale Peyser Bass
Technical Credits
Chris Ballew Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Dave Dederer Composer
Martin Feveyear Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Jon Ervie Engineer
Mikey Dwyer Creative Consultant
Kiki Ajidarma Design Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THey ARe ReallY GooD

    This album has really good songs and some slow songs but they are still really good

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