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  • Audio CD (3 Jun. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B0000036W9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Buy The Realistic
  2. Not Turning Off
  3. All The Negatives Have Been Destroyed
  4. Cvantez
  5. Nefarious
  6. Claws Tracking
  7. Dismember
  8. Idiot Driver
  9. Towner
  10. Wanted To Be Your
  11. Theme To Wendel Stivers
  12. Primary
  13. The Government Darling
  14. Plastic Mylar

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Format: Audio CD
perhaps not original , Spoon's hybrid of indie and punk borrows much from the Pixies and Sonic Youth but how can that be bad.
As with their peers they use girl-boy harmonies , soft-loud dynamic shifts and spiky guitars. A well balanced album with quality thru out.
If you are a fan of the Pixies or Sonic youth you will definitely like this.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spoon under the influence 18 Nov. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Chances are, if you're reading this, you have Girls Can Tell or Kill the Moonlight and want to know if old school Spoon is worth your time. Let it be known that yes, it will be, but don't expect the polished, minimalistic sound they have on these albums. Instead, expect more tracks to sound like Jonathon Fisk.
Before Spoon found their own sound, they used pre-existing ones with natural ability. The comparison to the Pixies is valid, though I find comparison to Frank Black's solo career to be more exact, though that's not the only influence. The excellent track Nefarious is as Pixies as it is Pavement.
What's so much fun about Spoon is that you can hear them evolve with each album. Telephono is the beginning, when they were still a fledging indie-rock band with a basic sound, before the major labels left them jaded. Missing are the spacey sound of Sneaks, the studied melodies of Girls, or the downright brilliant minimalism of Kill the Moonlight; yet, Telephono still remains one of the best indie rock albums few people own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't Spoon better known? 11 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very nice record that deserves to be better known. I've listened to it at least 40 times and still like it, so that's something. Not quite 5 stars, although if all the songs were as great as Don't Buy the Realistic, Nefarious, and a couple others, it would be a solid 5.
Note to the previous reviewer ("britt hates women"): Umm... how often has some female diva been accompanied by an uncredited male musician on bass? I don't have an accurate count, but I've seen it quite a few times. Quick, who plays bass on Madonna songs?
Creepy? No, it's just the business. Is your expecting special treatment for women creepy? Yes.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to speed by. 24 Dec. 2005
By tokyo111 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A tightly-wound blast of precision indierock from the get-go, this is one of those records you put on when you want to drive fast.

There is absolutely zero b.s. on "Telephono" -- just riffs, riffs and more riffs, squeezed out of a simple guitar/bass/drum lineup and recorded cleanly on eight-track. And while the band's follow-up album "A Series of Sneaks" might've featured even shorter songs, these ain't exactly epic either. Only 4 of the 14 tunes contained herein run longer than three minutes -- 5 more don't even crack the two-minute mark -- and they don't have to. Frontman/songwriter Britt Daniel packs more suckerpunch catchiness into two minutes of music than most bands manage in an entire album.

Yeah, there's a Pixies influence -- most obviously on dynamic rave-ups like "Nefarious." But there's also a pub-rock swagger that dates back to early Joe Jackson, and an unclassifiable arty edge (dude, what other band would throw in a cover of obscure art-punk band aMiniature's "Towner"?) So lay off.

P.S. "All the Negatives Have Been Destroyed" features the greatest use of the word "motherf***er" in rock history. Eat Britt's dust, gangstas.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Secret of the Indie World 17 Dec. 2001
By Dave Schulz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Spoon, until recently, was one of those bands I had heard of but never heard. In fact, I'd heard much praise about them, but like too many great bands out there, I never got around to buying any of their albums for whatever reason.
So, I finally picked up a copy of "Telephono" a couple weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. Reading the reviews of this and some of Spoon's other discs, I wasn't surprised at people referring to the Pixies, since that was one of the first impressions I had. But I was also surprised that no one made any references to the vocal style of Jonathan Richman (Modern Lovers era), especially the tracks where Spoon's singer is using a softer voice, as in the verses of "Nefarious" and "Wanted to Be Your." This is definitely a compliment.
References and similarities aside, "Telephono" is a beautiful disc, replete with more hooks than your grandpa's tackle box. This belongs in the collection of any self-respecting indie music afficianado - even five years after it's release, nothing at all about this album sounds dated. I'm looking forward to hearing their newer stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different though Amazing Still... 11 Jun. 2006
By Jonathan K. Mears - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's really unfortunate that Spoon's EP's have become so hard to come by. Although they are a far cry from the later LP releases (even Girls Can Tell) they are still extraordinary. It's true that the sound after Telephono and Soft Effects mellows out a great deal, but there are valid reasons for preferring these two to those later albums beyond obscurity and audiophile snobbery. The general tone is more raw and sincere, the tunes more dynamic and creative. In all honesty, after the EP releases, things get a bit watered down. The easiest method I've found to get the EP's is with Emusic and such.

Good luck. I say the search is worth it.
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