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Music's Not for Everyone

  • 1. Why Not?
    2. Not Good Enough
    3. For Practical Purposes (I Love You)
    4. Livin' Rough
    5. It's a Hard, Hard Job (Keeping Everybody High)
    6. Detroit Music
    7. Detroit Music, Pt. 2
    8. Music's Not for Everyone
    9. Can't Get Away
    10. (I've Got) Privilege
    11. Youth Is Wasted on the Young
    12. Not Good Enough [Dub]
    13. Bill for the Use of a Body
    14. Why Not?, Pt. 3
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): klp220

  • Credits
    ProducerCalvin Johnson

    Personnel: Chain and the Gang (percussion); Ian Svenonius (vocals); Spencer Kelley (electric guitar, electric bass, drums, bongos); Brett Lyman, Faustine Hudson (drums); Joey Casio (bongos, background vocals); Veronica Ortuo, Sarah Pedal, Lizet Ortuo, Katy Davidson, Susanna Patten, Vadi Erdal, Tara Jane O'Neil (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Chain and the Gang; Brian Weber; Calvin Johnson.
    Recording information: Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia, WA.
    Photographer: Angel Ceballos.
    Chain and the Gang's second album gives Ian Svenonius another opportunity to stand in front of a massive ensemble of musicians on his soapbox. As on Down with Liberty... Up with Chains!, a who's who of K Records clientele backs up the former frontman of the Make-Up while he holds together the purposely loose show with poignant rants and loads of charisma. Music's Not for Everyone is a lazy take on garage rock, indie rock, and Motown, fleshed out with vintage organs, raw guitar tones, and eight backup singers dealing out call-and-response lines. Overall, it's a darker and more uneven album than the debut, but notwithstanding a few oddities (three reprises, and Arrington de Dionyso's Gregorian throat singing, namely), it's a respectable follow-up. As usual, Svenonius' wit shines in his lyrics. He lays out the steps one must take when forming a Detroit garage rock band ("Detroit Music" and "Detroit Music, Pt. 2"), tries to file a grievance with a former lover for wearing out his lips ("Bill for the Use of a Body"), and takes issue with so-called audiophiles, who miss the deeper meanings of music: "For them it's just something that they think they're supposed to do.../Music's not for them, it's for me and you." ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.78) - "When the band's clattering, it's great fun..."
    CMJ - "[The] rhythm section wanders seamlessly through R&B bass lines, blues guitar riffs, filthy organ chords and swinging, simplistic percussion."
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