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One of the seminal bands on the Connecticut punk scene, New London's Condo Fucks could match any of their peers for sheer sneering attitude on their classic (if hopelessly obscure) albums Movin' In, Straight Outta Connecticut, and For Squatters Only. But despite their fearsome reputation, the Condo Fucks faded away rather than burning out in the mid-'80s, but in 2008 the band accepted an invitation to stage a surprise reunion show for the closing of the beloved New York City venue Magnetic Field. After the success of the gig, the Condo Fucks made a welcome return to the studio, but rather than re-record old favorites like Fucking Gary Sandy, I Hate Nutmeg, and Hot Rails to Hartford or struggle to write new songs that could match their power, the Condos opted to pay homage to their roots, cutting a set of covers that would honor their influences. Fuckbook reveals that the Condo Fucks haven't lost their spark after more than two decades out of action, and...OK, joke's over -- while the people involved appear to have spent at least an hour creating a back story for this album, the truth is the Condo Fucks are the not-so-secret identity of Yo La Tengo, who bash through a wide-ranging set of covers on Fuckbook with a grimy attack that makes the Mummies sound like Genesis. Anyone expecting the sort of imagination and care Yo La Tengo put into their earlier (almost) all-covers album Fakebook will either be confused or appalled with the Condo Fucks, but there's a certain amount of purpose behind all the slop. Look past the low-tech one-take recording and the vocals that display more beer-enhanced confidence than skill and you'll discover that Yo La Tengo play this stuff with plenty of fire and a shade more skill than the gig necessarily requires, and they sure sound like they're having a great time tearing through the songbooks of Slade, Richard Hell, the Electric Eels, the Flamin' Groovies, and (of course) many more. If you were to see Yo La Tengo playing a house party where they decided to swan dive into a set of covers like a semi-inept garage band after a few too many cocktails, what you'd get would be the Condo Fucks, and Fuckbook shares that show with the world. It's as much of a prank as an album, but after over 20 years as one of America's most consistently rewarding indie rock acts, Yo La Tengo are entitled to a bit of fun, and Fuckbook is a dose of sloppy thunder that's a hoot if accepted in the proper spirit, and if nothing else it sure gives the Replacements' The Shit Hits the Fans a run for its money. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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  • Acting was bitching, directing was cool

    By Yahoo! Shopping User  Jan 7, 2000

    I loved the movie. I love Richard Gere even though he is old enough to be my Dad!!! Sean Connery was outstanding!!! I love the movie. I also need to buy the movie!!! Gotta go!!!

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  • Good overall, Richard Gere overacted

    By Yahoo! Shopping User  Jan 13, 2000

    ### Told from the point of view of Lancelot, this version of the Arthurian legend was not as memorable as some others. Richard Gere was not suited to his role. They tried unsuccessfully to portray a 45 year old man as an attractive, young love interest....He came off as being more arrogant than noble. The other characters all seemed very well suited to their roles, and although the film was historically inaccurate in some instances and did not always adhere to the legends of King Arthur it was still enjoyable. One major dissappointment was the lack of Merlin and his magic in this version of the legend. Read more Less

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