1. Be Careful What You Wish for 'Cause It Might Come True 2. Backpack 3. Golden Flea
4. In Dreams 5. Boogie Woogie Man in a Black Dress 6. Walkie Walkie Walkie
7. Butter and Eggs 8. Twins 9. In and Out of Dreaming 10. Pirates
11. Little Fortune Cookie 12. Elf
Label: Prawn Song / Release Date: June 14, 2005
OK . . . the name . . . OK . . . hits me as an unconventional thing . . . Peculiar, like a Tiny Tim, woman must be some sort of a nut . . . it's a joke, right? Don't know, maybe I'm wrong.
I remember a real old cowboy named Gabby Hayes who was in the Roy Rogers (King of the Cowboys) pictures. He was the comic relief, which reminds me, what ever happened to Comic Relief? Did Billy Crystal and Whoopee actually end the homeless problem in the U.S? Just asking and while I'm at it . . . Live 8 was just alright with me (although the TV coverage on MTV, VH1 and ABC sucked. Great group of VJ's ya all got on the tube there these days. Where's Martha Quinn?) Anyway I loved Deep Purple from Canada and the whole message&get some aid over to people who need it in Africa&no brainer. Why not, but, what about the children who go to bed hungry right here in the good old U.S.A. every night? Only act I know who care about this are The Oak Ridge Boys, God Bless 'em. They've done TV specials in support of Feed The Children, an organization whose U.S. program is distributing food to needy families. Go on, send 'em a few bucks: www.feedthechildren.org.
Anyway, back to this review and the artist's name. I don't know if Gabby La La took her name from Gabby Hayes, but I know that she's the only other person I have ever heard of with that handle. The La La part? Beats me . . . La La land? Or maybe her name was inspired by old school R&B&.that old tune from The Delfonics? La La La La La La La La La Means I Love You. Then again it just may be her family name. "Lucy, the La La's are coming over for canasta." Of course, but it's probably just some contrived show biz or trippy or kitschy deal she came up with to be different and stand out from the pack. The danger here, of course, is becoming the Cindy Lauper of the 2000's, unless that is one's goal, and if it is, well, ok, but one Cindy Lauper is enough for anyone's lifetime&don't 'cha think? Nothing against Ms.Lauper, in fact I loved her video work with the great Captain Lou Albano in the 80's, and best wishes and good vibrations go out to both her and the Captain who is recovering from a heart attack.
Backpack is the second cut. Gabby on ukulele and vocals, Les on bass, don't know who the percussionist is, but I'll bet you a hundred bucks it's not Pete Best. Wouldn't it be funny if Pete worked with her for 5 years at poetry slams all over North Dakota and then got canned just before this CD was released? Funny in an ironic way, not a funny . . . ha ha deal. Anyway she sings, "Once I encountered a little man. They say, run after him, he's a leprechaun. I wasn't searching for no pot of gold, but by the time I found him I was very old." And I go . . . ok . . . and think back to Randy Newman and "Short People," and realize I too am getting old. In fact, the type face for the lyrics . . . white on a pink back ground . . . are really hard for this guy ,who was 15 the night Pete Best missed the Sullivan gig, to read. The Beatles without Pete and posing as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band were first to print lyrics on the sleeve, but it was an album, not a mini CD package. This to me is a flaw with this and many other new releases, but back to the song. Gabby does a tasty little rap break in the middle and a tasty razzle dazzle bass line wraps the thing up. Good cut and the rest of the CD is too.
You get Golden Flea with Gabby on sitar. I've seen her with it on stage and she plays it like a guitar George Harrison lives. (or is rolling over in his grave . . . depends how you look at it). Wait, hold it right there man. Let's get to the bottom line. Before I read another word of this so-called review, I gots to know! Is this all some kind of a weird put on? The answer is yeah! Put it on your God damn iPod and don't resist the new! It's different, sure. You want more of the same, check out John Mellencamp or somebody like that, ok.
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!!!!!!!!
Thanks. Next is Boogie Woogie Man In The Black Dress. Ms. La La's still got a squeeze box that she wears on her chest and I guess with that title you've finally got the full picture of what we're dealing with here. Frank Zappa did not die in vain!!!! The cigarettes did not kill the beast, beauty killed the beast. "Call any vegetable and the chances are the vegetable will respond to you." Get it now??? If you don't, might as well stop reading this right now. Why not check out the Best of the Best section. Read about uh, Johnny Maestro, uh, Clapton, uh somebody like that. It's all good. It's the best!
If you're still here I'll tell you about Walkie Walkie Walkie which is next, a sexy little number on which Ms. La La switches back to the ukulele and sings "Too many sweets brush your teeth" Zappa? Hey, wait, maybe I missed the point. This sounds more like Brian "I Am The Genius" Wilson during his Johnny Carson/Airplane phase. Does that make Gabby a genius too? Somebody call Charlie Rose. We need to get to the bottom of this.
This CD is not for everyone, but then again the last Springsteen CD was not for everyone either. This CD is fun and if you are interested in traveling to another dimension check it out. It would be too easy to dismiss it as some kind of crazy joke. It belongs in that spot in your collection where you keep B52 CDs and The Mother Of Invention's Freak Out. This ain't no disco, although there does seem to be a lot of fooling around. This is 2005's version of those kind of "take no prisoners, we're here to liberate the masses" kind of records. The fact is, it's so new and fresh that the public probably aren't ready for it, but you know, that's just tough. It is now and Les Claypool Presents Gabby La La. Be Careful What You Wish For is a fantastic accomplishment.