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PostPosted: Fri Apr 1, 2005 12:57 pm 
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"Unicorns Are People Too" was The Unicorns first release, on their own label: Caterpillars of the Community. The album was limited to a run of 500 copies, making it very rare, and it was mostly sold at little gigs and various record stores. Claims of it breaking the Canadian Top 30 Charts, be it general or independant, therefore, are most likely fabricated, though you never know, I suppose. I also remember hearing that for a time alien8 sold copies as well, but I'm not sure of this. It was a collection of songs that they had recorded during 2002 - 2003. Thankfully, due to the kindness of Mr. Alex Batko, and The Unicorns themselves for letting him do so, the whole album is now available (albeit in .ogg form) for download freely at www.cs.mcgill.ca/~abatko/unicorns/. It comes highly recommended, a short, glitchy, lo-fi, goofy exploration of indie-pop that threatens to burst at the seems, to put it nicely. A must-have for even the most casual Unicorns fan, who even only remotely enjoyed "Who Will Cut Out Hair When We're Gone?"
For more information on .ogg and how to play these files, visit: vorbis.com, though if you have Winamp, you should be able to play these just fine.

During this time, The Unicorns, whether seperately or as a group, also recorded a handful of demos that went unreleased. Thankfully for us, The Unicorns made them available throughout the web, and now these tracks are available for you here:
Other demos are easily available on the various zeBOX accounts the Unicorns set up, including:
  • zeBOX: The Unicorns - Includes "The Adventures of Bayou Billy" and "The Unicorns: 2014 (Demo)
  • zeBOX: Nicholas - Includes "Do The Knife Fight", "Evacuatin' Somethin' Warm" (Evacuate The Vacous Demo), and "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby (Demo"
  • zeBOX: Zzzz - Includes "Sea Ghost (Demo)"
  • zeBOX: mothersday - Includes "Newfoundland"

Now, if you want a real copy of the cd, you'll probably have to pay big on ebay (Link). If you simply want the files, and .ogg just doesn't cut it for you, mp3's are easily available on Soulseek, LimeWire, Kazza or any other P2P available, and download.com has some fine .ogg to .mp3 converters (though obviously we shouldn't condone this action).

Enjoy!


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Lyrics are here:

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I Do It

uh
i do it
i do it to you

(Let's do it)

all you christians
all you krishnas
we do weddings & bar mitzvahs!
we'll float with your parade
(so long as we're getting paid)

no principles just vice principles!

we wouldn't lie
"you've got it made"
we'll tell you what you want as long as we get paid

satisfy the bride
fellate the groom
to inflate your party balloons /
we're gonna need a little bit more room
sure i'm qualified
i'll do anything you say
as long as i'm getting paid

no principles, just vice principles

we wouldn't lie
you've got it made
we'll tell you what you want as long as we get paid


WE'LL PROSELYTIZE AROUND YOUR THIGHS
THIS CONCERT IS SPONSERED BY THOSE FRENCH FRIES!!


I Was Born (A Unicorn)

...lena horne is not a unicorn
(but she's got a great voice)...

we're paper scissors rock (we're crackle pop!)
we want one-ups (not bran flakes!)
we don't got stirrups (we got the shakes!)

i was born a unicorn
and we'll die with wings

we're the unicorns and we read eunuch porn
we're the unicorns and we're people too

don't you stop believing in me!

(quartz crystals put 'em under your pillow)


Child Star

alden: is there a poster of me
on your wall
with short-short shorts or zipped down jeans?
do you look up at night
and wish you were me,
under the stage under hot lights?
are you visceral viscous?
do you wanna make love to my sweet visage?
and then pretend...it's you it's you it's you

nick: i wrote you a letter
to become a member
of your fan club
but all i got in the mail was
return to sender

alden: i was a child star, it wasn't easy

nick: well i'm a child now, and you broke my heart


Thunder And Lightning

alden: i don't care, i don't care
leave their corpses in my underwear

nick: smoke plumes become clouds
you just blend in
tu vas est tu vien

alden & nick:
i don't care i don't care
leave their corpses in my underwear


Inoculate The Innocuous

small doses daily
absorbed and collected
in the glands and fatty tissues
over time...

somewhere in the asshole of my eye
there's a muscle which relaxes when you cry
and somewhere in the eye of my brain..

storage cells for shit and substance
but new flavours and aromas

banana helps me unwind
watermelon makes it awesome


William Clap Your Hands

clap your hands if you want some
clap your hands if you can't wait

take your things i stole
they worked sufficiently but not great
i'd stay for scoldings but i am late

look if they're not there, then they've been sold
(is that not OK?)
William, it's your own fault

oh, let it rest on the sabbath day
learn to stand and sway (clap your hands it'll be ok)
dancez vous the night today
it's all gone anyway


Evacuatin Somethin Warm

nick: something warm would be something nice
to keep me from moaning in the morning
and mourning through the night

alden: take your things from my house
evacuate my life
it's over
rescind

nick: everything's okay in its own little way

alden: clap your hands/clap your hands
clap your hands if you want some

clap your hands/clap your hands
clap your hands if you can't wait


52 Favourite Things

headed to bed on sunday
well that's OK
my birthday's a week away
gonna (1) have a cake, (2) swim at the beach
(3) wake up early, & (4) go to bed late

(25) golden loyal dog by the (36) ground well
(38 ) fresh cut grass (42) ocean in the seashell
(44) burying robins in the backyard
(49) use potassium iodide to make slugs shrink and die
(51) blaming my sister, until i'm free, it's my 52 favourite thing,
next to (52) being me.

