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...Gowns by Edith Head
Mint Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Raise your hand if you used to watch the TV show "The Kids in the Hall." Keep your hand up if you used to love the theme song. It's OK, those surf guitars and that staccato drumming were actually pretty infectious and blew away any other TV theme song I can think of (except maybe "Different Strokes"). Brian Connelly was the brains and guitar behind Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, the band responsible for Canada's finest contribution to TV music. His new band, Atomic 7, retains many of the sounds of Shadowy Men while venturing into many other territories as well.

The album's title references the decadent costume designer responsible for the wardrobe in many of Alfred Hitchcock's films, among other classics. The sound of this album, a mixture of surf guitar, lounge, exotica, jazz, swing, bossanova and country, is an aural representation of the elegance and kitsch found in many of Head's dress designs. Connelly and his cohorts, Clinton Ryder on double bass and Mike Andreosso on drums, make music that sounds like Calexico doing a soundtrack to an episode of "Ren and Stimpy." Their tunes range from straight up surf guitar ("Chock Full O' Notes") to beach movie theme songs ("She's Got Haggar Party Slacks") to country-exotica numbers ("Artistry in Nachos"). The kitsch is in full swing here, with nary a word to interrupt its fast paced assault.

This record should please the rockabilly crowd as well as those fans of tropical cocktails, plastic palm trees and pink flamingos. The band is full of tight riffs and manages to make their songs sound like separate entities even though the delayed and echoing guitar sounds remains constant throughout.

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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