Ray Wallace

Introducing Ray Wallace

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Consider Ray Wallace a cult artist in search of a cult. His purposely bizarre themes include such pop-cultural collisions as "When the Partridge Family Meets the Manson Family," "Hitler's Gone Surfin' with Your Mother," "Positively John Wayne," and "Teenager's Letter to Batman" in three parts. Wallace's association with Spinout Records and the production talents of Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets) would suggest something of a vintage rock-&-roll stripe, but while there are nods to '50s rock & roll here and some aping parody there (Dylanesque folk-rock), the prime allegiance seems to be to a timelessly willful weirdness. Wallace is not much of a vocalist or lyricist, and a lot of this seems like the work of a more oblique and circumspect Weird Al Yankovic. Frankly, there's not much to recommend this album, and there are easier ways to get a few laughs.

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