Have Moicy!

Have Moicy!

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by The Holy Modal Rounders
     
 

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No one ever accused the Holy Modal Rounders of being the most disciplined folk ensemble in the history of the world but, by 1976, Peter Stampfel's leadership had become loose enough that the group had in essence spread out into three interrelated acts -- Stampfel's Unholy Modal Rounders (so namedSee more details below

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No one ever accused the Holy Modal Rounders of being the most disciplined folk ensemble in the history of the world but, by 1976, Peter Stampfel's leadership had become loose enough that the group had in essence spread out into three interrelated acts -- Stampfel's Unholy Modal Rounders (so named in deference to the absence of Steve Weber), Jeffrey Frederick & the Clamtones, and Michael Hurley. Of course, given the laissez faire attitude of the nine players on board, no one bothers to identify which "band" is playing on any given track of Have Moicy!, credited to the three aforementioned ensembles, and no one sounds as if they're likely to be worried about such things -- Have Moicy! has the loose, amiable feel of a folky guitar pull, though a closer listen betrays the fact these performances are actually pretty tight (had these people been...practicing?), and the three lead singers each display a distinct if symbiotic personality -- genial folky eccentric Stampfel, barroom philosopher Hurley, and nice-guy-with-shady-habits Frederick. All parties involved are also writing at the top of their game, and come up with witty and curiously profound songs about the most mundane subjects; a meditation on the wonders of food includes a few thoughts on the digestive system ("Slurf Song"), listeners learn how much fun armed robbery can be ("Robbin' Banks"), romance blooms in both Europe and rural America ("Midnight in Paris," "Griselda"), and the puzzling disappearance of fast food leads to meditations of mortality ("What Made My Hamburger Disappear"). Charming, tuneful, and a good bit weightier than its playful surfaces might suggest, Have Moicy! is as close to a masterpiece as a group of people this genially laid-back would ever be capable of creating.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/1992
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661301023
catalogNumber:
3010
Rank:
44784

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holy Modal Rounders   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Peter Stampfel   Fiddle,Drums,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Michael Hurley   Fiddle,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jeffrey Frederick   Guitar,Vocals,Washboard,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Jill Gross   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Wax Iwaskiewicz   Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John Nagy   Mandolin,Mandola
Robert Nickson   Drums
Paul Presti   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Dave Reisch   Bass,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Robin Remaily   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Lady Saw   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Peter Stampfel   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Michael Hurley   Paintings
David Greenberger   Art Direction
John Nagy   Producer,Engineer

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