Heads Are Gonna Rollby The Hippos
The Hippos draw from all sorts of influences, but they really couldn't have existed any other time than the late '90s. A band weened on new wave that came of age during the alt-rock boom of the early '90s, the Hippos are gleeful magpies, borrowing from any kind of post-punk pop they've ever heard. At their core, they're a ska-punk band, but they're a ska-punk band whose lives were changed by Weezer. Rentals-esque synthesizers are all over the Hippos' major-label debut Heads Are Gonna Roll, but that's not the only concession to new wave-fueled post-grunge. Like their pseudo-ska peers Smash Mouth and No Doubt, the Hippos have a way with a hook and a love for good-times, which gives them the uncanny aura of being New Wave one-hit wonders. That, of course, is something of a problem, since one-hit wonders are notorious for producing one memorable tune, which is always surrounded by filler on the full-length record. The Hippos dodge that problem on Heads Are Gonna Roll by having it sound like a collection of one-hit wonders instead of a cohesive album. Neat trick, actually, because it results in a breezy, fun listen. That doesn't mean that it's consistent -- a lot of songs are rather faceless ska-punk and the de rigeur new wave cover of "Always Something There to Remind Me" is clunky -- but it is fun. And, by the end of the record, it sinks in why the group stands apart from their ska-ed out peers. Sure, there's the heavy Weezer/Rentals influence, and that's the gateway to their uniqueness: their geekiness. Lead vocalist Ariel at times uncannily resembles John Flansburgh, and They Might Be Giants' nerdy take on pop is apparent throughout the record. They're geeks that are ready to party with their new wave-polished Orange County ska, and they have a pretty good party on their hands with Heads Are Gonna Roll.
- Release Date:
- Fontana Interscope
Performance CreditsHippos Primary Artist
Rich Zahniser Trombone,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,farfisa organ
Louis Castle Trumpet,Background Vocals
Ariel Rechtshaid Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
James Bairian Bass
Danny Rukasin Trombone
Technical CreditsBrian "B-Sly" Foxworthy Engineer
Robert Read Engineer
Billy Bowers Engineer
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Mark Trombino Producer,Engineer
Chris Fudurich Producer,Engineer
Dale Lawton Engineer
Rich Zahniser Producer
Ariel Rechtshaid Producer,Liner Notes
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This is without a doubt one of the greatest things I have ever heard. The honesty in their lyrics and the way each song tells a story will keep anyone hooked on it forever. ''All Alone'' is my personal favorite song of all time. Buy this now!
The Hippos are a great band to listen to as a quick pick-me-up or when youre just hanging out.