Crop and the Seven Donkeys
"Hey Pop!" 7"
Genres: indie rock, experimental rock, noise rock
PO Box 150671
Nov 17 - 23 2003
liner notes list the record's "seven donkeys," all of whom
are credited as playing bass guitar, before explaining that none of the
appear on the actual record itself.
Only Corn Crop was actually involved in the creation of the
seven-inch's two songs.
The music itself? I'll tell you, I was expecting some sort of
irritating, needlessly noisy hodge-podge of electronics and improvised
sound. Instead, I got a bizarre rock record with equal flashes tomfoolery and brilliance.
The first song is "Health Department," which melds a
high-octane guitar and drum assault with remarkably humorous lyrics
("I wanna be your couch potato/I wanna eat your chicken
sandwich"). The combination makes you think you're listening to
some new ultra-hip indie rock act, but then you hear what they're
Side B is host to the title-track. With a considerable Frank
Zappa influence, Corn Crop brings us a lot of wacky
guitar-and-vox pseudo-funky groove goofiness. In its jerky,
spasmodic way, it's a convincingly rockin' tune.
This is a bizarre record, but also a good one. If you can dig
a bit of wacky, groovy experimental rock, this'll be perfect for you.
[Vitals: 2 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]