8 Track Sound System

by Fonda 500

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about

Fonda 500 have so much talent they don't know what to do with it……..but there's class here and pretty soon we'll be queuing up to buy!

MELODY MAKER


This album is a gorgeous patchwork of shimmering harmonies, juggled melodies and snatches of scratchy noise! There's something strange in the water of the Humber!

EVENING STANDARD


The combination of innocence and immediacy gives such spark and freshness to the music of Fonda 500!

THE INDEPENDENT - (Album of the week)


Lovely album this! Some of the most off kilter genius pop ever recorded in a bedroom!

THE EDGE (Southampton)


The brightest new dawn in ages is happening in Hull!

NME


I have listened to this debut by FONDA 500 half a dozen times and haven't got bored with it yet!

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH


A quite remarkable album that is an intoxicating challenge to every assumption you have ever made about how pop music should sound!

BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH


The album is often wonderful, and Fonda 500 could turn into a very wonderful group indeed!

SUNDAY TIMES (album of the week)


Irreverence, musicianship, and simple sunny numbers that shine brighter when listening to the album in a state of post gig euphoria!

THE GUARDIAN (live)


FONDA 500 are so wrong they are brilliantly right! Things get a whole bunch weirder and more wonderful over the next 40 minutes!

NME (live)


Stretching the DIY ethic into sticky strands of galvanised weirdness, Hull's Fonda 500 are hardy chaps indeed. Not for them the stoic truisms of conventional pop wisdom. Nor does the mercurial lure of lo-fi's workshy dictum carry any import. Instead, the bedroom-bound fivesome are dabblers in an altogether more intriguing brand of noisenikery; a restless, wild-eyed creature that devours ramshackle psychedelia and scattershot Krautrock-isms while maintaining a frighteningly assured grip on pop's mighty yarbles. Yet, like a dysfunctional pinball machine, Fonda 500's muse is virtually impossible to hold down. The result is that much of '8 Track Sound System' (which was recorded entirely in the bedrooms of its young members) sounds like an exercise in scrapbook aestheticism - a breathlessly eclectic collection of seemingly arbitrary sound effects and samples. Thus, 'Passing Thru' is 'Girl From Ipanema' as played by a drunken Salvation Army, while the wispily lovely 'Slumbertime' sees Gordon The Gopher squeak sweetly while somebody tries - and fails - to tune into the World Service. But though their fiery-hearted resourcefulness can occasionally irritate (see 'Ecoutez Les Grande Animaux Radio') there's a marvellously defiant pop backbone supporting Fonda 500's every move. Messy, confusing and daft. And utterly wonderful for it.

NME

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released January 1, 1999

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