Public Works [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - François Couture
Even though Public Works is a collection of singles, compilation tracks, and unreleased material, it serves as a summary of the band's activity from 1990 to 2000. Centered on Slim Moon founder of the Kill Rock Stars label, Witchy Poo was a loose-geometry outfit that could include three to 30 musicians. The lineup changes 22 times on these 22 tracks and that's only one aspect of the chameleon-like qualities of Public Works. The listener is bounced around from basement recordings to fully produced studio tracks, from straight punk rock numbers to experimental extravaganzas, pop melodies, and quirky covers of tunes by the Cars, Cat Stevens, the Melvins, Paul Simon, Elvis ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Even though Public Works is a collection of singles, compilation tracks, and unreleased material, it serves as a summary of the band's activity from 1990 to 2000. Centered on Slim Moon founder of the Kill Rock Stars label, Witchy Poo was a loose-geometry outfit that could include three to 30 musicians. The lineup changes 22 times on these 22 tracks and that's only one aspect of the chameleon-like qualities of Public Works. The listener is bounced around from basement recordings to fully produced studio tracks, from straight punk rock numbers to experimental extravaganzas, pop melodies, and quirky covers of tunes by the Cars, Cat Stevens, the Melvins, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, and Mel Brooks. Witchy Poo was an indie rock version of the Mothers of Invention, blending creative genius with cynicism and banality. Standout tracks on Public Works include the straight-but-weird take on the Cars' "Touch and Go" straight beat, weird twangy out of tune guitar, Stevens' "Moonshadow" shouted over a rhythm track that sounds lifted from Einstürzende Neubauten, and the hypnotic "Olympia Must Die." The album is uneven, but there is plenty here for the fan or the unsuspecting ear. Indie rock's raw force fuses with Zappa-esque conceptuality and quirkiness: avant-gardist yet rude.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2000
  • Label: 5 Rue Christine
  • UPC: 759656101028
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 317,060

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everybody Looks Good in a Helmet (4:55)
  2. 2 Mechanical Mumble (0:25)
  3. 3 Touch and Go (5:39)
  4. 4 Moonshadow (4:48)
  5. 5 Fuck the President (4:11)
  6. 6 The Reaper Song (1:37)
  7. 7 Heavy Gurl Involvement (5:29)
  8. 8 Follow You Down (4:07)
  9. 9 Call to Prayer (1:28)
  10. 10 Olympia Must Die (4:46)
  11. 11 Anal Satan (3:32)
  12. 12 Pennsylvania (1:27)
  13. 13 The First and the Fifth (2:16)
  14. 14 Epistemology (2:10)
  15. 15 Chill Out Room (0:25)
  16. 16 Bad Circulation (3:14)
  17. 17 Homily (1:31)
  18. 18 A Simple Desultory Phillipic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara's Dinto ...) (2:46)
  19. 19 The Groaning Machine (4:26)
  20. 20 You Belong to Me (1:57)
  21. 21 Love Power (2:44)
  22. 22 Everybody Looks Good in a Helmet (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Witchy Poo Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Ric Ocasek Composer
Steve Fisk Contributor
Joe Preston Contributor
Larry Crane Contributor
Sue P. Fox Contributor
Stuart Hallerman Contributor
Jimmy Boyle Contributor
Slim Moon Contributor
Steve Wold Contributor
Ian Dixon Contributor
Sarah Utter Contributor
Jessica Espeleta Contributor
Greg Babior Contributor
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