The Fat Elvis [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/1993
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • UPC: 036172079926
  • Catalog Number: 99
  • Sales rank: 80,981

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nervous (2:00)
  2. 2 Apolitical (0:43)
  3. 3 Hollywood Swinging (4:06)
  4. 4 Prison (2:42)
  5. 5 We Got Soul (2:24)
  6. 6 Fun, Fun, Fun (3:14)
  7. 7 We Got Your Money (2:53)
  8. 8 Lesson (0:40)
  9. 9 Funk Off (1:49)
  10. 10 I'm Sorry (1:07)
  11. 11 We're Not in It to Lose (2:16)
  12. 12 Sound on Sound (3:30)
  13. 13 Fight Back (2:17)
  14. 14 Brickwall (0:40)
  15. 15 Jump the Fence (1:52)
  16. 16 Assault (0:58)
  17. 17 Manipulation (2:55)
  18. 18 Same Old Blues (2:29)
  19. 19 Gator Fuckin (1:25)
  20. 20 White Nigger (3:19)
  21. 21 Baby Let's Play God (2:49)
  22. 22 No (2:26)
  23. 23 Narrow View (2:08)
  24. 24 I Do Care (2:40)
  25. 25 Listen (1:31)
  26. 26 What's the Word? (4:12)
  27. 27 Common Beat (5:17)
  28. 28 No Love (1:47)
  29. 29 Which Way to Go (2:34)
  30. 30 Killing Time (1:13)
  31. 31 Work (3:29)
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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
J.J. Cale Composer
Big Boys Contributor
Skatemaster Tate Liner Notes
Robert Lamm Composer
Spot Producer, Remastering
Steve Albini Liner Notes
Bill Foster Executive Producer
Pleasant Gehman Liner Notes
David Holmes Composer
Tim Kerr Remastering
John Mohr Liner Notes
Jeff Nelson Liner Notes
Peter Stahl Liner Notes
Brian MacDonald Composer
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's the Word?

    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.

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