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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Gufs - Self Titled

Crash into 1996 again with The Gufs. These guys were my first ever show. If you've never heard of them - first of all, shame on you. Second, they're from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My back yard. They formed while playing soccer for the University of Milwaukee's team. It's always worth while to see the Gufs play a show in Milwaukee, because they're always super energized when they play in front of a home crowd. This cd made them huge with a couple great singles. They've put out 7 total albums over the years, this one being the most popular. In 2008, they celebrated their 20th anniversary by playing a bunch of free shows in the area with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a backup band. Pretty cool stuff. When I went to see this show way back in 1996, Lazer 103 was giving out the cassette single of 'Smile' except it was an acoustic version. That version to this day still makes me smile, pun specifically intended. Anyway, this cd is like 7 bucks at Best Buy - and that's probably about what it's worth. They get brownie points for being local guys, but this album is pretty average top to bottom. The singles are quite good, but I don't often listen to the whole thing. While good, it's got nothing that amazes me. Totally worth checking out, and especially the Top 3. Rock your way into the weekend with The Gufs!

1. Smile
2. Lost Along the Way
3. Sunday Driver
4. Crash (Into Me)
5. Out Somehow
6. Wasting Time
7. Listen to the Trees
8. Life's Sweet Sound
9. Die Away from You
10. Let Her Go
11. Loser's Love Song
12. Fear Me Now
13. So Easily

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Smile
2. Crash (Into Me)
3. So Easily

3.5 out of 5 stars

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