Buck Fever

Buck Fever

Buck Fever was the second full length album released by Estradasphere. It was released in 2002 on Mimicry Records. It is considered by many fans and critics to be Estradasphere's best full length album. Notable assistance on the album comes from Trey Spruance, of Mr. Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3 fame.

Track listing

  1. "Buck Fever" – 5:45
  2. "The Dapper Bandits" – 8:03
  3. "The Silent Elk Of Yesterday" – 6:17
  4. "Crag Lake" – 0:48
  5. "Meteorite Showers" – 8:14
  6. "The Bounty Hunter" – 6:17
  7. "Super Buck II" – 2:35
  8. "Millennium Child" – 8:16
  9. "Trampoline Klan" – 2:02
  10. "Burnt Corpse" – 0:14
  11. "Rise N' Shine (Epic Doobie Nightmare #"1)" – 2:27
  12. "Bride Of The Buck" – 1:39
  13. "A Very Intense Battle" – 8:40
  14. "Green Hill" – 1:25
  15. "Feed Yo Mama's Meter (Remix 2001)" – 4:15
  16. "What Deers May Come" – 5:28

Album Credits

The Band ("The Big Game Hunters")

  • Timb Harris – solo violin, violin sections, solo and section trumpets, mandolin, euphonium, keyboards.
  • David Murray – drums, dijiridu, percussion, (djembe, shaker, tambourine, timpani, roto toms, dombek, orchestral percussion), new age keyboards.
  • Jason Schimmel – acoustic and electric guitars, baritone guitar, sitar guitar, banjo, lapsteel, keyboard (organs, piano, glockenspiel, toy piano, choir, chimes, electric pino, clav)
  • Tim Smolens – upright bass, hollowbody and electric bass, bowed bass sections, keyboard (synth bass, handclaps, organs, timpani, gong, strings, sound fx, samples, choir, new age sounds, etc.) synth programming, techno loops.
  • John Whooley – tenor, alto, baritone and soprano saxophones, flute, vocals, throat singing, percussion (congas, clave, guiro, shaker, tambourine, woodblock, cowbell), accordion, piano, cp-70, electric piano, clav

Personnel ("Seasonal Hunters")

Dedication

Buck Fever was created in memory of Smith Dobson.

Song information

Buck Fever

General

  • Music: J. Schimmel
  • Lyrics: taken from Tim's sweatshirt
  • Orchestration: Jason, Tim, Trey
  • Mix: Trey, Tim, Timb, Jay

Notable Performance

  • Vocals: John, Tim, Timb, Jason
  • Lead/background vocals: Joel Robinow
  • Background vocals: George

Mixing

  • Number of audio tracks: 66
  • Mixing: 15 hours

Trivia

  • When played live, the song usually features a guitar solo by Schimmel.
  • The lyrics from Tim's sweatshirt read: "Don't describe it/Don't compare, talk or lie about it/Just show me the deer"
  • The title of both the song and the album come from a hat that Joey found while on tour (link).

The Dapper Bandits

General

  • Music: J. Schimmel
  • Narration: Mike Seifert
  • Orchestration: Tim and J
  • Mix: Trey and Tim

Notable Performance

  • Accordion: Aaron Seeman

Mixing

  • Number of audio tracks: 58
  • Mixing: 22 hours

Trivia

The Silent Elk of Yesterday

General

  • Music: J. Schimmel, D. Murray
  • Lyrics: D. Murray
  • Orchestration: Tim, Dave, J
  • Mix: Trey, Tim, Jay, Dave, Timb

Notable Performance

  • Female vocals: Ariela Morgenstern
  • Black metal vocals, voice: Dave
  • Low death vocals: John Whooley
  • Subliminal suggestions: Tim Smolens

Mixing

  • Number of audio tracks: 49
  • Mixing: 10 hours

Trivia

Crag Lake

General

  • Music and mix by: T. Smolens

Trivia

  • Video game song that imitates Super Mario Bros.

