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Super Geek League
Peppermint Rainbows

SGL Enterprises
www.supergeekleague.com


The cover of this CD holds a lot of promise, like, to be the gayest album, ever. And with the first track, "Ray and Stan", it upholds its end of the bargain. The not-so-ambiguously-gay super-duo fight demons on their unicorns, enjoy riding peppermint rainbows, make love every night and uh… fight dragons, or something.

So you might be asking yourself, "How do I find/avoid this carnival-ous freak show?" Your best bet would be to start in the upper North West. Yes, that's right, the same place that spawned Nirvana also lays claim to, what at first glance, looks like the unholy union of The Aquabats and GWAR, set to circus music. Like The Aquabats, many of their songs introduce some character that initially serves as a foil or foe to the group before blending in to its ranks of weirdos, most often showcased in their live shows. However, unlike The Aquabats, this seems to consist of the bulk of their material, which becomes tiredly formulaic as the album winds on. Like GWAR, they dwell in a sort of perverse obscenity that they gleefully draw their audiences into as willing, or possibly unwilling participants. Tales of confetti, toilet paper and ejected bodily liquids at live shows abound. For the moment, GWAR's budget appears to be larger, and their oeuvre more violent. Super Geek League focuses more on bizarre potty humor.

Like many strange bands, SGL touts its "unclassifiability", and while they may not neatly fit into any conventional category, they are hardly the first "shock act" to come along. Their tongue in cheek parodies and satirizations may seem inspired to some, or horribly juvenile and crass to others, much like the equally revered/maligned Bloodhound Gang. Being a Bloodhound Gang fan, I find myself in the odd position of being half in SGL's camp and half out. I howled in laughter at "Ray and Stan", and found an eerie truth to "Jesus in Clown Shoes", but found the repetitive and unimaginative lyrics of "Captain Plastic" and "K9 Humanoid" to be tedious and uninspired. If SGL can keep its wits keenly sharpened, and its music mutable and mind-bending, I see a future of Butthole Surfers-level significance, and probably a similar obscurity.

-JD

Track Listing:
1. Ray and Stan
2. Captain Plastic
3. K9 Humanoid
4. Jimmy Scratchemicock
5. Battle for Supremacy
6. Strange Creatures Book I
7. Strange Creatures Book II
8. Jesus in Clown Shoes
9. Fat Cannibal
10. Horrible Day at the Midway
11. The Contemplative Dwarf
12. Semen
13. King of the Krapper


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