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Chuck and Danny

by Chuck and Danny

Now appearing in your head: a strangely familiar combination of wry talk, singing, and Eno-meets-Bacharach soundscapes. "It's like watching a movie except you're there."
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Are We Wild (Part 2)
3:26 album only
2. My Fantasy
2:06 album only
3. In the Driveway
2:21 album only
4. Party Plateau
4:19 album only
5. Pretty Rude
1:19 album only
6. Don't Do Me Any Favors
5:49 album only
7. Spit
2:34 album only
8. Little Jellyfish
1:17 album only
9. Brand New Key
3:06 album only
10. White House, Green Lawn
2:07 album only
11. Telenovela
2:22 album only
12. I'm Just Visiting
2:06 album only
13. Love and Money
4:30 album only
14. There Will Be a Last Time
4:32 album only
15. That's What It's Like
2:45 album only


Album Notes
Welcome to the intimate and surreal world of Chuck and Danny.

Reviewers have compared "Chuck and Danny" to early They Might Be Giants, The Tinklers, "Ween on codeine," and King Missile, and have called it "an appealing mix of spoken word/cabaret/Young Marble Giants/Joe Frank-esque drama," and have picked up on "the Ken Nordine plus beats sensibility, not to mention Napoleon Dynamite dork-chic."

You of course will have your own associations. Because Chuck and Danny are now appearing in your head.

Chuck and Danny didn't really mean for any of this to happen. They hadn't planned on making music together. But Chuck had just bought a little 4-track setup, and Danny had been plotting out songs in his head for some time. Danny, with no musical training, has an uncanny knack for layering melodic lines to support his wry observations, while Chuck, with too much musical training, was learning how to use his recording gear as they recorded, and proved to be the perfect enabler -- er, producer -- of Danny's vision.

The lyrics are spoken, with some sung choruses, and are ironic yet personal, delivered by Danny in a voice that is alternately "bratty, poignant, deadpan, naïve, snotty, and poetic." The music is atmospheric but structured, with memorable hooks, and weaves an array of sparsely employed instruments and effects into a groove that combines Brian Eno/Laurie Anderson-like soundscapes with a Burt Bacharach/Brian Wilson attention to detail. The result is a low-key, lo-fi, otherworldly pop production.

Their version of Melanie's "Brand New Key" sums up their approach (and their "unapologetic twerp factor"), stripping the song down to a repeated loping groove overlaid with Danny's deadpan reading of the lyric.

Chuck and Danny have played to some acclaim at NYC performance spaces such as ABC No Rio, Dixon Place, and The Knitting Factory. The album has been popular at some college and community stations, and in New York, Vin Scelsa has played it on his show, "Idiot's Delight."

Everyone who encounters the album is wild about it. Of course these people are mainly as far out on the fringe as Chuck and Danny themselves, but we figure there are a lot more of you lurking out there.

Danny: words, music, vocals, arrangements, other stuff
Chuck: music, instruments, vocals, recording, other stuff



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Factsheet Five

(...) Some might compare them to Ween, but that would be missing the whole point. They're much more like The Tinklers or early They Might Be Giants, forgoing glitzy pop for songs that are infinitely more clever. Sometimes they sing, sometimes they just talk -- accompanied by a sparse texture of music that's very effective.
-- R. Seth Friedman, in Factsheet Five #55

Indie Street

Intimate and surreal
Fifteen bizarre and intriguing full-sounding minimalistic tracks... "Brand New Key" is stripped down to an unconventional drone. Many of the tracks keep this unusual style gliding.... But there are also upbeat, almost danceable, tracks such as "There Will Be a Last Time." The key word here is "almost." Chock full of voice and instrumental manipulations, Chuck and Danny create a fresh and original world of surrealism and roads less travelled. The album makes you want to get up and look at life through negative-reflection sunglasses.
-- Indie Street, the Record Catalog Catalog, #8

Gajoob Zine

A very eclectic assortment of sounds and approaches... Quite indescribable (even after listening to it 3 or 4 times); there is A LOT of stuff here, from poetic, stream-of-consciousness ramblings to playground reggae. The kind of stuff that sneaks up on you with fun sonic surprises.... No labels, just making sounds on tape and making some pretty cool songs along the way.
-- Gajoob Zine D.I.Y. Report, #21

Pathetic Life zine

Weirdly appealing
Playful, moody, funny, funky. With minimal electronic accompaniment, this deranged duet talks instead of sings most of their songs, but you wouldn't mistake their lazy drawls for rap.... The odd repeated riffs and off-kilter rhymes are weirdly appealing. "Why can't you be what you are/And not what you are not?" I must have played this twenty times.
Doug Holland, Pathetic Life, #23

Sonia K.

I just love Chuck and Danny. The CD is timeless. Great music to do yoga to.