Genres: experimental rock
Dodge City KS
May 12 - 18 2003
J is a crazy guy from Sweden who records really weird, often Zappa
and Beefheart-esque music, and creates fucked
up websites to publicize said music. But that's all in good
fun. One listen to johnNY doe will assure you that,
although he certainly has a penchant for the bizarre, Johnny J
also knows exactly what he's doing.
Songs like the opener, "johnNY doe (It's Over?)" and
"The Day" see Johnny J mocking the whole rock star
attitude (Zappa, anyone?) with outbursts of electronics and
ego-trip vocals. "Hangover" is a goofy little tune
that is remarkably catchy, despite its hilarious simplicity.
Meanwhile, the three songs sung by guest vocalist AnneLee are
pure fem-fronted fun, taking cues from bands like Sleater-Kinney
and perhaps even Neko Case in The New Pornographers.
"Wild Snow," one of the album's best songs, is an
energetic power pop romp. Plus, I give bonus points for a
delicious cover of Phil Ochs' "Spaceman," a classic
in its own right.
If you're looking for a record filled with experimental rock and
absurd power pop, then johnNY doe will be the soundtrack to
your dysfunctionally funky summer. Rock on, Johnny J,
12 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]