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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Model Citizen
  • ASIN: B001MDIA8S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Track Listings

1. Something Global
2. Jake Summers
3. Tie Me Up With Jackets
4. Digifucker
5. Lend Me Your Face
6. Battlestations
7. Do You Karate
8. Megameanie
9. I'm Beginning to Think You Prefer 90210 to Me
10. Lumpy Dough
11. Recyclable Ass
12. Something Global

BBC Review

Dublin four-piece Fight Like Apes debut their profanity and insanity on an album named by Mr T, embellished by B movie audio-bites and featuring riot girrl attitude, without the guitars.

A list of influences including Pavement, Sonic Youth, Apples In Stereo and Talking Heads seems to have little evident bearing on their material, but does give an indication of the eclectic tastes and wandering minds of those who produced it.

In places, including opener Something Global, the album is sonically similar to the power pop work of the Avrils and Mileys of the world (an aspect not helped by vocalist Mayday's tendency to occasionally adopt an American sounding accent), but lyrically these songs are thankfully the antithesis of the fluff churned out by the aforementioned vapid teen conveyer belt.

Produced in Seattle by John Goodmanson, whose prolific back-catalogue includes work with Bikini Kill, the album definitely has riot girrl attitude running through its heart. Single Lend Me Your Face, for example, is a violent ode to a former lover.

Mayday's ability to comically nail life's minutiae is reminiscent of Louise Werner in her heyday, although perhaps less subtle: the brashly titled Digifucker boasts the lyric, ''I like to toast things all the time'', a sentiment similar to that of Sleeper's heroine Pyromaniac who sweetly requested, ''throw me your matches, 'cos I like to burn stuff''. Similarly, the vehemence and velocity of Do You Karate? is akin to the work of Ash in their own days as axe-wielding cult fanboys.

The vocals can occasionally grate: high pitched screaming from the front-woman and backing yelps from the boys could be mistaken for a toddler mid-tantrum and teenage brawl respectively, but this could easily have been the effect they were aiming for. At other times, the quirks are the essential ingredient in the mix: Recyclable Ass is made by its whoops and argumentatively delivered, shouty chorus.

Weird, unashamed, funny and charmingly untainted by self-censorship, the re-recording and high production levels on these songs may even be responsible for detracting from their raw impact. One suspects that this album is best stripped of its perfection and performed with the personality with which it is imbued. --Keira Burgess

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Finch on 30 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Why is this CD so good?

The songs are hard, tuneful, in-your-face, and there's not even a guitar in sight (O.K. so there's a Bass).

The music is packed full of genuine attitude, without the band having to rely on affected MTV posturing.

The lyrical content ranges from the vengeful to the irreverent and is sometimes both.

The recording is raw yet very melodic, and EVERY song is a corker. You will quickly find yourself singing along, unless you absolutely loath the whole thing (quite possible).

I award this 5 stars because I believe I am listening to a classic debut and will still be listening to it in 10 years time, if still alive. I fear however that the band will not be here that long as this sort of intensity tends to burn out quite quickly.
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Format: Audio CD
This is the debut album for four Irish punks, Fight Like Apes. Their love of B movies, wrestling and synthesisers makes it difficult to classify this group as a punk band but more as `aggressive pop'. With their `in-your-face' lyrics in such songs as `Lend Me Your Face' and `Jake Summers', they definitely pack a punch. Front woman, MayKay, screams lyrics out in a McLusky or Future Of The Left style -she's the type of woman who will send you cruisin' for a bruisin' and you know just by listening to her she's not one to mess with. Fight Like Apes proves that synthesizer groups don't all have to sound the same. They've managed to take punk and electrify it to their own style, so back off!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By spike on 7 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Maykays sarcacism filled dreamy vocals stands out on the tracks like "Give me your face", "Jake Summers" and "Somthing Global" as if she was strung up in a straight jacket in a mental asylum which is a compliment for Fight like Apes "debut album" WHICH is like a schizophrenic version of Siousxie and the banshees only a tad more wacky and crazy.
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Great, Fresh, and Awesome! 3 April 2009
By D. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first saw these guys in Austin Texas at a festival. We were just walking down the street hearing band after band that sounded the same, always the same standard beats and sound, til we walked by a pub and heard Fight Like Apes. They were amazing, there was a line to get in and listen to them, and a crowd on the street just soaking up their sound. I went home and downloaded all I could find, and am now waiting for it to be in stock again. Unique, and fresh, without being uber weird. They have a great sound.
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