MP3 Stevenjohn - Fun and Games
This Denver duo''s second cd offers a wide variety of songs ranging in style from acoustic folk to mellow country, from hard-driving rock to 80''s synth pop, all exploring the "fun and games" that make up life.
11 MP3 Songs in this album (32:49) !
Related styles: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop: Pop/Rock, Mood: Fun
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Steven Smith and John Knauff have been writing and recording songs on their own for the last few decades. They met at work in 2002 and and in 2006 formed an acoustic duo to play covers at coffee houses. The duo was enjoyable but both had longed to play their own songs. This early 2008, Steve and John decided to try and write and record songs together.
“Brown Paper Bag and other Island Favorites” was stevenjohn’s first CD. “We wanted to do a summer party cd and decided to do it with all reggae tunes” John explained. “Besides, I had just purchased a bunch of reggae drum loops and was dying to try them out on a song”.
Finally July 2009, stevenjohn released Brown Paper Bag to an enormous swell of positive reviews from 2 family members and 3 co-workers.
This early success sparked stevenjohn’s creativity and enthusiasm and in March 2010, they decided to record a follow-up cd. “We were just humbled by the positive comment we received from Brown Paper Bag that we decided to record another CD” Steve commented. “This time, we decided not to restrict ourselves to any style or format. Oh the reggae format?..ya...kinda limiting”
Song for “Fun and Games” began in March 2010 with the title track. “We decided on a different approach this time” John explained. “On BPB (Brown Paper Bag) we wrote one song and then recorded it. This time, we decided to have all of the song written and generally arranged even before recording the first track. Why?...because” Some industry analyst speculate that writing songs before you record them generally makes for a more consistent and smooth sound.
“Fun and Games” was completed and release on December 18 and is already receiving excellent reviews. Here’s what the critics are saying about “Fun and Games”...
"Take the Beatles, REM, Squeeze, the Beach Boys... put them in a blender, and you would get something that would approach (but not quite match) the musical genius of John Knauff and Steve Smith, aka stevenjohn!" - Rolling Stone Fan
"Sales of the upcoming ''Fun and Games'' LP alone may well jump-start the long-awaited economic recovery..." - The Wall Street Journal Subscriber
"My outrageous costumes and stage shows are a mask to hide the fact that I will never be as good, musically, as stevenjohn. I am so jealous..." - Lady GooGoo (Lady GaGA tribute band lead singer)
"I have only heard one track from it so far, but I haven''t been this excited for an album''s release since ''Master Speaking to his Dog'' by Thomas Edison and the Menlo Park Five." - A very old man who was walking down the street