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Here’s a cool project I came across a while back, and then inexplicably forgot to write about. (After allof my complaints on the subject, it turns out that
the reason good bands don’t get the success theydeserve! Go figure...)The band is
, and they’ve gone and created a rock opera.Yes, a
Once a curious relic of the “Yes, there’s such a thing as
creative” 1970’s, the concept of rockopera was once again thrust into the public consciousness by the success and acclaim of Green Day’s
So much so, in fact, that you probably never want to hear another rock opera ever again. Normally, I’d be with you on that – hell, I never wanted to hear one
-- but we will all haveto make an exception for Smith Island.The story of this rock opera is the now-classic tale of a young woman whose dreams of Hollywoodare shattered by the reality of drug use and casting-couch abuse, which quite literally drives her insane. “Smith Island” is the fantasy asylum in which the heroine, Zelda Zardoz, takes shelter. By theend of it all, Zelda’s adventures make Jenny from
look like Marie Osmond.A couple of things, really quick: I live in Hollywood, and while it is now inhabited almost entirely byelderly Ukranians, in the 70’s you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a Zelda Zardoz-type (don’t try tostart doing the math; this was the
70’s, and I was
young). So the material is thematically true tothe period. In fact, Smith Island gets major points for the direct reference to
, one of thosecompletely messed-up 70’s movies that my dad insisted on taking me to.
A Boy and His Dog, The Magic Christian, Putney Swope
-- for some reason, he loved that weird shit. It was like a freaking miraclewhenever my dad actually took me to a normal, major-studio release in the 70’s. Maybe it wasn’t himmaybe the movies just sucked overall.Erback to Smith Island. Sorry about that.A I said, the material is thematically true to the period. But more importantly, it’s pretty damn true to theperiod aurally as well.
sounds like a cross between Blondie and Iron Maiden, or any of thecountless rock bands that Spinal Tap was sending-up. But Smith Island isn’t necessarily a spoof project – or if it is, then it’s a very loving one, as
This Is Spinal Tap
was. There may be only five tracks, but thequality is too high – from Gabrielle Stubbert’s vocals to the spot-on arrangements – for this to be athrowaway project.Would you like to find out for yourself? Well, here’s the best part: You can download the tracks in their entirety from Smith Island’s website! But I linked to the CDBaby page above, because that’s where youwill BUY the album once you’ve decided you like it. Right?
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