The Budget Girls, Get in Your Ear (Planet Pimp) Discovered the all-time best way to find a record: by calling a DJ (in this case, at KUSF) and asking, "What was that?" "Pop-a-Wheelie Cop-a-Feelie" is the funniest mess I've heard on radio in ages. One could call these swerving giggle-screams garage rock, but that would give the erroneous impression that these Indiana girlie girls had actually wandered down to the garage to practice. And the B side delivers the Budgettes' roaring admonition of technological man, "Go Away Geek!" -- a phrase they chant continually at a male who stammers, "But I found a really cool home page ...."
Sounds of the American Fast Food Restaurants: 10 Authentic Field Recordings (Planet Pimp) Surveying the ambience of 10 Bay Area chain restaurants is a little like sitting through the introductions to as many NPR on-the-scene stories. Orders are taken, change is made, hamburgers sizzle. Experience "Hot Dog on a Stick (Stonestown Mall)" while eating tofu on your very own couch. But if those empty calories don't fill you up, look forward to future installments in the series, including Sounds of Hawaiian Car Rental Agencies and Sounds of International Airport Restrooms.
Million Sellers, "You Don't Have to Worry About Affection" b/w "Wake Up! Wake Up!" (Wanda Records) Anyone who's ever been part of a small-time, small-town music scene knows all the words to three or four songs that have never seen the national light of day, but should have. If you were lucky enough to live in Bozeman, Mont., circa 1986, you couldn't help falling for one of the best Elvis Costello songs never written by Elvis Costello -- the Beat Nothings' "You Don't Have to Worry About Affection." Singer/songwriter Kels Koch (a Billings boy with big hair and bigger dreams) performs the catchy sexual harassment number from the boss' point of view: "Each rung you climb up the ladder of success/ I'll be looking up your dress." Ten years later, "Affection" resurfaces out of Austin, courtesy of Koch's current band. They're called the Million Sellers; I told you he had big dreams.
By Sarah Vowell
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