Record Label: Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club
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Everything about Bobby Joe Ebola and “Carmelita Sings” is odd and weird and different…and I think I like it. They’re a band that manages to sound like everyone and no one at the same time. The album is also a re-release of a re-release with new artwork, inserts, pins, stickers and downloads provided free of charge.
If I were forced to make comparisons then compare I shall. The vocals sound like the Crash Test Dummies, the music reminds me of the Violent Femmes and Frank Zappa at times and there is also a dose of Vandals snarky humor.
There are also quite a few songs that one may find offensive and of questionable subject matter but…I’ve been listening to the Bloodhound Gang since I was 17 so I’m used to songs like “Mr. Abuse”, “Childkiller” and “Skin Cancer”. I never thought that a song about skin cancer could sound so fun.
When all things are said and done, and the nuclear winter has cleared away, one could only hope that the apocalypse (of rock) is quite as much fun as “Carmelita Sings: Visions of a Rock Apocalypse” is. It would definitely be the kind of music to jumpstart mankind once again.
Bottom Line: If only Frank Zappa were around to see what his bastard son has made of himself…
Notable Tracks: Skin Cancer, 1 ½ Feet, rockandrollfire