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    Pretty – “Mustache In Your Face” – [Numero Group]


    Four-piece from yesteryore (1969) the liners detail their
    history: brushes with “greatness” (a shot of Electric
    Prune juice) and cool oddities (recording in a studio
    built into a former industrial cave in Missouri.) The music
    on this double 7″ is groovy, a rock solid capture of
    psych rock with Jeff Mann’s driving bass lines setting up
    great guitar work on top by Bob Theen. His use of effects
    is tasty and varied on each track here, from fuzz to the
    acoustic intro to “Electric Hand” to reverb tweak to
    backwards stylings. Discriminating keyboards too, and a
    killer Numero uno Group package! But all of that being said,
    oddly what has grabbed me the most by this release are
    four simple words
    ……..MUSTACHE……..IN……….YOUR…………FACE
    Is it a foreign curse broken directly into English? Was
    it a drunken throwaway after a bitter breakup? (The song
    also has misguided lyrics like “You broke my own heart.”)
    Part of a sound poem? I don’t know but I look forward to
    that phrase taking off not just in KFJC playlist announces
    but beyond. A catch phrase between friends? A political slogan
    (veiled hawkish threat to a yet-to-be-named Middle Eastern
    country)? Something on par with “Andre the Giant Has
    a Posse?” Can we have a dramatic reading of the entire song
    every hour on the hour? Lyrics evidently writ by Electric Prune
    Michael “Quint” Weakley who svengali’d into MO and joined
    the band briefly. The other songs are worthy of plenty of
    play too, Electric Hand with its acoustic intro before a
    kind of Vampyrous Lesbos carpet ride, Funhouse with COW
    BELL and a Hendrix grunt/sigh steal, Red Spoon Gravy has
    a Stones swipe plus hand claps and lyrics that *almost*
    rival the title cut. Perhaps I shouldn’t dig this as much
    as I do, but I guess the mustache is on the other face.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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