Artist: "The Aquabats"
Album: "The Fury Of The Aquabats!"
Genre: Alternative Rock
Label: Goldenvoice Records

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 1/26/2009

Review: The Aquabats have a lot of awesome albums, but nothing more epically enjoyable than the classic The Fury of the Aquabats!. The second you hear the opening notes of "Super Rad", you know you're in for a damned fun time. This is their most ska-oriented album, so fans who like the brass instruments tend to like this album more than their later guitar and keyboard driven work. The Aquabats write songs that are not only hilarious, but insanely catchy as well, and there are none catchier than on this album.

If you have any sense of humor at all, it's hard not to enjoy songs like "Magic Chicken!", "Cat With 2 Heads!", and "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!". In addition to songs about ridiculous characters and dastardly villains, they've got a couple of love songs mixed in there, like "Red Sweater!" and the somewhat (surprisingly) depressing "My Skateboard!"

They also did new versions of three songs off their first album, The Return of the Aquabats!: "Martian Girl", "Idiot Box", and "Playdough". These versions are far superior to the originals, fueled by a new insane energy that wasn't quite at the same level on their previous album. Having these three songs to compare make it plainly evident that the Aquabats hadn't quite found their voice prior to this, as they perform with a confidence here that was previously unheard.

Their later albums have more musical variation across the songs, but I don't think any of them quite capture the same insane carefree feeling of fun that's present here. I have no doubt that the Aquabats have their share of haters--people who think the music is too silly, stupid or immature, but as far as I'm concerned, the day that I decide my Aquabats cds are too "childish" to listen to anymore will be a sad day indeed.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Jan 27th, 2009, 04:45 AM
and fuck Baron Von Tito.

This is really a fun and great album though. This version of idiot box is a lot more fleshed out. Phantasma del mar is dark but a great song to dance to....if the they ever play it anymore
Suicidal Chipmunk
Jan 27th, 2009, 07:51 PM
I know this probably seems like music spamming, and I probably won't get a response, but have any of you guys heard of The Vandals? Great punk rock band, right there.
Jan 28th, 2009, 10:31 AM
I used to listen to that album every day. I usually like deep, emotional rock instrumental stuff but whenever I need a break from that I go right back to Powdered Milk Man.
Master of Awesome Sauce!
Jan 30th, 2009, 07:45 PM
God I love the Aquabats! I can't pick a fav on this album (thet all rock), but "Fight Song" is made out of pure win!
Forum Virgin
Jan 31st, 2009, 10:55 PM
I saw these guys live, once. I was there to see Primus, but these guys were a pleasant surprise. I just have this memory of anywhere between eight and eighteen guys in glowing orange and purple outfits jumping around, fake-fighting, blowing horns, rocking out -- just total chaos -- all the while playing totally kick-ass and silly music.
One of the highlights of my life!
I hate this hacker crap!
Feb 2nd, 2009, 08:46 AM
I like nearly all their songs. haha.
Fookin' up planets!
Feb 2nd, 2009, 03:36 PM
I have seen them and met them several times. Good guys and are always super rad when little kids come to their shows. My 5 year old has gone to two. The Bat Commander has gone on to make the kick ass kid show "Yo Gabba Gabba" where the Aquabats sometimes perform on the show as well as other indi-rock and friends of the bats bands like Supernova.
Space Cowboy
Feb 3rd, 2009, 03:37 AM
This album is a favorite for my nerd buddies and myself. It's often popped in on the way to the local game store. And sung to loudly and obnoxiously.

Originally Posted by 10,000 Volt Ghost View Post
and fuck Baron Von Tito.