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Save Ferris

Save Ferris: It Means EverythingIt Means Everything (1997)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: EddieEddie
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When listening to Save Ferris's 1997 album It Means Everything it becomes quite obvious why the used music store always has about twelve copies in stock. This is the kind of album everyone would buy during the 1990's ska craze, but, unlike the credible and lasting work of, say, The Mighty Mighty .
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When listening to Save Ferris's 1997 album It Means Everything it becomes quite obvious why the used music store always has about twelve copies in stock.

This is the kind of album everyone would buy during the 1990's ska craze, but, unlike the credible and lasting work of, say, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones or Reel Big Fish, would quickly forget and ultimately sell a year later.

Regrettably, too many songs are just…okay. "Nobody But Me" is basically the same thing as "The World is New" with a few extra words; "Under 21" is fun to move to, but has some of the dumbest lyrics I've heard (I only want to have a little fun/But everytime I try they tell me/You're not 21); the horns and vocals in "Spam" sound wonderful, but once again, the lyrics are dreadful (Spam is "my best friend"? What the hell?); "Lies" makes a admirable attempt at using a string arrangement, but it doesn't fully work-especially on a ska record.

On the plus side, though, lead singer Monique Powell does have a great voice, and has a greater range and more energy than your average female rock singer. And the few stand-out tracks include the opener, "The World is New," "Little Differences," a lively cover of "Come On Eileen," and "Sorry My Friend," which has a nice catchy chorus and a cool saxophone solo from Eric Zamora.

So basically, you get what you expect. There's nothing relatively new or exciting, just an average bunch of ska/rock songs with a few interesting crumbs of creativity (various horn solos, bouncy choruses, great singing, etc.). This is certainly the kind of band more enjoyable live than on your stereo.

When we look back on the history of ska, Save Ferris will be nothing but a footnote (if that), but It Means Everything is still marginally entertaining. Not nearly the best 1990's ska album out there, but if you come across a used copy for only three dollars (like I did), than it's worth picking up on an impulse. Then let it collect dust in your closet.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
joeg (January 23, 2005)

save ferris is decent but if you want ska punk with female vocals, definitely go with dance hall crashers.

Apathetic (January 8, 2005)

pretty good cd...not great or anything but is still worth listening to

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

Yes.

The band Rooney got their name from "Edward Rooney", Jeffrey Jones' character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Save Ferris got theirs from the film's campaign and what was written on the water tower in Shermer.

To spruce up your day, here is some poetry and gold from Ed Rooney:

http://drakeshangout.com/humor/soundboards/edwardroone y.htm

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

I liked it 6 years ago, definately hasn't withstood the test of time.

-notfeelingcreative

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

It had its moments. Monique does have one of the most powerful voice out there

Sara( no h)

soulbleed (September 29, 2004)

Old reviews rule. Especially when there's no good CDs coming out ina given week .. like when The Used drops a new cd. Barf.

Anonymous (September 29, 2004)

i'm actually glad this album got reviewed. it just adds to the amazing catalogue of reviews.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

what a waste of time and space this review was, congrats!

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

dance hall crashers>>>>>>save ferris. no doubt about that.

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

I can understand reviewing old albums that are really good, but it just seems a bit pointless to review old ones that you think suck.
Oh well, I guess there might be some kid out there who was wondering how this album was...

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

how come no one has mentioned that dude in save ferris with the teddy bear hats? he was fucking cool! it's just too bad that the stuffed animal hat style never really took hold in the ska scene... it would've sent pork pie companies out of business.

personally i always kinda liked dance hall crashers a little more than these guys during the 3rd wave ska craze.

sickboi (September 27, 2004)

Ugh. I NEVER liked this band.

Is that band "Rooney" named after the principal? That'd be pretty sweet.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

"Fuck this band.

I thought this was PUNKnews.org?!?!?!"

come down fuck meister.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

i am punk and shop at hot topic

look at my anarchy sign

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Fuck this band.

I thought this was PUNKnews.org?!?!?!

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

I liked them as an alternative to Gwen's uber-squeaky voice of No Doubt, but once they morphed into an alt. rock act on "Modified," I knew they were going down--

Score is for "World is New," "Goodbye," "Come on Eileen," "Lies," & "Superspy." It's ska-swing, which is a great departure from what everyone else gives a shit about: ska-punk...

"Sideshow Bob" Mulhulland

joeg (September 25, 2004)

i kinda liked this record. sure some of the lyrics were corny as hell but the songs weren't too bad.

Chason (September 25, 2004)

ferris bueler (however you spell it)

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

But who is Ferris?

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

I've heard worse. This album was alright. Not a great record. But not horrible.

-ObeyYourParents

fattony (September 25, 2004)

I used to love this album back in the day. Now it's just "meh" in my book. I'm just pissed I never got to see them live.

TheOnetrueBill (September 25, 2004)

I remember when Ska was cool. It's weird to think back to it now.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Why the fuck shouldn't he review the album? Yeah, it's old, but there was no other review done for it. I'd rather have as many albums as possible reviewed here than have an older album never get reviewed just cuz no one reviewed it when it was new. Going by your logic, there shouldn't be any reviews on here from before 1999 cuz the site didn't exist before then.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

guys who review old albums are teh ghey.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

i was at ska summit, and she has turned into a fat slut. i used to have such a crush on her.

maverick (September 24, 2004)

I have a picture of Monique and me from the '98 Warped Tour. Oh man, that was a sweet day.

-Scott

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

eddie, quit reviewing shit that came out 7 fucking years ago. you're wasting our time. go listen to sha sha you fucking faggot. this shit sucks.

inagreendase (September 24, 2004)

Ironically enough I actually saw this in the used section CD shopping today.

Cos (September 24, 2004)

A friend of mine said that this band would go down when Epic found out they couldn't release the same album 3 times (about half or more of this CD could be found on their first EP/CD). Sure enough...

--Cos

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

I love Kid Dynamite man, why dya ask?

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

i take it you're not a kid dynamite fan?

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

YO!
I want reviews of new CDs ok. Don't be posting stuff up on here from way back in 97.
Sort it man.

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