Thursday, May 13, 2010

A little taste of... Rock Sugar

Just wanted to spread the word about a fun little underground band worth supporting. Ladies and gentlemen... Rock Sugar!

I first became aware of the band thanks to comedian Mike Schmidt, who became enthralled with them towards the end of the second season of his podcast. The band were the first -- and so far, only -- guests on "The 40-Year-Old Boy" podcast, which is usually a solo show.

The fictional backstory of the band is that they were rising stars during the glory days of the '80s hair metal music scene, but ended up marooned on a desert island with nothing but a 13-year-old girl's music collection to listen to for 20 years. By the time they were rescued, their musical style had become a fusion of '80s pop and '80s metal.

...Which is all just a fun way of saying that they do mashups of '80s songs, laying the lyrics of one song over the riffs of another. My favorite is "Voices in the Jungle," which combines Aimee Mann's "Voices Carry" with Guns 'n Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle."

Click here to check out the band's site and buy their music. If you were born before 1986, you're certain to get a kick of out this stuff.

Fun fact: Lead vocalist Jess Harnell was the voice of Wakko Warner.

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