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Les Savy Fav has, for the most part, remained a word-of-show, fanatical-fan-driven band. They have done it on their own, in the old-fashioned way, touring and making music. They aren't too cool for any school. They answer their own e-mails. They have maintained their independence and have built their consistently sold-out-show following without the championing of a major label, mainstream ... Read more in Amazon's Les Savy Fav Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: French Kiss Records
  • ASIN: B0001ZMWR8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meet Me In The Dollar Bin
2. Hold On To Your Genre
3. We'll Make A Lover Of You
4. Fading Vibes
5. The Sweat Descends
6. Knowing How The World Works
7. Hello Halo, Goodbye Glands
8. Obsessed With The Excess
9. One Way Window
10. Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
11. No Sleeves
12. Reprobates Resume
13. Reformat (Live)
14. Reformat (Dramatic Reading)
15. Bringing Us Down
16. Our Coastal Hymn
17. Blackouts On Thursday
18. Rodeo

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BBC Review

The Brooklyn based art punk-rockers Tim Harrington (vocals), Seth Jabour (guitar), Syd Butler (bass) and Harrison Haynes (drums) collectively known as Les Savy Fav are back with their own kooky version of reality. It's a raucous revolution in the form of the re-release of Inches, a collection of 7'' singles released by the band before 2004.

The re-release seems like perfect timing after their latest album, Let's Stay Friends, got into the NME's top five for 'Album of the Year' in 2007. Yet fear of the dreaded words 'single' and 'compilation' in the same sentence are perfectly understandable. Are the band members about to kill each other/ have killed each other, and are breaking up? Or worse still, has some exec at the record label had a dry month in the office and needs to justify their wages? Thankfully this isn't the case with Inches. It's an altogether more valuable and coveted contribution to their back catalogue.

Many of the tracks included were originally only available in vinyl and released on different labels, including Monitor, Sub Pop, and Tiger Style, causing the calmest of fans to tear their hair out in desperation. Frenchkiss Records, co-founded by bassist Syd Butler, was set up for the precise reason of releasing LSF's own music allowing the label to scoop up all their estranged children - even the annoying teenagers - and bring them back home. This happy marriage of convenience has allowed fans both old and new to keep their hair and sleep easy at night. Now it's been handed to you on a plate.

Truly original, Inches is a showcase of the vibrancy and eclecticism of the band's forays, firmly entrenched in punk new wave. The first single on the compilation, Meet Me in the Dollar Bin blasts out cool electro-synth, heavy drum beats, and gut wrenching scrawny guitar. Hold on to Your Genre delivers lo-fi, moody bass, while Knowing How The World Works develops edgy guitars and fluttering drum beats. Reformat is given two versions, one live and one of a radio play where a submarine captain is executed. The inspired diversity runs throughout all eighteen tracks with an abundance of abstract, gritty, indie-rock with gravitas. Inches? This compilation goes on for miles and miles. I hope you've got your running shoes on. --Jessica Braham

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. C. Cutter on 11 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Les Savy Fav love you. Or at least that's what the booklet says, they probably just want your money, but you should definately hand it over, no questions asked, because here is a punk band that hasn't 'sold out', that likes to expiriment, and can play it's instruments to a Grade 5 standard.
The C.D. is a compilation of singles and 7 inches since the conception of the band, and rather cleverly, has been planned right from the start so that the artwork makes up pieces of a puzzle. The great thing about the albums chronological order is we can map the albums progress; from shouty US punk (Rodeo), and angular guitar anthems (Our Coastal Hymn) to their current day artiness (check the synth bleeps and sampling on Meet Me in the Dollar Bin).
In between that we have everything from spoken word pieces(such as on the slightly too long Reformat) to more poppy moments (We'll Make a Lover Out of You) although the usual fare is high speed rock music in the manner of a four-piece band. This album showcases a refreshing variety which can be very hard to find, especially on albums as long as this. And for those of you lucky enough to place your order quickly enough, you'll receive a free DVD which includes commentaries, videos and photos, useful for fleshing out the image of the band, especially if you're a new-comer such as myself.
And finally, they're a band with interesting things to say, the lead singer reeling off potent imagery in his acidic screams and lustful whispers. So much so, you'll take the time to read the lyric booklet. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Calafato on 13 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Les Savy Fav (pronounced "Lay Sah-vee Fahv for the unfamiliar) are here with a wonderful collection of 7" singles and previously unheard of material that will get the hips shaking of even the most grim-faced dreary-eyed metaller. Often regarded as the godfathers of independent music, LSF's insanely infectious brand of disco-rock positively soars here across 18 tracks of smile-inducing experimental tomfoolery. Heavily bearded (and often half-naked) front man Tim Harrington croons, calms and shouts whilst his band mates investigate weird sounds in an almost jam-like manner. They don't sound a million miles away from These Arms Are Snakes but make no mistake about it, this band is utterly unique. It is wonderfully encompassing and if you didn't pick this up on its original release, or if you just want to hear something innovative and exciting, then go well out of your way to get a hold of this.
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By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
For most bands, a singles compilation is an afterthought-- a brusque concession to fans who may have missed out on the limited releases or for dilettantes who couldn't be arsed to buy separate product. For Les Savy Fav, a singles compilation was a forethought, conceived before the band had even recorded a song for it. The band have been writing and recording specifically for this project as they put it. Now, seven years after its conception, the career-spanning project finally comes to culmination, collecting the A- and B-sides of nine seven-inches, all originally released by different labels.
Its a novel approach but it's worked .For the most part the eighteen tracks on Inches are terrific examples of gnarly wired hell for leather rock music. The songs mostly revolve around clanging duel at dawn guitars, scudding bass and crisp percussion but there are also elements of discordant electronica hurled into the mix -opening track "Meet Me In The Dollar Bin"- is a splendid example of this. The presence of bearded behemoth front man Tim Harrington whose vocal commitment will bring comparisons to Black Francis (Listen to his shredded vocal chords on "Hold On To Your Genre")and by proxy the Pixies is also a plus.
The songs are not just tremendous examples of committed melodramatic rock music but there is real intelligence , cognisance and humour in the lyrics .These songs are truly complete works and as the running order runs from the newer tracks to the older it provides an inverted history of the bands progression . That said one of the standout tracks is relatively early release "Our Coastal Hymn" where a knotty bass line gives way to a vivacious riff . There is also the post-hardcore roar of "Bringing Us Down" , and the Gang Of Four like rhythms of "Yawn Yawn Yawn".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Give it a second try, or a third. 1 Mar. 2005
By Matthew D. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is great; I'll just start off by saying that. However, you may not think so at first. For those of you who like to listen to everything, this band might come off as a bit random or "weird" at first listen, but I promise, it'll become more and more familiar every time you listen to it. It's almost like the brain isn't ready for it the first few times, but it adapts and begins to understand its subtle elegances.

