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June 22, 2007

Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues

There is some discussion at Unfogged over whether Complete, a group from Fort Worth, is a parody band or not. I see no reason to think so. Besides, a parody of what? The Shaggs?

All I can say is that discovering their "Hot as Hell" yesterday, the first day of summer, was the kind of synchronicity that can haunt you forever:

Sounds like I've found my theme song for the next three months.

Want more? Check out this interview with the band. And for the hard-core fan, I recommend a trip to "Hoogie-Boogie Land", which is sort of like "Imagine" if John Lennon had huffed a lot of airplane glue ("There is no war, there is no hate, can y'all relate?")

They better not be joking about having an album in progress.

UPDATE: If you want to play the bass part to "Hoogie-Boogie Land" but cannot do so by ear, you might want to consult the tab.

UPDATE: According to a comment at this site, the footage is from a public-access TV show circa 1996. So it's vintage, and I guess the album never happened. Damnit. One poster says the band is "like Captain Beefheart ran a gas station in 1981 Texas and forced the employees to start a metal band."

There is a fan page.

Posted by smclemee at June 22, 2007 2:20 PM


My ears are sweating. And I think that might be blood, too.

Posted by: Big Head Rob at June 22, 2007 3:48 PM

That is just the non-rockingness leaving your system. Complete totally f'in rules!

Posted by: D.B.S. at June 22, 2007 4:07 PM

Two chords and an overweight lead singer going on about nuthin but how hot it is! I'm not even sure the song has a bridge.

Texas rock 'n' roll. Gotta love anything that makes AC/DC sound fussy.

Posted by: book/daddy at June 23, 2007 3:11 PM

I admire the singer's commitment to the echo box. He uses it on every song, as well he might.

The band's total indifference rhythm and key is also impressive.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at June 23, 2007 6:22 PM

I was disappointed that this wasn't a Kiss cover!

Posted by: Tony Nassar at June 26, 2007 3:00 PM

In the interview, the singer says that Complete don't want to be part of the "cover band scene" though he also says they could do covers if they wanted.

I have to doubt this. They are much too original. I can sort of imagine each of them playing a different Kiss song at the same time, however.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at June 26, 2007 3:22 PM

...Assume you've heard of The Asylum Street Spankers? They put on great show in Asheville here the other day..

Posted by: Matt Christie at June 27, 2007 1:51 AM

Matt--A new one on me, but I'll check them out.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at June 27, 2007 5:57 AM