Phil Olson / Wayland Pickard

Polyester the Musical

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The musical Polyester, not to be confused with the John Waters film of the same name, originated with a pair of writers in Sherman Oaks, CA, who apparently noticed that both nostalgia and snarky satire were hot trends and decided to put them together. The story, believe it or not, deals with an ABBA-like group that reunites for a public access television fundraiser. As long as you're down with all this, the music is pretty well executed. ABBA fans will get a kick out of parodies like "I Want You, But I Hurt You" (track 3), which punctures the earnest attitude of that Swedish group with lyrics and nonsense syllables that don't quite hit the mark. But what really makes Polyester work well is that composer Wayland Pickard broadens his palette beyond ABBA a bit, thereby avoiding the one-joke trap. The range of 1970s references runs from the Captain & Tennille to some very syrupy ballads of the Peaches & Herb variety and beyond. If you're specifically after ABBA nostalgia you're better off sticking with Mamma Mia!, and this isn't great satire, but for anyone who lived through the music of the 1970s it will raise at least a smile.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Polyester the Musical
1 1:32
2 1:43
3 1:15
feat: Jim Staahl
5 1:57
6 2:02
7 1:59
8 1:53
9 2:07
10 1:51
11 2:05
12 2:19
feat: Jim Staahl
14 2:06
15 2:25
16 2:15
Polyester the Musical
17 2:52
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