I started out just liking a song or two, but recently I've come to love all of them. I hope you can give this band a chance, it'll be well worth it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Come now. 5 Feb. 2005
By superchris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think that the person who gave five stars to Chris Isaak's Christmas album is right. Les Savy Fav is just another band that jumped on the recent new-wave revival bandwagon. Except they were so bad that they needed to get a head start, so they jumped on this bandwagon way back in 1996. The bandwagon was just an unassembled pile of lumber at this point and all of the members of Les Savy Fav got splinters in their feet. Some guy in a band twenty-five years ago got a splinter stuck in his hand. Lars Sarvy Fav be a bunch of copycat frauds!

For real, Les Savy Fav is a very fun band. They write consistently good songs and I encourage you to give them a listen. They are genuine, talented and intelligent men who throw a splendid party at their live shows. One time, I put "Inches" in my portable CD player and its sheer intensity gave me the power to ride my bike thirty miles to my grandmother's house in the city. Sweat Descends is my favorite song.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Mmmmmmm.... 2 Jun. 2005
By Stargrazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this is what I've been waiting for: intelligent, slightly abstract, "punk" influenced, barn-burning, jaw-dropping rock and roll. Tim Harrington can sure turn a phrase. The DVD is more comical than essential, but the CD is transcendental.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
GibbSydSethPatTimLETS DO IT!!! 15 May 2004
By Simon May - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Les Savy Fav are incredible. This is an incredible album. It collects nine 7"s from their career so far, including my personal favorite, an early version of Blackouts which will just blow your socks off!
The early songs are so full of spastic energy and great lyrics you can't help but grin as you dance. The later songs are also full of jerky nervous-tick energy, and have even better lyrics, but they also have some touches of electronica, which are never gratuitous but just add another subtle layer to the songs. So now you're kind of grinning, dancing, and thinking all at the same time. Which is nice...
I know some people thought Go Forth was a little overproduced. For those people I think Inches will be like the LSF equivalent of Fugazi's Furniture EP, a reminder of why you love them so much. For people who haven't heard LSF before, this is a great place to start as it gives you 18 snapshots from 9 different phases of their career.
(If you haven't heard them before, I suppose they're kind of like a version of Gang Of Four that didn't grow up under Thatcher in Leeds in the rain reading Marx... and with a bit more melody... and some glitter.)
I think this album is an absolute must have for everyone, basically.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 1 Sept. 2004
By Awesome - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In my own opinion, this is Les Savy Fav's highest quality release. This compilation contains LSF's most excellent tracks. My personal favorites were jammed into the center of the tracklist. They include the Carly Simon reference heavy "One Way Widow," and the original versions of "Reprobates Resume" and "No Sleeves." I thought both were much better on their latest album, "Go Forth," but they are still highly credible here. The live videos on the DVD capture Les Savy Fav's intense live energy very well. I would've like to have seen more DVD material, because the music videos look like they were on a heavy budget, but I'm perfectly content seeing "Who Rocks the Party" live.
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