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The Fibonaccis – Repressed: The Best of the Fibonaccis 1981-1987

Restless Records, 1992fibonaccis

Regardless of the fact that the cover had a rather strange lineup of figures, I thought this record was worth a spin because it was the best of a band’s output.  Unless it’s Bob Dylan’s first compilation or a collection by a classic rock band you’d rather society forgot (like Styx or REO), rarely do you find a best of collection by any band in the dollar bin.  I had never heard of these guys before and, since they were together for at least six years, I thought I had missed out on something.  Twenty-six tracks screamed for me to get a real good dose of Fibonaccis.  It also helped that they named themselves after the mathematician, which only scores extra points with me.

But oh, these guys are tricksters.  You see, they had only put out an album and a ‘mini-album’ according to their liner notes.  Many of the tracks on this collection are from random singles and unreleased tracks, so if there isn’t an official minimum of releases that define a ‘Best Of’ compilation there really should be. It would have saved me some misery and a few cents, that’s for sure.

Despite the fact that these guys were around in the early 80’s L.A. punk scene they sound nothing like those thrash and venom bands.  They’re more artsy and experimental with spoken word, unfortunate singing, mellotron and keyboards.  This is fine for certain audiences, but it takes six tracks before something remotely ‘best’ arrives in the deep bass riffs of “Anti-Oedipus” and the charming “Sergio Leone”.  This short oasis of interest dies off with the rather irritating vocals of Magie Song on “Lisbon”, which vary between squeaky and recited by a soccer mom.  Even the cover of the “Psycho” theme comes off as kitschy with its piano work, which sounds as if it was conducted for a school play version.  Cutesy keyboards and quirky tempos don’t help improve things in later recordings, and even inclusions of mortecellos and mandelins don’t save this collection from this author’s steaming thumbs down.

Their music can be found at their MySpace page which is not for the epileptic:  The Fibonaccis

Truth is, this stuff should’ve stayed out of my ears.  Most of the material on this record is barely listenable and, as one can imagine from something from the eighties, quite dated.  Perhaps I should have been there during the scene to appreciate these guys more, or maybe I just don’t get it.  I don’t care, I’m throwing this one in the Can.  I’m also unofficially renaming the album to “Unimpressed: The Awfulness of the Fibonaccis”.  Feh.

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  1. John
    November 25, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Smart-ass!

    • -evan-
      November 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm

      Dead on, John, dead on. I guess that makes two of us now, eh? ;-D I’ll take a look at your docs sometime!

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