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The Very Best of Elastic No-No Band So Far

by Elastic No-No Band

Quirky, often funny folk-ish songs, running the gamut from musical character studies to novelty tunes to ditties about pop culture, and usually a combination of the three. Includes "Run-DMC" and "Let's F--k."
Genre: Folk: Anti-Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Run-DMC
2:58 $0.69
2. Let's Fuck
3:15 $0.69
3. Turn Out Right
3:45 $0.69
4. I Am Klaus Kinski (And This Is My Song)
2:37 $0.69
5. You Never Swam
2:13 $0.69
6. Cheese Fries
2:20 $0.69
7. (Everywhere I Look) I See Your Face
2:16 $0.69
8. Jeanette Is Working
4:19 $0.69
9. You Think It's Wrong (To Sing Along)
3:02 $0.69
10. A Modest Proposal (For Laura Cantrell)
3:38 $0.69
11. Tough Guy
4:47 $0.69
12. Turn Out Right Waltz
3:40 $0.69
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Album Notes
Elastic No-No Band was, like Nine Inch Nails, originally basically a one-man band. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Justin Remer created music for his short films using the Elastic No-No Band name and then started making lo-fi CD-R albums for his friends and anyone else interested.

Once Justin started playing shows in public, he met Preston Spurlock (bass/melodica/glockenspiel/accordion/etc.) and Herb Scher (piano) and the public impression that Elastic No-No Band was a real band was formed.

The songs were, and continue to be, a vast array of musical character studies, off-color novelty tunes, and semi-geeky tributes to pop-culture. This CD is a compilation of some of the highlights from those original CD-R albums, along with brand-new live-to-tape impromptu recordings of the trio version of the group.

"Run-DMC" is a folk song in a '60s-Leonard-Cohen mode, but with lyrics more suited to a bragging rap song.

"Let's F--k" takes its inspiration from classic down-and-dirty blues, and approaches the blunt come-on of its title with a tongue in cheek. It's not everybody's favorite song, but it is the favorite of more people than you'd expect.

"Turn Out Right" is one of the very earliest Elastic No-No Band songs. It paints a portrait either of a troubled young man in a dysfunctional family, or simply an average young man with a chip on his shoulder and a troubled imagination.

"I Am Klaus Kinski (And This is My Song)" is an unusual comic piece that imagines the famous German actor (and noted maniac) Klaus Kinski trying to defend himself against claims that he's a nut, and failing to hold himself together in the process.

"You Never Swam" is an offbeat story of childhood isolation, as illustrated by an inability to swim with other kids.

"Cheese Fries" is a comic song about loving something terribly bad for you (with cheese on top).

"(Everywhere I Look) I See Your Face" is an old-fashioned country-and-western song about what happens when you have that special someone a little too much on your mind.

"Jeanette Is Working" was inspired by a true story. Working in a popcorn shop in a mall, Jeanette is wasting her life away... but then again, aren't we all?

"You Think It's Wrong (To Sing Along)" will teach you the meaning of the word "amusia," if you don't know it.

"A Modest Proposal (For Laura Cantrell)" is a tribute to New York City-based country songstress Laura Cantrell, and to female singers in general.

"Tough Guy" explores much the same territory as "Run-DMC," with a narrator who declares himself to be the meanest motorscooter in his musical realm, which in this case... is folk music.

"Turn Out Right Waltz" reconfigures the sound of "Turn Out Right" in an unusual and hopefully enjoyable way. (No, we didn't add a flugelhorn. Sorry.)

And stay tuned, because the group is hard at work on their first complete full-band album (with a drummer), the concept album MY 3 ADDICTIONS. It will include a few of the songs from this disc with fuller arrangements (still no flugelhorns, though), along with a brand-new batch of good-time tunes. MY 3 ADDICTIONS is intended for release in fall 2007.



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Urban Folk

Stressing the "So Far" not "The Very Best"
With the release of this "greatest hits" package, Elastic No-No Band's Justin Remer has chosen the best low-key joke-folk from his thousands of mp3s (his website elasticnonoband.com currently holds 51, no doubt some sort of alien depot reference) to showcase on a real, honest-to-goodness CD, with a cover and everything.
"Let's Fuck" is even better than the title suggests ("I just like to hang out my duck. Well, that was a stupid rhyme. Never mind. Let's fuck").
"You Think It's Wrong" is the right direction in all ways. Remer develops the mood of a sensitive song with a lilting melody and an optimistic attitude ("But being tone-deaf is OK, you were probably born that way. It's called amusia, and there's nothing you can do, so just accept it. It's a part of you. Ooh..."), plus the multi-tracked choruses at the end... beautiful.
"Jeanette Is Working" is another example of ENB trying to get out from under Allan Sherman's shadow.
It's unclear if the greatest hits are just that. Spending some time at Remer's site with his scads of demos is a rewarding experience. Maybe, then, this cry for attention is less a statement of what he has already accomplished, and more a hint of what is to come; the artist is not emphasizing the irony of "The Very Best," but rather the promise of "So Far." [This review has been edited for length.]

Helen aka Notorious Bitch

This CD is gigantic!! Very original american songwrittin with a touch of humour not found in other folk-bands. Very good and inspiring to learn how to play guitar (what i am actually doing). Thanx to Cd Baby to promote this band.

Hélène, Marseilles, France

Josiah Gottfried

Light-hearted, endearing and downright silly Anti-folk music at it's finest.
This CD is really great fun to listen to. The album starts off with a song that is fast becoming one of my favorites; "Run DMC" is enjoyable to listen to and sing along with, even if you don't get all the references. Songs like "Let's Fuck" and "Cheese Fries" showcase ENB's silliness and are prime examples of songs that'll make you giggle. "Klaus Kinski" does an exemplary job of capturing the German actor's eccentric character and egotism, and entertaining besides. I think my personal favorite on the album is "You Never Swam", though there are arguably better songs that ENB has done. I like this one because it encapsulates much of what Elastic No-No Band is: Endearing, simple, light-hearted, and fun.