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Return of the Instro-Hipsters Vol. 2

Groovy Instrumentals From the UK 1965-1973

(Psychic Circle; US: Available as import; UK: 1 Oct 2007)

The chances of another Austin Powers movie are all but nil, thank God. Thus, this sequel to On the Brink: Return of the Instro-Hipsters has missed its calling, because it would’ve made the perfect soundtrack, right down to its generally undistinguished, picked-over-sounding material. Most of the tracks hail from 1965-68. As you might expect, then, boisterous brass, various organs, and an overall sense of mustiness dominate. The Outer Limits’ “Black Boots” has a solid, heavy, sample-worthy rhythm, while The Johnny Harris Orchestra’s “Lulu’s Theme” is a fairly funky take on the Kinks’ “Lola”, and Harold McNair’s “The Hipster” features Rashaan Roland Kirk-like flute blowing. Most of this, however, is just too dated, wacky, and over-the-top to interest anyone except self-designated curators and shag carpet afficcionados.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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