CD All Girl Summer Fun Band (CD 1063868),
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All Girl Summer Fun Band

  • 1. Brooklyn Phone Call
    2. Canadian Boyfriend
    3. Car Trouble
    4. Later Operator
    5. Cut Your Hair
    6. Somehow Angels
    7. Theme Song
    8. It's There
    9. Girl No. 3
    10. Stumble Over My
    11. New in Town
    12. Cutie Pie
    13. Cell Phone
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 130

  • Credits
    EngineerCalvin Johnson

    All Girl Summer Fun Band: Kim Baxter, Jen Sbragia (vocals, guitar); Arirak Douangpanya (vocals, bass); Kathy Foster (vocals, drums).
    Personnel: Kim Baxter (vocals, guitar, drums, hand claps); Jen Sbragia (vocals, guitar, hand claps).
    Recording information: Dub Narcotic Studio.
    The All Girl Summer Fun Band is exactly what the name implies -- four fun-loving females who produce warm, breezy pop with oodles of "oohs" and "shooby-doos" in the vein of Heavenly, Tiger Trap, and 1960s girl groups like the Crystals. Based in Portland, OR, they have ties to a number of other Northwest acts like Hutch & Kathy (the latter drums for the AGSFB) and the Softies (AGSFB guitarist Jen Sbragia and Tiger Trap's Rose Melberg), among others. But the AGSFB are more than just a side project; they aren't really even a "project" at all -- more like a state of mind. Just as the Beach Boys once famously titled an album Endless Summer, that's the state of mind the AGSFB evoke on their Calvin Johnson-produced debut. Not that everything is sunshine and roses; summers aren't always happy, after all. Sometimes relationships don't work out ("Cut Your Hair" -- not the Pavement song), sometimes your wheels break down ("Car Trouble"), etc. The weather may be nicer than usual, but life goes on, and bad things happen. But solidarity is a defense against disappointment, as in "Theme Song," in which the gals proclaim with pride, "We're the all girl summer fun band." And that they are. A lot more real than Josie & the Pussycats or The Powerpuff Girls -- but just as much fun. ~ Kathleen C. Fennessy

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (2/02, p.63) - "Primitively preened punky pop from a crooning quartet of fun loving, romance seeking girls....worthy of your attention."
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