Keep Your Wig On

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In 1998, Fastball scored a hit single with "The Way," which propelled its album All the Pain Money Can Buy to platinum sales. The resulting pressure proved too much for the Austin-based power pop trio, and they took a few years off before returning to the scene with this, their debut album for the respected Rykodisc label. The time off seems to have worked as a tonic; on Keep Your Wig On, Fastball's sound is tight, sharp, sometimes humorous, and always supremely well-crafted, despite the group's carefully cultivated garage sensibility. But then that's not really any significant departure for a band that has always placed far more value on musical pleasure than on hipness....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
In 1998, Fastball scored a hit single with "The Way," which propelled its album All the Pain Money Can Buy to platinum sales. The resulting pressure proved too much for the Austin-based power pop trio, and they took a few years off before returning to the scene with this, their debut album for the respected Rykodisc label. The time off seems to have worked as a tonic; on Keep Your Wig On, Fastball's sound is tight, sharp, sometimes humorous, and always supremely well-crafted, despite the group's carefully cultivated garage sensibility. But then that's not really any significant departure for a band that has always placed far more value on musical pleasure than on hipness. There's certainly nothing hip about the soulful and Beatlesque "I Get High" complete with prominent piano and 1960s-style vocal compression, the honky tonk strut and wry politics of "Mercenary Girl," or the faintly Freedy Johnston-ish folk-rock of "Perfect World." They even quote themselves, stylistically anyway, on the Latin-tinged "Red Light," a song that harks back explicitly to that fateful hit single of six years ago. Derivativeness is easy to forgive -- to celebrate, even -- in a band that provides this much musical pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431066627
  • Catalog Number: 10666
  • Sales rank: 84,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shortwave (1:13)
  2. 2 Lou-Ee, Lou-Ee (2:52)
  3. 3 Drifting Away (3:46)
  4. 4 Airstream (3:29)
  5. 5 I Get High (3:35)
  6. 6 Perfect World (3:35)
  7. 7 'Til I Get It Right (4:55)
  8. 8 Our Misunderstanding (3:20)
  9. 9 Someday (3:24)
  10. 10 Mercenary Girl (2:41)
  11. 11 Falling Upstairs (3:36)
  12. 12 Red Light (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fastball Primary Artist
Kevin McKinney Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Dan McLoughlin Acoustic Guitar
Julian Raymond Background Vocals
Jeff Trott Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Drum Loop
Alexandra Jackson Background Vocals
Brannen Temple Drums
Mark Hubbard Harmonica
Mike McCarthy Tambourine
Miles Zuniga Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Guitar (Baritone), Group Member
Tony Scalzo Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vibes, Hi String, Vocal Harmony, Group Member, Hammond B3
Joey Shuffield Drums, Tambourine, Group Member
Kevin Lovejoy Piano, Accordion, Keyboards
Jennifer Hirsh Background Vocals
Jeff Groves Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dan McLoughlin Engineer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
Jeff Trott Producer, Engineer
Adam Schlesinger Audio Production
Mike McCarthy Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Miles Zuniga Producer, Audio Production
Tony Scalzo Producer, Audio Production
Jim Vollentine Engineer
Simone Rubi Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stupendous!

    This cd is very very good. It is sincere music from a sincere band. Fastball finally decided to do a cd like they wanted and it has soared passed my expectations. It is hard for me to pick out the highlights, since all the songs are very different and unique, but I am partial to "'Til I Get It Right" and "Perfect World." No matter if you like country, pop, or rock music there is something for everybody. If this cd doesn't make you smile, go see a doctor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Incredible

    This is a great album that really shows off Fastball's capabilities as a band. They really play some great music here and seem like they love what they're doing. This cd is really outstanding and fun, and you should pick it up whether you're already a Fastball fan or not!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    I have a promotional release of this CD, and I am thoroughly impressed. Fastball sound very relaxed, unencumbered by the responsibilities of following up a hit single. They are just making the music they want to play and it shows! Highlights on the CD include Shortwave, which is way too short, Drifting Away, I Get High, Till I Get It Right, Our Misunderstanding and Falling Upstairs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very VERY good!

    I've been a Fastball follower for years, having bought all 4 of their records (minus a best-of package) and this IMO is their best album. "Shortwave" reminds you of 70's British rock (Badfinger) while "Lou-ee, Lou-ee" is a song that can be played in anyone's garage. The 1st single "Drifting Away" is a song that glides along it's melodic melody. "That Song I Love" is a song that catches you off guard (as does "Our Misunderstanding") as a song you wouldn't expect Fastball to do, but it's a great surprise and the highlight of the record for me. "Red Light", the final track, is THE party song for anybody that likes to have "a really good time". The sound (mixing/mastering) is top notch and my actual rating is 4 1/2 stars. A song or two more would'nt have hurt, but this record is well worth the price! BUY IT!

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    Posted November 23, 2008

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