Miss Alans

Mata Hari's Butt

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"Mata Hari's Butt" (come again?) combines Richard Lloyd/Robert Quine-style trance guitars with a hard-hitting, mildly funked bassline (similar to the Sound's "Over You" on 1985's Heads and Hearts), with good mood results. Scott Oliver and Manny Diaz's vocals are howled yet cooed slightly, as if in some minor pain, giving this song yet another dimension. Everything seems to be pulling in a different direction, only to be held together by the melody (good harmonies) and the structural whole. The "unplugged" B-side, "Big Parade," is nothing important (that format rarely works), but the A-side does the business. If you like this, look for their two hard to find LPs, Smack the Horse and All Hail Dischordia.