DREXEL, OHIO: Self-titled: CD

The little sticker on the front of this disc refers to Drexel, Ohio as “one of America’s most unique acts.” I don’t know about that. It is a quirky package that defies easy categorization. Soundwise, it’s like what you might hear at any smoky lounge at some Holiday Inn somewhere in rural America: cheesy keyboards and schmaltzy vocals with lyrics that you either think are “funny” or “really stupid.” But I don’t know if it’s really all that unique. I know several people who do the cheeseball lounge lizard shtick – like Minneapolis’ own Mike Suade – and do a funnier send-up of it. I think the best these guys can hope for is a spot on an upcoming Dr. Demento collection of “wacky” songs. Humor, of course, is a very subjective thing, so I’m sure that there are people out there who’d think this is a real kick in the pants. I’m just not one of them.

 –aphid (Donger)