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Oysterhead: The Grand Pecking Order

Upon first hearing about this proposed supergroup, I had visions of long songs, intense jamming, and overall lyrical zaniness. Considering the three members were to be Trey Anastasio from Phish, Les Claypool from Primus, and Stewart Copeland from the Police, the anticipations would be a safe bet I thought.

Well, I was right on the zany lyrical content, but in reality the songs this group presents are actually quite different than what I thought they would be. Anybody remember the immortal Frank Zappa? Apparently Oysterhead does. This CD is chock full of short, upbeat numbers, humorous in tone, funky and rockin' in musical conviction. Judging by the results the band doesn't take themselves too seriously and doesn't want the listener to either. Funny enough it really works and makes for a fun listen.

If you didn't already know it, Les Claypool is a fantastic bass player. His funky, acrobatic rumblings provide an intense groove to this CD's thirteen songs, and are a perfect foil for the steady drum work of Copeland. On songs such as "Mr. Oysterhead" and "Rubberneck Lions" Claypool digs deep with bottom heavy bass lines under an array of meaty guitar riffs from Anastasio, while the lyrics constantly keep you humming and smiling. While all three members obviously show plenty of their own individual talents, do not expect a chops fest or lengthy jams. This is all about songs and groove, and it is done to near perfection. Lead vocals are shared by Claypool and Anastacio, so as you can imagine, depending on who is singing the songs style can depict that mans full-time band to an extent. Overall a real fun CD that will have you dancing, head banging, and getting the funk out all at the same time.

Added: October 27th 2001
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Oysterhead Website
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