RECENT REVIEWS OF THE LAUGHING DOGS
"Mix power pop with a punk edge and an irrepressible sense of humor (the 'Makers' on the front cover of their second album were the band members moms giving them grief), and you had the Laughing Dogs, a late- 70s outfit from the New York underground who deserved far, far better than they got commercially..." - Amazon Reviews
"This Laughing Dogs two-fer is an essential purchase for any power pop and rock music fan." - AOL Music
[Review of The Laughing Dogs Live at CBGB's] "Cool music as usual. And good laughs. 'Auntie Em' is CLASSIC! . . . It is reminiscent of Mothers Of Invention stuff with Flo & Eddie." - Glen Bringslid
The Laughing Dogs were part of New York's burgeoning CBGB's scene in the mid/late 1970s, which was bristling with hipsters such as the Ramones, Talking Heads and Television. And although they were very much a part of that scene, the Laughing Dogs' music was rooted in Soul, R&B and 1950s rock -- much in the same manner as Mink DeVille. Primary Genre: New Wave; Similar Artists: New York Dolls, Sylvain Sylvain, The Sweet, The Dictators, T- Rex, Jayne County - Linda R, Listen.com
"Italiano from Milano" and "Lycanthrope" are pretty damn funny and certainly hold their own in the context of impromptu songwriting . . . but your pop/rock love songs are so damn strong . . . I would kill to write songs that make me feel the way yours do. Your pop/rock songs give me and have given me a lot of happiness and good feelings over the years. I've been listening to "Meet Their Makers" recently (constantly) . . . "Take My Chances" is one of my absolute favorite songs of all time! . . . My wife is twenty-one and she loves your music as well as the latest stuff on the radio . . . "Two Who Are Willing" is her favorite. That song turns her into butter (putty in my hands). So thank you for that song especially! - Glen Bringslid
"Don't Push It" is a nice City-Boy Soul tune that would've fit nicely on the first album. It's followed by the album's real standout, if it has one: Jimmy singing a cover of Reach Out For Me, which by any and all rights should've been a monster hit in any decade. Melody Love, by Ronny, is another simple song twisted into bizarre shapes, followed by Carter and Reason For Wanting You, which is another hard left turn that sounds like everything you've ever heard and NOTHING you've ever heard--and then What You Doin' It For . . . there's simply no not-loving-this-song. They're geniuses. Beyond geniuses. I cannot harp enough on this subject. Or have you guessed that? Well, you're lucky. I did not wake you up at 4AM to tell you these things. BUT I COULD. . . . To end the album, Jimmy uncorks an even-MORE-amazing ballad, Two Who Are Willing. It's hard to explain what happens here that makes it so special--the song has no chorus, really, just verses and bridges. The bridges contain this weird little turnaround wherein the melody goes off in one direction and the rhythm goes off in another, and the chording goes off in yet another--and just as you realize they've diverged they all meet up again. Truly brilliant. - Mike Fornatale (read the rest of the review here)
EARLY REVIEWS OF THE LAUGHING DOGS
The Three standout acts here are Mink DeVille, the Shirts, and the Laughing Dogs (!), all of whom emphasize solid songwriting and intelligent to-the-point arrangements. The Laughing Dogs, my own favorites at the moment, offer a masterful recreation of the early Beatles high-harmony sound on "It Feels Alright Tonight." But they have a vision of their own, too, and their relentlessly rampaging "I Need A Million", with its coyly McCartney-esque bass lines and frenzied vocals, has all the earmarks of a punk anthem. - Kurt Loder, Good Times, Jan. 1977
This was cut live at the legendary club over a weekend in June 1976 (and originally issued shortly thereafter) . . . The music includes Tuff Darts' anthemic "All For the Love of Rock 'N Roll" and The Laughing Dogs' likeable "I Need A Million."
- Jim Farber, New York Daily News, Feb. 1994
The Laughing Dogs' 'It Feels Alright Tonight' is the kind of Beatles/Zombies updating, filled with melodic grace and originality, that such revivalists as ..., ..., and ... aimed for but missed. - Steve Simels, writing of Atlantic Records' Live at CBGBŐs in Stereo Review, Nov. 1976.
The sleeper group of the Live At CBGB's album was The Laughing Dogs. Their two contributions were fine examples of Beatlesque rock, i.e. halfway between pop and hard rock. At a return engagement at CBGB's they showed that they can carry this eclectic quality throughout an eveningŐs performance. - Musicians Classified, Dec. 1976
The Dogs (as they're affectionately known) ended the Live at CBGB's LP with their killer "I Need A Million." Along with the Tuff Darts, Mink DeVille and the Shirts, the Dogs made that record the most successful of the New York compilations. - The Aquarian, July 1979
LIVE AT CBGB's: THE HOME OF UNDERGROUND ROCK (Atlantic Records double album)
This record album is an anthology of what I believe to be the most exciting 'live performances' captured, from a selection of the important bands who have been playing CBGB's in 1975 and 1976.
- Hilly Kristal, founder and owner of CBGB's
MONDAY MORNING POWER PLAY - June 25, 1979
HOT LP! THE LAUGHING DOGS . . . Their sound is made of fresh, exciting tunes and great vocal harmonies with a touch of humor that assures a good time for all.
POP TOP - It is a rare occurrence to confront a group that seems to genuinely enjoy playing night after night; New York City's Laughing Dogs are such a group . . . They are tight, fun and sincere.
ASBURY PARK PRESS - July 23, 1979
The Laughing Dogs Are In The Thick of New Wave - Robert Santelli
THE BOSTON GLOBE - July 19, 1979
The Laughing Dogs is one of the best debut records I've heard this year . . . This is one of the few albums I've heard that sounds like the early '60s rock but doesn't get lost in an imitation. - Thomas Sabulis
THE HARTFORD COURANT - July 22, 1979
The Dogs' first record has enough raw energy, good tunes and innovation to please the most jaded listener - and enough infectious humor for half a dozen albums . . . Best of all the Dogs have real talent . . . - Henry McNulty
TROUSER PRESS - August 1979
The Laughing Dogs have neatly absorbed the right influences of British and American mid-'60s pop, and coupled with their bright, cheery vocals and tight musicianship, have produced a sound that's certainly promising. - Charles P. Lamey
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS - August 3, 1979
The Laughing Dogs. This is a great new rock group. This album is on par with the best material that any pop group can do; the tempo is low-keyed, yet the numbers are packed with superior musicianship. - Ace Adams
NEW YORK POST - August 16, 1979
This is an immensely enjoyable album . . . - Ira Mayer
NIGHT ROCK NEWS - August 1, 1979
The Laughing Dogs have put out a rather melodious form of street-wise music . . . The Laughing Dogs album is a provocative blend of harmonious Pop and earthy progressive Rock. - S. Harris
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