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Bad Astronaut

Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment


Fat Wreck Chords 686

Released on November 14, 2006

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Originally intended as a one-off studio project, put together by long time friends Joey Cape (Lagwagon front-man), former Lagwagon drummer Derrick Plourde, and Marko 72 (Sugarcult guitarist), Bad Astronaut quickly grew into much more. A musical consortium of seven members, Bad Astronaut currently find themselves preparing for their third release, Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment. Three years into the making of the album, the band was dealt a crippling blow with the untimely death of Derrick Plourde. Over the past year, they’ve worked in their downtime between other bands to complete this album, one of Derrick’s final musical ventures. Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment trades in a bit of the experimental focus of the last full length for a more straight forward rock approach. Fear not, for Bad Astronaut continue to put their own twist on indie rock with the use a wide array of instruments, utilizing everything from from cello to timbales, allowing them to achieve a sound that’s truly their own.

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Average Customer Rating: 4 with 5 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Good Morning Night Voted #3  14%
2 Ghostwrite  5%
3 Beat  0%
4 Stillwater, California  5%
5 One Giant Disappointment  8%
6 Minus  8%
7 Best Western  3%
8 San Francisco Serenade Voted #1  17%
9 Autocare  9%
10 Violet  6%
11 Go Humans  5%
12 The "F" Word Voted #2  17%
13 The Thirteenth Step  4%
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Vincent from Plaisir, France 
Sep 2 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This album is an instant classic. We all should buy five of them and save them for future generations to know it. This is the best of what modern indie pop-rock can offer. A seven pieces band playing a rock music with pop-punk background and unconscious symphonic layers. Musically, this is just as discretly genius as the first Weezer was, for example. This could sounds like simple pop-rock, but it is really more than this. This is a living album, something in which each note, each word is exactly where it should be. Nothing less, nothing more. A band at its perfection. And at its end, too. Rest In Peace, Astronaut. Your music will live forever. If any of you don't believe me, just listen to "Good morning night", "The "F" word", "San Francisco serenade" or "Best western", and tell me pop-rock has much better to offer. A band made by genius, for everyone.

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Jordan from Reynoldsburg, OH 
Jun 7 2007 Rating: 1/5 Stars

If you're looking for a good Bad Astronaut album, try a little farther back with "Houston We Have A Drinking Problem." This album just seems to drag along uninspired.

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Johnney from Beverly Hills, CA 
Feb 8 2007 Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is nothing that will knock your socks off, but if you're a big fan of BA, then definitely get this. Great hooks and of course, it has Joey singing. Seems like the most mature album from BA and pretty polished. If you're just getting into the Astronaut, I'd say get the's the tops.

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Marilyn from Portland, OR 
Nov 17 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is Saul, not Marilyn.

I don't really know why people on message boards all over the internet keep saying that this album was disappointing and that they were hoping it would be as good as Houston: We Have a Drinking Problem. In my opinion, this album is so much better than the other Bad Astronaut albums, I love all the Bad Astronaut albums and everything Joey Cape does, but this album is by far the best B.A. album in my opinion.

Also, this is a review of my experience, I can't promise you will have the same experience, but I got a very small poster for this album with it. The poster was about half the size of the posters that sells for a dollar (well, sometimes fatwreck has sent me posters this size, but they usually send me posters that are twice as big as this poster.) Anyway, I'm focusing too much on the poster, I just thought it was a nice surprise since it didn't mention it anywhere on interpunk.

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Michael from Xenia, OH 
Nov 15 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

It's what I wanted to hear. Fun , classic and something to listin to while drinking a beer . Joey's voice is great and lyrics are tight .

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