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Fudgie & Fufu

"Vampire Viking Volume V" CD

Tokyo Rose Records

Genres: weirdcore, diy pop, experimental

Tokyo Rose
4222 Chambers
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Jan 19 - 25 2004

Vampire Viking Volume V is a very weird album.  Chronic bizarros Fudgie & Fufu, known previously to me by their book-cum-remix-album that was draped in pictures of naked folks on house roofs, have created something like a pervert rock opera with this disc.  Goofy, electronic-based weird-pop is what's in abundance here, with references to the likes of Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and others all apparent.

Let's take a look at some of the lyrics:

"When you told me to eat a dick/I didn't think you meant yours" (from "Kif")

"A midsummer's knife dream/my so-called knife/the knife before Christmas" (from "P.S. Knife!!")

"This is for the people who dine with bears/Their recta filled with chocolate éclairs" (from "Blood in my B.M...W")

That sums up their attitude pretty aptly.  Immature, yet funnily so, with a touch of absurdity and heaps of originality to boot.

As for the music?  It's an audio scattergory of beats and melody, all warped in F&F's own special way.  Though the tunes are often quite experimental and unusual, it's amazing how melodic they can be.  You may find yourself humming them on the bus every once in awhile, having to catch yourself from singing any of the words out loud.  A tune like "Blood in my B.M...W" is just so atypically infectious, while the chorus of "I'm Sincere" is a sheer revelation.  Fudgie and Fufu know what they're doing, and it shows.

Vampire Viking Volume V is recommended for fans of messed-up music.  Sometimes you just can't help but dig it.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 28 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]