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Chubbed Up

by Bigfellas

"STEELY DAN FOR THE PABST BLUE RIBBON SET" The Bigfellas tour de farce with their best known songs like "California King", "On The Green", "Dollar For Every Dime" & "I Wish That I Were Gay'. A pop pastiche of chords, melody, words & silliness
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  Song Share Time Download
1. California King
5:19 $0.99
2. Dollar For Every Dime
4:40 $0.99
3. Moving Day
5:00 $0.99
4. I Wish That I Were Gay
3:25 $0.99
5. Johnny Get Out Of The Sky
4:01 $0.99
6. Wish You Knew
4:22 $0.99
7. On The Green
5:09 $0.99
8. 4:20
6:08 $0.99
9. Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice
4:04 $0.99
10. Four Minute Mile
3:32 $0.99
11. Reinventing The Wheel
3:20 $0.99
12. Vous Ne Parlez Francais
3:40 $0.99
13. Stuff On The Moon
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14. Mr. Blue Sky
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Album Notes
San Diego\'s Bigfellas have finally released the album people were afraid they would, Chubbed Up.

The Bigfellas have been described as \"Steely Dan for the Pabst Blue Ribbon set\", \"Zevonesque\", \"the #1 threat to Barenaked Ladies, professionally and personally\".

This 14-song, 60-plus-minute CD has enough of everything to please the family, but piss off one person in that family at the same time. The schizophrenic 2008 release includes a cabaret Gershwin gay ripoff/homage (\"I Wish That I Were Gay\"), toe-tapping broke lament (\"Dollar For Every Dime - The Lotto Song\"), golf rap (\"On The Green\"), an old-timey waltz (\"Four Minute Mile\", politically charged rock (\"Johnny Get Out Of The Sky\"), an equally anti- & pro-stoner trippy epic (\"4:20\"), a horn-infused groove about the hassle of relocation (\"Moving Day\") and a Francophile jab at America\'s \"freedom fries\" idiocy that sounds as if you\'re on the streets of paris with a baguette & beret (\"Vous Ne Parlez Francais\").

Chubbed Up features some cameos from a half-dozen San Diego bands but relies primarily on the Bigfellas themselves throwing in the kitchen sink, horns, fiddle, banjo and a whistle solo amongst the wall-to-wall drums, flashy bass, inside-your-head guitars and strong doses of piano.

While you might not be able to figure out how to describe it to your friends, you\'ll want them to hear it anyway.



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Bill\'s Music Forum review:
This 2008 release by The Bigfellas is one of the most interesting records I have heard in a long time. Full of tongue-in-cheek satire, playful lyrics and melodies, and a sophisticated sense of music to suit the topic, The Bigfellas are an intellectual pop fan\'s dream. These guys are the MAD magazine of modern pop - a bunch of \"What Me Worry\" Alfred E. Newmans on the stage.

Not many will pick up on the subtle jabs in the lyrics or \"samples\" in the music first time around, so the record demands repeated listens. For example, catch the switch to U2\'s \"Bullet the Blue Sky\" in the coda of \"California King\", which happens to be one of the most accessible and catchy numbers on the record. And then there is the seemingly goofy rap song called \"On The Green\" which is based on the 70s hit \"Love\'s Theme\" by Love Unlimited Orchestra. Not a favorite, but the juxtaposition of gangsta rap with the hard knocks life of golf is hilarious. The band takes similar satirical risks with \"I Wish That I Were Gay\". But we\'re all about the hooks and melodies here; while there are plenty of such moments scattered throughout \"Chubbed Up\", few of songs sustain them for the entirety of their rather lengthy duration. In addition to \"California King\", \"Dollar For Every Dime\" and \"Adam and Eve and Red and Alice\" hold up very well for repeated listens. The more serious ballad, \"Wish You Knew\" is unexpectedly moving and a definite highlight. Fans of ELO\'s \"Mr. Blue Sky\" may be interested in the banjo-driven cover, included as a bonus track on \"Chubbed Up\".

There is a very strong Ben Folds vibe here, both in the \'everyday kind of guy\' tone of the singer\'s voice and the fact that most of the tunes are based around catchy piano riffs. Many others have already noted the comparison to Randy Newman as well. The Bigfellas have been voted \"Best Local Band In San Diego\" for 2006 and 2007. In the areas of novelty, musicianship, and satire, The Bigfellas don\'t come up short.