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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00004U91N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Yo Yo's (garage Revival) - Uppers And Downers - Cd

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The predictably titled debut by this British quartet reveals a young band of adherents to the virtues of American college radio: chiming electric guitars, wry and self-consciously clever lyrics, big and tuneful and exquisitely harmonised choruses. The Yo-Yos pitch their camp pretty much equidistant between Cheap Trick and Green Day, and it isn't hard to fathom what Sub Pop saw in them. Uppers and Downers, while good fun, is no classic, however. The Yo-Yos certainly have a way with a melody--"Welcome to the Time of Your Life" is an especially irresistible sing-along--but they let themselves down by being far too content to trundle out variations on the same theme over and over again. It doubtless serves them well when playing to the beer-sodden venues that comprise their tour schedule, but unfortunately becomes rather wearing over the course of an entire album. --Andrew Mueller

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The reason you are likely to hear about this band is due to Danny McCormack (Bass, shouty bits) from the Wildhearts, now the Wildhearts are no more. And Thank God! British rock is a curious anomaly, quality bands (Manics, Therapy?, Feeder) keep at what they do with various successes while the NME gets people to follow the latest indie trends; with short shelf lives and an ever shorter wealth of ideas. Now we have the Yo- yo's who, you suspect, will play local pubs if they have to with huge grins plastered on their faces at the sheer joy of playing live and loud. And this is what you get on record - 14 songs of raucous, smiley punk n' roll. OK, its been done many times before, but at least they're a band for right now ie they have some personality (virtually unknown in this age of dreary Americanisation). This won't appeal to emo kids or the afore-mentioned NME 'cool' brigade. This is music for human beings who like to celebrate life after leaving work/school on a Friday afternoon and planning their weekend fun. Be thankful for the Yo-yo's, they are trying to make the World a more entertaining place.
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This is a rip-roaring 41 minute listen. "Uppers & Downers" contains two great singles released in 2000, "Out Of My Mind" & "Rumble(D)", & the next single release, "Sunshine Girl". You will end up bouncing around to this music whether you want to or not -- the rhythms are simply infectious (I can't stop singing "Cellphone Psychophobia" to myself!) This is great British rock music -- I can't wait to see them live! A great album to put on the stereo before going out on the weekend!
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Danny McCormack (ex Wildhearts bassist) has managed to fuse together a band to whom the term 'dirty rock and roll' is one that is tattooed across their heads for all to see. This is rock in its purest and simplist form, the kind of music that will never die, and probably never change much (but that's not the point).
The album as a whole does grate a little - 'Too Lazy To Bleed' and 'Out Of My Mind' are tracks i often skip. Nothing wrong with them i just find myself saying 'enough already!' But those songs are in the minority.
From the most fun-to-sing-along chorus's of 'Cellphone Psychophbia' and 'Head Over Heels' to the pop mentality of 'Sunshine Girl', right through to the fizz and bounce of "Keepin' On Keepin' On", 'Trample On You' and 'Rumble(D)' The Yo-Yos display that rare understanding of what the heart of rock music is about. Fun and Lust and Rock 'n' Roll.
The Yo-Yos, they wont change your world, but they make it a damn fine party to live in.
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Imagine if you will a blend of the catchy melodies of the Wildhearts, the retro rockabilly drive of Brian Setzer and the punk energy of the first Clash album. These are just a few of the influences Danny and the boys have called upon to produce some of the best good time rock and roll around. With a sound and attitude sitting somewhere between Showaddywaddy and the Backyard Babies, this is definitely music best enjoyed with your mates and a few beers. Songs such as "Home from home" and "sunshine girl" are poppy enough to appeal to the casual listener and the relentless drive of "hanging up" and "time of your life" is more than enough to satisfy the denim and leather brigade. All in all this is probably one of the finest saturday night albums out there and has a lot more crossover appeal than most would expect.
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I had never heard of this band ever, until I recieved their single "Time Of Your Life" from the Sub Pop Single of the month club. From the very first moment that I heard this song I was a fan. The next day I ordered their album "Uppers and Downers", on vinyl of course. The Yo-Yo's are great, though a bit hard to put into any generic musical genre. I think that may be what makes them more appealing to me. Very unique vocals, almost like a punk rock version of the Beach Boys. They attempt to make rock fun and enjoyable again. I honstly enjoy listening to this album, and I do mean the entire album. Every song is great. This is one of those albums where every time you listen to it you have a new favorite song. Rock on boys, I can't wait for the next album.
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