I can only give you everything (sung by R. Adler of the Rubinoos) / Gino is a coward (sung by L. Lynch of the Greg Kihn Band) / Over & over / Bad moon rising / Life's too short ( sung by Greg Kihn) / Let her dance / I want her so bad (sung by T. Dunbar of the Rubinoos) / Telstar / Way over there (sung by A. Brebner of the Modern Lovers) / Chapel of love (sung by J. Richman) / Knock on wood (sung by Sean Tyla & J. Doukas of Earthquake) / Just like me (sung by J. Rubin of the Rubinoos)/ Boris the spider / Feel so good (sung by J. Doukas of Earthquake) / Batman.
Produced by M. K. Kaufman, G. Kolotkin & K. Laguna.
Not a band but a wonderful novelty album made at the height of the Beserkley label's prominence and activity, Spitballs employed everyone then on the roster — the Modern Lovers, Greg Kihn Band, Earthquake, the Rubinoos and Sean Tyla — in various permutations on 15 rollicking cover versions of songs from the '60s. The album is a joyous celebration of the participants' fandom and roots, a thoroughly entertaining collection of great tunes re-created with affection and élan. The repertoire includes "The Batman Theme," "Chapel of Love," "Boris the Spider" and "Bad Moon Rising." It matters little who's playing or singing what, as the Spitballs are playing only favorites. Except for its incidental responsibility for the welter of tribute albums that have followed, Spitballs scores a direct hit. Trouser Press
There was certainly a precedent for label mates to sing on each others records at Beserkley; for instance, Jonathan Richman sang on Greg Kihn's "All the Right Reasons." Still, the idea of the entire label roster combining under one "band name" to make this record is kind of unique and part of what makes this record fun. Consisting of mostly covers, these aren't slavish copies so much as a bunch of players who got together to jam and have fun playing some of the songs they grew up playing. All music