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The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
    #3149438 - 09/17/04 07:46 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)



I just got this in the post today after a long wait and constant play of their previous singles (like 'The Power is On!' as posted in my wildly popular mp3 post a while back).  One of the best new albums I've heard this year, insanely fun, in-your-face lo-fi chaos the whole way through.  'Junior Kickstart' makes me want to slap a siren on top of my car and race down an alley knocking over orange carts and piles of cardboard boxes. :smile:  I found a couple of reviews that sum it up pretty well:

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http://www.musicalbear.com/article/?1473
the go! team have already made an impression this year with the release of the power is on, the lead off single from this album. over three minutes, the brazen use of superhero fanfares, cheerleader cries, bollywood strings, pounding drums and rolling pianos resulted in something startlingly original and exhilarating. it sounded like the band had spontaneously given birth to a new genre. that one song excited the imagination so much that hearing an entire lp?s worth of similar ideas is a droolingly delicious prospect.

well, thunder lightning strike doesn?t disappoint. in fact the sugar content is even higher than it was on the ep. from the opening musical spasm that is panther dash, it is clear that the go! team haven?t chilled out one bit.

the tempo remains at the same sprightly pace throughout, with the more dramatic moments marked simply by more distorted drums. what is impressive is how many seemingly incompatible styles can be mashing into their musical template and come out better and more beautiful than ever. ladyflash begins with a vaguely eastern sounding motif, before the clattering drums joins in and swooning strings add a bit of emotion to proceedings. from there it all goes mental, small kids bob their heads and sing playground songs, a sweet soul singer sings on the verge of tears, a substitute sugarhill gang on helium bigs her up, before the whole thing spontaneously transforms into a cheesy 80s synth-pop tune. the song is so bursting with ideas, it threatens to buckle under the weight, but instead sounds like a musical photo story of your life and is somehow very moving.

get it together screams along on guitar harmonics and wheezing beats, before going all jackson 5 on your ass, with a hint of bluegrass. junior kickstart explores the superhero cartoon theme tune avenue touched on with the power is on, while bottle rocket takes old-school rhymes, soulful horns and funky bass and creates something so ecstatic, you feel the performers? hearts are all on the verge of exploding. the sweetly entitled closer everyone?s a vip to someone is the most overtly emotional of all the tracks, with its melancholy, downhome banjo plucking, swooning strings and melodic erm, well, i think it?s a kazoo. nevertheless, for the first time in the album, the go! team show some restraint and withhold the crashing drums for the exact moment it will have the biggest impact, and it almost knocks you out of your seat. although it is the end of the album, it is doubtful that it will be more than five minutes before panther dash is playing again.

showing a complete lack of subtlety, the go! team have managed to tap into the intoxicating, unselfconscious glee you most likely lost when you turned from a wide-eyed child into a surly teenager. it?s loud, colourful, funny, beautiful and will make your life infinitely better. it?s hard to say if this will penetrate the dismissive ears of the modern listener long enough to be anything other than an underground concern, but wherever this is playing there will be someone with a stupid grin on their face.
ed chamberlin





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http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A2926785
at last its here. after the release of 2 rip roaring genre busting singles we get the album from the mysterious go! team. anyone who has heard last years 'junior kickstart' will know that to describe the sound here is not easy. sonic youth guitars, 60's theme tunes, happy horns, harmonica solo's and a school yard innocence is thrown together through the lowest quality production possible all in 2.5 minutes of chaos - and that's just the one track ! naturally the folks behind this creation decided that if it aint broke .. dont fix it. so the album has many more tracks of the same funk. with some subtle left hand turns en route throughout.

kicking things off in a mad vibrant style is 'panther dash' an instrumental that crying out for a dayglo 60's party to soundtrack, its a whirlwind of a track with its 'everything but the kitchen sink' groove (trumpets/harmonicas/guitars etc etc) leaving the listener breathless and relieved when we hit the old school blockparty groove of 'ladyflash' with its vocal loops (sampled from an old school hip hop jams ?) and fun funk, scratches and electro slammed up against the addictive female vocals of 'yeah yeah yeah's. has someone been listening to old rock steady crew classics recently ? next comes my fave track - 'feelgood by numbers', 2 minutes of a wonderfully happy clappy vibes piano riff, in which you can see snoopy and woodstock rocking out, on top of which is another harmonica solo adding a degree of melancholy, which is no bad thing considering the overall mood of the album is party party party, that is, until the parents return from the school pta meeting.

other highlights include the recorder solo in 'get it together' ( the recorder ! ferrchrissakes .. i hate that instrument .. but in this setting they rock ..), the scratched up extras at the end of the track, showing the gang know how to dip their collective toes into the old 60's tv theme tune cliches as well as knowing all about the modern world of cut-n-paste. somebody is far too talented methinks. there is a plan, a schemer behind this album, or just a sonic prankster ?

ahh .. who cares .. just get 'bottle rocket' on loop and i challenge you to stop the smiles from breaking out, featuring another female rap that betty boo would be proud of, set to more mad splattering of horns, clatterfunk drums, and harmonica solos - hurray!

i should also tell you about 'friendship update', and 'huddle formation' where the sonic ingredients are the same as the rest of the album, girls shout happy phrases, horns are blasted and guitars are ripped up, as is the school rule book, making it sound like the beginning of the summer holidays has started and the carefree world is all theirs, lucky monkeys. and then not forgetting the closer 'everyones a vip to someone' which finishes things off in the most wonderful rosy warm glow, orchestrated strings, 'midnight cowboy'-esque moodswing fashion. wonderful stuff.

to summarise, there is no-one else that sounds like the go! team. there is no other album like this album. a genuinely perfect 35 minutes in all its phil spector, wall of sound, sunshine soundtrack glory.




There are some samples on their label's site here.


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In the beginning was the word. And man could not handle the word, and the hearing of the word, and he asked God to take away his ears so that he might live in peace without having to hear words which might upset his equinamity or corrupt the unblemished purity of his conscience.

And God, hearing this desperate plea from His creation, wrinkled His mighty brow for a moment and then leaned down toward man, beckoning that he should come close so as to hear all that was about to be revealed to him.

"Fuck you," He whispered, and frowned upon the pathetic supplicant before retreating to His heavens.


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Re: The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike [Re: Edame]
    #3170365 - 09/23/04 04:30 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

It seems unlikely that anyone is interested, but for a limited time, two tracks off the album can be found for download here:

Junior Kickstart
Huddle Formation


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The above is an extract from my fictional novel, "The random postings of Edame".
:tongue:

In the beginning was the word. And man could not handle the word, and the hearing of the word, and he asked God to take away his ears so that he might live in peace without having to hear words which might upset his equinamity or corrupt the unblemished purity of his conscience.

And God, hearing this desperate plea from His creation, wrinkled His mighty brow for a moment and then leaned down toward man, beckoning that he should come close so as to hear all that was about to be revealed to him.

"Fuck you," He whispered, and frowned upon the pathetic supplicant before retreating to His heavens.


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