ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#17] The 88 By
Over And Over
Fed up with doom-ridden angst wailed by spoiled brats? Meet The 88. This much-loved
L.A. power pop band delivers with bouncy, lyrically clever songs
that you can actually hum. Yes, theyre very 60s-influenced. You
will be reminded of the early Kinks, Lovin Spoonful, Beach Boys, even
a soupcon of Jimi Hendrix. But the influences are the spice, not the meat in
this flower-power goulash. Theres a refreshing kind of innocence here.
Despite titles like Battle Scar, Head Cut Off, and Haunt
You, The 88 are not Goths and these songs are more likely to put a smile
on your face and a spring in your step. The lyrics deal with relationship problems
and personal identity crises but they wont get you bummed - the
sky is ever blue in the The 88s world. And true to their name, they incorporate
some tasty keyboard work to augment the standard guitar/bass/drums (heard to
best advantage on the aforementioned Haunt You). Skinny ties, kitschy pop-art
cover art - The 88 do it all with nary a nod to current faux-80s alt-rock.
Youll groove to it!