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Pack Up the Cats

Local H Audio CD


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Disc: 1
1. All-Right (Oh, Yeah)
2. 'Cha!' Said The Kitty
3. Lucky
4. Hit The Skids Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Rock
5. 500,000 Scovilles
6. What Can I Tell You?
7. Fine And Good
8. Lead Pipe Cinch
9. Cool Magnet
10. She Hates My Job
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. It's A Long Way To The Top
2. Answering Machine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked, but PERFECT album 6 Jan 2003
By wellwellwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Do not let the mere eight reviews for Pack Up The Cats lead you to believe this is not an excellent all-around album. And if you look closely, you'll notice not one of those reviews are 4-, 3-, 2-, or 1-star reviews; they are all 5-star`d reviews. There's something to be said for that. Since I live in Wisconsin and Local H is from Illinois, the three songs "All The Kids Are Right", "All-Right (Oh, Yeah)", and "It's A Long Way To The Top" (AC/DC cover song on disc two) were played every once in a great while; at the time of the album's release. If you have heard any of those tracks, let it be known they are not the only good songs. Every song here (even the one-minute tracks) is good if not excellent. Here's an overview of each song:
1. All-Right (Oh, Yeah) - this awesome track really sets the tone for the entire CD. It's very catchy; and includes some great lyrics and quotes. There is a very rare single version disc floating around somewhere (on Ebay primarily), and that's for good reason.
2. "Cha!" Said The Kitty - from what I understand, Scott Lucas loves kitties. This is actually one of my personal favorites on PUTC; as the lyrics are both brilliant and humorous (for example: `I don't wanna be a rat / and you don't want a kitty cat'). Don't be deceived by its silly title.
3. Lucky - this 49-second track is basically an outro to track two; or maybe an intro to "Lucky Time" (the final track). But either way the continual meowing cats in the background and overall lyrics make it fun to listen to.
4. Hit The Skids Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Rock - when it comes to straight-up rock songs, it doesn't get any better than this. The guitar sound here is very intriguing and probably makes this one of the album's better songs. "Answering Machine" (on disc two) plays in the background as well.
5. 500,000 Scovilles - although only 1.5-minutes long, this track really stands out. The lyrics are simplistic, yet unbelievably awesome: `I'm living well / I'm working out / I'm eating right'. There are no gaps before and after this song; so there's a chance you may overlook it.
6. What Can I Tell You? - this song is very similar to song four. It has a flawless guitar sound backed by very interesting lyrics. It's actually one of the CD's longer songs (at 4:52); and is carried out by 30 seconds of beautifully melodic whistles, courtesy of drummer Joe Daniels. Classical!
7. Fine And Good - track seven sort of calms the tempo down. This has always been a favorite of mine; mainly because it's so diverse and different when compared to previous and latter songs. And with that softer sound comes more stellar lyrics.
8. Lead Pipe Cinch - here's another one of those quote-unquote: `filler tracks'. But I will say this may hold Pack Up The Cat's most excellent quote: `something in my mind won't let my heart and head and mouth connect...'. For a one-minute track, it's remarkably amazing.
9. Cool Magnet - the guitar work here is great; as Stone Temple Pilots' guitarist Dean DeLeo makes a splendid appearance. This is most likely the third best song on the album. It features more great lyrics in the vein of school spirit and cataracts.
10. She Hates My Job - this might actually be a hit-and-miss track. If you have had a job which your significant other hated, you'll probably love this song. And even though it's not one of my favorites, the melody and guitar work (easily) make it noteworthy.
11. Stoney - "She Hates My Job" is carried right into this instrumental masterpiece. As far as I know, this is Local H's only instrumental track to date; as if that says anything. But it really gets you pumped for...
12. Laminate Man - ...a definitive gem. The words within the song are a bit out-there, but the jamming (choice word) on the piano, the lyrics, and rabble-rousing guitar sound make it one of my personal favorites on the CD. The ending is kind of eerie; all the same.
13. All The Kids Are Right - it's hard to believe this one never hit it big. It may appear, at first glance, that this is an anti-Local H song; with the `you heard that we were great / but now you think we're lame / since you saw the show last night' start, but really its meant to be ironical. If you heard this song and liked it, absolutely buy this album.
14. Deep Cut - this heavy-felt track is essentially my favorite Local H song of all-time. I just cannot get enough of this song. Every line in the song is awesome; and therefore I believe it to be, lyrically, the best song on Pack Up The Cats. It's one of those you-have-to-hear-it-to-believe-it-type tracks.
15. Lucky Time - ah, yes... the epic closer. This is a perfect end to a perfect album. It's slow (a bit quieter than "Fine And Good"), melodic, and it really leaves you feeling good. It's hard to find closers that finish off CDs with the vividness and excellence that this one does.
Although consisting of just two members and being known primarily for a hit song that no one knew the name of ("Bound For The Floor"; which was infamously dubbed `The Copasetic Song'), Local H manages to possess something no other band does: perfection. There is not a bad song on Pack Up The Cats; and even the four `filler' songs make for excellent overall tracks. If you know Local H because of that earlier hit; or have heard one of these songs somewhere, I highly recommend you buy this CD. Don't let the seemingly childish title fool you. This is a very accomplished band... and album.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why have no-one heard of these guys? 2 July 2000
By Elizabeth Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is amazing. I can't believe that they aren't well known in the States. I love Local H and this would have to be one of, if not the best album they have released. There isn't really a bad song on the album and the bonus disc that was released here in Australia is quite good also with a cover of AC/DC's IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP (IF YOU WANT TO ROCK AND ROLL) and a track that is just a stack of messages left on Scott Lucas' answering machine. There is even one from a little kid who says he's Scott's son! Anyway, this album is great. As a great Aussie once said - DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR and go out and get this CD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting progressively better 11 Feb 2000
By Ross R. Curtis II - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Local H continues to amaze me. Their harsh and real-life lyrics appeal to my more realistic side where imagination can't always save you from the rudimentary. And their sound, the hard guitar and drum beats that flow eloquently throught all tracks can't help but urge you to roll the windows/sunroof down and turn it up and share their music with the rest of your neighborhood.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOCAL H 4EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 26 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Best mid 90s acts to emerge!!!!! I own all of Local H's CDs and I have to say that this one is one of the best (almost as good as Ham Fisted) and I would highly recomend this CD to anyone who love melodic/heavy rock. Must buy for Weezer fans!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GO TO BEST BUY AND BUY IT FOR 13.99 - 4 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
MAKE SURE ITS THE LIMITED EDITION VERSION FOR THE LAST TWO TRACKS. LOCAL H IS GREAT, BUT VERY UNDER APPERCIATED. BUY THEIR MUSIC AND SEE WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.
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