Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ben Wild And The Wild Band

My Baby Say No
American Music Connection

Rockabilly's venerable tradition (of sorts) of shaking out storm-tossed renditions from the book of popular song, such as Number Nine's un-surmountable Hey Joe, The Hot Rod Gang's stainless Tainted Love (also included here) or The Tailshakers spare no-one wipeout of Ever Fallen In Love?, is taken a shimmying step further by this German combo. Nestled amidst the seven headed monster of their fine and far superior, composition are covers of preposterous pop parade fodder, though prepare to be surprised. Overhauling the sagging undercarriages of Prince's Kiss, Kylie's Can't Get You Out Of My Head (indeed one original is 'Ode To Kylie Minogue') and, somewhat lesserly, Britney's ...Baby One More Time mutates them into seductive mambo's with serious shake appeal. Tongue-in-cheek finger-poppin' fun is a dandy bop, especially with a title track that could rival the king of cut-throat smut ol' Chuck his-very-self but how many times you'll return to 'billy-bullying jaunts through Smells Like Teen Spirit mixed with theJames Bond theme or Wonderwall, despite Wild's laudable larynx and his cohorts dextrous spirals of Luther Perkins picking and Bigsby shine, er...God only knows?

- Stu Gibson

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