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Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
     

Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too

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by The New Radicals
 
The more things change in music, the more they stay the same. The alternative rockers of the 1990s may have caused so-called corporate rockers like Poison and Bon Jovi to become less visible, but at the same time, the worship of 1970s baby boomer culture was alive and well among post-baby boomers. In 1998, one of the

Overview

The more things change in music, the more they stay the same. The alternative rockers of the 1990s may have caused so-called corporate rockers like Poison and Bon Jovi to become less visible, but at the same time, the worship of 1970s baby boomer culture was alive and well among post-baby boomers. In 1998, one of the most memorable examples of 1970s-flavored music came from the New Radicals. Although Radicals singer/leader Gregg Alexander was quick to espouse a left-wing point of view, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too doesn't beat listeners over the head with a sociopolitical agenda. Nor is the CD an exercise in angry 1990s angst rock. Rather, Alexander's band is a congenial and highly melodic throwback to the rock and blue-eyed soul of the early to mid-'70s. Alexander's vocals have a very Mick Jagger-ish quality, but while the Rolling Stones were a rock & roll band that occasionally dabbled in soul and funk, the Radicals favor pop
ock that is consistently mindful of classic Northern soul. Hook-happy offerings like "Jehovah Made This Whole Joint for You," "Flowers," and "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough" give the impression that Alexander holds the Stones and the artists of Motown Records in equally high regard. Without question, Brainwashed was among the more promising releases of late 1998.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811185824
catalogNumber:
11858
Rank:
9797

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Performance Credits

New Radicals   Primary Artist
Gregg Alexander   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paul Gordon   Piano
Mitch Kaplan   Piano
Lance Morrison   Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
John Pierce   Bass
Matt Laug   Drums
Dan Rothchild   Bass
Danielle Brisebois   Piano,Background Vocals
Juliet Prater   Percussion
John Freese   Drums
Michael James   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Gregg Alexander   Arranger,Producer
Andre Berryman   Engineer
Michael Vail Blum   Engineer
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Richard Podolor   Vocal Arrangements
Bob Wartinbee   Engineer
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Mike Bradford   Engineer
Curt Kroeger   Engineer
Michael James   Engineer

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Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't listen to this CD without being moved, either emotionally, or physically. The melodic harmonies make you feel young and free and want to sing and dance around the room, but the lyrics often dig deep, as in ''Someday We'll Know''. Folks, listen up! This band has talent, originality and something to say!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll never want to stop playing this one! It's jam- packed with emotionally uplifting melodies, deep lyrics and funky beats. Even some slower songs, such as "Crying Like a Church on Monday" carries the same reoccuring positive vibe of the album. Other songs have a retro-rock style to them, like "Technicolor Lover" and "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too". Overall, this album should make you feel like dancing, smiling and it will make you want to scream out loud with joy! It delivers a powerful message of hope, which is received through great music. Don't miss out on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The New Radicals were led by vocalist and songwriter Gregg Alexander; Alexander is obviously a very talented and original songwriter. Sadly, this was the only album released by the Radicals, in 1998, before they split. I bought the album after hearing the brilliant top 5 single You Get What You Give. This is more of a mainstream track than most by the New Radicals; it features on the album after Mother We Just Can't Get Enough, a soulful and funky opener of which its mood is repeated on tracks like Technicolor Lover and Flowers. Alexander is surely one of the best songwriters today - as is proved on this album on almost every track. There are a lot of ballad-style songs like the brilliant ending track, Crying Like A Church On Monday. If this album has a drawback its probably that it can be often very obscure; also, some tracks like the title track and I Hope I Didn't Just Give Away The Ending are not very durable and seem to dribble on for too long. One songwriting characteristic for which Alexander must be credited for is that he is not afraid to speak his mind, no matter how extreme his views are; the title track, while having no actual vocals, its lyrics as on the sleeve of the album attack politicians and pretty much everything in the world, telling us 'maybe we've been brainwashed too.' Maybe we have, but one thing I know for sure is this album is excellent and definitely worth investigation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best CD of the decade. Excellent production, great fun. The songwriting is totally unique. I can't wait for the next CD by these guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a good record; my mom and I have pretty different tastes in music. When I put this cd in the car stereo, she loved it and we had it on full blast. The songs were so cool and most were really catchy, my favs are "Mother We Just Can't Get Enough" and "Gotta Stay High". Be sure 2 check it out!
Dawn_from_Maine More than 1 year ago
Gregg Alexander is undeniably talented. This CD is the best. Wish he would come out for some performances. One of the best songwriters around. Give us a gift Gregg and play for us.

Whoever buys this CD will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the cd just by listening to "You get what you give" on the radio. I like it from begining to end. After that I bought 4 more copies for my friends, since "It was my personal party CD". I related it to my way of thinking and lifestyle and fitted perfectly. Needless to say, my friends loved it too. From Puerto Rico, I sent a copy over to a friend of mine in Boston about three years ago..."where the hell did you found this CD....I love it....my kids love it! His wife, Marta uses "other we just can't get enough" to perform energetic shores..."I get pumped up when I need to clean the house or fix something" She said to me laughing. I started to looking for another copy, when last night my sister made me listen to "You get what give" as a new theme she just discovered and explained to me the lyrics...well it's hot new stuff for her but a classic to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe it has taken me so long to find this CD. Can't think of another album that hit me over the head from the first listen like this one did. Turn it up loud!
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