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CD Review: Sex With No Hands – Squeeze It

The title of the cd is a pun, since this tongue-in-cheek San Francisco dance/funk sextet – couldn’t resist that word – relies on two accordions plus an oldschool, 1980s style keytar (a synth mounted on a body that looks like a guitar and is played while slung over the shoulder), plus a horn section. Their songs are catchy, they have a good sense of humor and they don’t take themselves seriously at all – and claim to have been cited by the Onion for having one of the best band names of 2008 (well, it’s true – they do). Along with the keytar, they also use one of those silly talkboxes (you know, like Zapp & Roger, or Mr. Blue Sky? Mr. Blue? Sky? Mr. Blue!) when they really feel like going for laughs.  

 

The first cut on the cd is Red Light Love, a funk song, like what Zapp & Roger would have sounded like with accordions. The second track, Pogo Stick is predictably funny, Freudian, latin inflected funk with the occasional cheesy keytar flourish. Tengo Un Secreto is a scurrying Mexican banda polka with similarly amusing Spanish lyrics. The last song on the ep is a completely over-the-top, klezmerized cover of a Billy Idol hit which they call Rebbe Yell. It’s a hoot, right down to the faux Billy Idol vox. When it’s time for that idiotic guitar solo, the keytar and accordion duel it out til the drum break, which is as just as funny but for completely different reasons. You can dance to everything here: stick it in a party cd and watch the quizzical expressions. WTF is this? This is fun! If the cd is any indication, they ought to be an excellent live band. Best thing about the cd is that it’s free, download it here. Bay Area fans should check out their show on a killer triple bill on March 21 at Cafe du Nord; Sex With No Hands are scheduled to hit at 11:30, but show up early at 9 for all-female, 60’s-era Kinks cover band the Minks and then awesomely catchy yet haunting harmony-driven art-rockers Blue Rabbit.

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February 14, 2009 - Posted by | Music, music, concert, review, Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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