Monday, September 04, 2006

THE HI-FIVES
And a Whole Lotta You! (1998)
Label: Lookout Records
Covers: Yes
Format: mp3 (192kbps - HQ)
HHA Rating: 9.0
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Green Day introduced a new generation of punk rockers to the raucous joys of the early '60s Kinks, updating the groovy beats, massive choruses, and solid hooks of the British Invasion bands with a welcomed dose of adrenaline and a bit of '90s snarl. The Bay Area quartet the Hi-Fives goes a step further in the history lesson, completing the package with mod haircuts, three-button suits, vintage guitars and drums, and a second album featuring 16 irresistible tunes, only two of 'em over two minutes long (and those just barely). In the old-fashioned liner notes, the Fives proudly proclaim themselves "beat punks," acting as if they invented that term. It's questionable how deep their knowledge of the genre is-these guys are no obsessives like the Milkshakes or the Funseekers-and their choice of cover tunes betrays their age. (They tackle "Bad Connection" by Yazoo and offer a version of "Tainted Love" inspired not by the Standells, but by Soft Cell.) Nevertheless, their instincts are solid, and there isn't a single song on And A Whole Lotta You! that doesn't make you want to sing along, if not pogo in place. Tunesmiths John Denery and Chris Imlay don't have a lot to say-the songs are mostly teen takes on love, lust, and love lost-but they say it well. "You're not just like any other / You're better than a Chet Atkins album cover," they croon on the title track, backing up the sentiment with a frantic beat and a horny sax solo. And how can anyone argue with that? --Jim Derogatis
(( tRaCk LiStInG ))
1. It's Up To You
2. It Begins With You
3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You
4. Time Is Now
5. No-No
6. All I Want To Know
7. Words Of Love
8. Bad Connection
9. I'll Take You There
10. Say What You Want
11. You Can
12. Black And Blue
13. A Whole Lotta You
14. Peaquod
15. Shhh!
16. Tainted Love

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1 comment:

radnauseum said...

Haven't heard these guys in about 10 years. For some reason I was thinking about them the other day. Thanks for the trax.