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War Of The Worlds: Bad Astronaut Vs Armchair Martian - Bad Astronaut Vs Armchair Martian

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Bad Astronaut Vs Armchair Martian / Audio CD released 2001-09-03 at Owned & Operated

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      25.02.2008 20:24
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      Split E.P. between Bad Astronaut and Armchair Martian (2002).

      This is a fun little release, a split E.P. between Bad Astronaut and the lesser-known Armchair Martian that sees each band covering three of the other's songs, before a final collaboration on a cover of Deminer's '17 Years.' This is the kind of release that's unapologetically released for the die-hard fans alone, and probably more for the band members themselves to own than anything else, but even though I'm not particularly a fan of either I still appreciate it as a marginal release.

      The most satisfying thing here is that the level of pop has been reduced significantly from the standard Bad Astronaut fare, as their own material is tempered by the slightly harder edge of Armchair Martian's performance, while the other band's material doesn't lend itself to such embellishment anyway - except for the notable example of 'Jessica's Suicide' which has some pretty terrible lyrics, and it doesn't help that they're piped through Joey Cape's singing. Armchair Martian's songs are slightly more traditional in their punk rock riffs, though their tendency towards power ballads is a little irritating, but this probably wouldn't be such an issue on their own studio albums judging by the singer's performance on Bad Astronaut's 'You Deserve This,' which he even manages to make into a sort of grunge piece.

      The final song is a disappointing finale, using the two singers to some extent by mainly relying on Armchair Martian a little surprisingly (and thankfully), but the song itself is too over-repetitive in its country groove to be of great interest. This was never intended as a release to be taken too seriously in any case, and had Bad Astronaut not amicably disbanded so soon due to Derrick Plourde's death, it probably would have faded into obscurity rather than become the collector's piece it is today.

      1. Not a Dull Moment
      2. Crestfallen
      3. Grey Suits
      4. Statler 2000
      5. You Deserve This
      6. Jessica's Suicide
      7. 17 Years

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 17 Years
    2 Statler 2000
    3 Got A Dull Mom
    4 Crest Fallen
    5 Grey Suits
    6 I Deserve This
    7 Jessica's Suicide