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Make Your Mama Proud

Fastball

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Album Review

Make Your Mama Proud may not be the most innovative album on earth, but it certainly isn't lacking when it comes to being free-spirited and inspired and having a healthy sense of fun. Greatly influenced by punk and new wave's reckless aggression, as well as power-pop's love of memorable hooks, Fastball is a band that rocks intensely but isn't without a strong melodic sense. A variety of comparisons can be made — everyone from the Knack, Elvis Costello and Generation X to the Beatles — but freewheeling numbers like "Knock It Down," "Human Torch" and "Back Door" show that these natives of Austin, Texas have an appealing energy of their own. At times, Fastball combines punk-ish sensibilities with early- to mid-1960s touches, two examples being "Are You Ready for the Fallout" and "Altamont." For those who like their power-pop with lots of bite, Make Your Mama Proud merits close attention.

Customer Reviews

Emily

Emily is probably the best song on this album. you'd be suprised how catchy it is! if only it were longer than 2:08 minutes! :)

Great

This album has it all. It may not have one excellent song on it, but it has a mix of everything. My favorites are: Make Your Mama Proud Are You Ready for the Fallout? Human Torch Emily She Comes Round

Boy, do I remember...

A great album, even better live. It was The fall of '96, I think. Or, mabey the spring of '97. Yea, I saw them, and theirs was one of the coolest acts I'd seen in some time. It was at The Vertigo in College Station, TX. (I think it was vertigo at the time, that bar/club has changed ownership a few times since). They played a lot of this abum (which I purchased shortly after) and did some really good covers, and were, well, damn entertaining.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1994 in Austin, TX, Fastball combined a fondness for melodic, Beatles-inspired pop with the alternative aesthetic of late-'90s mainstream rock. Guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga, bassist/vocalist Tony Scalzo, and drummer Joe Shuffield — all veterans of Austin's underground rock scene — originally banded together under the name Magneto U.S.A. After signing with Hollywood Records, the musicians changed their name to Fastball (sharing the name with the title of their favorite baseball-themed...
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