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Edie Sedgwick
Her Love Is Real... But She Is Not
Desoto Records

Edie Sedgwick is an impersonator. Not because he wears a dress, he's not trying to fool anyone with his drag-mom persona. El Guapo's Justin Moyer has no false hopes that he'll be mistaken for a Warhol circle drug casualty. Sedgewick, I suspect, is a cross-dresser purely for effect, in the Donahue Show tradition. Where any respectable drag queen's typical stereo is loaded with show tunes and Un-Chug club mixes, his closet is full up with Nitzer Ebb, Alien Sex Fiend and Cabaret Voltaire.

Her Love Is Real... names its stories after actors of various prominence. Some are faithful odes, where others are assigned a song with little connection beyond the mad logic of the star-cross-dressed performer. It's hard to reconcile Molly Ringwald with the genocidal fashion show, "A shawl of nerve/a skirt of flesh/a cyanide sash/ten shining razor rings" unless I missed the ethnic cleansing portion of her career. But Tim Robbins and his December bride are placed in the same sinking boat as fellow celebrity activist Charleton Heston and both extremes go down with the ship. Sedgewick picks bones with Helen Slater's brother, Emilio Estivez' pseudonymous father and Robert Downey Sr.'s kid. Often the links are as apparent as The Beatles' messages to Charles Manson - that is, seen only to him.

Spacy electronics and light industrial products are put to good effect with the curious lyrics. Any humor is as acidic as Moyer's squawking vocals. It's intentionally unnerving like a pissed off Atom & His Package. The sounds and beats are explored well to their limits. More interesting elements than most electronic compositions, which merely precludes that you can listen to the whole album in one sitting without contemplating clubicide. Whether you'll hit repeat is another matter. The website contains fascinating stuff, but no explanation on the lack of a Bill Mumy song.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track List:

1. Martin Sheen
2. Christian Slater
3. Sigourney Weaver
4. Robert Downey, Jr.
5. Lucy Liu
6. Molly Ringwald
7. Michael J. Fox
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger II
9. Tim Robbins
10. Harrison Ford
11. Tom Hanks II
12. Sally Field
13. Arnold Schwarzenegger I
14. Haley Joel Osment

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