Previously on Lost | The Tale of Season 4 and the Oceanic Six (Kiss My Arzt)

cd_previously-on-lost.jpgThe band’s music is not for those who may have missed an episode or unfamiliar with the show.








So here we are again. Fall has come and gone, 2009 is upon us, and we have waited so patiently—okay maybe not that patiently—for January’s postponed Lost Season Five premiere. While our other favorite episodic series have returned and are now on winter hiatus, Lost hasn’t even begun yet. If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to remember what the hell happened almost a year ago in the last episode. There’s only so many times you can re-watch the Lost episodes before you’re ready to do yourself in.

Enter Previously on Lost, a tribute band from New York City whose music is based entirely on the Lost storyline. With a track to mimic each and every episode thus far, The Tale of Season 4 and the Oceanic Six summarizes the entire fourth season, episode by episode, in far less time than it would take to watch all 14 shows. In fact, it’s a lot more interesting triggering your memory via what sounds like Sesame Street or The Muppets singing the plot to you with a sense of sarcasm, good-spirited humor and outright blunt commentary. You can’t get much more to the point than the chorus and title of one song "Gotta Take Your Meds (If You Don’t Want to See the Dead)"—a musical summary based on Hurley’s history of mental illness hashed up in last year’s episode "Something Nice At Home." 

Another not to be missed track is "Move It!", a happy, kazoo-filled melody about episode 11 entitled "Cabin Fever." The song starts out in the same singsong fashion but then transforms into a sort of disco-flavored track that dares you to just try not to dance. In the episode, Locke gets word from Jacob via Jack’s dead father, Christian, that he must move the island in order to save it and everyone on it; coincidentally, this episode is the set-up episode for the season finale that follows.

But don’t be fooled. The band’s music is not for those who may have missed an episode to catch up or for those unfamiliar with the show to start out with. It’s highly unlikely someone who hadn’t seen the episode would understand the fast-paced lyrics, much less a watered down two-minute version without details. There’s certainly no set musical genre for this group other than simply tribute/sing-a-long. The album is best suited as an entertaining and comical commentary on each episode, allowing humorous release for an otherwise dramatic series. It’s kind of quirky and makes you wonder how it might work if other ongoing episodic series also had their own band.

All in all, the music gives fans the ability to talk about the show—or, in this instance, sing about it—and enjoy the show in a comical and entertaining way until the next episode. While the lyrics are hard to understand at first, the music is without a doubt catchy and lyrics for each song are available on the band’s MySpace page. The most interesting part of listening to Previously on Lost is their ability to reword what you just saw—granted you saw that night’s episode—so that it’s funny and the viewer gets it. In some ways, the lyrics become an inside joke because only fans of the show can play along.

Lost fans can listen to last season’s storyline at the band’s official MySpace page Sadly, The Tale of Season 4 and the Oceanic Six album is their debut album, which means that tracks for episodes prior to season four are not available. The season premiere of Lost will air Wednesday, January 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on ABC. Previews for the season premiere can be found at B+ | Jennifer Manjarez

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