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Bouncing Souls - The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle (Cover Artwork)

Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls: The Good, the Bad, and the ArgyleThe Good, the Bad, and the Argyle (1994)
Chunksaah Records

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The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle is the first full length album recorded by the Bouncing Souls. After playing around the New Brunswick, NJ area, and gaining a large fanbase, the Souls decided to get their music out to the masses, and recorded this album and released it on their own label in 1994..
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The Good, the Bad, and the Argyle is the first full length album recorded by the Bouncing Souls. After playing around the New Brunswick, NJ area, and gaining a large fanbase, the Souls decided to get their music out to the masses, and recorded this album and released it on their own label in 1994. Supported by a national tour, this is the album that made the Bouncing Souls nationally known.

This album brings to the recorded medium the energy and soul that the Souls' stage show had shown for years. The album opens with "I Like Your Mom", which shows the Bouncing Souls sense of humor, which they became known for over their career. Soon after, they give us "These Are the Quotes From Our Favorite 80's Movies", which I always found amusing, because I was a child of the 80's and knew all the quotes. This is followed-up by my personal all-time favorite Souls song "Joe Lies (When He Cries)", which is heartfelt and well-written. The observant ones out there will notice that that title comes from an 80's movie, too (Say Anything). The fans begin to see the Bouncing Souls obsession with the eighties. Another live show favorite is found on this album ("Neurotic"), along with two covers, "Candy" and "I Know What Boys Like", which are both well-done and entertaining. The rest of the songs, although not as outstanding, hold this album together tightly, making it a solid debut release.

Although this album does not entertain me as much as their self-titled release or "Maniacal Laughter", it's worth a listen to see where the Souls' legacy all started. Or at least to have "Joe Lies" in your record collection.

 

 
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Anonymous (July 16, 2002)

I admit the Souls created some gems with their older albums but the majority of their old songs are horrible. The new stuff, although a bit more mid tempo, is much better.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

The best of the souls. Nothing can come close to touching this one. Has some great core tunes (neurotic/joe lies) as well as a bunch of throw aways (inspection station) that become your new favorites after several listens. Probably the most "fun" of the souls catalog (with hopless romantic following behind).

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

This is actually my second favorite Souls album (Maniacal Laughter being my fav), but I love them ALL. I don't know, there's something about this album, it really has the "New Jersey sound." Anyways, I love it. It's a funny album too, but it's toungue in cheek. Unlike other bands (like say, the Vandals), they aren't trying too hard to be funny, so they don't fall flat on their faces. Excellent album, sadly underrated.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

Suprised that no comment was made about the intial 'anti-mtv' logo that had to be pulled in favor of the yellow logo we all now know due to copyright infringement.

As was stated previously, Jow Lies is the souls' best song (pretty cool vid at www.launch.com as well) and the album is above average, although not as good as some of their other stuff.

Anonymous (July 15, 2002)

The real cover art should be at the bouncingsouls.com The yellow cover of the 4 members.

maverick (July 15, 2002)

That's the artwork that's up on Amazon.com, so that's what I used. Can someone point me in the direction of the "real" cover art?

-Scott

TheOneTrueBill (July 15, 2002)

its the back of the insert... i dont know why thats posted, but it is.

second bouncing souls record i got, and its my least favorite, but still better than 90% of the shit thats out there

evildeadalive (July 15, 2002)

Mine doesn't either... Good but not great album. Neurotic is one of my favorite songs ever....

sickboi (July 14, 2002)

Whats the cover art posted? Mine doesn't look like this...

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