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The Fugs Final CD [Part 1] Import

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Formed in Greenwich Village in 1964 by beat poets Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, The Fugs were a seminal rock group that paved the way for The Mothers of Invention, The Velvet Underground, and generations of alternative, underground, punk, political rock and freak-folk artists.

“We were a band determined to have an existence,” says Fugs founder and celebrated author Ed ... Read more in Amazon's Fugs Store

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  • Audio CD (8 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00009WVSP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,529,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Burn Bridges Burn
2. Try To Be Joyful
3. Government Surveillance Yodel
4. Septuagenarian In Love
5. Where Is My Wandering Jew?
6. Miriam
7. I Will Be A Shadow
8. A Western Ballad
9. Ultimate Things
10. Advice From The Fugs
11. I've Been Working For The Landlord
12. Go Down, Congress
13. Perpitude
14. A Short History Of The Human Race
15. Is
16. Chameleon
17. A Poem By Charles Bukowski
18. Luke Was A Physician And A Saint

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 April 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
More of the political ['Government Surveillance Yodel'] and puerile ['Septuagenarian in Love'], set to country-tinged harmonies or rock'n'roll parodies, there is ironic wisdom in the humour, for example this sage advice from a band whose core members Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg will have obliterated so many personal bridges in their irreverent lifetime,

'Don't burn a bridge that you're standing on
Never try to sleep down a burning bank
Don't try to cling upon a burning plank.'

Context is everything, and when you know these lines actually follow

'Oh isn't it true that sometimes
the river is more beautiful
when the bridge is gone'

you realise the satire is tinged with real regret as well as silliness. As these hippies rage in their old age the compromise is embraced in the song's chorus

'Mix prudence with my ashes;
Write caution on my urn,
While life foams and flashes,
Burn, bridges, burn.'

It's not an abnegation of the past but an awareness of the present where death is the biggest joke of all, and it is the banal and mundane that drives us to the grave as well as the bigger issues,

'Please can I have my job back?
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Fugs Final, Fugs Finest? 4 Aug 2003
By Thelma F Blitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Thirty five years ago if someone stopped by my "pad' on the Lower East side I would have whipped out my copy of "The Fugs First Album" and made sure they heard Tuli Kupferberg chant "Nothing." This week if those same beings stopped by my current NYC walk-up I would be sure to corner them into hearing Tuli chant "A Short History of the Human Race. " Only 6 lines but could be the greatest anti-war song ever, written in horror and dread of the world's final war.

The Fugs Final CD (Part 1) deals with Finality, general and personal. "It's time to think of Ultimate Things," Ed Sanders tells us. In their serio-comic Fugsian way we are advised not to burn the bridges we are standing on, try to be joyful (for we could go at anytime), and that Jesus may be tapping our phone calls. Tuli's "Septuagenarian in Love", an outrageous parasong based on "Teenager in Love ", leaves us all rolling on the floor but because of "language" and FCC regulations is likely to get minimal airplay even in these post martyrdom of Lenny Bruce days. It has to be heard to be believed. Likewise, "I've Been Working For The Landlord," an anti-capitalist lament to the tune of "I've Been Working On The Railroad."
"Sucker what a jerk/ Sucker won't you work/ Work you whole damn life away./ O you stupid jerk/ Don't you love to work?/ Making s--t for very little pay."
Ed's gentle ballad "Miriam" (for his wife) tells those of us who couldn't be there of Sandy Koufax's Rock 'n Roll Motel where stars long gone like Janis and Phil chs once stayed. "Omnia Mutantur" (Everything Changes) he reminds us. "Luke Was A Physician And A Saint" by Tuli and sung by Steve Taylor (Ginsberg's guitarist, former False Prophet, Naropa music prof) muses on the personal unknown hereafter while "I Will Be A Shadow" by Coby Batty, (drums, guitar, vocals)
contemplates racial extinction "when vengeance has taken us all." Steve Taylor tells us of Bush's connection with the Bin Ladens in "Go Down Congress" (to the tune of "Go Down Moses") a political song as powerful as Ginsberg's "CIA Dope Calypso."
This CD works in an amazing variety of musical styles from gentle folk ballad, to hard rock to doo wop, even to death metal with incredible chops. Where the hell else are we going to get decent music, poetry, philosophy, social critique, outrage and humor in one place these days?

