Right here is the review, written by Mr. Gilchrist, of a special demo tape we sent him!!!!-------> "I recently recieved a demo tape from two fellows from Scranton, Pennsylvania who call themselves 50 O' Clock. The name is snappy and salable, though the quickly-printed liner notes tell that the band called themselves the Beards, then the Kamikaze Spork Poppers before settling on that appelation. You note I'm stalling a bit on the case of the music. Well, I needn't. There are signs of genuine talent here, despite the strong impression a listener gets that the entire album was recorded by two teenagers in a garage, which indeed it probably was. Their names are Tim McDermott and Jim Reynolds, and at first listen they've got the air that most high school bands do -- incoherent and loud. But the funny thing is that they grow on you -- they've got a genuine taste for the classics. The Beatles and Eric Clapton are riffed, among others. And you can't help but pick up on the fact that this scrappy duo is having a hell of a lot of fun. The album begins oddly -- the first track is a local commercial in an overdone "alternative" style (not by the band) which appears to be an in-joke -- this would be left off a real release of course. Then a short dramatic reading, then an extended instrumental solo dedicated to the Connecticut comedy team Dr. Fred, and then the opening of the album proper, so to speak. But then I'm already being too picky. The Fred solo is inspired. The tortured rendition of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" that follows is admirably odd. It's not clear whether the effort was to honor or butcher the original. Either way it's a good start. Then another Beatles, the instrumental "Flying" which shows a sense of daring in the adaptation -- they seek to soar. Clapton's "Cocaine" is among the first to live up to the original, in the pared-down, raging 50 O' Clock way. Then the Beatles "Don't Pass Me By," done so oddly it could qualify as comedy, and "I'm So Tired," an odd choice that nonetheless hits the mark more than most. A short riff on the Beavis and Butthead theme (the band has a wit for pop-culture reference that they'd do well to further) follows, a clever choice, though they'd have done better to ape the longer version played in the end credits than the 15-second cut. And then, if the madness hasn't yet seeped in, they cover Cake's cover of "I Will Survive," done once again translated from disco to alternative, with bizarre results. 50 O' Clock's version comes out oddly low-key here. "Listerine," the only genuine spoof on the tape and an attempt at original stuff, takes Bush's "Glycerine" into the dental age. The humor here is rather obvious, especially to the Yankovic generation, but I'm glad they did it. Straight covers by garage bands get stale quick, and I would go for more of these. An instrumental reprise of Sgt. Pepper is a complete rethinking of same -- that is to say that with tortured vocals removed it becomes almost unrecognizable. Both should be of about equal interest to the stoned. And the last track is a long, rambling cut of "Why Don't We Do it In the Road?" The notes call it the "Lounge Lizard" version and indeed you can almost taste the grease. "I'd like to dedicate this to my one true love -- the ladies! Ha ha ..." Somewhat unpleasant to listen to on tape, but you get the feeling they could close every concert with this and be a smash. They're cutting loose in a demo framework that was loose already. Overall I give 50 O' Clock a tentative thumbs-up. This work is rough, but all true artists refine over time, particularly in their teenage years, and with more clearly serious/silly material and a little luck I wouldn't be surprised to see JimmenTim (TimmenJim?) hitting the charts someday. Now where's that aspirin .......?" Garrett Gilchrist spent his formative years as main editor of the Easton Clarion. If his views don't make sense to you, well, they probably don't make much sense to him either.
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