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Gag Me With a Spoon
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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Linda Frances Nichols | 06/24/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Milwaukee's Don't Records hopped on the 80s nostalgia bandwagon early (1995). This tribute album takes plenty of risks. Several fail, but others soar. Most tunes are borderline. Marques Bovre & the Evil Twins treat "867-5309 (Jenny)" with the irreverence it deserves, although their version sounds flat. The Yell Leaders get things moving with a relatively faithful rendition of "Church of the Poison Mind." Citizen King scratches and funks through "Once in a Lifetime," and Mrs. Fun echoes, not apes, Thomas Dolby on "She Blinded Me With Science."A few songs stand out. Pet Engine's "How Soon is Now?" is one of my favorites -- a risky, soaring tune that goes from guitar pop to grunge to country twang within 4 minutes. The Blow Pops' version of "The Ghost in You" is almost as dreamy, eerie and sweet as the Furs. SODA's "I Know What Boys Like" has the same sly wink as the original, and it's even funnier with a male voice. Finally, I can't even listen to the Police version of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" after hearing the Falling Wallendas version -- the poppy reggae is replaced with gorgeous moody guitar work and harmony that highlights the ache behind the words of the song. For once, a tribute improves the original.Then there are the failures, like "Shock the Monkey" on acoustic guitar. Willy Porter's terribly misguided "Whip It" sounds like it should be blaring out of a Chicago blues bar. "Talk of the Town" and "Everybody Wants You" are barely distinguishable from the originals, so why are they here? The great covers are great, but the weak covers do muck up the rest of the CD. A suggested buy only for curiousity seekers, rabid fans of some of the original artists, and people with a high tolerance for novelty."
Great CD From an Obscure Label
Linda Frances Nichols | 04/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I beg to differ with the initial reviewer of this CD. I found it highly enjoyable. It goes to show how much talent is out there in local scenes, this being Milweaukee. I had never heard of any of these groups and much less their label Don't Records. I can't and won't diss anything on this great tribute CD to 80's music. Buy it ..... you'll love it!"