Oh Ah! [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Stereo Total's 1995 debut album, Oh Ah!, re-released in 2003 by Kill Rock Stars with bonus tracks, introduces the band's shabbily glamorous, multilingual, and multi-culti mix of pop and punk more or less fully formed, albeit slightly messier than the group's later albums. Oh Ah! focuses more on the rougher side of their music, to gloriously all-over-the-place effect on the cute-but-tough punk ye-ye of "Miau Miau" and the strutting, androgynous "Comme un Garçon." However, a fair amount of time is also devoted to their wide-ranging pop, spanning the typewriter-punctuated love song "Dactylo Rock" and the quirky Europop of "C'Est la Mort" in Oh Ah!'s first two tracks alone. ...
See more details below
CD
$14.43
BN.com price
(Save 9%)$15.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $9.98   
  • Used (1) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Stereo Total's 1995 debut album, Oh Ah!, re-released in 2003 by Kill Rock Stars with bonus tracks, introduces the band's shabbily glamorous, multilingual, and multi-culti mix of pop and punk more or less fully formed, albeit slightly messier than the group's later albums. Oh Ah! focuses more on the rougher side of their music, to gloriously all-over-the-place effect on the cute-but-tough punk ye-ye of "Miau Miau" and the strutting, androgynous "Comme un Garçon." However, a fair amount of time is also devoted to their wide-ranging pop, spanning the typewriter-punctuated love song "Dactylo Rock" and the quirky Europop of "C'Est la Mort" in Oh Ah!'s first two tracks alone. Despite the lovely sheen of "Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'En Vais," most of the album is less ambitious and polished than Stereo Total's later work, but that doesn't hamper its charms in the slightest. In fact, the cheap keyboards, fuzzy guitars, and rudimentary percussion and production only give Oh Ah! an indie immediacy and friendliness that was missing on later albums like Musique Automatique. A '50s tinge colors songs ranging from the brisk pop of "Moi Je Joue" to the lovely ballad "Morose" to the twangy "Johnny" to the Euro-punkabilly of "Souvenir Souvenir"; "À L'Amour Comme à la Guerre" is a very rough take on country. Oh Ah! introduces Stereo Total's tradition of unique covers: while their version of Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" might be the most notorious of the songs they reworked, their lo-fi, Eurotrash disco version of KC & the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight" and their sweet, simple rendition of the Tee Set's "Ma Belle Amie" (known here as "Belami") are just as witty, if not more so. A sprawling album, Oh Ah! also features directions the group rarely repeated, such as the spare, bluesy "Dans le Parc," which is no less affecting because of its difference from the rest of Stereo Total's work. The bonus tracks on the 2003 edition of the album only make it even more sprawling, but fortunately the band's B-sides are nearly as good as its album tracks. "Carte Postale" is a cover of the Rivieras' early-'60s classic "California Sun" set in sunny St. Tropez; "Avec Ma Valise" is probably one of the only country-pop songs sung en Français; and the version of "Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'En Vais" with Alex Chilton is very different than, but just as good as, the album track. Still a remarkably fresh album, Oh Ah! is an exciting debut, and a starting point from which Stereo Total would just keep getting better.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • UPC: 759656040327
  • Catalog Number: 60403
  • Sales rank: 143,536

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dactylo Rock (2:33)
  2. 2 C'est la Mort (2:50)
  3. 3 Miau Miau (2:01)
  4. 4 Comme un Garçon (2:41)
  5. 5 Belami (2:10)
  6. 6 Johnny (1:57)
  7. 7 Morose (2:22)
  8. 8 Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'En Vais (3:07)
  9. 9 Push It (0:59)
  10. 10 Souvenir Souvenir (1:28)
  11. 11 Auf Dem Blauen Meer (1:48)
  12. 12 Movie Star (2:19)
  13. 13 A L'Amour Comme À la Guerre (3:04)
  14. 14 Get Down Tonight (2:38)
  15. 15 Dans le Parc (4:36)
  16. 16 Epitaph (1:08)
  17. 17 Moi Je Joue (1:40)
  18. 18 Carte Postale (2:45)
  19. 19 Avec Ma Valise (2:17)
  20. 20 Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'En Vais (2:43)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stereo Total Primary Artist
Alex Chilton Drums
Peter Stein Shaker
Françoise Cactus Percussion, Drums, Vocals,
Brezel Göring Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Iznogood Bass
Lesley Campbell Guitar
Malika Dancer
Technical Credits
Alex Chilton Engineer
Serge Gainsbourg Composer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey Composer
Richard Finch Composer
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor Composer
M. Levy Composer
Jean-Max Rivière Composer
Peter Stein Engineer
Bo Kondren Engineer
Françoise Cactus Composer
Brezel Göring Engineer
Andreas Lange Engineer
J.J. Debout Composer
Jacques Palminger Contributor
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously