Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
|Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga|
|Studio album by Spoon|
|Released||7 July 2007|
Fiveman Army (Japan)
|Producer||Mike McCarthy, Jon Brion, Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Spoon|
|Singles from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga|
|The A.V. Club||B+ 2007|
|Drowned In Sound||(9/10) 2007|
|Entertainment Weekly||A− 2007|
|Pitchfork Media||(8.5/10) 2007|
|Prefix Mag||(8/10) link|
|Q||September 2007 (p. 96)|
|Stylus Magazine||B+ 2007|
|Tiny Mix Tapes||2007|
|Village Voice||(favorable) 2007|
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is the sixth studio album by the indie rock band Spoon. It was released on Merge Records on July 10, 2007, to considerable critical acclaim. Its cover art comes from a portrait of the artist and sculptor Lee Bontecou, taken by the Italian photographer Ugo Mulas in 1963. The completed sculpture on the right is now in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art.
The album's title is the former title for the song "The Ghost of You Lingers", which was meant to sound like the song's staccato piano part. The band changed the song's title, but decided to adopt the name "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga" as the album title, with Britt Daniel calling it a "great little Dadaist term".
An iTunes-exclusive bonus track, "Deep Clean", was packaged with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. A limited edition copy of the album was released along with a bonus disc entitled Get Nice! The disc includes 23 minutes of mostly instrumental songs and a few demo tracks. Early buyers of the album also received a free 7" containing a demo of "The Underdog", and the B-side "It Took a Rumor to Make Me Wonder, Now I'm Convinced I'm Going Under", which had previously appeared on the UK edition of the "Sister Jack" single.
The album debuted at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and at number 1 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums, selling 46,000 copies in its first week. This album was #10 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. The album was also #7 on Pitchfork Media's top 50 Albums of 2007. Up to January 2010, the album has sold 318,000 copies in the United States.
"Don't Make Me a Target" was originally written by Daniel while Spoon was producing its previous album, Gimme Fiction. The band practiced it "quite a bit" before the release of Gimme Fiction, but ended up shelving it for a year after unsuccessful attempts to work out an arrangement they liked. When it was recorded a year later, the drum part was recorded without tom-toms the first time. Drummer Jim Eno then recorded the tom-toms separately with a drastically different microphone arrangement. This gave them a much more reverb-laden sound, as if "in a tunnel".
The track "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" was a song the band "really struggled with". This led them to record it three different ways, including a "space rock" version found on the bonus disc and heard distantly at the end of the album arrangement.
At the beginning of "Don't You Evah", Daniel can be heard repeatedly asking "Jim, can you record the talkback?". According to Daniel, he was asking Jim Eno to record the talkback microphone that was being manned by producer Mike McCarthy to a separate track. McCarthy would make comments to Daniel over the talkback microphone at the studio desk as Daniel was singing, and Daniel and Eno considered McCarthy's comments to be ridiculous. As the intro continued, Daniel began singing along with the guitar line, which can also be heard on the final mix.
The vinyl version has no run-out groove on side two. Instead, it ends on a continuous loop of music that appears after the end of the song "Black Like Me".
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
All songs written and composed by Britt Daniel, except where noted.
|1.||"Don't Make Me a Target"||3:55|
|2.||"The Ghost of You Lingers"||3:34|
|3.||"You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb"||3:08|
|4.||"Don't You Evah" (written by Julian Tepper, Max Tepper, Derek Vockings)||3:36|
|5.||"Rhythm & Soul"||3:30|
|6.||"Eddie's Ragga" (written by Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Eddie Robert)||3:39|
|8.||"My Little Japanese Cigarette Case"||3:03|
|10.||"Black Like Me"||3:25|
|11.||"I Summon You (Cool)" (from the Get Nice! bonus EP)||1:28|
|12.||"You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb (Garage Reverb)" (from the Get Nice! bonus EP)||3:13|
The first pressing of the Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga CD release included the bonus EP Get Nice!, which contains alternative versions of "I Summon You" (from the previous album Gimme Fiction) and "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb". It also includes many previously unreleased instrumental tracks.
|1.||"I Got Mine"||2:34|
|2.||"Be Still My Servant"||1:24|
|3.||"Leave Your Effects Where They're Easily Seen"||0:56|
|4.||"I Summon You (Cool)"||1:28|
|5.||"Mean Mad Margaret"||1:37|
|6.||"Love Makes You Feel"||2:38|
|7.||"You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb (Garage Reverb)"||3:13|
|11.||"I Can Feel It Fade Like an AM Single"||3:12|
"The Underdog" (demo) 7-inch single
Pre-orders for the vinyl release of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga included a 7" vinyl single with a demo version of "The Underdog". The B-side of the single is "It Took A Rumor To Make Me Wonder, Now I'm Convinced I'm Going Under" a song which has been previously released under the name "It Took A Rumor To Make Me Wonder Now I'm Afraid I'm Going Under" on the UK release of "Sister Jack".
|1.||"The Underdog (demo)"||3:12|
|2.||"It Took A Rumor To Make Me Wonder, Now I'm Convinced I'm Going Under" (from the "Sister Jack" UK release)||4:47|
- "Don't You Evah" is a cover of the song "Don't You Ever" by The Natural History. The original song can be found on the album People That I Meet and on Spoon's EP Don't You Evah.
- "Eddie's Ragga" is named after Eddie Robert from the band I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, which also comes from Austin, Texas. Eddie Robert has also written parts of the song.
- "Finer Feelings" uses a sample from the song "Industrial Spy" by the Jamaican reggae artist Mikey Dread. The song was written by Micheal G. Campbell and can be found on Dread's 1979 album African Anthem.
|Australia||7 July 2007|
|United States||10 July 2007|
|Japan||5 December 2007|
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 at 46,000 copies sold. In week 2, it fell to #35 with 19,000, then #55 with 12,000 on August 1, 2007. On week 4, it fell to #58, selling 11,000—a total of 88,000 copies in 4 weeks.
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- Fiveman Army Release, Release list of the Japanese record label "Fiveman Army".
- Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, ANTI-Records Label Page.
- "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Pitchfork.com". Retrieved 2007-07-11.
- Joe Gross, "In Tune with Spoon", Austin360.com, July 5, 2007.
- Katie Hasty, "T.I. Holds Off Pumpkins, Interpol To Remain No. 1", Billboard.com, July 18, 2007.
- Robert Christgau, David Fricke, Christian Hoard, Rob Sheffield (December 17, 2007). "The Top 50 Albums of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-20
- "Spoon Kicking Off 'Transference' Tour at SXSW". Billboard. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "About the Album: Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Britt Daniel", eMusic Magazine, July 5, 2007.
- Paul Thompson, "Spoon Augment Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga With Bonus EP", Pitchfork Media, posted on May 24, 2007 at 3:57pm
- On February 25, 2005, The Natural History performed "Don't You Ever" at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. The concert can be found here at eMusic; Please note that eMusic has mislabeled "Don't You Ever" as "Princeton Junction".
- "Anti.com". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
- No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21