Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free

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Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free
Reel Big Fish - Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free cover.jpg
Studio album by Reel Big Fish
Released July 10, 2007
Recorded Recording Began on March 1, 2007 at Music Inc. Studios
Orange, California, United States
Genre Ska punk
Length 57:03
Label Rock Ridge Music
Producer Aaron Barrett
Reel Big Fish chronology
Duet All Night Long
(with Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer)
(2007)Duet All Night Long2007
Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free
Fame, Fortune and Fornication
(2009)Fame, Fortune and Fornication2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
IGN 7/10 stars link (79%) link 4.5/5 stars link
Punktastic 3/5 stars link
Punknews 3.5/5 stars link 4/5 stars link
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Q 1/5 stars

Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free is the sixth studio album from Reel Big Fish, and their first studio album since being dropped by Jive Records. "Party Down" impacted radio on June 26, 2007.[1] The album was released on July 10, 2007.[2]

The CD is accompanied with a 22-minute DVD of the "Making of Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free". According to the documentary, this album was originally proposed as a fourth disc to the band's live album, but the band had decided they had enough live material and so decided to do this album as a compilation of B-sides and re-recordings alongside some new songs. This documentary also contains footage of the band mixing a song which does not appear on the final album, about 20 minutes into the video. The song would later be released (without vocals) as a bonus track for A Best of Us for the Rest of Us.

The vinyl was made available on the Spring 2008 tour and was limited to 1000 units. Each album was split amongst two discs, the first a picture disc and the second a light green vinyl.

The title is a pun on the line "Money for nothin' and your chicks for free" from the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Aaron Barrett, except as noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Party Down"   4:08
2. "Another F.U. Song"   1:04
3. "Live Your Dream"   3:13
4. "My Imaginary Friend"   3:24
5. "Slow Down"   5:04
6. "The New Version of You"   3:23
7. "Will the Revolution Come?"   2:22
8. "Another Day in Paradise" (Phil Collins cover) Phil Collins 2:41
9. "Everybody's Drunk" (contains melody to Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It") Barrett, Dee Snider 3:07
10. "Please Don't Tell Her I Have a Girlfriend"   2:57
No. Title Writer(s) Rerecording of track that originally appeared Length
11. "Way Back"   Japanese release of We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy 2:41
12. "Hate You"   Everything Sucks 2:59
13. "Call You"   Everything Sucks 3:12
14. "Why Do All Girls Think They're Fat?"   Buy This!, Everything Sucks 2:33
15. "I'm Her Man"   Everything Sucks 4:11
16. "Til I Hit the Ground"   Return of the Mullet 3:48
17. "Cannibal" Barrett, Dan Regan Previously unreleased track 6:16
Bonus tracks from iTunes and vinyl release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
18. "Bang! The Mouse Explodes"   3:28
19. "Cannibal (Dance Mix)" Barrett, Regan 4:13

On the back cover of the album, tracks 1 through 10 are credited as "Monkeys" whilst tracks 11 through 17 are credited as "Chimps." The Chimps section of the album consists of re-recordings. A video has been released for the song "Party Down".

The band's MySpace page indicates that 19 songs were recorded during the sessions, leaving 2 songs that will not appear on the store-bought album. One of these, "Bang! The Mouse Explodes," is available on the iTunes and vinyl releases of the album. Portions of the 19th track can be heard on the DVD packaged with the CD. This 19th song would eventually be stripped of its vocals and released as a digital bonus track with A Best of Us for the Rest of Us.


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  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. June 19, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Reel Big Fish to release new album". Retrieved 2012-03-02. 

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