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MP3 Spooky Pie - Audios

Rock and Roll - influences: Glam, Surf and Punk that is FUN, though dark and great party music.

13 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Glam, POP: 60''s Pop

What is Audios?
By: MuzikMan (Associate Writer)

Trying to explain what Spooky Pie sounds like is like analyzing a psych patient by the name of Sybil, they have so many different personalities you never know which one is going to show up for dinner. That is just fine and dandy with me because I like something out of the ordinary or the off center alternative in music.

If you look at the cover of this CD you will feel you are watching a horror movie, then when you open the CD the inside cover shows three widows giving their loved ones a shot in the head and an early grave, on the back cover there are three dead men lying in a nice neat row. So what is the moral of the story? Happiness is a warm gun, what else? The CD comes housed in a...you guessed it, a blood red colored case. Even though they project this Halloween like image they are very seriously talented musicians and let''s say that they use a different kind of vocal style that sounds like a punk Go-Go''s on speed.

To make this an even cooler joy ride R & B legend Big Jay McNeely joins in to play some smokin'' saxophone. The two instrumentals that he guests on will make you think that the songs belong on another album. "Surfin'' Iraq" and "Phantom Surfer" rock hard and fast with just enough twang and salty air to remind you of the days when the Southern California beaches were full of tanned teenagers stompin'' their feet to great beach music and surfing all day. The other great instrumental is "Doom Buggy." It is another excellent slice of sound without the human vocals stealing the show...did I hear somebody say The Munsters? This is all great fun with a lot of good music to enjoy so do not take any of the images or content seriously. It is all merely a play on our cinematic themes sensationalizing violence and destruction.

They are a very cool band with a distinctive sound and style that is all their own. It would be very difficult to emulate them, and that is what separates them from the hundreds of other indie bands vying for your attention. This one is worth taking the time to check out. Remember the names-Phyllis Teene, Will Spectre, Kim Ono, Li''l Tracy, Eddie De Joy, and Mark Fletcher, they are Spooky Pie.

Spooky Pie: Audios
Reviewed by DJ Johnson

Don''t be completely fooled by the gothic look of the cover. Spooky Pie can''t be tied to a particular genre. There are elements of pop, psychedelia, surf, girl-group 60s and, yes, goth styles near the top, then extremely brief flashes of punk and glam. So brief that they''re only ghostly suggestions over the already intoxicating sounds. The music draws you right in, puts a party hat on your head, and asks you to dance to the happy sounds as one of the ladies, presumably Phyllis Teen, sings "I Ruined Him." This is not a remorseful song about mistreating a man, mind you, but a matter-of-fact accounting of finding out what a make her guy was and the way she physically destroyed him for his sins.

my latest love took me for granted
had sex six times a day
I cleaned the house and used the microwave
the good old-fashioned way
but then he started to be distant, oh oh
he''d call and say he''s working late, oh oh oh
and when I found out he was cheating
I blew his ass away

yeah I ruined him I ruined him oh woe woe woe
yeah I ruined him and now he is all gone all gone

A lot of the songs are about women who are sick of putting up with bullmake from men and a sleeve photo of the guys in the band digging their graves while the women aim pistols at them would be far more upsetting if it weren''t for the audible wink in the songs.

As if this album needed any help at all, there''s a rather magnificent surprise that puts it way over the top of the cool meter. The legendary Big Jay McNeely plays some killer sax on a pair of tracks. Man, if I was in the studio with Big Jay, I''d probably just forget how to play guitar and talk. These people are apparently much cooler than me, because they did fine, and the album, as a whole, is an addictive listen with a cool combination of pogo-worthy rock and chilling, eerie tunes worthy of a band named Spooky Pie.

© 2003 - DJ Johnson

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