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First Band On The Moon


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 4 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001EP1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Your New Cuckoo
2. Been It
3. Heartbreaker
4. Happy Meal II
5. Never Recover
6. Step On Me
7. Lovefool
8. Losers
9. Iron Man
10. Great Divide
11. Choke

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Bennett on Aug. 6 2006
Format: Audio CD
...is what an interviewer mentioned as a ridiculous label he had heard for them way back when. Too bad somebody said that because if you bought that label for them, you probably dismissed them and missed out on a lot of great material. This album is amazing, and I still think it's underrated even among some Cardi-fans. This album was refreshing then, and still is. The more you listen, then more you marvel at the music, the arrangments, the melodies, and the lyrics.

This album was very unique in it's time. I can't think of other bands in that year using flutes, bells, strings, and all other sorts of sounds. You definitely need to here this whole album, not just lovefool, which is still a great song, it just got too much radio play.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a nice Swedish Pop/Rock CD with touches of dance/disco. Very undrrated here in US.
Most songs here are very catchy, and happy, but with rather depressing lyrics here and there. "Lovefool" of course was their big hit (very much over-played on radio at that time, and they even performed it live on Beverly Hills 90210 as I can remember), and it's a very nice clubby dance song. "Been It" was also rather popular.
But as I said this album has way more potential hits, like for example "Never Recover", "Step on Me", "Losers", "Great Divide", "Choke" and "Your new cuckoo" (also an upbeat song) are all Great songs with great distinct melodies, and with a lot of Hit Potential.
For a bit darker trip hop sound check out their 1998 album "Gran Turismo".
And for a more down-to-earth simple Pop/rock sound check out their 2002 album "Long gone before daylight" which was recently released in US.
Peter Svensson, I believe, is the composer of all the melodies. A talented man.
It's simply Great Music from a very underrated Swedish band.
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Format: Audio CD
This album is a shining example of the Cardigans' mastery of the retro yet fresh sound they had been churning out since the beginning of their gifted career.
Though known mostly for the hit song "Lovefool", this is no banally sugary collection of candied schlock that so many would assume.
The songs are delightfully subversive with immediately catchy melodies, ingenious arrangements...and despite this, are mostly centered around stories of a woman willingly accepting abuse from a partner who obviously couldn't care less. Tales of the unfortunate, made amusing by the obvious self-depracating quirks of the main character. These songs do include Lovefool, but also the aptly titled "Step on Me", and the song "Heartbreaker" in which a self-proclaimed loser speaks of her willing self-debasement with random men.
Elsewhere, are clever and tounge-in-cheek descriptions of people's feelings about the nature of love, giddy preparations for a "kinky" meeting between new lovers, and a tale of a wary and bitter attitude of hearing a previous lover use the same words on another naïve target.
There isn't one song on here that I couldn't listen to again and again.
With all this plus an amusing yet spot-on cover of Black Sabbath's Iron Man, you can't miss this piece of 90s delight.
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By H3@+h on Feb. 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
"The Cardigans" were one of those bands that got popular suddenly, and then vanished the same way, in the US anyhow. They have released a few albums, but "First Band On The Moon" was their big one. "Lovefool" was the hit from this, and it was also on the "Romeo And Juliet" soundtrack. The rest of the stuff here is good, and much like that song, happy and 60's sounding. In fact, half these songs could be about death, and you wouldn't know it because the delivery is so pop and catchy. "Been It" and "Step On Me" are good, and there's also a cover of "Iron Man", that people will either love, or shoot themselves over. Anyway, it's a good album, and a nice slice of 1996 alt-pop.
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By A Customer on Feb. 14 2004
Format: Audio CD
yeah i thought it was gonna be a typical wash out out record until i popped it in and the monsoons let it shake the floor with it's ubiquidous beats and it took me 4 seconds to realize that i was a fan for the sheer beauty of the waves (nothing else) that were penetrating my ears and i thought to myself why aren't these guys on the front cover of rolling stone maybe because they're far too unique to be portrayed on such symbols of pop culture why else would something so un-T40 ever make it in the music world if it weren't supported by the underdogs who have becomed conditioned to accept the minority in music even though it may not be the best thing out there and there are a listing of terms of conditions for how it should be appreciated not like some floormat that one might step on by sticking it on the radio because who listens to the radio and enjoys it because music is their identity more than the in crowd where they're all wearing the same t-shirt and candycane lipstick and they're all yellow and shining for you like some techno light blinking cos the wiring is telling it to...
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Format: Audio CD
Cardigans` third record is, well, not all that different from their previous ones. This time the lyrics get a little darker and cynical at parts, although the songs remain poppy, acessible, and, unfortunately, a bit forgettable. This is easy listening, which isn`t too bad but it`s not that exciting either and becomes a somewhat repetitive album. This meld of pop, lounge and kitsch is mildly entertaining but ìsn`t enough to make a solid record. Still, there are some good songs here, like the pretty "The Great Divide" or the catchy "Been It", even if the rest ends up sounding the same. Cute and listenable, but that`s it. The bands` next release, "Gran Turismo", is a more consistent and ambitious offering, stepping in a new and darker direction.
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