#1 Hits Explosion

#1 Hits Explosion

by The Apples in Stereo


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#1 Hits Explosion

If the Apples in Stereo had only made Fun Trick Noisemaker and then quit, their legacy as a legendary pop group would have been secure. In 1995, nobody else was making records as giddy or as full of wonder as the Apples, and definitely no one was making records as exquisitely arranged and magical on a shoestring budget. The release of Fun Trick was a defining moment in indie rock that came pretty close to being a lo-fi pop masterpiece, and still sounds just as amazing. That the Apples couldn't top it is no cause for shame on their part; that they kept trying and ended up creating a catalog as rich in great songs and records is cause for celebration. The cheekily titled #1 Hits Explosion is just the kind of career-summing package the band deserves and it makes clear just how wonderful a band it is. Gathering songs in roughly equal numbers from all six of their studio albums (and adding the infectious rocker "Signal in the Sky [Let's Go]" that they recorded for The Powerpuff Girls' Heroes & Villains soundtrack), the collection focuses mostly on the ultra-hooky, power pop-influenced side of the band. Starting with the booming rocker "Energy" from their most recent record, New Magnetic Wonder, the songs fly past like gooey sticks of bubblegum, glowing and shimmering like the finest pop music of the '60s and '70s. "The Rainbow," "Go," "Shine a Light," and "Ruby" (just to pick four) could have easily been hits in 1967 given the right circumstances, "Shine a Light" sounds like a low-budget ELO, and there's absolutely no reason "Signal in the Sky" wasn't topping the charts in 2000. Only "Strawberry Fire" and "20 Cases Suggestive Of..." hint at the trippy, hazily psychedelic side of the group, but even then the hooks in the choruses are strong enough that you could hang a cement overcoat from them with no problem. The possible flaw with the collection is that -- as is the case with any such album -- one of your favorite tracks might be missing ("Glowworm" from Fun Trick, for example). Otherwise, it works as both an excellent overview of the band's career and as a document of some of the finest pop music of the alt-rock era (and maybe of ever).

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2009
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457263123
catalogNumber: 2631
Rank: 117609

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Apples in Stereo   Primary Artist
Mark Mothersbaugh   Synthesizer
Robert Schneider   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Efram   Background Vocals
Hilarie Sidney   Drums,Vocals
Merisa Bissinger   Flute,Trumpet,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Bill Doss   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,cowbell
Chris McDuffie   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Tammy Ealom   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jon Hegel   Tenor Saxophone
John Dufilho   Background Vocals
John R. Ferguson   Background Vocals
John Hill & the Retreds   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Rick Benjamin   Trombone,Conductor

Technical Credits

Bryce Goggin   Producer,Engineer
Ron Marshall   Engineer
Craig Morris   Engineer
Rich Costi   Remixing
Mike Deming   Engineer
Robert Schneider   Composer,Producer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Otto Helmuth   Engineer
Hilarie Sidney   Composer
Bill Doss   Composer,Engineer
Steve Keene   Artwork
Jeff Kuykendall   Liner Notes

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