The Unforgiving Sounds of Maow

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The Unforgiving Sounds of Maow
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Studio album by Maow
Released 1996
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre Punk
Length 20:21
Label Mint
Producer Maow
Maow chronology
I Ruv Me Too
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

The Unforgiving Sounds of Maow is a 1996 album by Vancouver punk band Maow. It was the band's only full-length album, 21 minutes in length.

The album is notable primarily for being Neko Case's debut as a lead vocalist, although her loud, punk-rock singing on this project is not typical of her later style.[2] On the album, Case shares lead vocal duties with bandmates Tobey Black and Corrina Hammond.

Many of the songs are about partying.[3] The album's best-known song, "Ms. Lefevre", celebrates the character "Renee Lefebvre" from Woody Allen's movie What's New, Pussycat?[4] A music video was created to publicize the song.[5]

The album also includes covers of songs by Wanda Jackson ("Mean Mean Mean") and Nancy Sinatra ("How Does That Grab You?").

Critical reception[edit]

Jim Smith compared the group's style to early work by the Go-Gos.[3] The Washington City Paper called the album "unexceptional".[6] Robert Kaups at AllMusic gave the album a mixed review. Michael Panontin of Canuckistan praised "Ms. Lefevre".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wank" – 1:41[3]
  2. "Mean Mean Man" – 0:59 - Wanda Jackson
  3. "Sucker" – 1:51
  4. "Ms. Lefevre" – 1:52
  5. "Rock 'N' Roll Boy" – 1:12
  6. "Very Missionary" – 1:09
  7. "Mommie's Drunk" – 1:32
  8. "Woman's Scorn" – 1:30
  9. "Showpie" – 1:09
  10. "J'ai faim" – 0:39
  11. "Man What's Got a Gun" – 1:05
  12. "How Does That Grab You?" – 2:01 - Nancy Sinatra
  13. "Party Tonite!" – 0:54
  14. "Cat's Meow" – 0:43
  15. "One Nite Stand" – 1:01
  16. "Catastrophie" – 1:03


  1. ^ Kaups, Robert. The Unforgiving Sounds of Maow at AllMusic
  2. ^ "An Essential Guide to Neko Case". Exclaim!, By Sarah Greene Jul 05, 2016
  3. ^ a b c Jon Smith (1 May 2013). Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies. University of Georgia Press. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-0-8203-3321-2. 
  4. ^ a b "The Unforgiving Sounds of Maow Mint - 1996". Canuckistan Music, Michael Panontin
  5. ^ "From the Vault: A Vancouver Classic by Maow". Georgia Strait, by John Lucas on November 7th, 2015
  6. ^ "Americana Woman". Washington City Paper, David Daley Oct 10, 1997