The Goats

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The Goats
The Goats.jpg
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Hip hop, rap rock
Years active 1991–1994
Labels Ruffhouse/Columbia
Past members Madd
Oatie Kato
Swayzack
Rucyl

The Goats were an American alternative hip hop trio from Philadelphia. Its members were rappers Oatie Kato (the frontman), Madd (a.k.a. "the M-A-the-double-D", a.k.a. Maxx), and Swayzack, the group recorded on Columbia Records / Ruffhouse Records.

They released albums Tricks of the Shade (1992) (produced by producer Joe "the Butcher" Nicolo) and No Goats, No Glory (1994), on Ruffhouse Records and Columbia Records respectively. Both albums have since gone out of print. No Goats, No Glory peaked at No. 58 in the UK Albums Chart in August 1994.[1]

The Goats toured with Dog Eat Dog, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Luscious Jackson, before disbanding in 1994.

Discography[edit]

Tricks of the Shade[edit]

Tricks of the Shade
Tricks of the Shade.jpg
Studio album by The Goats
Released November 3, 1992
Recorded April 1, 1992 to July 4, 1992
Genre Hip hop
Length 69:27
Label Ruffhouse
Producer Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo
The Goats chronology
Tricks of the Shade
(1992)
No Goats, No Glory
(1994)No Goats, No Glory1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A[4]

Tricks of the Shade is the debut album by American rap group The Goats. It was released on November 3, 1992 though Columbia Records sub-label, Ruffhouse Records and was entirely produced by Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo, the album earned some critical acclaim, but was not a commercial success and did not reach any Billboard charts. The politically charged lyrics took aim at such figures as then-US President George H. W. Bush, Christopher Columbus, and Daryl Gates. Criticism and observations were made upon topics such as militarism, police brutality, patriotism, classism, and racism. Other persons mentioned in songs include Nelson Mandela, Willie Horton, Yusef Hawkins, Minnesota Fats and Leonard Peltier.

Two singles were released from the album, "¿Do The Digs Dug?" and "Typical American", the latter of which appeared on Ruffhouse Records' final release in 1999, the greatest hits compilation Ruffhouse Records Greatest Hits. The album has since gone out-of-print, it was named the 12th best album of 1993 by NME.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Got Freaks"- 1:00
  2. "Typical American"- 4:36
  3. "Hangerhead Is Born"- 1:24
  4. "Whatcha Got Is Whatcha Gettin'"- 4:13
  5. "Columbus' Boat Ride"- 1:17
  6. "Ru Down wit da Goats"- 4:21
  7. "Cumin' in Ya Ear"- 3:51
  8. "Noriega's Coke Stand"- 1:30
  9. "Got Kinda Hi"- 3:23
  10. "Unodostresquattro"- 1:21
  11. "Georgie Bush Kids"- 1:17
  12. "Wrong Pot 2 Piss In"- 3:42
  13. "Hip-Hopola"- 4:42
  14. "Leonard Peltier in a Cage"- 1:24
  15. "¿Do The Digs Dug?"- 4:31
  16. "Carnival Cops"- 1:46
  17. "TV Cops"- 4:23
  18. "Tattooed Lady"- 1:36
  19. "Tricks of the Shade"- 4:19
  20. "Not Not Bad"- 3:29
  21. "Rovie Wade, the Sword Swallower"- 1:09
  22. "Aaah D Yaaa"- 3:26
  23. "Drive-By Bumper Cars"- 1:48
  24. "Burn the Flag"- 3:53
  25. "Uncle Scam's Shooting Gallery"- 2:46

Track listing (Radio Airplay version)[edit]

  1. "Typical American"- 4:36
  2. "Whatcha Got Is Whatcha Gettin'"- 4:13
  3. "Ru Down wit da Goats"- 4:21
  4. "Cumin' in Ya Ear"- 3:51
  5. "Got Kinda Hi"- 3:23
  6. "Unodostresquattro"- 1:21
  7. "Wrong Pot 2 Piss In"- 3:42
  8. "Hip-Hopola"- 4:42
  9. "¿Do The Digs Dug?"- 4:31
  10. "TV Cops"- 4:23
  11. "Tricks of the Shade"- 4:19
  12. "Aaah D Yaaa"- 3:26
  13. "Burn the Flag"- 3:53

No Goats, No Glory[edit]

No Goats, No Glory
No Goats No Glory.jpg
Studio album by The Goats
Released September 20, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Hip hop, Rap rock
Label Ruffhouse/Columbia
Producer Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo, The Goats
The Goats chronology
Tricks of the Shade
(1992)Tricks of the Shade1992
No Goats, No Glory
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
The Village Voice (choice cut)[8]

No Goats, No Glory is the second and final album released by The Goats. It was released on September 20, 1994 through Ruffhouse Records with production handled by both The Goats and Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo, after the release of the first album, lead rapper Oatie Kato had left the group leaving Madd and Swayzack to continue the Goats as a duo. The album was not as critically successful as Tricks of the Shade, as many felt the content of this album was inferior to Tricks of the Shade, an assessment with which Noah Berlatsky disagreed.[9] Original album artwork by Philadelphia artist Scott R. Johnston.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wake 'N' Bake"- 4:24
  2. "Philly Blunts"- 4:04
  3. "The Boom"- 3:47
  4. "Lincoln Drive"- 4:16
  5. "Butcher Countdown"- 0:57
  6. "Mutiny"- 4:30
  7. "Rumblefish"- 3:01
  8. "Blind with Anger"- 3:49
  9. "Revolution 94"- 8:24
  10. "Times Runnin Up"- 2:50
  11. "Idiot Business- 6:33

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 229. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Tricks of the Shade at AllMusic
  3. ^ Margasak, Peter (1993-01-28). "The Goats Tricks of the Shade (Ruffhouse/Columbia)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: Album: The Goats: Tricks of the Shade". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2017-09-15. 
  5. ^ "1993". NME. 2016-10-10. 
  6. ^ No Goats, No Glory at AllMusic
  7. ^ Jackson, Devon (1994-10-14). "Album Review: ‘No Goats, No Glory’". EW.com. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (1995-02-21). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. 
  9. ^ Berlatsky, Noah (2014-04-19). "The 20 most underrated albums of all time". Salon. Retrieved 2017-09-15. This Philadelphia hip hop crew is largely forgotten, but anyone who remembers them seems to consider this, their second album, a catastrophic falling off. It doesn’t sound like that to me; on the contrary, “No Goats, No Glory” seems like a late but worthy entry in hip hop’s golden age; audacious, funny, arch with an idea in every booty-shake. 

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