Mucca Pazza | A Little Marching Band

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A Little Marching Band

by Mucca Pazza

“Chicago’s Mucca Pazza splits the difference between Balkan gypsy brass bands and American football-game-style halftime marching bands with a brilliantly calculated mondo-bizarro dementia, and liberal amounts of humor.” – The Wall Street Journal
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1. Carousel
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2. Alarm!
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3. Habibi
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4. Surf
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5. Coat Czech
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6. Dirge
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7. Chick Habit
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8. Nod to Magoo
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Album Notes
30 people in a band? No problem. At every rehearsal, BBQ, and party, everyone loves one another like one big family. Until a gig comes along, and then. The trombones rumble with team saxophone, who fight for stage space with the clarinet and the fiddle, who don't notice because they are busy vying for the attentions of the accordions, who could care less because the drum corps are a bunch of bullies, who are constantly melting at the sight of the glockenspiel, who has an eye for the cymbals, who keeps falling over the sousaphone, who is busy avoiding flying pom poms, who are chasing after the trombones, who are rumbling.

Mucca Pazza are marching misfits. They play everything from Gainesbourg to Le Tigre, Bar-Kays to Ali Hassan Kuban and lotsa original compositions (including one commissioned by a queen from a distant planet - long story). One would think that only in Dr. Seuss™ imagination could a marching band perform in 10 canoes going down the Chicago River, but Mucca Pazza was there*! They play everywhere: from punk venues to orchestral halls, from public parks to private extravaganzas, from diva palaces to dive bars, from TV shows.

Some have called them punk, some say they're geek love, but no one calls them dull!



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Nathanael Adolf

Great insane Sound
Guys, you rock! Would love to see you live, come to Europe!


Marching Band: Not Just for Pep Rallies & Parades Anymore!
My introduction to Mucca Pazza came from their amazing 2006 appearance on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," when they were the closing act for his week-long visit to Chicago. I think anyone who digs offbeat indie, irreverent retro, unpolished world music, cartoon themes, and just downright skillfully-played instrumentals will instantly connect with this CD. For my money, the strongest tracks are the frenetic cover of "Chick Habit" (the best argument for bringing back the saxophone) and the utterly demented "Nod To Magoo" (the track that brought the house down on "Late Night"). It's John Philip Sousa for the dive bar crowd, and pep rally music for the kids who hated pep rallies.

David Curbis

This music was more then I expected. It had a great sense of a marching band but with a unique and energetic arrangement. The combination of brass, woodwind and percussion were fun! THis is the kinda of music that could definitely get a crowd moving..that is if they aren't dead.
I am often one to draw analogies of bands with existing music, this was reminscent of PEE WEE's BIG ADVENTURE and some of the style of one of my favorite artists DANNY ELFMAN! I am looking forward to adding more of your work to my collection.


a little bit crazy, a little bit rock-n-roll, a lot of unhinged fun. saw them on a conan clip and had to have the disc. did not disappoint!

Dude Stewart

Imagine if Frank Zappa had been your band teacher . . .
Funny, serious, beautiful, spooky . . . imagine what the marching band would have sounded like if Frank Zappa had been your band teacher! I love the whole CD, but I'll mention some favorites:

Nod To Magoo is a light-hearted (but slightly twisted) march. It's the first song I ever heard them play. It took my breath away then, and is still my sentimental favorite. (I wish it was available as a ring-tone!)

Alarm is . . . alarming. And just when you think it's safe to go back in the building - BRRRRING! - it goes off again!

Dirge is SP-P-P-POOKY! You're walking through the graveyard at night - suddenly, through the swirling mist, you see . . . a marching band!

And finally, Crni Vos. Listening to the first few bars, you feel like you're drifting dreamily in an outrigger canoe with Martin Denny. Suddenly, the canoe turns into a Chicago taxi. The band makes a screeching left turn, and floors it! YI-I-I-I-I!

This CD is a LOT of fun! Listen to the samples and see if it's YOUR kind of fun.


Ahhh! So good!!
This album would do well as a soundtrack to dance parties, pep rallies and /or politically motivated arson. That's how they roll.
Climb mountains to catch live shows.

J. Stuyvesant

I want to make out with every member of the band while marching.
When your soul starts to hurt. Take a few dollars gently out of your wallet and buy this album.

lovely music to stomp to.


Makes your spirits soar.
I was a "canoe pilot" when the band did its on-the-water gig at the Friends of the Chicago River benefit last summer. It was an unbelievalbe combination of great music, spirited folks and being out on the water in canoes--unbeatable. This CD took me right back to that night, one of the most fun of my entire life. I'm sure the music will lift other people's spirits, as well, even if they never heard of the Chicago River.

Richard Lynch

That one guy in band
Remember that one guy in Band in high school?

No, not the weirdo, the crazy one always getting in trouble for goofing around, but he was so friggin' talented?

Yeah, that one.

I ran into him at a bar the other night.

Turns out he found another 29 guys and gals just like him.

They formed a marching band.

No, I'm serious!

These guys march in and around the whole venue and do all kinds of wacky stuff, playing great songs. Ya gotta see it.

They are just fantastic!

Oh yeah. Don't forget the flag girls. Yes, really.

You MUST see this band live.

Buy the CD here if you don't believe me.


Manic Magic Marching Melodies
Even if you count out the excellent recording (grand kudos to room-sound and great mic placement-natural sounding!) the music and spirit alone is enough to keep me coming back to Mucca Pazza for spiritual salvation. Great when you need a dose of balance. I think I'll take a trip to Chicago just to catch them live.
¡A mi me gusta mucho!