PHLEGMBALL - THE SOUND OF MUCUS II
punk isn’t to all tastes, but if you enjoy short, sharp
and catchy tunes with humorous lyrics, you’ll probably find
enough in Hairy Phlegmball’s second album to keep you amused.
With a mix of surf guitar and psychobilly beats, topped with suitably
gruff vocals, the band are probably not going to win any awards
for originality, but the retro vibe is not disagreeable. Tracks
like Cheap Beer and Tidy
Bowl Man wander dangerously close to the B52’s
at times, but on the whole, this is a fairly inoffensive, if unmemorable
selection of sharp, short (the shortest is the 15 second Sound
of Silence – though this probably doesn’t
count, as it is indeed just silence) ditties. Subjects under discussion
include Three Stooges member Larry Fine, taking a piss (there’s
plenty of toilet humour here), eating roadkill, and the fact that
you Can’t Rhyme Nuthin’ with Orange.
If you’re looking for sophisticated humour, you’ll
be sorely disappointed (though the band name alone should’ve
been a warning to you.
The best tunes on offer here are Rugrat
and album opener Designated Driver;
the rest are decent enough in small doses – but listening
to the album from start to finish does start to feel like a bit
of a chore after a while. By the time the album wound up with
a drunken cover of the Ultraman theme song, I’d
heard enough. But listened one or two at a time, these are not
awful. If you hate novelty punk, Hairy Phlegmball are hardly going
to change your mind. But if you enjoy a mix of dumb lyrics and
bouncy tunes, you might find them amusing.
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