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Better Than The Rest

by Boo Frog

Rock & Roll 101.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sky Is High
3:39 $0.99
2. Bad Pam
3:52 $0.99
3. Jake the Alligator Man
3:41 $0.99
4. The One
3:33 $0.99
5. Back Alley Man
3:07 $0.99
6. Briar Rose
4:19 $0.99
7. Mind Bender
2:33 $0.99
8. Anabasis
4:57 $0.99
9. We Can Fly
2:31 $0.99
10. Re-Revolution
4:50 $0.99
11. Better Than the Rest
2:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Boo Frog's second album "Better Than The Rest" begins with Sky Is High, an homage to Sky Saxon, one of songwriter Chris Newman's biggest influences. It is followed by Erika's rock & roll tramp anthem, Bad Pam. Third, a theme song for Washington's famous beach-town curiosity, Jake The Alligator Man, features engineer Mike Lastra on theremin. The One is Erika's sweet and sour love anthem. Back Alley Man is Chris's claim to living the hard life, and surviving 44 years in rock & roll. Briar Rose is dark poetry delivered in a death trance. Mind Bender features drummer Paul Vega on lead vocals and a nod to Velvet Underground. Anabasis is a demon-fighting song. We Can Fly is cool trash jazz featuring Mary Sue Tobin on saxophone. Re-Revolution is an inspirational hymn for the rock & roll player. Better Than The Rest, the final, title cut, is Boo Frog's rave-up ending to Rock & Roll 101.



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Okay, so the Cramps made their greatest records with no dang bass player - they didn't need one! Boo Frog operates on a similar premise, I think. There's so much great guitar here it takes awhile before the listener even notices there's a rhythm instrument that's usually there that ain't. I haven't even said a word about the songs - if these were JUST Chris Newman songs, it'd be a great album. But add Erika Meyer's songwriting, guitar playing & singing into the equation - AND Paul Vega's drumming (and great carny/Suicide/Jim-Carroll-esque vox on "Mind Bender"), and we've got a truly excellent album here. Erika's "Anabasis" could be a riot grrrl outtake from 1994 (I hope the band doesn't edit THIS part of the review out - I mean it as a compliment!), and then "Jake the Alligator Man", complete with theremin from engineer deluxe Mike Lastra, is a psychedelic masterpiece that would fit in between the Seeds & the Lollipop Shoppe on a 60s mixtape. Seems like Erika sings a lot about dead people... and hey! Do I know "Bad Pam?" Newman has been making music for Portland & beyond for the last 30 years now, and will hopefully continue for 30 more - this record proves that his best work isn't behind him yet. He's been on a writing/recording/playing-live rampage the last 4 or 5 years, and this newest band of his, Boo Frog, raises the ante further. Glad to know you guys, and glad to keep seeing you live. Show Spider Babies how it's done tonight! There's a video from the session this album came from at Smegma that's pretty cool - more contributions from renaissance man Mike Lastra - check it out at

Boo Frog/Better Than the Rest, Skullman Records CD 84502-40389-3, 2010.