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Zero Gravity  - Laika and the Cosmonauts - 1996
Label: Upstart 006 (Canada)
Format: CD
From: Finland
My rating: 8/10

Entered: 06/20/2001
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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Laika and the cosmonauts are a Finnish surf band. This is really pretty cool. How I would have adored it in 1995-6, though! I wanted to hear and have this kind of music so much, but I had no money and knew nothing about it... It's twangy, beaty music with some interesting sound effects. Kind of like 'man or astroman?' but better, perhaps (less sound fx and distortion, more cool influences, I'd say...). There is at least one hawaiian themed track, 'oahu luau', which is really cool. Very listenable, with a great sound and some lovely guitar work (e.g. on 'fadeaway'). Some tracks, e.g. 'fear', have an excellent soundtrack feel. Nice extra bonus for me - one track, 'baja' (which I guess was originally a Duane Eddy song) is a Lee Hazlewood composition. Too much of this kind of music suffers from nasty production or bad taste (e.g. this is pretty much how I feel about Stray Cats from what I've heard by them - the vocals seem to cheesy and the production too modern). But this album seems to succeed where others have failed. If anyone wants to form a band sounding like this with me in NYC, let me know!
“For the record, I did form a band a bit like this in NYC, just a month or so after writing this. Check out The Isolators!”

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