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Electric Six
Fire
XL/Beggars Group

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Electric Six really disappointed me. As I previously gushed here in a review at LAS, their single, "Danger! High Voltage," was pure, immaculate moronic joy. Supplemented by the best video ever and Jack White's feral yelps, that track brought together a generation. Well, maybe that is a bit overstated, but the shit was sexy, it rocked and it made you want to dance and grow a moustache without a trace of irony. Midgets and schoolboys everywhere eagerly picked their noses in anticipation of their forthcoming LP. And then it came, and while there are a few select moments, there is also quite a feeling of being let down. Gather the little people and hug them tightly. Electric Six's time has come and gone. That's right, I am pronouncing them dead on arrival with Fire.

I feel personally hurt by this album. I expected so much, maybe too much, so maybe it's my own fault. Let me point out the good points first, maybe it will be cathartic. The album kicks off with the menacing and commanding "Dance Commander," pure 80's rock under Dick Valentine's barking of dancehall orders. "Naked Pictures (Of Your Mother)" may sound like an Atom and His Package song title, but it rocks along via chunky guitar riffs as Valentine oozes "I make lots of money, I make more money than you. I drive around in my limo - that's what I do." Alright then, I can appreciate that. Then, all of a sudden, a moment of pure dumb bliss; right before the guitar solo, Valentine screams out "Solo!" I lose it every time. "Danger!" is of course amazing and "Gay Bar" stomps out a garage/surf fusion complete with cowbells and repeated phrases like "I've got something to put in you… at the gay bar." Dick Valentine's own private Idaho at work.

Now on to the crap, which is pretty much the rest of the album. From the stupid disco bass and silly guitar frills of "Electric Demons in Love" to the insipid ballad "I Invented the Night" to the yawns of "Nuclear War (On the Dance Floor)", Fire does not inspire. Jokes fall flat and this music needs the jokes, the innocent and in-yer-face humor that Electric Six fart out, in order to work. Jokes and Music equivalents: Batman and Robin, Gumby and Pokey, Thurston and Kim, left nut and right nut. They need each other.

I will end this review by saying that I am being way too hard on Electric Six and I want to apologize to the band. Dick, Rock and Roll Indian, Disco, Surge, M… I am sorry. You guys are cool, you guys are funny, you made a great video and you rock. Consider this just a little tough love. Pretend I am your mean coach who yells at you and gives you cramps at soccer practice because I stress you out so badly but really just wants you to kick a little ass. Your live show is great too and I will definitely go see you play again. Love, Jonah.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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