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As Cruel as School Children [Bonus CD]
     

As Cruel as School Children [Bonus CD]

by Gym Class Heroes
 

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Implementing live instruments instead of looped samples or beats -- and helmed by the quick tongue of MC Travis McCoy -- there's really no denying the enjoyable affair that is Gym Class Heroes' As Cruel as School Children. Launching with the booty-shaking "The Queen and I," the Heroes prove straightaway that they've got enough

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Implementing live instruments instead of looped samples or beats -- and helmed by the quick tongue of MC Travis McCoy -- there's really no denying the enjoyable affair that is Gym Class Heroes' As Cruel as School Children. Launching with the booty-shaking "The Queen and I," the Heroes prove straightaway that they've got enough confidence, catchy rhythms, and sense of melody amid all their tight grooves and emo hipster instincts to keep things moving right along. Being a hip-hop outfit largely residing in the world of the Warped Tour, it somehow makes sense that Arrested Development's Speech makes an appearance ("Biters Block") alongside guys like William Beckett from The Academy Is... ("7 Weeks") and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump (on the eccentric "Clothes Off!"). But while this combination of influences largely works to Gym Class Heroes' musical advantage and overall appeal, there's still something that makes their music seem not quite like a novelty and more like a fleeting pleasure. How long can a song based on Myspace relationships ("New Friend Request") really last before lines like "My man Tom introduced us but I was too shy to say hi" or "I never see my face in your Top 8" become more annoying than witty? And even if hitting topics like the life of a touring band and calling out fake, trendy music is relevant, by now it just seems more a cliché. The band's sincerity isn't in question and Gym Class Heroes are a talented crew. But ultimately, it's this standard spring of inspiration that keeps As Cruel as School Children from being much else than a perfect hangout record for summer 2006. [A bonus CD edition was issued in 2007.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Fueled By Ramen
UPC:
0075678996542
catalogNumber:
329212

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Performance Credits

Gym Class Heroes   Primary Artist
Sluggo   Guitar
Patrick Stump   Vocals
Rand Bellavia   Background Vocals
Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo   Guitar
Adam English   Piano
Travis "Schleprok" McCoy   Vocals
Matt McGinley   Drums
Eric Roberts   Bass
Ghost Of Harlem   Keyboards
Suge White   Vox Organ

Technical Credits

Roger Hodgson   Composer
Craig Anderson   Authoring
Spencer Chrislu   Director
Preston Glass   Composer
Narada Michael Walden   Composer
Matt Green   Engineer
Doug White   Producer,Engineer
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Sluggo   Programming,Producer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Bob McLynn   Management
Bill Racine   Video Engineer
Joel Hamburger   Engineer
Patrick Stump   Programming,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Anthony Delia   Producer
Gym Class Heroes   Composer
Kate Robinson   Producer
Travis "Schleprok" McCoy   Concept
S*A*M   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sluggo   Audio Production
Tiffany Staton   Art Manager
Philip Batti   Executive Video Producer
Andrea Boetz   Contributor
David Crosland   Illustrations
Jeff "Stress" Davis   Remixing
Damien Drake   Video Director
Brandon Gatz   Contributor
Benedict Kasulis   Video Editor
Carden Katz   Contributor
Lauren Lachs   Contributor
Noah Malale   Contributor
Scott Nagelberg   Assistant Management
Suge White   Contributor
Eric Ronick   Engineer
Sam   Audio Production

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