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The Pigs ~ Oink!
Date: Sunday, May 06, 2007 @ 15:38:13 UTC


Artist: The Pigs

CD: Oink!

Home: Sherman Oaks, California

Style: Power Pop

Quote: "Coming across like classic Let's Dance-era Bowie, as well as The Cars seminal self-titled album from 1978, Oink! assays the ears with not only some of the catchiest pop tunes around, but also some of the wittiest lyrics you'll hear this side of Weird Al Yankovic."

By Danny Brown

There was a time in the early to mid-80s that many pop rock lovers claimed was the best era ever; after all, when you have three giants of the scene in David Bowie, The Cars and Talking Heads all making music, how can you go wrong? Geoff Westen, front man and main driving force of The Pigs, must come from this train of thought, as his band's new album Oink! could quite easily have come from that era.

That's no bad thing, either, though. In today's scene where there are so many "me too" bands with the same downbeat approach, it's refreshing to find a band who seem genuinely happy to be alive and want everyone to feel that too. And what better way than with music inspired by the decade of day-glo happiness, for this is exactly what Oink! does to you you can't but help be swept along with the joyous sounds on offer here.

Coming across like classic Let's Dance-era Bowie, as well as The Cars seminal self-titled album from 1978, Oink! assays the ears with not only some of the catchiest pop tunes around, but also some of the wittiest lyrics you'll hear this side of Weird Al Yankovic. Although opening track "Saturday Night" is about a girl's suicidal tendencies after breaking up with her boyfriend, you can't fail to smile when Weston sings:

She's feeling bad, contemplating suicide
here I am looking at her number
I better call her up and tell her about the party Saturday night ...


This is true throughout the whole album. Halfway through on the song "I Don't Need It," Weston talks of how

"tonight is like a trigger in the hand of a child
the question is ... is he gonna shoot?
I'm going home if he shoots ...

Sheer genius.

When asked to describe his band's music, Weston has compared it to "a wall of pop," in tribute to the slickly produced recordings of Phil Spector. This is perhaps most evident on "Sweetheart," which makes you think you're listening to The Chi' Lites classic "Have You Seen Her" before the song kicks in proper. If this doesn't make you hanker for a high school slow dance, you must be dead.

And this is the beauty of Oink! no matter if you're looking for a punky pop throwback, or a soul ballad album, or just downright escapism from everyday life, you'll find it and more right here for 54 glorious minutes. Who said Pigs were creatures to be avoided?

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