Friday, March 30, 2007

Lighting Up With the Fags

If I could revise my list of favorite records from 2006 -- and who's to say I can't? My list of favorites from last year is hereby amended to include the first (and final) album by the Fags, Light 'Em Up. You may have read about how this Detroit power pop trio was strung along by a major label, their album held in limbo until the promise of fame and fortune fell through. The Fags were ultimately released from their contract, but by the time the record came out (on an independent label), the band broke up. Yep, them Fags got dicked.

The singer is a ringer for Bryan Adams, and the arrangements are a bit more radio-ready than I usually like, but the Fags create irresistable sonic confections by stacking layers of crunchy guitars and blissful harmonies upon their clever tunes. The lyrics address the usual topics of girls, parties, and heartbreak with above-average wit and wordplay; and the title track is the story of a prizefighter who is indomitable despite his small stature ("only five foot nothing"). I love an underdog.

Fags: Snap
Figgs: Three Times a Riff
Fugs: Crystal Liaison

Buy Light 'Em Up

8 Comments:

At 4/04/2007 7:05 PM , Blogger Bill said...

Jon,

That Fags track is niiiccce. A little radio-ready, as you said, sure but a real rocker of a song just as well. I'll have to look into picking that one up.

-Bill

 
At 4/05/2007 12:55 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

You should post an MP3 from .

 
At 4/05/2007 12:56 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

Lemme try that again:

You should post an MP3 from .

 
At 4/05/2007 12:57 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

.

Why won't this comment display properly?

 
At 4/05/2007 12:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aagh!

 
At 4/05/2007 7:20 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

What in the HTML are you trying to say there?

BTW the Fags album (and an EP) were just added to eMusic on 4/02. No foolin'.

 
At 4/09/2007 2:15 AM , Anonymous jon said...

I'm afraid it is too late to revise your "best of" list. The deadline was March 1.

 
At 4/09/2007 5:11 PM , Blogger jon manyjars said...

Damn you pasty-faced tastemakers! Your faces are pasty, but your taste is so tasty.

 

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