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8 out of 10
Is "loveable spiky off the wall pop" an acceptable genre description? Because it describes Fight Like Apes’ sound pretty much to a tee. The funny thing is though; I always like them more than I think I’m going to, if that makes sense. I get a bit "meh" about Fight Like Apes CDs when I get them and shuffle them to the bottom of the pile, then eventually have to listen to them and actually think "ooh actually this is really good".
They also appear to encourage me to use "speech marks" in my reviews.
Anyway, if you haven’t heard them already Fight Like Apes play the above described style of music. It’s kind of like a poppier McLusky with a lady singing, and occasionally screaming. And proper screaming too, not calculated screaming like what metal bands do - full on "shit, is she in actual pain?" screaming. And keyboards that sound a bit like they could be in an 80s movie training montage.
This (re-released debut) album comes in rather a nice package, especially if you don’t already own anything by Fight Like Apes. As well as the album (which is great, incidentally) you get a bunch of tracks from EPs the band has released over the last year or so and a couple of remixes (actually one "mix" and one "remix" - what’s the difference?) which are fine if you like such things. There’s also a song which is only about 6 seconds long, and a cover of a McLusky classic.
1. Something Global
2. Jake Summers
3. Tie Me Up With Jackets
5. Lend Me Your Face
7. Do You Karate?
9. I’m Beginning to Think You Prefer Beverley Hills 90210 to Me
10. Lumpy Dough
11. Recyclable Ass
12. Snore Bore Whore
1. Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
3. Telephone the Real Ham Jackson
5. This is Like the Time Jody Didn’t Know What Cunnilingus Was
6. Snore Bore Whore (Spherical Mix)
7. Battlestations (Jape remix)