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Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Finally, everything by Boston's long-haired punks the Barbarians on one disc! Led by hook-handed drummer Moulty, the Barbarians ask the musical question "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" and serve up the beat on cuts such... more »
Finally, everything by Boston's long-haired punks the Barbarians on one disc! Led by hook-handed drummer Moulty, the Barbarians ask the musical question "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" and serve up the beat on cuts such as the awesome "Hey Little Bird" and the inspirational "Moulty"! Original album plus 3 bonus tracks, unseen photos and the complete story from Moulty himself!
Thin and disappointing
Hans Pfaall | Connecticut, USA | 12/21/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Barbarians had the classic wild garage band image, with long hair and their one-handed drummer Moulty. For the most part though, the music on the original album was not particularly rocking, and mediocre. Also, none of the songs were written by the group. The low points include anemic covers of well-known material like 'Mr. Tambourine Man' and 'House of the Rising Sun.' The #55 charting 'Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl' was a catchy novelty tune that (contrary to what another reviewer said) was poking fun at the conservative adults of the time who mocked youngsters with long hair, in a lightweight and humorous fashion. The Barbarians themselves could not have been taking aim at the British invasion groups, because the Barbarians (and especially Moulty) had longer hair than almost everyone at the time. Furthermore, the song's progress up the charts was hindered by uneven marketing, making it a bigger hit in New England and the rest of the east coast than in other parts of the country. The follow up record 'What the New Breed Say' was a fair song with rebellious lyrics that stalled at the #102 position. Aside from the repetitive slow rocker 'Take It or Leave It' and the ballad 'I'll Be Seeing You,' the rest of the album was filled with covers of well-known songs that were at best only average. The Sundazed reissue added three bonus tracks. Reaching #90, 'Moulty' was the group's third single, and quite an odd single for a garage band to release. 'Moulty' was on the sappy side, but nevertheless had some appealing qualities in the over-enthusiastic backing vocals, heavy instrumentation and positive message. The 45 was released against their will, and was the reason behind the band unceremoniously leaving Laurie Records. The remaining bonus tracks made up their 1964 Joy 45 'You've Got To Understand/Hey Little Bird.' 'Hey Little Bird' is arguably the Barbarians finest (and certainly most rocking) cut. It is also ahead of it's time being one of the earliest garage rock recordings - combining the energetic and crude American garage style with British invasion influence. 'Hey Little Bird' was also one of the earliest recordings prominently to feature the fuzz guitar. Also of note, the Barbarians played 'Hey Little Bird' on their T.A.M.I. show appearance. The Sundazed reissue is recommended, because the group had some cuts worth hearing, and everything released under their name is on that reissue. The Sundazed album also has good liner notes and track information. (2 stars for original album, 3 for the reissue)"