Sarandon | Kill Twee Pop! (Slumberland)

cd_sarandon.jpgIrony in rock ‘n’ roll is a tough feat to pull off but Sarandon makes it happen.

The description on LastFM is pretty succinct: "Scratchy itchy guitars, rumbling bass and tumbling drums." I can’t remember a band that made me immediately smile since the first time I heard/saw Minus the Bear or when I was a kid and bought a Gruppo Sportivo EP on a personal dare. Sarandon sounds like one of the perfect late ’70s/early ’80s post-punk bands that blazed away on mix tapes and in the oh-so-hip clubs. A little bit Bongos, a little bit Gang of Four, and just a tiny bit of the Fall.

Short, catchy songs that are memorable is what pop is all about (apparently 2:42 makes the perfect song) and Sarandon pulls them off brilliantly. Their songs are funny and quirky. I won’t spend the entire review quoting lyrics, but here is one of my favorites from "Massive Haircut": "I’ll grow a mustache that won’t suit me/ then shave all my body completely/ tattoo eyebrows across my forehead/ so I look shocked when you meet me/ I try to be cool, I act like a fool/ deep down I wish you would stop me/ but you just laugh behind my back/ at me and my massive haircut." Kind of sad and mean at the same time, but we all know it is true.

Irony in rock ‘n’ roll is a tough feat to pull off but Sarandon makes it happen with titles like "The Discotecheque is my lover" "massive haircut" and "good working practice." I don’t know if the band kills twee pop as its title professes, but it goes a long way toward putting some muscle in the genre known as pop.

The album is a brisk listen. With only one song over the three-minute mark, the album clocks in at just about a half hour. So make sure when you put it on to hit the "repeat" button. | Jim Dunn

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Jim Dunn grew up in NY in the 70s and 80s. Even though that time in music really shapes his appreciation it does not define it. Music, like his beloved history is a long intermingled path that grows, builds and steals from its past. He lives in Colorado with his lovely wife and a wild bunch of animals.

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