Ordinary Guise

Bongo Poets

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Ordinary Guise Review

by Tom Semioli

As the old saying goes, "If you remember the 1960s, you weren't really there." The Bongo Poets were there, and they remember. Fortunately, the duo of Ken Miller and Jeff Root retained at least one profound lesson from the Woodstock generation: Do your own thing. And that's what Ordinary Guise is, a collection of creative, often funny, and extremely ironic journeys to the left-of-center of two middle-aged minds. Though Zappa, Jethro Tull, Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Genesis, and Kinks influences abound, the Bongo Poets ooze with originality, sincerity ("Ordinary Girl," "The Warmth for Her Desire"), and slapstick comedy ("Hypertext Elvis"). The centerpiece of this collection is "21st Century Girl," which takes a good-natured poke at ensuing generations' misplaced obsession with the Summer of Love. The Bongo Poets prove that with age comes wisdom on Ordinary Guise.

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