Pigeonhed

Flash Bulb Emergency Overflow Cavalcade of Remixes

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Shawn Smith's unique falsetto threatens to simply overpower Pigeonhed and Flash Bulb Emergency Overflow Cavalcade of Remixes, but the equally powerful presence of famed producer Steve Fisk and a long list of qualified remix artists not only maintains the musical balance on this 1997 Sub Pop release, it renders every beat supremely listenable. Many of these alternate versions -- culled from Pigeonhed's release from the same year, The Full Sentence -- out-funk their predecessors with nifty dancefloor arrangements and well-utilized sonic bells and whistles. Highlights include the Lo Fidelity Allstars' treatment of the famous "Battle Flag," a track that LFA took to the heights of alt-radio success when they released a rendition of the song on their Columbia debut. Two versions of "Marry Me" also stand out, the space funk "Fisk-Goodmanson Prenuptial Trash Heap" remix and "Dave Ruffy's Blissed out Ambient Mix" with its expansive '80s soul and disco. All moments of over-experimentation aside -- a common problem with many rock and soul remix collections -- Flash Bulb Emergency Overflow Cavalcade of Remixes is an outstanding effort that fans of Smith, Fisk, and modern funk (in its many forms) should find very satisfying.

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