Me and Giuliani Down By the Schoolyard



by Zebra USER (177 Reviews)
September 19th, 2005 | 15 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

!!! has been around since 2001. With two actual albums and three EP's. !!! has done a decent job. I own "Louden Up Now" and I don't like it that much, I really liked four songs and "Me and Guiliani..." was one of them. I took back "Louden Up Now." and bought this EP. The problem with !!! is that really try to make some songs good and awesome, but then some other songs on there album were half-assed and not up to full potential. This is why I prefer this EP a lot more than the album.

Member - Dan Gorman
Nic Offer
Mario Andreoni
Tyler Pope
Allan Wilson
John Pugh
Jason Racine

If you have never heard of !!! before they are a punk-funk-dance fusion type of band. Now I'm not that big of a techno or funk fan but I really like !!! because they incorporate some odd instruments (trumpets) into there sound. When you listen to "Me and Giuliani.." you don't have to dance. I don't have good dance skills therefore I don't really like dance music but when you listen to this you don't have to dance. Both of these songs get you pumped up and you just want to kick somebody in the face while listening to it. You can really tell that the band is having a lot of fun and they're really enjoying making fun music.

Now I know that some of you might have to complain about the lyrics, but for one I really don't listen to them. Nic Offer's voice sort of slurs or mumbles the vocals in a smooth way that mixes well with the music. Some of the bad lyrics are

" People always ask me what's so f****** great about dancing" How the f*** should I know""

" Well the way I C it really doesn't really matter cuz it don't make no sense 2 all those mad manhatters."

Although I do not like the lyrics I just don't pay attention to them and it works fine because they are a little hard to understand and if you don't try to pay attention to them, then you won't hear them.

"Intensifider" is basically a dance song. This song is a step down from "Me And Giuliani..." but it gets the job done. It has more of an electronic sound and if you don't want to dance to it then it gets boring after the first few listens. I think they should have left this song out because there was really no use for it. There is nothing wrong with a 9:04 one song EP. Anyway the song is fun for a listen once in a while. There isn't many lyrics for this song except for "Feel, Intensifider."

Overall I think this is an average EP. This is a fun EP and "Me and Giuliani..." is a magnificent song. As for "Intensifider" it really isn't a good song and it sort of ruins the EP from greatness. !!! is having a lot of fun and they show great potential. If you like dance-punk-funk music or if you just like fun music then this is for you. !!! is smooth, jazzy, and just fun!

There are a few downsides from making this just an average EP. !!! should have just kept one song instead of throwing on a sort of useless track. I find this to be a listen to every twice a month EP. After I'm done listening to "Me and Giuiliani" I don't really want to listen to it again and again. Even if it is an awesome song I don't want to come back for more, once is enough. If I want something with lyrical depth, then this is the opposite of what I would like simply because the lyrics suck. I'm not saying that the lyrics ruin the song, I'm just stating that if you want lyrical depth don't count on !!!.

Me And Giuliani Down By The Schoolyard(A true story) 9:04
Intensifider 9:07
Total= 18:11

Overall rating 3/5

Pros: Great fun,dance-type music
Never gets boring
If you're into dancing this does the trick
Smooth vocals that mix very well with the lyrics

Cons: "Intensifider" was not needed
The lyrics arn't very good
Doesn't have you coming back for more.

Similar Bands - LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim

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September 19th 2005


!!! are great. Good review

September 20th 2005


Uhhhh ok... sorry if these are dumb questions...
Whats a EP? and why are there only 2 songs?...

September 20th 2005


Cool band...they are fantastic live too.

September 20th 2005


Music trivia test: What classic pop performer and song is "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard" a reference to?

September 20th 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

I have no clue what the answer is to the trivia, but I am curious.

Any more comments about the review, band, or other stuff??

September 20th 2005


The answer is Paul Simon's solo debut single, "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard". Although I'm sure it's a slightly different listen than !!!'s tribute.

September 20th 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

That's very interesting, I had no idea.

October 22nd 2005



...how do you pronounce their name?

October 22nd 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

Chik Chik Chik, that's how you pronounce it.

November 23rd 2005


and why what? !!! is great, i just discovered this single a few weeks ago and i'm in love with it. i'm gonna agree with zebra's recomendation. if you guys like this single, check out the "losing my edge" single by "lcd soundsystem", or just buy the whole album.

November 23rd 2005


Any syllable repeated three times will do for pronunciation, but chik chik chik is the most commonly accepted.

January 13th 2007


I'm listening to a song called Take Ecstacy WIth Me right now and it's pretty good. Very strange.
Nice review also.

March 16th 2009


I lol'd when I heard about these guys.

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