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Classic Album Review: Strobe Talbot | 20 Pop Songs

The ever-prolific Jad Fair dishes out more idiosyncratic garage- pop with a new trio.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Who: The ever-prolific Jad Fair, fronting a trio that includes multi-instrumentalists Mick Hobbs (of Fair’s erstwhile band Half Japanese) and Benb Gallaher (yes, that’s how he spells it).

What: The usual Fair slate of idiosyncratic garage-pop, divided between silly love songs (“Can I be your ding-dong daddy? / It would make my heart so gladdy,” is a fairly typical Fair couplet) and ditties about monsters (It the Monster, The Vampires Sang).
Highlights: The instrumental jam Ghost Train chugs and howls like the railway to Dracula’s castle; Beware’s instrumentation seems to include someone making that armpit sound that got you in trouble in junior high.
Musical Formula: Lou Reed – heroin + Prozac x Jonathan Richman.
Final Verdict: You gotta love a guy who follows up a song called Apples and Strawberries with another called Fury of the Wolfman.