Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds - Haunted Head


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In Powers' world, Iggy and the Stooges get merged with the Three Stooges, and this is visionary cartoon rock full of surf overtones, fuzzy guitars, and Captain Beefheart lyrics that seem more made up on the spot than actually written. Powers is hardly a great vocalist, sounding more like a beat poet speaking and slightly chanting his latest musings backed by a ragged, kick-ass band channeling the ghost of Screamin' Jay Hawkins backed by the Stones lost in New Orleans at their drunkest. Haunted Head is a slab of loose noise that somehow gets over on its own verve and kinetics, with songs emerging from the mix in Powers' baritone singing/speaking voice. "Let's Go!" is a fraying, joyous call for motion and action; the opener, "Lurch," does just that, lurching about like a delightful lost surf tune on too much whiskey; and "Killer Diller" somehow works as a tribute to comedian Phyllis Diller merged with the 1950s ghost of Jerry Lee Lewis. 

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