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The Cosmopolitans

Wild Moose Party

(Dionysus)

This album revisits a lost group described by the Village Voice as “New Wave pom-pom girls with brains.” The band, which lasted for roughly a cup and a half of coffee from 1979 to 1981, are a quirky retro-electro pop outfit judging by “(How to Keep Your) Husband Happy” that is a to-do list to, well, keep the hubby happy. From there, the girl-group pulls up their stockings for an interesting, catchy title track falling somewhere between The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” and the B-52s. Another little nugget is “Chevy Baby” that has more in common with ‘50s or ‘60s rock while “Psychic Joan” is a cheesy, keyboard-driven tune that could have been found on The Munsters or Bewitched as background music. Most of these tracks fall into the same vein—an odd but effective arrangement and some simple but effective sing-along lyrics as is the case with the old-school feeling of “Party Boy”. A cover version of “Talkin’ Bout You” passes the bar but “Siam” is a hokey song that doesn’t work at all. Some of the recordings aren’t the finest quality, but the slow dance ditty “Doug” is quite nice, even if it revolves around a true story of a wife keeping her husband’s corpse with her in her abode. Overall it’s interesting in a, yes, quirky kind of way.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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