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Best Foxy Shazam Songs

Since Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll hits shelves on January 28, here's a list of my favorite Foxy Shazam songs.
10Foxy Shazam
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

This is a B-side from their self-titled album, released through Spin Magazine. It's a rollicking track about the afterlife that serves as a great bridge between that album and The Church of Rock and Roll.
9Across the Golden FIeld

Easily their most hardcore song, "Across the Golden Field" is made by just how over the top it is. It has xylophones, it has what sounds like frantic gobbling, and it has Nally roaring "Run for your lives." I usually don't like stuff this dark, but there's a great fun vibe here.
8Cool

This song is made by the outro, a dark vocalized melody set to Sky White's piano.
7Intro/Bombs Away

Sure, the intro with the dogs might be a little self-indulgent, but from when Nally's rattling scream brings the song into "Bombs Away," to the final tinkling piano notes, its one of their most brilliant.
6Ghost Animals

Very dark song musically, but wonderfully silly lyrics. "They took my arms and they threw them over there; they took my legs and they threw them over there."
5The French Passion of the Animality Opera

Easily the catchiest song off their uneven 2005 debut 'The Flamingo Trigger.' Excellent piano work by Sky White.
4Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll

I got this song for pre-ordering their new album, and it's one of their best, featuring some heavy guitars and some hilarious lyrics about the band (once again) reinventing themselves. "Your music sucks including us," they say, but this song doesn't suck at all. Only complaint? At 2:09, it's way too short.
3No! Don't Shoot

This one's another multi-parter, and it's one of the most unpredictable songs I've ever heard. From a Nixon-sampling breakdown to an nonsensical interlude about six unforgettable words, this song takes the prize for pure insanity.
2Oh Lord

A piece of pop perfection. The chorus is catchy, there's a trumpet, and the song is one of the happiest I've ever heard, despite the fact that the song is essentially Eric telling his son Julian that life's going to suck. Keep on keepin' on.
1The Rocketeer

A swinging, multi-part epic that provides the perfect synthesis of classical piano and post-hardcore rock. The first song I heard by Foxy Shazam, and they still haven't topped it.
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