Meteorite Showers

General

  • Music and orchestration: T. Smolens
  • Lyrics: T. Smolens, D. Murray
  • Mix: Tim, Timb

Notable Performance

  • Lead vocals: Tim
  • Lead falsetto, vocal solo: Joel Robinow
  • Background focals: John, Timb, Jason

Mixing

  • Number of audio tracks: 60
  • Mixing: 20 hours

Trivia

  • A single version of the song is available on Estradasphere's website.

The Bounty Hunter

General

  • Music: J. Schimmel
  • Orchestration: Schimmel, Smolens, Whooley
  • Mix: Jay, Timb, Tim

Mixing

  • Number of audio tracks: 70
  • Mixing: 30 hours

Super Buck II

General

  • Arrangement and orchestration: T. Smolens, Jeff Atridge

Notable Performance

  • Lead trumpets: Valentine Hall
  • Trombone: Luke Kirley
  • Piano: Adam Schulman

Trivia

  • The song is an arranged version of Super Mario Bros. 2 "overworld" music. It is widely spread on the internet.

Millennium Child

General

  • Music: J. Whooley
  • Lyrics: J. Whooley
  • Mix: Tim, John, Timb

Notable Performance

  • Lead vocals: John
  • Backing vocals: Tim, Timb, John

Trivia

  • 6:51 through the song, the opening riff for the theme to Beverly Hills 90210 is played. Then, a short vocal clip is played backwards. Played forwards, the clip reveals Timb saying "three, four!"

Trampoline Klan

General

  • Music and mix by: T. Smolens

Burnt Corpse

General

Music: J. Schimmel, D. Murray Lyrics: Non Smoker

Notable Performance

  • Lead death vocals: John
  • Accomp death vocals: Dave

Trivia

Rise n' Shine (Epic Doobie Nightmare #1)

General

  • Music: J. Whooley, J. Schimmel, Don Salsa
  • Mix: Tim and Timb

Intentional audio drop

  • About 1:01 through the song, the quality of the song is reduced and the music begins to flicker on and off so that it is only audible through the left speaker (if the listener is hearing the album with stereo equipment) This is at first especially confusing to people who listen to the song with headphones, because the effect perfectly imitates a phenomenon that occurs when headphones aren't fully plugged into a CD player. This was an intentional effect by Estradasphere.

Bride of the Buck

General

  • Music: T. Smolens

Notable Performance

  • Spiritual Advisor: Mike Siefert

A Very Intense Battle

General

  • Music: J. Schimmel, D. Murray
  • Lyrics: D. Murray
  • Orchestration: Murray, Schimmel, Smolens
  • Mix: Trey, Tim, Timb, Jay

Notable Performance

  • Lead death vocals, throat singing: John
  • Death vocals: Dave
  • Native Americanesque chanting: Joey Ryken
  • Chaka vocals: Dave, Jay, Tim

Green Hill

General

  • Music: T. Smolens

Notable Performance

  • Nintendo player: Timb

Trivia

  • Video game song that imitates Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • The song has a clever moment that features someone "pausing" the game to eat some chips. When the game "freezes", the player takes out the cartridge from the console, blows air (and food particles) into it, and bangs it back into the console. This is clever satire to how many video game players would blow into malfunctioning cartridges in an attempt to restore performance.
  • Though the liner notes of the CD mention Timb as the "Nintendo player", Sonic the Hedgehog was originally released on the Sega Genesis.

Feed Your Mama's Meter (Remix 2001)

General

  • Music: J. Whooley
  • Lyrics: ?
  • Chord revision: Jay
  • Mix: Jay, Tim, Timb

Trivia

  • The song is featured in the award-winning indie PC game, Gish.

What Deers May Come

General

  • Music: D. Murray
  • Mix: Tim and Dave

Notable Performance

  • Corporate Cock: Mike Siefert

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