Released in 1990. Atlantic Records 82063 (out of print)
1. We Are The Young (6:33)
2. Movin' (4:22)
3. Jesus Crispies (2:27)
4. Fixx (3:39)
5. Freedom (3:23)
6. Regeneration (3:23)
7. A.M. (4:42)
8. Slut Child (2:47)
9. 17 and Under (3:53)
10. Young Love is a Bitch (4:31)
Manny "Man" Martinez--Vocals, Percussion
Jonny Axtell--Guitars, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Atom Benjamin Ellis--Bass, Background Vocals
Mushi Moo Mu--Drums, Background Vocals
Darby Gould--Additional vocal on "Movin'"
Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Marc DeSisto
Assistant Engineer Anne Maria Scott
Recorded at Alpha Omega Studios, San Fransisco, October 1989
Mixed at Soundcastle Studios, Los Angeles
Front cover artwork Chris Shaw
Back Photo Tom Boss
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a whole. They're a funk band, and this
is their first album. That can tell you a lot right there. Musically,
they vary from straight funk, slower funk, ska, progressive rock, punk,
glam rock, and a Hendrix cover. No real theme to this album--in fact
ideas are scrambled from song to song, unlike Skin, but there's
still something there worth hearing. An honest review of this album would
be about a 6 out of 10. But how can I be honest about this band???
We are the Young It sounds like a really bad
Fishbone song or
something. It's the pretentious kind of thing that all funk bands do when
they start out--that is, write a really long slow song talking about how
they're gonna change the world. We all know now that they didn't change
the world, but it would've been nice. It's almost a religious song, which
seems strange considering what we get 2 songs later. The end part really
gets me, though. A capella "oh"'s. It's kind of like the Chant
album, but before chanting was popular. Ahead of thier time??? A little.
Movin' Musically, it sounds like they found this song in Prince's
trash can, but they lyrics paint a picture found more on Skin
than on this album...that of a terrible world, and the need for an
Jesus Crispies A fast funk song (except the middle part, which
sounds just like Fayetteville, AR's own Punkinhead) about TV Evangelists,
which, in contrast to "We are the Young", directly attacks the concept of
religion. One of the highly amusing songs that makes this album so
Fixx Remember pop metal??? Well that's what this song is. Well,
okay, maybe not. It does have a really bad 80's glam rock solo though,
and the rest sort of sounds like Rush mixed with Metallica (if that's
possible). About losing your mind, I think. One of the best songs on the
Freedom A cover of a little know Jimi Hendrix song (it's the
B-side of "Angel"). This version is faster and funkier than the original,
which is good, because when I heard the original (after I heard this
version) I wanted to puke.
Regeneration This song almost sounds like Queensryche, which was
a cool band when I was in high school. It's better than that though.
Basically, a war protest song. Funny, because in 1989 when this was
recorded, the U.S. was not involved in anything (except maybe the
invasion of Panama), but there's always room to promote peace.
A.M. A funny little funk number about a man, his Sally, and his
money. A little bit of TV, marijuana, and an earthquake later, you've got
what I feel to be the strongest song on the record.
Slut Child The song that attracted me to this album. It's ska
(sort of) and I'm not sure if it's meant to be funny, or if we're
supposed to feel sorry for the "slut child" this song portrays. I usually
feel sorry for her ("We know that you're a slut child/And you're probably
dying"), but I think you're also supposed to laugh. Best riff in any
Psychefunkapus song, no question.
17 and Under At which the album just gets really really silly.
One of those glam rock songs from the 80's with too many keyboards about
how cool it is to screw underage girls. At one point in my life, I
thought this song was amusing, now it's just kind of retarted.
Young Love is a Bitch It starts off a slow funk song, and goes
punk-ish at the end. Not quite the same as "17 and Under", this one's
about how much it sucks to screw people when you're still in high school.
More amusing than the previous track, and almost has a good message, but
the overall silliness of the song takes away from it.
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