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A vs. Monkey Kong

A Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B00004YLKZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A ~ Monkey Kong

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk rock with a twist 19 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
A are probably this country's best-kept punk rock secrets. They blend a sound that is at times as rough and hardcore as they come and at times gentle and sweet with some crazy distorted electronica and Jason's unusual vocals. Surprisingly it all works fantastically well and it proves that it is perfectly possible to get a catchy, addictive sound without being tame and utterly predictable like so many American punk rock bands are. If this isn't too crude a way of putting it: These guys could piss all over most of the bands who get on the Warped tour. This is proper punk rock: not tired punk-pop.
This album hits you immediately, hard and fast. "For starters" and "Monkey Kong" are both storming declarations of intent (and check out the inventive use of a spelling toy on the later!) The pace then winds down a little with the chilled-out blast of "A," soon followed by my personal favourite "Hopper Jonnus Fang," which is a lovely, dreamy musing on the effect of the fame that will surely come and the more down-to-earth "Summer on the underground." "If it ain't broke" gets things speeding again (more than a little offspring influence detected here) and then comes a piece of absolute pop brilliance with "I love lake Tahoe." which has a chorus as memorable as anything Green Day have written. The album can't quite keep this quality up over 14 tracks but "Down on the floor" and especially the fine closer "Getting around" ensure things never become boring.
All in all this is a pretty incredible effort and it proves that punk is very much alive and well here in England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece by A 16 Feb 2006
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The not very well known brit rockers 'A' Have outstanded fans with their brilliantly uptempo and outstanding songwriting. This album is no exception to the formula, a brilliant mix of fantastic lyrics, foot stomping guitar riffs, headbanging druming and truly outstanding 'frontmanning' from lead singer Jason Perry. From the first track 'For starters' you realise that this is A at their finest, shortly followed by 'Monkey Kong', which hilariously questions the famous 'Donkey Kong's name, to 'Old Folks' shedding light on the worlds true view of the more elderly population, the chilled and oddly named 'Hopper Jonus Fang'. I'll stop talking about it now and allow you to listen to the songs. All you gotta do is hit the 'Add to basket' button and youve got this fantastic album. Trust me, its worth every penny plus more.
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Format:Audio CD
A are the latest big thing, it seems and well done to them. If you've been hooked by the power of recent single Nothing, then give A's back catalogue (including Monkey Kong) a good listen.
Combining excellent melody with heart felt yet never depressing lyrics, these guys draw on a limitless sense of fun and energy to bring a real upper of an album.
Definitely recommended if you're into fun with meaning, melody with musicianship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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...that is, in that it's not well known, but is a firm favourite amongst those who do know. This is 'A' rocking out in their true colours. The reviewers who said they liked it, but "it's no Hi-Fi Serious".. you're entitled to your opinion, but please, go back to your fully sold-out pop-metal bands and review them instead.
I enjoyed HFS, but no-where near as much as I should have, because it was tinged with a taste of sell-out and a feeling that the guys were maybe holding back from their full, silly/anarchic, high-energy performance in order to break the somewhat more conservative mass market (indeed, they sounded a hell of a lot like the offspring in places, another good band but also recently a shining example of punk sell-out). It was a good move on their part in that way, getting exposure and a bit of cash, but creatively it shouldn't be held as a yardstick against which Monkey Kong was based.
A friend gave me a copy of this on a very cheap cassette many years ago, and despite the poor quality it wasn't long before the tape was almost unusable from too many times around the deck - and I was down the shops buying the CD, full price (and then later getting a replacement from amazon when some sod stole it)! It's awesome. Put it on loud, ignore the neighbours and your family, and get your indie pop-punk-rock mosh on, singing along (2 octaves lower - and i mean the ladies, there) all the way :-D ... pausing to enjoy the gentle rhythms of Lake Tahoe, Summer O.T.U and Hopper Jonus Fang, surely put there only to give you time to grab an energy drink.
Apparently there's a new album out. I never saw it coming or heard it was released til I logged in and it popped up on the sidebar. This is probably a good thing as it means it's too musically wild for Top of the Pops again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars god yeh baby just buy this 19 Feb 2001
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Look many of you will not of heard of A, but let me tell you if you want to listen to an album full of great songs get this it may not be as rocky as there first jaunt "how ace are buildings" but it kicks the ass of many other albums that mainstream bands produce today. This album leans slightly towards a punk element which the pull of fantastically. stand out tracks are old folks, i love lake taho, miles away and the tile track monkey kong.The other tracks are so good to but these ones have to be listened to with the volume right up as they rock. all in all a great album cant wait for the new arival hi fi serious which is shapeing up to be even better than both previouse albums put together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest "chirpy-core" album ever
This album isn't on iTunes, and since my only copy is on the now sadly defunct Mini-Disc format, I was sop pleased that Amazon had it. Stand out songs? Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Fantastic album. A were such an underrated band and never got the media attention they deserved. If you like British rock / punk then this is a must have. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Doghouse Gav
3.0 out of 5 stars Not hi fi serious
Its good in bits this album but if you've already got hi fi serious don't bother. If you're a big fan of A then this is worth getting but this isn't their best.
Published on 18 Jan 2005 by "andyman24"
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A' ARE the English 'Green Day'
If you ever wanted a reason to prove that English punk is right up there with USA's best, this is it. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2003 by "ukgreenday"
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album... now
This album is amazing buy it. If you've got and like Hi-Fi Serious buy this now its amazingly better than How Ace Are Buildings, (buy how ace are buildings anyway) this album is... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Its About Time That Britian Had Something To Show Off About
Now we do. 'Monkey Kong' is the second album by the amazing 'A'. The album kicks off with a typical 'A' style song, 'For Starters'. After this it simply gets better. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2002 by king_william_hero@hotmail.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Good listen overall, but GREAT in patches
'A' manage to churn out the same old Punk-Rock that we've all heard a million times since Green Day's Dookie and NOFX's Punk in Drublic in a way that is new and exciting. Read more
Published on 19 July 2001 by Mr D E Chaitow
5.0 out of 5 stars kicking mix of punk and rock
These guys rock hard, i saw them live on the deconstruction tour and i was so impressed i bought their album. The album has a real mix of tunes and styles. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album i've bought for years
I first heard about A from my friend and when I saw them live i had to get their albums. A vs Monkey Knog is an album full of English Spirit and packed to the seams with banging... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2001 by Jimmy B
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