Sprung Monkey - Get A Taste (Cover Artwork)

Sprung Monkey

Sprung Monkey: Get A TasteGet A Taste (2001)
Redline Distribution

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: coldjulycoldjuly
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Disclaimer: Yes I know this is Punknews.org, But here lately this site has seen some great, diverse reviews that aren't exactly deemed "punk". I believe this site has developed into such a great place to share thoughs and opinions about the music we love...punk or not. So may I take the liberty? .
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Disclaimer: Yes I know this is Punknews.org, But here lately this site has seen some great, diverse reviews that aren't exactly deemed "punk". I believe this site has developed into such a great place to share thoughs and opinions about the music we love...punk or not. So may I take the liberty?

Sprung monkey? What comes to mind?? They are not punk, although they have strong punk elements and influences. I like to think of them this way... If Incubus and Sublime had a kid it would be Sprung Monkey.

The music itself this time around is a hell of a lot catchier than their past releases. More melodic, and a lot more emphasis on guitar technics. But while changing that on this release, they still add the hip hop, funk, metal and punk stylings of their other records.

The album begins with "What's that you say?" one of my favorite tracks from this record. Followed by the surfy title track "Get a Taste". It follows that rock/mellow/rock pattern for 50 full minutes..and it kinda leaves you wondering, Was that the same band on the entire disc? Partly because all the songs sound so different.

A good album a few songs miss my tastes slightly but they remainder is a catchy plethora of different sounds. The monkey has hit the mark this time. Good album check it out..if you expecting another Mr Funny Face, you'll be dissapointed. But Appreciate the turn they have made.


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savesthedaypunk (November 21, 2001)

roflmfao "da moon rules #1 hahahahaha

Anonymous (November 21, 2001)

This Band sucks, I saw them live and they were terrible. It was funny though becuase there were only 2 people who rooted for them. If you like them your a fuckin retarded!

Anonymous (November 20, 2001)

yo dog that was me after school. I was haggin in the hood with my bros, and i was like "shit dog, lets do somthin cool man."

Anonymous (November 19, 2001)

okay..... someone wanna tell me.... who wrote... "Da Moon Rulz.. #1"... in my car... witta key?

pat41 (November 16, 2001)

sum 41 doesnt claim to be punk and they dont claim to have gone through years of hard work.. they do claim to be 4 guys having playing some rock and roll... thats whats important to them and thats what they like doing... sprung monkey isnt that great... party like a rockstar is a funny song though

ColdJuly (November 15, 2001)

What i'm thinking is that a lot of new bands who just suddenly burst onto the scene sign with a major and become multi-millionaires with little more than a demo made, or any kind of underground exposure it becomes a kind of insult to these bands who were selling their Tapes and 7" out of their cars' for $1 a pop their first few years then finally getting recognized as some kind of an underground cult band 10 years later. And just because it dosen't have that mainstream sound. I say thank you to the bands who have gone through all that. It may not catch the attention of major label moguls...but it gets them a hell of a lot more respect with fans they already have. That seems gratifying enough to me. Bands like sum 41 or blink come on TV and call themselves punk and that they have paid their dues to the scene....they fill the pop culture minds of today with such garbage. Anyway, I ramble too much.

pat41 (November 15, 2001)

and fuck that... this album gets a 1 from now on!

pat41 (November 15, 2001)

fathead never said that if you "trudged through the underground for years" that you were considered... but I dont agree with anything that he did say. I believe fathead has never tried ecstasy, not THAT many people have. Mostly morons and "cool" kids are into the whole drug thing. Just because sum 41 is a somewhat new band doesnt mean they are a bad band. PLENTY of good bands never "trudged through the underground", the sex pistols, a manufactured band by the way.. .but why the fuck am i arguing this here.. its fucking sprung monkey.. this doesnt deserve any more of my time!

OedipusWrecks (November 15, 2001)

Fathead, don't lie to us, I know you've tried X at least once....and just because a band trudges through the undergroud for years doesn't make them talented or anything, I mean look at Assorted Jellybeans. If it's so "all about the music" what does it matter how long they've been part of the scene?

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (November 15, 2001)

what kind of people like sum 41 anyway? the deaf? i mean sure, you may find them fun or catchy or whatever, but the MAIN reason they are popular is not because they trudged through the underground for years, not because they did something unique and groundbreaking, but because TRL just loves the singer's spiked hair. admit it dude, sum 41 and blink 182 are the exact same as nsync, brittany spears, and ricky martin. it has little or nothing to do with the music.- fathead

Anonymous (November 14, 2001)

Besides the fact that I was just making a general statement about that group as a joke to get my point across more effectively. -pat 41

Anonymous (November 14, 2001)

fathead, you just completely went against EVERYTHING that you have said in my sum 41 review. I was making a general statement about techno kids the same way you have made a general statement about sum 41, blink 182, and all other pop-punk bands and their fans. Doesnt make sense when someone is attacking something you enjoy does it!!

Anonymous (November 14, 2001)

yo Pat, that is the kind of comment that makes yourself look idiotic. don't generalize an entire group of people like that. I happen to like a lot of electronic music, and I've never even tried X, or been to a rave! i can see how people hate electronic music, but i like some of it. I happen to think it's very inventive. it's just like my experience with the hippie culture. you don't have trippin to enjoy mega-talented bands like Phish or String Cheese Incident. it's all about the music to me, whether it be Punk Rock, techno, jam-grass, or just plain rock n' roll. If there's an obvious passion in their music, then that's good enough for me (most of the time). ok, what was i talking about again?- fathead

pat41 (November 13, 2001)

To that guy who is all-pro music evolves and it should be done on electrtonic and more high tech instruments, why dont you go take some ectasy and go rave for a little while. Some people just realize that the way that things were played and written years ago were more musically intellegent and much better. Also Smash Mouth isnt and was NEVER a good band. No Doubt WAS decent until they released the newest album... whatever its called, i didnt even bother to find out... return of saturn or something.. return to suckings ass is more like it.

