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Personnel: Bif Naked (vocals); Oliver Lieber (acoustic & electric guitars, programming); Peter Karroll, Russ Kline (acoustic guitar); Doug McCarell, Jerry Wong (guitar); John Webster (keyboards, programming, percussion); Adam Percy (keyboards, programming); Peter Rafelson (keyboards); Dan Yaremko (bass); Coco Culbertson (bass, background vocals); Mike Sage, Randy Black, Matt Laug (drums).
Producers: Glenn Rosenstein, Peter Karroll, John Webster, Oliver Leiber.
Engineers include: Delwyn Brooks, John "Tokes" Potoker, Barry Rudolph.
Recorded at Hipposonic Studios, Armoury Studios & Warehouse Studios, Vancouver, Canada; Ollywood Studios, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Bif Naked.
Personnel: Bif Naked (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Peter Karroll (guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, background vocals); Doug McCarvell, Jerry Wong (guitar); Oliver Leiber (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard programming, drum programming); Russ Klyne (acoustic guitar); Mike Sage (keyboards, drums, programming); John Webster (keyboards, percussion, programming); Adam Percy (keyboards, programming); Peter Rafelson (keyboards); Coco Culbertson (bass guitar, drums, background vocals); Daniel Yaremko, Lance Morrison (bass guitar); Matt Laug, Randy Black (drums).
Audio Mixers: Delwyn Brooks; Tara Nelson; Johnny Potoker; Brian Malouf.
Liner Note Author: Bif Naked.
Recording information: Armoury Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Hipposonic Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Ollywood Studios, Hollywood, CA; Warehouse Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Illustrator: Bif Naked.
Photographers: David Leyes; Karen Moskowitz.
Arranger: Peter Karroll.
If you buy this one on the basis of the video for "Moment of Weakness," you'll be surprised by a couple of things: first, that Bif's stylistic range embraces much more than that song's tightly constructed pop-punk roar; second that "I Died" and "Spaceman" are both plain old anthemic guitar rock; third, that "Lucky" is a low-key and gently cathartic ballad; and finally, that "Chotee" is old-school, three-chord punk in the tradition of the Ramones. Another surprising element is her seriousness. The exuberantly goofy persona she exhibits on talk shows and in the "Moment of Weakness" video is not evident on any of these songs (though it raises its cockeyed head repeatedly throughout the handwritten liner notes). Her topics -- which include a failed marriage, extraterrestrials who never come to abduct her even though she's ready and waiting, and her own straight-edge (i.e.drug-free) lifestyle -- are generally dealt with quite earnestly, if not terribly deeply. The final product is really very good, though few other songs approach the perfect disposability of the single. ~ Rick Anderson