* Please note for this song the numbers next to certain words
correspond to the actual numbers of a condensed version of Nick's
"52 favourite things".


Ghost Mountain

when we climbed to the peak/we planted a flag
but the second we had/I felt bad
and then night came/so we got in our sleeping bags
when someone told a story/about something dead and gory

there was heat/from the fire
but i still froze/when i saw the ghost X2

i told the gang/we weren't welcome
the ghost made that clear
so we stepped back/but it was drawing near
and it lunged for our throats/so we packed our things, made tracks
undid our footprints/even furled our flag

and we were gone
but what was on/the mountain top? X2

Sweet nothing! I made it up!
So we'd make it down/with no territorial claim X2


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Album art is here:

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Front Cover
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Inside Booklet
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Back of Booklet
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CD
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Back Cover

(Thanks to Uniporn for scans of inside covers and such)


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A little info about the album is here:

From: Splendid eZine
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Splendid: You have another album, Unicorns Are People Too. When did that come out?

Nicholas Diamonds: That came out in February of last year.

Splendid: Wow. You put out two albums in one year.

Nicholas Diamonds: Yeah, and we've got tons of songs backlogged that we're going to work on in Florida. We're going to hang out in Florida for a little while, so that's exciting. Yeah, Unicorns Are People Too is something we put out ourselves, quietly, like 500 copies. We sold them at shows and record stores, and it's long out of print, all sold out, hard to find.

Splendid: Any plans to put that back out again?

Nicholas Diamonds: People are still discovering us, so we want to wait to put it out, I think. Maybe one more album... We want more people to have an idea of what we're doing, because that might throw people off. It's a bit different -- really, really lo-fi, and goofy, kinda.


From: Tiny Mix Tapes
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... Self-released back in March of 2003, The Unicorns first album, "Unicorns Are People Too" was a tour-de-force into the no-budget frills of low-fi recording, and reached the esteemed ranking of number twenty-nine on the Canadian charts.
Recorded by Diamonds and Ginger on a shoestring budget, the album has officially taken its' place among rare out-of-print albums, liken to that of Pavement's "Slay Tracks."
"It was [recorded on] a shitty computer; like a shitty old computer and a shitty computer mic." recalls Diamonds of the recording sessions. "It was just the cheapest. I don't know? It cost nothing to make that album. We didn’t know what we were doing. We only put it out because we felt like we should."
With an initial pressing of only five hundred compact discs, the now out-of-print "Unicorns Are People Too" is the latest hot commodity amongst the over-crowded underground.
"We recorded it like a year before that, but it kind of just sat around for a long time. And then we were like, 'Shit, let’s just put it out!' So that’s what we did. I don’t know why we did it, but we did it."
"And it’s obvious that the songs don’t sound the same now than they did then." adds drummer Jaime Thompson. Also noting that, "The new songs we’re doing now are a bit more collaborative."...


From: the UAPT Liner Notes:
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Songs 1-6 recorded at The House of Common (Nick's House?) on December 24th, 26th and 27th, 2001, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Songs 7-9 recorded at "The Company" with Joey on March 14th 2002, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Bells & Whistles, Smoke and Mirrors whipped up in January and May respectively, and released January 2003


Review from: Exclaim!:
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The Unicorns
Unicorns Are People Too

I've long suspected that small mediocre towns spawn great artistic visions. Such is the case with The Unicorns. From the salmon capital of the world come two gleefully art-damaged youngsters who, after escaping Campbell River, BC, have recorded a wonderfully fucked up collection of songs. The duo is Alden Ginger and Nicholas Diamonds, and their self-titled debut is a disorienting excursion into their twisted inner lives. Crammed full of crackling pop, glitchy samples, strangled vocals, fuzzed-out guitar, tinny drum sounds and often impenetrable lyrics, the record spins eagerly from sense to nonsense. It's a lo-fi recording that has been expertly (and lovingly) cut up and reassembled. The stuttering songs spiral out of control with great enthusiasm, and there is plenty that lurches above the sonic collapse to appease the sound junkies. It all coheres in a smoking, twisted metal mass of tacky beats and slacker vocals, and despite the fact that every sound on the record has been processed several times, it is never over-crowded. The duo warble in unison throughout, and their screeches make for a delightfully satisfying sing-along - just stop yourself from crying "satisfy the bride! Fellate the groom!" after a few listens. It's the sort of mess that is never less than pretty. Their thrift-store sensibility is sublime. Oh mythical Unicorns, save us from all that is hopelessly normal!

Helen Spitzer


From: Hour magazine:
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...There is a record to be heard. And though you get the impression that Diamonds would prefer that you didn't hear it, he's just being silly. In the spirit of Ween, the Folk Implosion and any other two-headed creatures with heart, the self-titled debut is all about that palpable off-the-cuff exuberance of two heads plugged together.
"We wrote pop songs and then fucked with them," he says, explainging how once they'd put the tracks down it was just about adding the "smoke and mirrors."
"I guess, ultimately, I want to find the balance between good songs, good beats and just exploration of sound."...


And a lot more info can be found in an April 2003 interview with SHZine, available here.


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Just found this over at newmusiccanada
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i have it, but dont have a picture of me kissing it..yet


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Don't think of me as a bad person for requesting this as my first post, but would it be possible to get the first mp3s back up? Thankyou.


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Don't think of me as a bad person for requesting this as my first post, but would it be possible to get the first mp3s back up? Thankyou.


You can't link directly to Zebox, so you have to search. Just type in the song title, and change the drop down box to say song title, and you'll find them.....

http://zebox.com/cgi-bin/artists/ze.cgi ... &cat=songs


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does anyone know where i could pick up a copy of, Unicorns are people too?


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