Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free

Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free

by Reel Big Fish
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Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free

It's no secret that Reel Big Fish were less than pleased with their time spent at Jive/Mojo Records, and they made it pretty obvious as to their elation at being finally dropped sometime after 2005's We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy. So maybe that's why their first album back in the indie world, Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free, is the band's most lighthearted effort in years. That's not to say their trademark sarcasm, snarkiness, and sharp wit are any less present, since without those bits, it wouldn't really be a Reel Big Fish album. Don't worry, they're there -- see "Hate You," "Why Do All Girls Think They're Fat?," and "The New Version of You" as just a few examples -- but it's kinda nice that the Fish are largely back to simple and superficial mischief, instead of spending the majority of their time bitter at corporate suits and fans who call them sellouts. Reel Big Fish have simply made a fun, catchy as hell album, from the reggae-infused "Slow Down" to the island vibe of "Will the Revolution Come?" to the late-'90s ska-punk of "I'm Her Man." "My Imaginary Friend" has a nice chorus for a sunny-day skip down the street, while overly jovial cuts like the ridiculous "Party Down" and "Everybody's Drunk" clearly reveal the guys just enjoying playing together and having a good time. Listeners will have a hard time not following suit. This is playfulness reminiscent of the Everything Sucks era -- there's even the wonderful "Another F.U. Song" to rival the expletive blast of prior pit anthem "Nothin'" -- and seeing as some of Monkeys' songs are apparently reworked demos dating all the way back to 1999, that might have something to do with it. But reasons don't matter so much as the result, and Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free presents a rejuvenated, almost carefree Reel Big Fish completely unaware that their best years should be behind them; after all, ska-punk supposedly died years ago. But Reel Big Fish just keep plowing forward, pumping out the hits like it was the easiest thing in the world, and leaving their fans all the luckier for it.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: Rock Ridge Music
UPC: 0677516112222
catalogNumber: 61122
Rank: 139304

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reel Big Fish   Primary Artist
Matt Wong   Bass Guitar
Aaron Barrett   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
David Irish   Vocals
Ryland Steen   Bass Drums
Brian Klemm   Guitar
Jon Kubis   Accordion

Technical Credits

David Charles   Composer
Reel Big Fish   Composer
Aaron Barrett   Composer,Audio Production
Vince Pileggi   Personal Manager
Ken Fermaglich   Contributor
David Irish   Engineer
Kiersten Stevens   Whistle

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