After School Special
- Artist: Cats & Jammers
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/3/2005
After School Special is an enhanced CD, but it only works on PC (sorry Mac users). It has cool animations, 2 music videos, live footage, interviews, a silly game, pictures, bonus live audio track, bonus recorded track and oh so much more! 'Heavily influenced by the new wave explosion that initially took it's cue from 1960's garage rock, this Chicago trio is all hooks, attitude, and energy. Not since the Monkees has any band had as infectious a theme song as We're Cats & Jammers.' --Tom Semioli, Amplifier 'Cats & Jammers latest disc pursues the punk pop idiom with unflagging energy, elaborated by twitchy rhythms, bratty vocals and uplifting choruses. Lead singer Scott Anthony is a shrewd songwriter, as his jumpy little ditties are architected of stinging hooks that sink right in and lyrics that tend to pertain to the confused and kinky side of romance....prepare to burn off some calories when listening to After School Special because you'll definitely be tempted to move your feet and shake your booty once it hits the CD player!' --Beverly Paterson, Twist and Shake '...short bursts of incredible catchy pop songs...it's bound to be your guilty pleasure. These songs are clever and damn catchy, and I guarantee you'll be singing them at 3 in the morning. I expect that this band will develop it's own loyal following who just can't resist the Cats & Jammers charm.' --Delusions of Adequacy 'Cats & Jammers are one of the more entertaining bands rolling around Chicago these days. After School Special, the band's second album, is the musical equivalent of an Austin Powers movie. Cats & Jammers combine jangley guitars with sing-a-long lyrics that will surely make you smile. After you check out After School Special go see Cats & Jammers live. These guys are even more fun when beer is involved.' -Contingency Plan 'Hey, this is great fun! Keeping it bare-boned and 'real' is what Cats & Jammers are all about; even when they are making fun and employing sarcasm, they do it in a 'real' way, garnering the street cred and celebrity that this band enjoys. What can guitars, bass and drums get you? Plenty! Just ask Cats & Jammers, or let them tell it to you straight on the tongue-and-cheek tip of After School Special' --Jared Julius, Jitter Magazine 'Ultimately this band wins you over through their sheer exuberance and pop smarts. Scott Anthony's lyrics bite with pessimism, even as you hop from foot to foot around the room to the groovy beats.' --Jim Kopeny, UIC Inferno 'The satisfaction they must feel upon playback of these power pop-sicles would hold over anyone until the public caught up, which should be soon. Seriously fun and funny stuff, including a band theme song and an homage to the fine film 'Mannequin' --Roctober 'They've really got the poppy thing down, too -- there's no denying the sing-along-ability of these tunes.'-- ib, Splendid E-Zine 'Despite the pissed-off attitude, Cats & Jammers exude a sense of fun that's contagious.'--Illinois Entertainer 'The sophomore album from Chicago trio Cats & Jammers logs in a little under 24 minutes - a rip-off to some, but really, it makes perfect sense. If this album was lengthened even a bit, the band's frenetic energy would unravel. What this band knows is how to pack the most stupid fun and prickly sharp guitar hooks inside the tightest time. 'After School Special' could well have been released in 1980, smack dab in the New Wave era. C&J's economical and frenzied, upbeat songs reflect early era Joe Jackson, XTC or Television, with singer/guitarist Scott Anthony's snotty, warped singing dead-on to Jackson and Andy Partridge. Not all his songs are as sharply crafted as 'Look Sharp' or 'Statue of Liberty,' but they do follow the same rules of spastic playing. Anthony's prone to playing jittery staccato guitar lines ('Lollipop Lies') while Brad Hunter's chunky bass ('The Cuddle Song') and Addison's funky drum fills ('Mannequin') are manic and playful. But the best thing about C&J here and also when they perform live is their perfect balance of anger and humor. That includes 'Mannequin' ('she don't talk too much/she don't tell me how I should feel') and 'Smile Now' which, yes, celebrates the deaths of yuppies and shallow celebrities. They bring to the Chicago rock scene what the usual mope bands don't: It's spelled F-U-N.' --Mark Guarino, Daily Herald.
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