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since 2001

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Rock Onic and Bob

"That'll Do" CD

Rob These Records

Genres: "banjolele," covers band, novelty

June 6 - 12 2005

"The baddest banjolele band in Brighton" is how Rock Onic and Bob think of themselves, and it's a pretty suitable description.  They are a goofy little cover band, slightly like Weird Al in a way, with a penchant for peppy, banjo/ukelele versions of their favourite songs.  There are some strange choices here, like "Keep on Moving" by semi-obscure boy band 5ive and Level 42's "The Sun Goes Down."  However, more readily recognizable songs like The Clash's "White Riot" and Prince's "Raspberry Beret" even out the collection, making for a well-rounded, accessible covers album.  I really like "Eat My Goal," which is an elaborated version of a common soccer (football) chant, though the rendition of "The Sun Goes Down" definitely takes the cake.  Yummy.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]