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by Spooky Pie

What would David Bowie sound like if he started a surf band after the Spiders From Mars?
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pretty Wierd Thing
2:53 $0.99
2. In the Midnight Hour
3:21 $0.99
3. Phantom Surfer
2:08 $0.99
4. Thunder
4:05 $0.99
5. Blood
2:41 $0.99
6. Poisonberry
3:41 $0.99
7. Words
2:50 $0.99
8. Hey Bulldog
3:11 $0.99
9. The Best Drag
3:57 $0.99
10. Tiger In A Cage
2:35 $0.99
11. Kill Yer TV
2:57 $0.99
12. Carnival of Souls
4:02 $0.99
13. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In)
2:21 $0.99
14. Octavia
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
LA Weekly
This is the second release by one of the finer bands on the L.A. circuit, and like a feast of 40 years of California rock, Spooky Pie serves up distinctively flavored slices of Golden State genres, heavily spiced with an eerie gothic sensibility. There's early-'60 surf ("Phantom Surfer"), late-'60s melodic folk-rock with harmonious male/female vocals ("Thunder" and Octavia"), '70s - '90s punk (Poisonberry") and ''80s new wave ("Pretty Weird Thing"). They also perform three covers that actually alter the originals rather than just restate them: a metallic, psychedelic version of the Beatles' "Hey Bulldog," a thrashy rendition of Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and a Shindig teenbeat frugfest of the T-Bones' "No Matter What Shape," which you oldsters may remember as the catchy Alka-Seltzer theme song from the mid-'60s.
Most of the tunes are the creation of lead guitarist Willy Banta, whose fretwork has a Dick-Dale-snarl-meets-Lou-Reed-loose feel. He shares vocals with the sensuous keyboardist Phyllis Teen. While the influences are varied, the platter has the creepy feel of trashy, moonlit red-velvet Hollywood nightlife. Memorable stuff - this Pie is in our face. (Michael Simmons)

Bitch Magazine (Feminist Response to Pop Culture)
Their Beggars Banquet-meets-Devil's Brunch cover photo may look creepy, but slap on this disc and you'll find that Spooky Pie is much more Addams Family than Anton LaVey. The influences and shape-shifting of this L.A. garage-goth five-piece is meticulous - vocalists Willy Banta and Phyllis Teen morph Wilson Pickett's exuberant "In the Midnight Hour" into a veritable Hannibal Lecter of creepy suggestion, turn around for the gentle Byrdsian lullaby of "Thunder" (sample lyric: "You will never die/But I sometimes lie/So hey, hey, hey"), and then plunge into droning surfy psychedelia on "Words." Spooky Pie's is a goofy shtick, filled with scary love, stairways to hell, knife-wielding trailer-park girls (and the fact that drummer Robbie Rist played Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch sends the novelty-o-meter into the red zone). But Poisonberry throws a Halloween party that's as yummy as a bowl of circus peanuts.



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