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Fat Elvis
     

The Fat Elvis

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by Big Boys
 
Released in conjunction with The Skinny Elvis, Fat Elvis compiles the later Big Boys releases -- Fun, Fun, Fun, Lullabies, and No Matter -- in one handy disc. As with its counterpart, the sound is perfect, the release notes thorough, and the reproductions of the original

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Released in conjunction with The Skinny Elvis, Fat Elvis compiles the later Big Boys releases -- Fun, Fun, Fun, Lullabies, and No Matter -- in one handy disc. As with its counterpart, the sound is perfect, the release notes thorough, and the reproductions of the original sleeves welcome. Also in common with Skinny, the best extra fun comes from the liner notes and archival photos. Offering up praise and recollections this time around are, among others, L.A. punk scenester Pleasant Gehman, Steve Albini (combative as always, but unreserved in his Boys worship), Jay Robbins, Sooyoung Park, and Skatemaster Tate. The latter offers a particular funny, brief story about seeing the young Red Hot Chili Peppers open for the Big Boys, dismissing them as "some kind of joke band" -- not too far off an assessment, frankly. Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey tells the lead tale, enthusiastically explaining the Boys' importance to the early Austin, TX punk scene and how the Surfers benefitted from the Boys' help in adding them to bills and providing practice space. The photos cover everything from promo shots, in-studio snaps, live craziness (one pair shows the Boys on stage with Flipper covering Rick James' "Superfreak"), and a slew of flyers. A last mention at the end of the booklet describes the band as "the highest common denominators," well-deserved and accurate praise for a wonderful group.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/1993
Label:
Touch & Go Records
UPC:
0036172079926
catalogNumber:
99
Rank:
60137

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Boys   Primary Artist
Brent Fawns   Trumpet
Chris Gates   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nathan Gates   Trombone
Tim Kerr   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
David Kitto   Trombone
Fred Schultz   Drums,Background Vocals
Randy Turner   Vocals
Rey Washam   Drums
Gerald Grates   Turntables

Technical Credits

Big Boys   Contributor
Skatemaster Tate   Liner Notes
Robert Lamm   Composer
Spot   Producer
Steve Albini   Liner Notes
Bill Foster   Executive Producer
Pleasant Gehman   Liner Notes
David Holmes   Composer
John Mohr   Liner Notes
Jeff Nelson   Liner Notes
Peter Stahl   Liner Notes
Doktor Kosmos   Composer
Cindy Wujcik   Executive Producer
King Coffey   Liner Notes
Brian Brannon   Liner Notes
Jeff Newton   Liner Notes
James Leverton   Composer

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The Fat Elvis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The Big Boys were the embodiment of all that was great about punk rock circa 1980-86: loud, brash, daring, fast, meaningful, silly, scary and quite possibly the nicest guys one could hope to meet. They eschewed the whole ''rockstar'' mentality that many of their peers evenutally embraced (cf. ''Sizzlin''' Hank Rollins, Corrosion of Conformity, Butthole Surfers, et al.), pushed punk's boudaries to their furthest limits, blurred the line between band and audience more often than not and encouraged others to ''start your own band.'' ''Fat Elvis'' is the most easily digestible of the two discs and a good starting point for those not familiar with the band. It has something for everyone, from hardcore thrash (''Apolitical,'' ''Brickwall''), Art damage (''Prison''), ''old school'' punk rock (''Baby Let's Play God,'' ''We're Not In It to Lose,'') and some of the best funk this side of the Mothership (''We Got Soul,'' ''Hollywood Swingin','' ''Jump the Fence,'' and the stunning ''What's the Word?''). once the listener has acclimated his ear to the Big Boys' sound, he would do well to try the ''Skinny Elvis'' disc, which contains their ealier, more ambitious work. In an age when punk rock has become more of a rigid pigeonhole than an outlet for free expression and the average punker has the creativity and insight of a block of deadwood, it is always nice to hear the sound of this, the greatest band to ever walk the earth; a band that told us that ''life is just a party,'' that can still get the feet movin', the fist pumpin', the rump shakin' and the mind thinkin' about what punk coulda, shoulda been and what it could, should be. In short, a masterpiece.