|Produced by Ray Ketchem|
|Released on October 17, 1995|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
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B andwagonesque esque. And thus part of a proud lineage of punkn’pop that included Husker Du, The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, Nirvana, Motocaster, et cetera. Which is the problem. Somehow, Shirk Circus got et cetera’d when they should have been standing on top of the world for fifteen minutes and laughing out loud. (Thank God I didn’t throw my life away on trying to be a rock star. I would have made an album like this, thought it wonderful, and waited for the money to roll in. And eventually the wait would have weighed me down.) Sometimes, March’s lo-fi ambitions sell Josh Silverman’s melodies short. And his lyrics aren’t about anything BIG. But on songs like “March,” “Guess Who Came Home Today” and “Roses” he’ll do as an antipop hero in a pinch. Trouser Press (who first turned me onto the Circus) compared them to The Raspberries in a shitty mood (which is one reason why I love Trouser Press) and there is the sense that Silverman is jonesed on everything. Still, if you loved Nirvana and hated sharing them with the world, you can have the happier Shirk Circus all to yourself. Not that anyone was looking for the next Nirvana in Nutley, New Jersey. In fact, after Kurt Cobain’s Daffy Ducky ending, the world was probably looking for something deeper than angry middle-class kids playing Johnny Rotten Lennon. Me, I live for that three-minute pop/punk high, and so I’ll play songs like “March” and “So Nice” until I get sick and tired of them. In the meantime, we’re still waiting for that “modern pop masterpiece” (TP) fellas.
|AHAON062-2 gatefold sleeve|
FRANK LIEBERUM -- drums, vocals, percussion
DAN SHAFER -- bass, vocals
JOSH SILVERMAN -- vocals, guitars, piano
Skidd Mills -- engineer
Ray Ketchem -- design and band photo
Capt. Alfred G. Buckham -- WW1 era aerial portraits
David Stevenson -- art preparation
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|US||October 17, 1995||Bar/None||CD||AHAON062-2|
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