El Greco


El Greco - Crap-a-Doodle-Doo! ©2001 Self-Released
1. I Think I'm Dying
2. A Song For Satan
3. Got Any?
4. Lyrics?
5. The Huber
6. "Holy Half Hour, Batman!"

It would seem that there are certain alienated teenagers out there who eventually find away to exact revenge upon their tormentors. In some cases, these childhood geeks grow up to eventually own a multibillion dollar industry that pains its clients with famous "blue screens of death" and other Windows flaws. In other cases, these geeks find musical equipment and recording gear and inflict musical revenge upon the unsuspecting world at large. Ween is one of the more famous examples of two clever geeks finally inflicting their harsh brand of justice on the world. El Greco is simply a lesser example and I do mean lesser in all meanings of the world.

Apparently El Greco has been releasing cassettes for several years now. Crap-a-Doodle-Doo! is his first CD release and with any luck, it'll be his last. Think of Ween mixed with half-hearted metal passages, a lot of squeaky voices, random vocal effects, meandering songs without any real structure to enhance the weirdness and an overall lack of cleverness. Being weird in music is fine if you are doing more than than just stringing a bunch of odd ideas together without a sense of a greater purpose for the song. El Greco seems like his songwriting consists of accidentally doing something strange and thinking, "Gee, I'll just toss it in the same song with my last weird idea." In other words, this is just drivel parading as something disturbingly bizarre. The last track is nearly a half hour long and is completely an inane waste of the listener's time. In fact, this entire CD has that tendency to enrage the listener, who could be doing much more important things, such as standing in the line at the DMV behind a mother and her six screaming, bratty children.

There's simply no need to hear self-indulgent dross that lacks all the wit and cleverness that is required for such odd music. Now, I must depart and go apologize to the cat for even playing this in her presence.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2001

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