DUCHESS OF SAIGON: Hootenanny: 7″

Moving away from their earlier and wholly uninspiring White Stripes clone job, this boy/girl duo is now adding enough wacky postproduction elements to the mix (i.e. multi-part surfy vocal harmony overdubs and such) that i think they might have started sounding more like a cross between Harper’s Bizarre and really early Meat Puppets—which, counterintuitively, seems to indicate that they’re “on the right track.” Be that as it may, the phrase “two-piece band” is beginning to invoke the same level of sheer terror in me that was previously reserved for the phrases “mature amateur” and “isn’t that an earwig?” BEST SONG: “Painted Right” BEST SONG TITLE: “Hootenanny”—shit, that would even make a good album title. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: One founding member of Harper’s Bizarre was Ted Templeman—who would later go on to produce all those Van Halen albums for Warner Brothers™. Whoopie ding!

 –norb (Plastic Idol)