JEFFREY MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #854.593.227!
Comic Book Heroes – Take A Seat
(self released) :: I was gonna say something suitably snide like: “If real superheroes were as lame as these
four Supersnipes, the world would be run by supervillains.” But it turns out I’m only half wrong because, just
like the Hawk, they got enough Whoish power chord trappings to wake me up. Unfortunately, just like the Dove, they also got
enough Hagarish power ballad trimmings to snooze me down.
North Side Kings – Suburban Royalty (I Scream) :: These screamos write liner notes
that brag: “This is the song Ice-T wishes he wrote in place of ‘New Jack Hustler’.” Yeah, right.
Ice-T – Home
Invasion (Rhyme Syndicate) :: And this is the album the North Side Kings wish they’d made in place of Suburban
Royalty. Yeah, right on.
Nuttin Band – Yardcore (Bodog) :: Jahve nuttin d’feah bwah dis Korny wrekord widjil leeve fuh
evva indie infuhmmy, mon.
Notwist – The Devil, You & Me (Domino) :: Love their way, they’re the new Psychedelic Furs!
Bad Luck Charms –
Bad Luck Charms (I Scream) :: I scream, you scream, we all scream for this slovenly hard rock cross between the New
York Dolls and Wild Man Fischer.
Simons – Can You Hear Me (CBS) :: You’re breaking up.
Neil Sedaka – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Rocket) :: Can
you hear me now?
Vegas – A Town And Two Cities (Universal Republic) :: It was the best of Hall & Oates, it was
the worst of U2.
PLATTER OF THE WEEK: John Oates – 100 Miles Of Life (Phunk Shui) :: Strangely believe it, this one
sounds a whole lot like DaBo’s Young Americans, which ain’t no insult by a long shot when you consider
that it’s got a similar trifecta of breathy pseudo-soul lead vocals, smooth pseudo-soul background vocals, and slinky
pseudo-soul strings—the only difference being that the erstwhile Mr. Jones never slipped into gritty pseudo-stud David
Lee Roth vocal mode from time to time like pseudo-soul Oates does here.
Be seeing you!