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The Fury of The Aquabats!

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The Fury of the Aquabats!
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 28, 1997
Time Bomb
Gloopy Records (remaster)
ProducerThe Aquabats, Jim Goodwin
The Aquabats chronology
The Return of The Aquabats
The Fury of the Aquabats!
The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death!
Singles from The Fury of the Aquabats
  1. "Super Rad![1]"
    Released: 1997
  2. "My Skateboard![2]"
    Released: 1997

The Fury of the Aquabats! is the second studio album by American rock band the Aquabats, released on October 28, 1997, by Goldenvoice Records and Time Bomb Recordings.


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[edit]

Released at the height of the late 1990s American ska revival which the Aquabats were initially a part of, The Fury proved to be the band's minor commercial breakthrough, peaking at number 172 on the Billboard 200, which remained their highest placement on the chart for over 20 years until The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One debuted at number 165 in 2018. The Fury also reached number 12 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers, which would also eventually be surpassed in 2011 by their fifth studio album Hi-Five Soup! debuting at number 5.[3][4][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.[6][7] 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."[8]

Track listing[edit]


1."Super Rad!"C. Jacobs, C. Larson3:02
2."Red Sweater!"C. Jacobs, C. Larson3:24
3."Magic Chicken!"C. Jacobs, C. Pollock3:40
4."Fight Song!"C. Gray1:13
5."Cat with 2 Heads!"C. Jacobs, C. Pollock3:01
6."The Story of Nothing!" 2:54
7."Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"C. Jacobs, C. Larson4:03
8."Martian Girl!"C. Jacobs, C. Larson, M. Van Gundy2:46
9."Attacked by Snakes!"C. Gray, C. Jacobs5:01
10."Idiot Box!" (C. Jacobs, Creed Watkins, Parker Jacobs) 2:00
11."Powdered Milk Man!"C. Jacobs, C. Larson3:04
12."My Skateboard!"A. Deibert, C. Jacobs2:43
13."Phantasma del Mar!"C. Larson, B. Terry3:12
14."Lobster Bucket!"J. Briggs, A. Deibert, C. Gray, C. Jacobs, C. Pollock2:42
15."Theme Song!"Bill Hardie, C. Jacobs, C. Larson, C. Pollock, B. Terry1:48
16."Playdough!" (hidden track)C. Jacobs, B. Terry, M. Van Gundy6:43
Total length:51:16
20th anniversary version
17."Hockey Fight!"C. Jacobs, C. Larson0:41
18."Adventure Today! (demo version)"C. Gray, C. Jacobs2:58
Total length:54:55

Previous and subsequent versions[edit]


The Aquabats
Additional musicians


Chart (1997) Peak
Billboard 200 172
Billboard Heatseekers 12


  1. ^ "Aquabats!, The - Super Rad!". Discogs.com.
  2. ^ "My Skateboard! by The Aquabats". Rate Your Music.
  3. ^ "The Aquabats: Billboard Albums". Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  4. ^ "The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One Chart History". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Hi-Five Soup! Charts & Awards". allmusic.com.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Lawson, Sandy. "Bobcat Goldthwait biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: The Fury of The Aquabats!". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  9. ^ "ACE Repository". ASCAP. 2023-02-01. Retrieved 2023-02-01.