Tu-Plang

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Tu-Plang
Regurgitator-Tu-plang.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 May 1996
RecordedCenter Stage Studios
Bangkok, Thailand
Genre
Length40:58
LabelEast West/WEA Australia
0630-14895
Reprise/Warner Bros. (US)
46509
ProducerMagoo
Regurgitator chronology
New
(1995)
Tu-Plang
(1996)
Unit
(1997)
Singles from Tu-Plang
  1. "F.S.O."
    Released: February 1996
  2. "Kong Foo Sing"
    Released: April 1996
  3. "Miffy's Simplicity"
    Released: September 1996
  4. "I Sucked a Lot of Cock to Get Where I Am"
    Released: November 1996 (international release)

Tu-Plang (ตู้เพลง Thai for Jukebox) (1996) was the first album released by Australian rock band Regurgitator after making two EPs. The band chose to record the album in Bangkok, Thailand, to the quandary of its label, Warner Music, which was uncertain as to what terms A&R executive Michael Parisi had contracted.[1] Ely later said, "We didn't want to do it in just any old place, so we had a tour in Europe and Japan booked and our drummer Martin said, 'let's stop in Thailand on the way and check out some studios,' so we did and we found this place."[2]

Producer Magoo later said the studio, "was [owned by] this guy [who was in the band] Carabao. He was described to us as the local, Thai, Bruce Springsteen. He had this compound in outer Bangkok. We'd drive there and it's in the middle of all these slums. There were wild chickens running around everywhere. There were open sewers and stuff like that."[3]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1996, the album won two awards; Best Alternative Album and Breakthrough album.

In 2012, Regurgitator performed the entire album along with Unit on the Australian RetroTech tour.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars link

The Sydney Morning Herald described the album as, "an album that leapt from rock to rap, from fun to funk, from thrash to surf rock (a la Dick Dale), and it did nothing less than announce the arrival of the most significant band in Australia today. More successfully than any of their peers, Regurgitator showed they were committed to pushing the boundaries of contemporary music through their marriage of technology and pop."[4] The Age said the album "at times resembles a net surfer's wet dream, skipping from one style to another, sometimes mid-song," and noted Yeomans' sardonic lyrics.[5] They later voted Tu-Plang as one the greatest albums from the first 50 years of Australian music.[6]

Less flatteringly, AllMusic said the album was, "an utterly misbegotten funk-rap-metal fusion which, much as the band's name implies, offers merely another rehash of the usual genre fare." The song "Pop Porn" was singled out for being, "so overboard in attacking rap misogyny that it reaches levels of offensiveness beyond anything actually in the true hip-hop canon."[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Sucked a Lot of Cock to Get Where I Am" (Q. Yeomans)
  2. "Kong Foo Sing" (Q. Yeomans)
  3. "G7 Dick Electro Boogie" (Q. Yeomans)
  4. "Couldn't Do It" (Happy Shopper Mix)" (B. Ely)
  5. "Miffy's Simplicity" (Q. Yeomans)
  6. "Social Disaster" (Q. Yeomans)
  7. "Music is Sport" (Q. Yeomans)
  8. "348 Hz" (B. Ely)
  9. "Mañana" (B. Ely)
  10. "F.S.O." (Q. Yeomans)
  11. "Pop Porn" (Q. Yeomans)
  12. "Young Bodies Heal Quickly" (Q. Yeomans)
  13. "Blubber Boy" (Riding the Wave of Fashion Mix) (Q. Yeomans)
  14. "Doorselfin" (B. Ely)

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996/97) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 27

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Australian Albums Chart[10] 59

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[11] Platinum 70,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Track information[edit]

  • "G7 Dick Electro Boogie" contains samples of street sounds in Bangkok. Yeomans later said, "I think this song[']s small claim to fame is attributed to the 'gang-rape a cripple' line nicely taken out of context by a few bored conservative factions floating around at the time."[12]
  • Track 4 is a Muzak version of "Couldn't Do It" off the band's first self-titled EP.
  • "Blubber Boy" is an up-tempo version of "Blubber Boy" off the band's second EP, New.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 6 May 1996 EastWest Records 063014895
United States of America 1997
  • CD
Reprise Records 946509-2
Australia 2013 Valve Records V130V

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pig City: From the Saints to Savage Garden" by Andrew Stafford, Published by University of Queensland Press, 2004, p.280
  2. ^ Jade Lazrevic (8 September 2012). "The way we were". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ "How toothpicks helped make Tu Plang, Regurgitator's debut". Double J. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  4. ^ Sacha Molitorisz (7 November 1997). "The Rockless travelled". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  5. ^ Shaun Carney (15 May 1996). "(Rock)". The Age. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Best of the best". The Age. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  7. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Tu-Plang". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Regurgitator – TU-PLANG". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Charts.nz – Regurgitator – TU-PLANG". Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 232.
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Retrospective track-by-track: Regurgitator, Tu-Plang". The Music network. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012.