Channel 2000: Original Television Pilot

The Strangemen

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Channel 2000: Original Television Pilot Review

by Matthew Robinson

What do you get when you combine Jan, Dean, Elvis, Dick Dale, and Paul Mitchell? Space-age, old-time rock sensation the Strangemen. Claiming to have been left to us as a gift from alien life forms, this preposterously pompadoured pentagon of party-pumping panache borrows liberally from the past to create an entertainment package for the future. However, take away the over-dramatic stage prowling of lead Strangeman Captain Summertime (all names have been kitsched up to protect the identities of serious musicians) and the scantily-clad backup singers and what you have left is a five-piece set of solid, original rock with modern sensibilities. Based on the toe-tapping rhythms of drummer Johhny Odd and bassist Dick Vitalis, the Strangemen get their ad-Venture-ous flair from guitarists Del Champion and Les More. Though some of the goofiness remains in songs such as "Don't Touch My Hair" and "Grandpa Was an Alien," they bring new twists to the old turns in tunes such as "The Strangemen Television Theme Song" (a soundtrack waiting for a video track reminiscent of Kiss's Music From 'The Elder') and the deep and bubbly instrumental "The Beat From 20,000 Fathoms." Though the Strangemen may represent a total package in their live shows (and what a package it is!), left to their aural devices alone they still deliver.

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