So my friend
Christine has a friend, Travis, who's real smart about
music, especially cool techno electronic stuff. Y'know. He
lives in Columbus, OH, which you wouldn't think would be the
real nexus of the music world, but somehow Travis stays
ahead of the pack on the whole technolean thing. Now that I
think of it people from Ohio will probably get real mad
about me saying that.
gives music tips to Christine, and Christine passes the good
ones on to me. On a recent trip to SF they were browsing in
Amoeba and Travis grabbed a disk, handed it to Christine,
and said, "You should check out Solex."
He was right!
Solex's album, "Solex vs. the Hitmeister", is my favorite
completely sideways classic of 1998. Why? First, Solex is
not a band, Solex is a single woman. But she calls herself
Solex! I love people who make up a name for themselves!
Second, Solex is Dutch, and we all know the Dutch are highly
perverted and evil.
Third, the music
is _freaky_ and bizarre -- I'm thinking of Tom Waits +
Shonen Knife + Lamb. The songs are danceable, yeah, but only
if you're highly weird. Fourth, all the song titles have
the word "Solex" in them, like "When Solex Went Walking" and
"Solex All Licketysplit" (my favorite track _and_ title --
sings with this doped-out babydoll voice. Squealy, sighing,
sexy, annoying. Kinda like what you'd get if you'd passed
around a tape recorder at a party at the Playboy Mansion in
lyrics are over-the-top insane and non-linear. But catchy!
Like: "As soon as I got a paycheck/You asked me to make it
high-tech/A-AND to BLE-EACH my FLE-E-CKS". What does that
mean? Fuck if I know! But I do know I like it.
I've got a tape
of Solex in the Mighty 4Runner of Doom, and I listen to it
about twice a day. I love it! You will too! So, listen to
Travis, because he's smart. And check out Solex,