Jim's Super Stereoworld

Bonkers in the Nut

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If the 20th century gave us anything, it gave us pills. Lots of them. Even some to pretend you're not grieving. So while Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine might have collapsed in on itself with sad exasperation, the subsequent projects by its founding members act like heavy doses of Prozac for grief-stricken fans. Fruitbat has Abdoujaparov, and Jim Bob now has Jim's Super Stereoworld. Luckily for the mourners, both of these pills are easy to swallow. Over here, Jim Bob's title-track shoots off into a Fat Les clap-along that has the hilarious George Dong Singers (previously showing off on the There's a Madman on the Roof compilation) doing some pastiche of "When the Saints Go Marching In." Over there, "You're My Mate (And I Like You)" whispers an ode to friendship in a slow procession of electronic bleeps. Plus, in the last corner, even "Rock 'n' Roll Relay Race" is hard not to like. In a listless storytelling of a world where famous rock stars all pass a baton to one another (from the Beastie Boys to Elton John to Barry White to Jim Bob himself), its easy musical charm conjures up ideas that Jim Bob might have been the more cheeky, pop side of Carter battling nicely against Fruitbat's more punk ethos. Accurate or not, while this pop side might feel a bit naked without its old partner in crime, "Bonkers in the Nut" is still a debut single that's just endearing and bizarre enough to think about when you'll get the chance to down the whole bottle of this stuff.

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