Danger Bob - "Girls of the Big 12"
Danger Bob has proven itself to be much more than a novel, crazy pop
band. With this release, they have grown as both as musicians and
songwriters. The songs on Girls of
the Big 12 still all have that Danger Bob feel, but there’s some
serious musical risks that were taken on this release... and, boy, do
they ever pay off.
What do we have here? Lessee...
A) Piss ‘em off songs: for example, "Church ‘Em, Danno," which is sure
to offend far more people than the whole For Unlawful Christmas Knowledge
disc did. With a refrain of "The crucifixion of a man named J. doesn’t
affect me in any way" it's not the most Christian-friendly song.
B) Pop culture references out the wazoo - "Biltmore" is all about
Alison from Road Rules on MTV, and "Anne-Mette’s Anorak" even
references Danger Bob’s own "World Class Teeth" from MegaVega$. (You know you're a
legendary act when you can get away with making references to your own
songs...) "Ducky’s Theme" is all about the film Pretty in Pink, and the
relationship between Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald.
C) Emo- yep, emo. "Only In Your Mind" is a fuzzy, emotional number.
Quiet and calm - kinda freaky, especially when you consider "Ducky’s
Theme" is pretty contemplative in itself.
D) A love song. Waitaminnit... Danger Bob? Love songs? This *so* does
not fit here. However... it’s one of the best tracks on Girls of the Big 12. It’s quite a
touching song, and very sweet.
So, yes, there’s a big variety on this CD. And all of the songs are
dangerously catchy. Trust me, one listen to this disc and I caught
myself singing snippets from various songs for days. I could not stop
humming, singing, or mumbling through the parts I couldn’t quite
remember every time it played.
Expect to park Girls of the Big 12
in your player for quite some time. It is a very, very, very enjoyable
CD, and spans the breadth of the rock genres as it goes. And, even if
you don’t feel that it’s a necessity to own (and it *is*, trust me),
there is the added bonus that three of the songs on the CD are
re-recordings of songs from the now very rare Joshua Tree cassette -
"Smileyberg," a very fuzzy white-noise version of "Church ‘Em, Danno,"
and the hilarious anti-homophobe song, "Ride My Beam."
So, go get the damn thing. What are you waiting for? It’s in stores
now, it’s the best local release since the last Fakebook album and
it’ll make you wanna see Danger Bob even more. Take it from me, once
you hear this album, you’ll be smacking yourself in amazement. Your jaw
will hit the floor. You’ll shi... well, you get the picture.