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Moxy Früvous Audio CD
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1. River Valley
2. Stuck In The 90's
3. B.J. Don't Cry
4. Video Bargainville
5. Fell In Love
6. The Lazy Boy
7. My Baby Loves A Bunch Of Authors
8. The Drinking Song
9. Morphee
10. King Of Spain
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12. Bittersweet
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14. Spiderman
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5.0 out of 5 stars What the heck is a fruvous, and why is it moxy? Nov. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am addressing this review to you.
You have never heard of this band before. You were just browsing around on-line and you came across this page. Or you heard the name "somewhere", you can't remember where, and you came here to check it out.
You're desperately searching for that next album you can fall hopelessly in love with. You want to learn all the words. You want to sing them at the top of your voice. You want an album that you can hardly even listen to *without* singing along.
You want to find your new favorite band. You want them to have a deep back catalog from which you can slowly but surely fill out your collection, and you want to be shocked over and over again with each additional disc you buy to find that you love it as much as the first.
You're sick to death of artists who got famous based on their hipness, their image. Shouldn't musicians have to have *talent* to sell records?, you lament. You don't necessarily want a band to be dorky, but you want them to not care whether you think they're dorky or not, and just make great music.
You may or may not be a fan of They Might Be Giants, but you've heard their more "quirky" songs, and you aren't put off by them.
You love the Beatles.
You don't want "epic soundscapes" or "phat beats" or any kind of soulless genre exercise. You hunger for the kind of band where every song they release is unique and special and worthy of your love.
Maybe you're six years old. Maybe you're sixty.
I think you know where this is going.
Moxy Fruvous is the band you're looking for! And Bargainville is their best album. It's an excellent cross-section of all the many things that make them a truly great band.
I cannot believe that music like this can be had for ...bucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album from an awesome band... Sept. 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
Moxy Fruvous has definetly been one of my favorite bands for the past couple of years. The first I had heard of them was in '93, when I purchased an album based on a song I heard on the radio (King of Spain), but after a couple of listens I just tossed it into the pile of cds I never listened to. While going through that pile several years after, I saw it and decided I'd give it a listen to see why the heck I bought it. That first listen proved to be one of the defining moments in my music listening history. The great mix of mellow, soft songs and gimmicky songs makes it perfect.
1. River Valley: One of my favorite tunes on the cd, this is an acoustic, folky tale of lament dealing with the declining government, and the sacrifices we must make now that we're in an industrial age.
2. Stuck in the 90's: A rather comical look at what everyone's obsessed with, and full of hilarious cliches. Somewhat gimmicky, but the song comes back with so many great rhymes that its impossible to get it out of your head.
3. B.J. Don't Cry: A funny tale of a poor fellow with many romantic problems. Poor BJ can't do anything right, and all of his loves don't really love him.
4. Video Bargainville: A song begging people to rent more and more videos. "Rent them now, before program-your-own TV", says the song. Of course, whatever happened to the prospects of program-your-own TV?
5. Fell in Love: Another one of the great softer songs on the disc, a tale of two completely different people falling in love, this has a great melody to it.
6. Lazy Boy: A song about the notorious Lazy Boy quality inspectors, who get paid to sit in chairs all day long. More great rhymes, although this is one of the gimmickiest songs on the disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The thinking person's party album Jan. 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
Moxy Fruvous should be famous for much the same reason the Barenaked Ladies are.
Canadian origins aside, both bands offer songs packed with pop-culture references and in-jokes, while boasting strong musicianship that is folksy and rocking at once.
Better known in their Canadian homeland than anywhere else, Moxy Fruvous is celebrated among Canadian Folk Festival junkies for their live rap version of Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" and an unholy -- and hilarious -- hybrid of Lou Reed's "Walk On the Wild Side" and ABBA's "Dancing Queen". If either prospect sounds promising, then Moxy Fruvous and their debut CD, Bargainville, are for you.
The first single from the CD, the ridiculously catchy "Stuck in the 90s", chronicles the trials of a Generation X everyman, but the band relies more on humor than heavy-handedness to make its point:
"Homeless are stupid, welfare is stupid/Private investment efficiency, cool fiscal plannin'/Sounds like more Pat Buchanan".
Another standout is the delightfully goofy "King of Spain", in which the song's narrator bemoans his fall from kinghood to his current job vacuuming turf at the SkyDome. Recorded with a minimum of instrumentation, the band's great harmonies (referred to as "the international orchestra" in the song) carry the tune.
Other tracks include a hilarious a capella version of the cheesy Spider-Man TV theme, and "The Drinking Song", an anti-war ditty that quotes Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene".
The rest of Bargainville is consistently catchy and thought-provoking. If there's such a thing as a thinking person's party album, this is it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bargainville
Have liked this CD since I received it as a Christmas Present on tape many many years ago. Have lost the cassette and have had it on my wish list for a while now.
Published 8 months ago by Anne Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Moxy Früvous - Bargainville
moxy fruvious is a great band ! some of there later albums are serious, sad or rhetorical. Barganville being there first album is full of youthful zing, I really can not explain... Read more
Published on May 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Fruvous' best and a terrific album.
Moxy Fruvous is one of those bands that is difficult to describe. They are silly, smart, politically charged and witty songwriters and write catchy tunes laden with harmony,... Read more
Published on May 15 2003 by Chicago Cliff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite albums
I originally became interested in Moxy Früvous because I knew they were well-liked by fans of my favorite band, They Might Be Giants. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2002 by Nathan M DeHoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Moxy
Ok. So if you're looking at this, you're probably already a Moxy Fruvous fan. If you are, and you have not bought this album, then what, exactly are you waiting for? Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2002 by Alexei Othenin-Girard
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
I was driving home from work and "The Lazy Boy" came on the radio. I sat there in disbelief that people could get airplay with such stupid songs with such pointless... Read more
Published on May 12 2002 by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark record for the 90s
This is album is just plain fantastic.
After letting a friend borrow this for a while, I popped it back in and forgot how great it was. Read more
Published on April 25 2001 by Jeff
1.0 out of 5 stars I Want My Money Back
I can see that this goes significantly against the flow but...I don't get the attraction. Yes, they can sing tight harmony, yes they can play their instruments. Read more
Published on March 28 2001 by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best
In 1993 I was a senior in high school in Buffalo, NY. Downtown, there were free concerts in Lafayette Square every Thursday. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2001 by S. K. Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, a little of everything!
My girlfriend, now wife, introduced me to MF over three years ago. At the time, I was ready for something different and more substantial than what was playing on the radio. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2000
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