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Single File

by M.O.T.O.

Massive sing-along punk garage pop rock rock'n'roll anthems you can dance to.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crystallize My Penis
2:48 $0.99
2. It's So Big It's Fluorescent
2:29 $0.99
3. Rot Rot Rot
2:40 $0.99
4. The Turd That Came To Life
2:05 $0.99
5. Young And In Love
3:44 $0.99
6. Dick About It
2:34 $0.99
7. Month Of Sundays
3:39 $0.99
8. I'm Infected
2:02 $0.99
9. Evil Clown Skull
1:18 $0.99
10. Astronuts
1:21 $0.99
11. She's Not Ready
1:52 $0.99
12. Badger
2:16 $0.99
13. Germ Inside
2:10 $0.99
14. I Am The Cheese
2:20 $0.99
15. I Can't Stop It
2:04 $0.99
16. Magic Words
2:11 $0.99
17. Ghosts
2:31 $0.99
18. Places We Used To Go
2:34 $0.99
19. Love Back
1:48 $0.99
20. Skeletons Need Their Sleep
1:45 $0.99
21. Straighten It Out
1:49 $0.99
22. Everybody Knows
1:45 $0.99
23. Go Naked
2:06 $0.99
24. Satan Always Calls Collect
2:09 $0.99
25. The Street Where Love Lives
2:13 $0.99
26. Coming Down All Day And Night
2:17 $0.99
27. Midnight At The Guantanamo Room
3:03 $0.99
28. Skinny Head
2:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
All the hard-to-find M.O.T.O. singles collected on one shiny lil' silver disc.. originally released between 1988 - 1994; back when "the punk rock Guided By Voices" was still mostly just Paul (Caporino) & Beck (Dudley) and yo, this is ~such~ good stuff here!! While Paul's weird pop obsession is still as focused as ever, the songs herein are where he pretty much established their rabid fanbase. Man-oh-man, M.O.T.O.'s two-minute pop songs are ~so~ darned catchy! - INTERPUNK.COM

Led Zeppelin may have their "Whole Lotta Luv" but M.O.T.O. have "Crystalize My Penis". Re-issue of all M.O.T.O. 45's 1988 - 1996. This album has so much good shit on it, it borders on the ridiculous! - CIQ

An acronym for Masters of the Obvious, this longtime puerile power pop band has ranged from Paul Caporino's solo effort to a duo and a trio to a solo effort to a... And, through all this time, Caporino has been the undisputed master of two-minute '70s AM radio-style pop. So, if Caporino is such a pop genius, why haven't they become more successful? After about twenty full-length releases, they haven't sold a single record at WalMart...

Perhaps it's the humorous adolescent lyrical content (approximately half the songs on MOTO's compilation Single File -- including "Dick About It," "It's So Big It's Fluorescent," and "Crystallize My Penis" -- are about Caporino's penis) that's holding them back... "Caporino wanders among the fields of sexual juvenalia and schoolyard scatology with an expert's eye;" said the Chicago Reader's Bill Wyman in 1990, "human genitalia and bodily functions are to him what haystacks were to Monet."

Note that Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot -- picking this release as one of his favorite local releases of 1997, called it "a treasure trove of rare or out-of-print singles reaching back to the '80s by Chicago's premier singles band: 28 pithy blasts of punk brio delivered by wiseguy Paul Caporino and toy-drum icon Beck Dudley." CMJ writer Robin Edgerton included it in her top ten list for the same year. - CENTERSTAGE CHICAGO

MOTO is one of our favorite bands here in Waveland, so it goes without saying that their new singles collection gets our highest recommendation. Seriously, folks, you just can’t go wrong here. Buying this CD is like wrapping your willie in a Crown Condom....You know you’re getting quality.

If you loved the Kill MOTO full-length or the Spiral Slouch EP, here’s your chance to go back, way way back, to the early days of MOTO. And this old shit’s just as awesome as the newer stuff! Single File collects 28 tracks from nine MOTO singles released from 1988-94, remastered for your listening pleasure. And unlike the majority of rarities/singles comps, it’s not just for diehard fans looking to complete their collections. Very little of what’s included here can rightfully be called “filler”, and I’d have no problem recommending this disc to people who’ve never even heard of MOTO before!

What does MOTO sound like? Imagine an American Buzzcocks with the Dickies’ sense of humor, a ’60s pop fixation, an eclectic sensibility, and a $50 recording budget. Even that description doesn’t do the band justice, but it gets ya in the ballpark. Paul Caporino is one of the great under-appreciated songwriters of our time, and MOTO was one of the few punk bands still playing unapologetically melodic music back in the hardcore-dominated ’80s. This disc’s got all the old hits, including the priceless MOTO classics “Crystallize My Penis” and “It’s So Big It’s Fluorescent” (Yes, that song is indeed about what you think it’s about!). “Young and In Love”, “The Turd That Came To Life”, “Dick About It”, “I’m Infected”, and “She’s Not Ready”, all essential cuts of lo-fi punk/powerpop, are refreshing bursts of energy that end long before you have the chance to get bored. And the retro Merseybeat stuff (like “Love Back” and “The Street Where Love Lives”) is great too. I also like “Straighten It Out”, which sounds like an old Beach Boys car tune gone punk.

In spite of the sloppy, off-the-cuff nature of MOTO’s music, it’s very hard to find fault with these songs---which are played with sheer joyful exuberance and loose, “garage”-style abandon. A lot of the tunes are hilarious and perhaps even a little juvenile---but not in a boneheaded, jockish way. They’re cleverly stupid. The best way to characterize this music is to say it’s likable, catchy, and totally fun. It’s amateurish in an entirely good way. Caporino is a phenomenal talent, but he seems less like a pop star and more like a guy who’d drink beer with you all night while you listened to old Replacements records. I mean, how can you NOT love a band that would play a song called “Satan Always Calls Collect”?

It seems criminal that so few people know about MOTO. The release of Single File, I’m sad to say, probably won’t make MOTO huge. But so fucking what? Let “the kids” have their crappy emocore, watered-down new wave, and generic mall-punk. This disc blows away 99 percent of the mediocre shit that passes for “punk” these days, and it’s we oldsters weaned on ’70s punk, old powerpop, and ’80s college rock that will “get” it. Hell, I’ll be perfectly happy if just two or three people email me and say, “Dude, you were right about MOTO!” - Josh Rutledge, NOW WAVE



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Alphons Metselaar

I'm afraid I have to admit that I never heard of MOTO. Being from Europe apparently the band is not wel known here. I first heard "The chicks can tell" on a podcast in a Garagepunk.com podcast. I had to repeat the announcement about a twenty times before I found out that the name of the band MOTO. I googled it and then I bought/downloaded the tracks. (I am one of the few people who buy their music) The only regret that I have is that I didn't know about MOTO earlier and the songs take me back to the early eighties when sex was fun and riding a motor bike dangerous.
I'm also glad that Paul is still going strong and tattoo free the latter is obviously an indication for being a solid citizen.