The Aquabats - The Fury Of... (Cover Artwork)

The Aquabats

The Aquabats: The Fury Of...The Fury Of... (1997)

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Ah, 1997. If 1991 was the year the "punk broke" then '97 was the year the "ska-pop" broke. Reel Big Fish, Sublime, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt all scored major hits, and bands like Save Ferris, The Mad Caddies and the Dance Hall Crashers all saw their fan base surge. Caught in this ska .
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Ah, 1997. If 1991 was the year the "punk broke" then '97 was the year the "ska-pop" broke. Reel Big Fish, Sublime, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt all scored major hits, and bands like Save Ferris, The Mad Caddies and the Dance Hall Crashers all saw their fan base surge. Caught in this ska upsurge, were ska's answer to Devo, The Aquabats!

With four albums to their credit, this is the only one that truly captures this band in their prime. They stick mainly to ska and new wave, without getting stuck in the bizarre theatrics and failed humor of later works. There is just not a bad song on this disc. Perhaps part of the reason was that they had not yet lost their most talented member, drummer the Baron Von Tito, better known to millions of teeny-boppers as Travis Barker from Blink-182. Barker provided a solid back-beat for the Aquabats, while The Bat Commander rambled about chicken, pirates and mutant cats. Awesome.

The album kicks off with "Super Rad", a delirously happy ska-pop song about being the superhereo's that they are. Thats sort of the theme here. Each song is an adventure, with a few exceptions like "Red Sweater" and "Idiot Box". "The Cat With Two Heads" is about a science experiment gone horribly wrong, "Attacked by Snakes" is about, well, being attacked by snakes, and so on. The best songs on the album are easily the centerpiece "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates" and the hidden track, a re-recorded version of "Playdough". The former seems to prophesize the Mad Caddies "Pirate-core" stylings, while the latter is the quintessential Aquabats tune, about growing up and missing all the cool things you did when you were a child.

Musically, this is a top-notch ska-pop album. Solid guitar work, stellar drums, humorous vocals and really catchy horn parts all combine to make this a great listening experience. Even the artwork is great, picturing all the "enemies" of the Aquabats, including the cat with two heads, various monsters such as Powdered Milk Man and Space Monster M, and even other bands like the Sandfleas ( a great band by the way). I would highly recommend you check out this release before anything else by the band. A great album, a high-point of 3rd wave ska-pop.


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tittytwisterbudy (August 3, 2006)

WHoever wrote this review got almost everything right... everything except that part about Travis Barker. If you put almost any drummer who knows the basics of percussion in his place this is still one of the best ska albums of all time. Interesting, fun, happy and great lyrics/ songs make this album great. Not the average drumming of Travis Barker.

Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

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Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

Blows my mind

crizack (May 14, 2004)

good stuff.

Anonymous (October 25, 2003)

this cd is a little melodramatic

Anonymous (September 24, 2003)

The worms make the dirt !!!

baron_von_tito (April 18, 2003)

this cd is a master fucking peice. newer aquabats suck but "fury........" and "the return...." are the best

harg (March 31, 2002)

An average record. Don't get me wrong i like uplifitng stuff with a beat but this is far to happy its just gay. I listen to ska a lot which is also happy but not like this. The song red sweater is cool but i just can't enjoy the album as a whole.

Anonymous (October 5, 2001)

they chew chode

coldjuly (October 2, 2001)

sorry to post twice.

coldjuly (October 1, 2001)

Thanks for that clarification.

sXe_nick (October 1, 2001)

playdough or pool party are the 2 best aquabats songs. I hope they start touring soon i really want to see them live. i love just about all of their songs.

Anonymous (October 1, 2001)

A lot

coldjuly (October 1, 2001)

cool album...but how many reviews are you gonna do at one time???

i_like_emo (October 1, 2001)

I love the Bats.
Fans of them should get the Ska parade clip GWAR VS AQUABATS.
Im am wondering what are some other good ska bands.
I know others but I want to here more Ska

Anonymous (October 1, 2001)

i don't really see the 'Devo' connection, but the Aquabats crack my shit up, and they're really at the ska-pop-punk thing too. however, Devo is just a little better. I have a video of Devo when they recently played at Lallapaloozer, and it's awesome. They're alot older, but they still go nuts on stage. the songs are "Mr.DNA", "the girl you want", and of corse "whip it". fucking awesome. enough about devo, "Pizza Day" is a great song by the Aquabats.- fathead

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