Tom Holliston

Boy in Tub; Rabbit

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One Vancouver retailer described Tom Holliston's Boy in Tub; Rabbit thusly -- "put Captain Beefheart's brain in Nick Lowe's body, and then challenge that monster to write a Pointed Sticks album" -- nailed it! A gem of a CD, Boy in Tub shows some terrific songwriting and musicianship, yet yields all of the expected Holliston quirkiness. "Smart Money" is the hardest rocker, which has Holliston doing a hilarious Jello Biafra -- "Ask anybody if they've heard me sing they'll all say I sound like the lizard king"; while "Ladies Man" is a terrific and catchy pop song. Add an homage to baseballer Bill "Spaceman" Lee and the topical "Celebrities on the Internet" and you have a record that would easily chart on college radio, given half a chance. "If 9/26 Is Your Birthday" clearly channels Captain Van Vliet himself, while "Entomologist Pondering" is a dreamy minor masterpiece. Boy in Tub; Rabbit is a mature and accomplished work that deserves to reach a wider audience.

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