This disc is one of two released to support "Battle of Who Could Care Less," Ben Folds Five's first song to get substantial radio play in the States and overseas. The title track is the studio version and is taken from the Whatever and Ever Amen LP. The remaining two tracks are must-haves for a serious fan, but perhaps worthless to the average music listener. "Hava Nagila" is a live rendition of the traditional Jewish tune with no real surprises other than the fact that a rock band is playing it. Knowing the backstory of "For Those of Y'all Who Wear Fanny Packs" makes it far more impressive, but even then, it is little more than very talented musicians goofing off. What started as a sound check resulted in a Beastie Boys-style rap about sound checks, roadies and on-the-road experiences. This last track has some pretty funny moments, but is also thick with obscenities and not for the weak of heart.
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AllMusic Review by Joe Schanderson