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First Band on the Moon

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 4 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EP1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

Product Description

THE CARDIGANS First Band On The Moon (1996 UK 11-track CD album picture sleeve includes the mega-hit Lovefool as featured in Baz Lurhmans Romeo & Juliet)

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...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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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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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 A Customer on June 20 2001
Format: Audio CD
Like many people, I heard "Lovefool" and instantly bought this CD. Unfortunately, my love of the song wore out and I stored it on the highest shelf... Eventually, I looked at the CD again, and listened to my once-beloved song. But after the track ended, I listened on. At first, "Loser" (the following song) seemed freakish and just plain bad, but I soon got used to the strange transition and enjoyed the song. "Iron Man" was a bit stranger, but still mysteriously addictive. Then came "Great Divide" arguably the best song in the album. It is wonderful and deeply touching. I even cried! Not to steer too much off the subject but the song reminded me so much of [the book] Girl Interrupted that it was eerie... Anyways, just as you are about to sob forever, the track stops and the more up-beat "Choke" starts. I have to apploud the band for making this the follow-up, as it is totally appropriate (you have to listen to it to understand!). Quickly, I returned to the start and heard "Your New Cuckoo" that, again, begins strangely but is really one of my favorites! Then, the exasperated "Been It". "Heartbreaker" is considerably lighter (the tone, not the song) but is surprisingly and dark. Another wonderful is "Happy meal II" which starts as funeral music (you know, organs, etc.) but transfers to a bleaker-mix. It is very interesting though, because of (maybe it's just me) the different beats throughout the song. It seems as she's preparing for the date, the music is more bored while as she's recounting her relationship the song becomes a tad happier. Anyways, the depressed tone ends as the fast-paced "Never Recover" begins.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
Most might be surprised at a metal head like me listening and enjoying this CD, but I'm not ashamed! The Cardigans are a brilliant band. They combine happy-happy vintage pop music with extremely dark lyrics. The result? A very enjoyable and fulfilling listening experience.
At first listen, you might think "UGH this band is too happy!" But pay close attention to the lyrics - you'll see the dark underlying themes present in all the songs. Nina even cusses on one of the songs, but sings it with such a happy go lucky voice that you wouldn't notice it at first glance.
The entire CD is great and varied in sound . The dance-disco of "Lovefool" to the cold drumming of "Heartbreaker," and the beautiful and ominous violin on "Great Divide", it all sounds like a love story gone wrong. The guitar work is very well placed and the bass rythmically follows every song with grace. The added effects such as additional back-up singers and violins adds to the entire album. On top of all this, Nina Persson's soothing voice just lulls me to sleep and relaxation every time I listen to this. This is an album that should be listened to with headphones at night, that way you'll get the full experience.
If you enjoyed this CD and want to hear the Cardigans in a new direction, check out "Gran Turismo"
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