Anonymous (November 13, 2001)

The bottom line is, this CD sucks ass and it shoulf NOT be reviewed here. What's next? Sugar Ray? Sprung Monkey has two good songs, both on the M.O.M. I & II releases. If I turn into a queer and join a frat then I'll listen to this garbage.

OedipusWrecks (November 12, 2001)

Excuse me, but I don't recall ever supporting Nsync on this page and just because I can appreciate a person's music does not make me obsessed with them. I happen to think Gwen Stefani is a good artist, so what? I do not appreciate your derogotory comments about Gwen and my feelings toward her. I see her as a talented musician and nothing more. And just for the record, Saves the Day is full of shit. They deserved to be dragged out and beated. Or shot in the leg. Either one.

-Eddie W.

savesthedaypunk (November 12, 2001)

Eddie is a moron just disregard his comments he's obsessed with n suck and Gwen Stafani.

Find a new review page Eddie.

ColdJuly (November 12, 2001)

Ha! a powerful symbol of punk music Ha!...tell me how many people look at her and say..man, she has helped the punk scene grow so much or punk owes a lot to gwen. NO!

And admit it, you would bang her.

OedipusWrecks (November 12, 2001)

I find it wrong that you're discussing people's sexual desires on here. I never said I wanted to have intercourse with Gwen Stefani. I would never do something like that to such a powerful symbol of punk music. Our relationship might get in the way of her career, which is so promising. I would want her to throw all that away just for me. Never.

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (November 11, 2001)

I really find myself disappointed with Sprung Monkey. In regards to the discussion below, I dont think that Smash Mouth and No Doubt are a new wave of punk at all. Smash Mouth, dont even get me started on them, and No Doubt, they are good band, there is new dancehall-ish type stuff is good, but they arent a new form of punk. Hmm..time to start a real debate, and review a No Doubt CD...


ColdJuly (November 11, 2001)

Yeah right, He's taking up for Gwen when actually he just wants to fuck her. In that case, I can't say I blame you.

And the Piano was first introduced in 1582..and wasn't the first classical instrument. I spend too much time at school...where can a music major get you? Ahh well...

OedipusWrecks (November 11, 2001)

That is where you're wrong, my friend. The piano was invented long after it's cousin instruments such as the harpsichord. It didn't make an appearance on a stage until the late 1600s or early 1700s. Also, I don't see why everyone has to be such an asshole about No Doubt. They are a very talented group and I believe that Gwen Stefani deserves a lot of respect for all that she's accomplished.

-Eddie W.

CallingLondon (November 10, 2001)

i'm pretty sure the piano was always a part of classical music, and that classical music was always written on the piano, and then translated to the strings. Now, about Smashmouth, in no way are they a punk band. they used to be a ska band, but then they sold out and started playing crap. They probably were crap as a ska band too. No Doubt used to be good but completely dropped what made them good, and became a stupid pop band.

ColdJuly (November 10, 2001)

Smashmouth never was and never will be punk. Much less good music. No Doubt was a decent ska band at ONE time. But like many other bands, success has went straight to their heads, leaving nothing but corporate lead mainstream blandness.

At least when bands like Sprung Monkey try something different it's something the band agrees on and not by a larger authority pointing a finger.

this really has nothing to do with previous comments..but I felt I should say it.

Anonymous (November 10, 2001)

Smashmouth!?!? No Doubt?!?! lay off the crack rock, ed.- fathead

OedipusWrecks (November 10, 2001)

I disagree. I think all of you are very closed minded when it comes to punk. You see punk music, like most other things tend to do, has evolved. You guys are all trapped in the 80s and you can't bear to wake up and realize that punk has left you behind. The twenty-first century has given music so many new options and advantages, it's changed a lot and that's ok. You shouldn't be so afraid of change. Look, when they invented the piano, classical writers didn't keep writing the same kind of music, did they? No, they changed their style to incorporate the piano into music, didn't they? And that's what punk is doing now. It's changing to include more high tech instruments and modern styles. You guys are just stuck in the past.....wake up and realize how incredibly primitive your taste in music is... To remedy this I suggest going out and purchasing a Smashmouth album. I blelieve that this group started a new wave of modern punk music. Or possibly No Doubt.

-Eddie W.

Anonymous (November 9, 2001)

i own Mr. funny face, and there are some good songs, but they have never impressed me enough to buy more of their stuff. blah...- fathead

Anonymous (November 8, 2001)

Sprung Monkey are an awesome band, the quality of this CD proves this beyond a doubt. There are few albums you can put on and every song is of such great rock and melody that you would not dare to skip a track. And this is that CD. It is the ultimate summer album.

Much less daunting than their previous album and heavy emphasis on the rock and less on the darker deeper side.

An all round excellent album!

krowdsurf (November 8, 2001)

I agree that this is really not a "punk" album by any means, but I still think it's very good. I myself tend to enjoy a lot of mellower music (I love reggae just as much as punk) and if you have similar tastes then you could really enjoy this. I think the Sublime/Incubus comparison is close to the mark. I have "Mr. Funny Face" as well and it didn't really do anything for me but this album I play often. If anything, it's just fun, catchy music to play in your car or at your party on a warm day.

pat41 (November 8, 2001)

Yes I agree that this would be Incubus and Sublime's child but its too bad they couldnt have had a child with talent or good music at least.

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