We’re proud to play you a new video from the Mommyheads’ May 22 show in Sundyberg – a brilliant version of “Jaded,” featuring guest vocalist Charlie Emm, who did an absolutely magnificent job.
Also, Tim Hinely wrote the following very nice review of _Flying Suit_ for Blurt Online. You can get _Flying Suit_ right here, or from your favorite music e-tailer.
“This San Francisco band, which existed from the late 80’s through the ‘90s, was quite underrated and confounded many. Though they wrote good pop songs, they were never able to garner any kind of momentum to bring them the respect that they deserved (possibly because each release was on a different record label). Flying Suit was record number three (after their 1991 release, Coming into Beauty on the Simple Machines label) and just might have been their best. In addition to the 8 songs that were on the original the label has tacked on 3 more songs that were recorded around that same time period and it’s been remastered as well.
Singer/guitarist Adam Cohen and his talented crew of art-damaged popsters (Mike Holt on keys, Jeff Palmer on bass and Dan Fisherman on drums) waste no time jumping right in on the first track, “Sandman”, with its jangly guitar and sky-written keyboards while “Saints Preserve Us” takes an odd time signature and runs with it. The cascading “Bottom Out” is one of the bands best songs with terrific lyrics (“I could fix your car and impress your friends and we could all drive around in my head”) while the quirky “Worm” shows a bit of a darker side. The three bonus tracks are all worth hearing as well (especially the soaring “Over”) and though a few of the songs are a bit too unfocused, overall it works well as a whole. With a sound not unlike another under-respected band, XTC, The Mommyheads were not long for this world.
However, wait, stop press: the Mommyheads are back! Playing shows and recording for (Portland’s own) Bladen County Records, so at the next gig you make sure they don’t forget to play some Flying Suit material. It deserves to be heard.
Standout Tracks: “Sandman”, “Bottom Out”, “Henry Miller is Dead”, “Over” TIM HINELY”