A good reason to hope the world doesn't come to an end is so we can get to hear the Fugs Final CD Part 2.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The ultimate footnote to the 60's 24 Sep 2003
By Snortforest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Thelma-where are you? Your review says it all. I'll buy you a beer if I can find you.
Having said that, let me just say that I saw the Fugs live last week. I've listened to them for 35 years, I'd guess. I am still riding the crest of the infundibulum that these guys created.
I also give much credit to the three musicians who faithfully back up Tuli and Ed. What a labor of love! These musicians made it all possible. This latest amalgam of the Fugs defies description-but after 38 years they can still bring the audience to their feet-repeatedly. Kudos to Tuli-the most underappreciated 80 year old rock and roller in America. Induct this boy into the R & R H of F immediately!!! The Fugs are everything that commercial rock and roll isn't-an immense acccomplishment. The boys have come a long way since the ESP days, but remain true to their roots. Poetry and Rock? It lives with the Fugs, if nowhere else. Buy anything they have done and open your mind.
Ed and Tuli signed my vinyl LP of Tenderness Junction after the show-it's a shame their Reprise material isn't on CD. Somebody license it quickly!
Thanks to the band for an incredible evening in September 2003!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A suprisingly good CD by a band thats been around since 1964. 19 Sep 2009
By Patrick M. Kadas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I picked up two CDs by them today including this one.

A satirical and self-satirizing rock band with a political slant, they have performed at various war protests -- against the Vietnam War and since the 1980s at events around other US-involved wars. The band's often frank and almost always humorous lyrics about sex, drugs, and politics have caused a hostile reaction in some quarters.

Warning: There are some songs that have explicit lyrics and you might want to down-rate some songs to 4 stars so they won't make you reach for the next song button in mixed (conservative) circles.

There are a least 5 songs that stand out:

Go Down, Congress - "A soft political/geopolitical timely song."

Perpitude - "A short history of Nixon/John Lennon FBI surveillance and de-classified documents and Socrates."

A Short History of the Human Race - "A statement of world wars with some fine guitar riffs."

Is - "Reference to Plato and President Clinton with the meaning of 'is' in his impreachment trial."

Chameleon - "A short history of English history with some fine rock guitar riffs. A political song. He has an almost Elmer Fudd sounding vocals."

Bottom line: An indication that this band with sixty year olds still have some great stuff to offer after all these years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
church of later day Fugs 11 Jan 2013
By Tyrone Rex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this is a 2003 release of Fugs music recorded around that time. If you were aware of the Fugs as they were in the l960's, this is the reformed version featuring three newer members in addition to founding members Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg. As far as I know, neither Tuli or Ed were musicians of any degree. They relied on the members they recruited to flesh out their arrangements. Steve Taylor -guitars,Colby Batty-drums, guitar, and Scott Patito bass &keyboards are the members who have been added since 1984. These guys have taken the Fugs music from its chaotic beginnings to a sophisticated level of performance and recording. I must admit , I believe Ed Sanders is a true renaissance man. He is an acomplished poet, author, expert of literature ,poetry,history, and probably his least aknowledged talent-singing. He sings excellent country style parodies of the events of the day.He must be compared to Mark Twain the great satirist (he even looks like him with the wild hair and moustache.) The Latter day Fugs all sing and compose which brings the Fugs to a new level of accomplishment.The songs are humorous, but the issues they address are serious. Political and social issues are their favorite subject. This was ,I believe, the last studio recording. Other live material has been released as well as compilations. Since Tuli has passed on, you won't be getting any more from him, so get this while you can.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We oldsters still rule? 27 May 2012
By rroberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The fugs were a seminal band in my life since It Crawled into my Hand.Ed Sanders is a truly great vocalist. Love Truckstop and Beer Cans Like crazy...The opportunity to hear a new fugs album was a dream.. Got this one, was amused,was disappointed because it was a Tuli album more so than ED.Pulled it out again the other day and my 58 year old brain told me a whole new story. Now I have to get the sequel.
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