Fatboy was the first studio album by the jam band moe. It was first released in 1992 as a cassette of which only 1,000 were released. The band re-released the album in September of 1999 on CD. The album was recorded in the Spring of 1991 at Happy House Studios, the second floor of an apartment in Buffalo, NY, which was owned/operated by Andrew Buscher. Over ten evenings, the album was recorded and mixed. The band used sixteen track audio for the recording and used overdubs for vocals and solos. The bands original drummer, Ray Schwartz, left the group between the tracking and mixing in order to attend graduate school in New Paltz, NY. Soon after the album was finished, the band took on Jim Loughlin as their new drummer.
Reviews"moe. has constantly separated themselves from other bands in their jam/improv genre by being able to put out consistently enjoyable studio albums. This effort is no different. The songs won't be new to those familiar with moe's music, but the arrangements are sometimes different than what one is used to. Reminiscent of Phish's Junta and Widespread Panic's Space Wrangler in that it is a re-release of an early, independent work, Fatboy satisfies on all levels. moe's early songs can be a little harsh to the unitiated. If you were expecting soft, hippie dippie types of songs then you will be surprised by this cd. The songs are thick, dense and all over the place. Once again, bassist Rob Derhak's vocals are almost indecipherable, but that is his chosen vocal style. At their best, moe is the quintessential live band - perhaps in the top 5 of all time in that medium. They have come a long way since this recording as far as musicians, singers and group improvisers, but this is a startling example of how talented moe was at such a young age." - Music-City.org