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What Happened to Jeff

by Jeff Onore

a masterpiece of rich, dark, humorous, post punk rock filled an unrepentent rock and roll heart, quirky and strangely appealing
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1. Say Hello to Linda
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2. Money and Sex
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3. What Happened to Jeff
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4. Tonight
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5. Try to Say Goodbye
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6. Dental Hygenist
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7. Seventeen
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8. Tap tap (Online)
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9. Twenty Years
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10. Monster on the Campus
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11. Sunday Night Blues
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"What Happened to Jeff" is a minor masterpiece of post punk rock filled with rich, dark humor and an unrepentent rock and roll heart, quirky and strangely appealing. - Syracuse New Times, Larry Hoyt

Bringing to mind masters such as Randy Newman and Elvis Costello... Jeff Onore is in their league... Raises the bar for singer songwriters of the sinister/humorous variety - Indie.Music.Com reviews

An expressive, intense, edgy and witty rock collection reviewed and enjoyed coast-to-coast.



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Syracuse New Times

FROM Syracuse New Times, April 15, 1998 by Larry Hoyt Jeff Onore Consider the possibilities: Graft the raspy whine of Randy Newman's voice onto the dark, schizoid psyche of Lou Reed, then cultivate this monotone curiosity in a petri dish fertilized by the outrageous Butthole Surfers. Did somebody say Warren Zevon? Did someone say Jeff Onore? Perhaps there does exist some twisted recessive gene of rock'n'roll DNA that explains the outlandish but thoroughly enjoyable 11-cut concoction What Happened to Jeff? (GlobalNet Records), recently cooked up by Jeff Onore, head of SU's Concert Board in the mid-Seventies, the heyday of on-campus shows. Onore certainly ranks as one of the most unlikely contenders for Best New Act on the rock scene. But based on his wickedly funny lyrics, more-than- serviceable melodic hooks, and the manically focused performance delivered on his debut disc, such is the case. What Happened to Jeff? stands as one of those totally obscure, all-but-ignored minor masterpieces of post-punk rock, expertly produced to entertain with the darkest of black humor accompanied by catchy riffs and rockin' beats. Most of the album's 11 songs deal with Onore's skewed professions of obsessive love, conjuring up a tabloid's checklist of warning signs that there may be some need for some court orders of protection. On the opener, "Say Hello to Linda," for example, Onore's ominous yet passionate baritone sings/recites these psycho-active lyrics: "Riding down your street, moving much too fast/ Crashed into your front door, I got a face full of glass/ You're watching TV, your daddy's reading/ I'm staggering around in here drunk and bleeding/ What's for dinner? I brought the wine!/ Linda I want you to be mine." On the playfully perverse "Dental Hygienist" Onore rocks out like a pubescent punk, convincingly throwing himself into typically clever but edgy lyrics: "We get it done when I am in this place/ She's in my mouth and she's in my face/ Dental hygienist, dental hygienist, I'm going mental for my dental hygienist!" Onore's dark humor continues in "Try to Say Goodbye" as he offers observations regarding love/hate and heartache: "They tell me love feels good/ But I'm starting to have my doubts/ You're like a splinter that I just can't get out/ You might've thought you saw me crying/ But that was just your spit in my eye/ And I wonder why I can't say goodbye." A not-so-hidden theme of prostitution underscores "Money and Sex," while a faked suicide and a planned disappearance guide the scenario for the CD's title track: "Pack my car with meat and dynamite/ Stand back and watch it explode/ By the time they figure out the meat ain't me/ I'll be racin' down the road." The fun continues with "Tap Tap (Online)," which pokes fun at masturbation and false loves fueled by the Internet. "Seventeen" details the wild rebelliousness of youth, as described by a parent who now sees that very same unrestrained behavior in his own adolescent son. Gonzo memories of a lost love echo through the song "20 Years" ("My mouth spurting blood when my pants burst into flames"), while "Monster on Campus" recounts a litany of collegiate excesses. The sincere but somewhat hokey "Sunday Night Blues" closes the disc with passionate longing: "I've been driving 200 miles/ And I've been thinking of you all the while/ My car is overheating and so am I." Recorded at Pine Island Sound in Newbury, Mass., What Happened to Jeff owes much of its musical punch to producing engineer E.J. Ouellette, who also plays combinations of electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin and bass behind Onore's limited but strangely appealing voice on all the tracks. A few other session players add keyboards and drums, but Ouellette really fuels Onore's full-throttle rock. Filled with rich dark humor and an unrepentant rock'n'roll heart, What Happened to Jeff impresses as a quirky but surprisingly complete and entertaining collection, deserving of attention from young and old rockers alike.

INDIE,COM Jeff Onore, "What Happened To Jeff" GlobalNet Records Now, this is the real deal. From amid the swarm of pseudo-clever posturers comes a Syracuse, NY native full of twisted insights and fresh (or maybe rotten) perspectives. Jeff Onore is one of those songwriters who give us not just a certain musical approach, but a unique take on the world. The music is well-crafted. Even when the band is slamming its way through one of Onore's quirky chord progressions, the listener knows the seeming effortlessness is methodically arrived at. Lead guitarist E.J. Oullette's garage-band flourishes and Sean Yadisernia's keyboard lines are the perfect counterpoint to Onore's deadpan vocal style. Lyrically, Onore brings to mind such masters as Randy Newman, Keith Sykes, Elvis Costello, John Hiatt, Tom Waits and Lyle Lovett. Onore is definitely in their league; his images and characters are literary pleasures. In "Money and Sex," he tells of a grad student who "needed rent . . . [and] art supplies / And a friend knew a friend and the friend found some guys." In the title cut, he devises ways to fake his death and otherwise get an ex- lovers attention: "Sometime next summer I'll be livin' in a little motel / Pizza boxes everywhere, my own little slice of hell." "Monster on the Campus" features a parade of deliciously wicked images: "Riding cross campus on a brand new bike / Past some kid in tie-dye on a hunger strike / Women's Collective found something wet and gory / In the dumpster by the woods behind the dormitory." Jeff Onore has raised the bar for singer-songwriters of the sinister-humor variety. If you don't want to mess with anything but first-rate, this is your record. -Barney Quick for


SOUNDCHECK, May, 1998 "Theres a huge market for folks like this.I hope some sharp indie picks up Onore because he deserves it and he will make 'em some dough, too." FOSTERS DAILY, May 1998 "..wickedly funny lyrics, decidedly edgy, themes of sexual obsession and failed relationships are not normally the sort of thing one would consider funny, but Onore somehow pulls it off, staggering the fine line between disturbed and disturbing" MUSICIANS TRADE JOURNAL, March 1998 ".the left side of life, hip, urbane, style all his own" METRONOME, May 1998 "Jeff could enjoy some success with cuts like "Say Hello To Linda".unconventional effort ripe for the picking." NORTHEAST PERFORMER May 1998 ".Onore specializes in tongue-in-cheek lyricscrack a smile at this twisted songsters point of view.."