Thursday, 2 June 2016

Out of the Fire - Into the Frying Pan (1988, Blast)

There's nil biographical data to be obtained regarding the co-ed Out of the Fire, so I suppose that this quartet's thinly sardonic yet otherwise nondescript spin on late '80s wave/indie rock is wholly fitting.  I was expecting this to be on the noir/goth wavelength, but instead Into the Frying Pan amounts to a relatively straitlaced affair.  Keys and organ are present, albeit not dominant.  As for text, OotF were of plaintive and pedestrian stock with the writing veering towards the redundant.  That leaves the music itself to compensate, and it does so capably on the swirling "Boys & the Girls" and the driving hoedown "Feel no Pain."  The whole eight-song affair closes out with the campy horror spoof, "Shopping Cart Murders."  Murder by shopping cart?  Must have been an '80s thang.  Enjoy (or not). 

01. Take it on a Ride
02. Merry Go Round
03. Cold in the Room
04. Boys & the Girl
05. Round & Round
06. Feel No Pain
07. Flowers in Your Hair
08. Shopping Cart Murders

Original Content: Out of the Fire - Into the Frying Pan (1988, Blast)

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