The Fury of The Aquabats!
|The Fury of The Aquabats!|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 28, 1997|
April 6, 2018 (remaster)
|Genre||Ska, ska punk, surf rock|
Gloopy Records (remaster)
|Producer||The Aquabats, Jim Goodwin|
|The Aquabats chronology|
|Singles from The Fury of The Aquabats|
Much like their debut album, The Fury of The Aquabats! is driven by its blatantly "wacky" comedic sensibility, anchored by The Aquabats' characteristic songwriting staples of self-referential anthems ("Theme Song!"), songs developing characters in the band's stage shows (e.g. "Powdered Milk Man!"), cartoon and comic book-influenced narratives (e.g. "Captain Hampton & the Midget Pirates!") and pop culture satire ("Idiot Box!").
While the album is also predominantly rooted in ska music, it features noticeably emphasized elements of surf rock and punk rock over that of its predecessor, as well as featuring streaks of eccentric genre experimentation The Aquabats would continue to develop on further releases: among its sixteen tracks, The Fury includes two instrumentals, pastiches of tango ("Attacked By Snakes!") and Dixieland jazz ("Lobster Bucket!"), and extensive use of unconventional instruments including clarinets, electric sitars, banjos, sousaphones and even hand music.
The Fury was the first Aquabats album to feature dual keyboardist and saxophonist Jimmy the Robot (James Briggs, credited under his then-stage name of Jaime the Robot) and the only album to feature drummer The Baron von Tito (Travis Barker), who would amicably part ways with the band in 1998 after accepting an offer to join pop punk trio Blink-182.
Release and reception
Released at the height of the late 1990s American ska revival which The Aquabats were originally a part of, The Fury proved to be the band's minor commercial breakthrough, peaking at number 172 on the Billboard 200, their highest placement on the chart to date, as well as reaching number 12 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers, which would eventually be surpassed in 2011 by their fifth studio album Hi-Five Soup! debuting at number 5.
The song "Super Rad!" was issued as The Fury's lead single, receiving heavy rotation on modern rock stations such as Los Angeles' influential KROQ-FM, while its music video - directed by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, who was then involved with the band's 1998 television pilot - was regularly played on MTV. Despite decent airplay, "Super Rad!" failed to achieve any significant chart success, nor did the album's follow-up single "My Skateboard!".
Critical reception to The Fury was mostly positive. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated the album with four stars out of five, writing that it "fulfills the promise of their debut, offering an infectious collection of ska-punk. Although the group's songwriting is a little uneven, and they have the tendency to wallow in sophomoric, 'wacky' humor, they have enough hooks and energy to satisfy ska junkies."
All tracks written by The Aquabats, except where noted otherwise.
|5.||"Cat with 2 Heads!"||3:01|
|6.||"The Story of Nothing!"||2:54|
|7.||"Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"||4:03|
|9.||"Attacked by Snakes!"||5:01|
|10.||"Idiot Box!" (Creed Watkins, Parker Jacobs)||2:00|
|11.||"Powdered Milk Man!"||3:04|
|13.||"Phantasma del Mar!"||3:12|
|16.||"Playdough!" (hidden track)||6:43|
|20th anniversary version|
|18.||"Adventure Today! (demo version)"||2:58|
Previous and subsequent versions
- Earlier recordings of tracks 12 and 13 first appeared on the 1995 demo tape Bat Boy.
- Tracks 8, 10 and 16 are re-recordings of songs from The Return of The Aquabats.
- The version of "Adventure Today!" which appears on the 20th anniversary remaster is a demo of a track that would later appear on the 2000 compilation Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2.
- The Aquabats
- The Bat Commander! – lead vocals
- Jaime the Robot! – alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, piano, vocals, Clavinova, Mellotron, flute
- Chainsaw, The Prince of Karate! – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, sampling, electric sitar
- Prince Adam! – trumpet, Roland Juno-106, vocals, programming, Farfisa, hand wind
- Crash McLarson! – bass guitar, organ, vocals
- Catboy! – trumpet, cornet, vocals, sousaphone, Hammond B3
- The Baron von Tito! – drums, percussion
- Ultra Kyu! – electric and acoustic guitars, finger cymbals, piano, banjo, EBow, violin, sitar, Mellotron, vocals, Moog synthesizer
- Additional musicians
- Ikie Owens - keyboards
- Blake Handler - piano on "Lobster Bucket!"
- Parker Jacobs, Bill Hardie, Patrick McDonald - backing vocals
|The Billboard 200||172|
- "Aquabats!, The - Super Rad!". Discogs.com.
- "My Skateboard! by The Aquabats". Rate Your Music.
- "allmusic ((( The Aquabats > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Retrieved 9 December 2008.
- "Hi-Five Soup! - The Aquabats > Charts & Awards". allmusic.com.
- Boehm, Mike (October 28, 1997). "The Aquabats' Saturday Morning Mission; Who Are Those Masked Men? A Brea Band With a New CD and Plans for Capturing a TV Audience". The Los Angeles Times.
- Lawson, Sandy. "Bobcat Goldthwait biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: The Fury of The Aquabats!". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-14.