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You Have No Idea!

by What The...?

A glorious high energy train wreck of rock'n'roll/power pop in the grand tradition of the 60's through 80's British Invasion, with some good old American roots rock thrown in.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Theme From What The...?
0:59 $0.99
2. Listen To Me!
3:36 $0.99
3. Ball Is In Your Court
5:00 $0.99
4. Blindsided
4:59 $0.99
5. Nobody Said A Word
3:37 $0.99
6. I'm So Glad
3:17 $0.99
7. I Don't Wanna Talk To You
2:53 $0.99
8. Everything Is Fine
3:38 $0.99
9. Better Him Than Me
4:59 $0.99
10. Theme From What The...? (Reprise)
1:17 $0.99
11. Nothing Left To Dream
6:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
What has the power-pop/garage-rock band What The...? been up to lately? You Have No Idea!

Really, you have no idea. It's the name of the second full-length CD release from the Atlanta-based trio, due out April 7th. And, much like trying to describe the band itself, it's hard to put together words that really give you insight into the non-homogenized, roots-oriented (yet fearlessly original) rock that What The...? has made their signature sound for the past five years. In case you're wondering, now would be a good time to stop reading and start listening to You Have No Idea!, and draw your own conclusions. Or, at least take a listen to track 8 ("Everything Is Fine") and bask in the afterglow of the rockin' tuba solo.

Still here? Okay, then you get the benefit of learning more about the new CD from the fun, quirky band that Ellen Chait Olhsson calls, "The offspring of The Beatles and Green Day." What The...? may have grown up a little since their eponymously titled debut disc in 2003, but everything on You Have No Idea remains consistent to the vibe that the trio established early on: raucous guitars, thundering drums, and passionate voices singing in close harmony. What The...? offers a sound that's familiar to any fan of British invasion rock and power pop, yet maintains a sense of fun and irreverence, never getting trapped in the mire of taking themselves too seriously. You won't find any self-pitying whining here, even in the songs that tackle topics like love (and love lost).

You Have No Idea spans the realm of influences absorbed by drummer Spyder Davis, bassist/vocalist Lyle Bufkin, and guitarist Lee Flier. The first track, "Theme From What The...?", sets a frantic pace that Flier describes as "All the rock you need, in under a minute!" Bufkin penned the next track, "Listen To Me", as a rallying cry for anyone who's sick of pretentious would-be hipsters. Track 3, "Ball Is In Your Court", features a soaring Hammond organ by guest keyboardist Joey Huffman (Soul Asylum, Georgia Satellites, Drivin N Cryin) that integrates perfectly over the Petty-esque vibe of the tune.

Track five takes What The...? in a different direction, adding a horn section to round out this Motown-inspired ditty. If you're a fan of harmony vocals, "I'm So Glad" takes the angst of a loved one's indifference and drowns it in so many voices, the band's recorder crashed while making this tune (true story). And, as referenced above, "Everything Is Fine", really may be the first rock tune that highlights that most rocking of instruments, the tuba.

On "Better Him Than Me", you get a glimpse of Spyder Davis' god-like drum skills along with his talents as a lead vocalist, with fun vocal interplay between Davis and Bufkin. Flier discards all the prejudices of what a "girl guitarist" is supposed to sound like, opting instead for a huge arena-rock vibe that channels the essence of Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, and George Harrison. The album ends with a Flier composition, "Nothing Left to Dream", a possibly-sad tale of maybe-requited love, with a lush Mellotron from Huffman that will knock you out, or at least rock you out.

So, that's it. If you haven't started listening to You Have No Idea yet, we'll assume you like our writing, and we're flattered. But the proof is in the pudding... or, more appropriately, in the little 1's and 0's that make up the CD. Put it on! Until you listen... you have no idea!

- Jeff Klopmeyer


Lyle Bufkin - Bass, Vocals
Lee Flier - Guitar, Vocals
Jim "Spyder" Davis - Drums, Vocals


Joey Huffman - Piano, Organ, Mellotron
L.A. Tuten - Tuba
Bob Lewis - Trumpet, Trombone
Laurent Oget - Saxophone

Recorded and Mixed by Lee Flier at Radio Flier Studios, Atlanta, Georgia
Mastering: Bob Olhsson, Nashville, Tennessee



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Robert Whitman

What the...? delivers again with a solid, gutsy performance; confidently sung lyrics with maybe a little more than a slightly wicked grin.

The band is clearly enjoying it and have that quality of grip on the music that makes humor possible... as on track no. 8, Everything Is Fine.

Here we have several good tracks of four-on-the-floor rock 'n roll with a blast of punk/new wave energy; lyrically we're lookin' at love gone right and wrong from several directions.

Lee Flier's excellent rock ballad Nothing Left To Dream About closes the disc in the lush bittersweetness of a tune that could be the lost companion to The Beatles' Free As A Bird.

Here the guitar, drums, and mellotrons combine some of the best of at least two Beatles eras. It sounds fresh, without any excess nostalgia; but still hits the nail on the head. I'd like to hear more in this mode.

What The...? also layers in some little audio surprises in a manner reminiscent of the outgoing moments of the Abbey Road album. I'll leave it at that, for those who leave the disc going past the silence at the end of the last tune.