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Thank God For Mental Illness

Brian Jonestown Massacre Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Spanish Bee
2. IT Girl
3. 13
4. Ballad Of Jim Jones
5. Those Memories
6. Stars
7. Free And Easy, Take 2
8. Down
9. Cause I Love Her
10. Too Crazy To Care
11. Talk - Action = Shit
12. True Love
13. Sound Of Confusion

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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb, low-fi gem. Oct. 9 2002
Format:Audio CD
Those unacquainted with the Brian Jonestown Massacre or BOMP Records will never notice this living-room-recorded gem. Recorded for $17 plus cabfare, TGFMI is quite frankly a genre-busting magnum opus for Anton Newcombe and his ex bandmates (all have been fired or released by now I believe).
TGFMI defies categorization- from the first acoustic notes of Spanish Bee to the last rites of Sound of Confusion, a 33 minute grand tour of the inside of Anton's weird, musical mind. To say that some of these selections would go well on alternate country albums is an understatement. The one missing ingredient is knowing 1) If Anton was sober when these were recorded, and 2) exactly how far his tongue was inserted in cheek. One one hand, the folkie stylings of "Those Memories" and "Free and Easy" seem cliched and exaggerated but the guitar and instrumental work throught is just stunning. Songs such as "The Ballad of Jim Jones", "13", and "Cause I Love Her" are damned near Beatlesque. Sorry Anton.
Call me Ishmael, but I've never heard such an important statement from a modern "alternative" band. This is a fine example of modern eclecticism. A real standout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lo-fi psychedelic 60's meets hillbilly July 2 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of four CDs that BJM released in 1996 in between their club performances/bar brawls. I got turned on to the "country psychedia" sounds of this disc early last year in SF when I checked them out at a local club and was nearly hit in the head by this CD when it was flung from the stage as swag. While there would be little hyperbole in my saying that the BJM show was one of the best I've ever seen, I also took a quick liking to live, lo-fi tunes on this recording. This band wins on every single "cool" category that there is in rock, with the possible exception of coolest album art for this particular CD (although, they do take the top spot with coolest logo).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for BJM!!!! Oct. 11 1999
Format:Audio CD
Supposedly recorded for $17, BJM's "Thank God for Mental Illness" puts most American bands to shame. This lo-fi, country-blues masterpiece is one of the great DIY American albums of all-time. Their supposed lack of originality seems to urk many people, but the quality of their songs and their sense of purpose cannot be questioned. Alongside the psychedelic-pop brilliance of the Elephant 6 recording company, they are the most important entity in american pop music today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anton Newcombes mind muses April 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
Okay folks. A bunch of people have labeled this album "worthless". They are wrong. Immensely wrong. Anton is an artist make no mistake about it, having produced some of the "greatest records ever made... ever" ~Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Influential and innovative inside a retro psyche-rock sound, BJM is just plain amazing. So buy the frickin album already. You'll be glad you did. Promise.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thank god the store took this one back Oct. 31 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Terrible. I didn't hear a single good song on it. Thank god the store took it back and gave me back my mone
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