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MP3 The Gomers - Mike Zirkel The Album

If Ween & Kiss crashed into Frank Zappa on the Bonzo Dog Band highway it might sound like this. Special guests Adrian Belew & Robert Fripp inject some outrageous flavor into this comedy rock orange which also includes plenty of bizarre sonic joke-scapes.

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ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, ROCK: Comedy Rock

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"Mike Zirkel The Album" is an audio thrill ride mixed mostly by Smart Studios’ Mr. Colson (Nirvana, MTV''s Reverb), stuffed with oddly bizarre sound sculpture-sendups and brimming with even more off-kilter parodies. The group is very proud of the midrange on this record, which was recorded in lush, stereophonic "Gomer-Vision" by Lance Ketterer of Mazo Audio.

Sure hits include a Wisconsin-style parody of the Johnny Cash tune “I Been Over There”, entitled “I Been Over Dere”. A dance-hit entitled “Dance Jack Palance”. A tribute to aging human bodies. An ode to halitosis. A song about chandeliers. A tune about rocking. A lament about public bathrooms. All that plus little treats and nuggets (recorded during actual Gomer studio sessions) peppered throughout, giving the impression of just hanging out with the band. With whiskey.

"Mike Zirkel The Album" is the fourth official stereo release from Wisconsin, USA''s 22-years-young (not counting years off for inactivity and mischief in other markets) musical supergroup, The Gomers. For this digital record, ''Madison''s House Band'' have ensnared a short list of notable special guest recording artists / heavy hitters: Robert Fripp*, Adrian Belewª and Siggi Baldurssonº.

It is called "Mike Zirkel The Album" because Zirkel (of Smart Studios) mixed the Gomers'' previous release (Salt & Sugar) and somehow got left off the credits. So the Gomers promised to name the next album after their main but mis-credited man, "Magic Mike Zirkel." And they did.

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MadTracks -- ''Things Fall Apart'' by The Gomers
Tom Laskin on Thursday 01/10/2008 1:15 pm
Mike Zirkel (The Album) by The Gomers

Say, doesn''t that howling, squalling, downright otherworldly freak-out guitar work punctuating "Things Fall Apart" from the new Mike Zirkel (The Album) by The Gomers sound familiar? Well, it should. At least to connoisseurs of weirdo pop and rock.

That''s because it comes from Adrian Belew, who''s blown out more than a few fuses with the likes of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and King Crimson -- and of course, his own bands. His contributions to this tough, lowing prog groove were recorded separately at Belew''s home studio outside Nashville by The Gomers'' Biff Blumfumgagnge, who''s spent nearly 20 years serving on Belew''s tours as a guitar tech and sometime violinist.

Unsurprisingly, the guitar craziness adds energy to the tune, but it also merges seamlessly with the sardonic, Zappa-meets-Kiss vibe The Gomers are working. Undoubtedly, the prog blogs will be impressed.

An MP3 of the track are available in the related downloads at right. More music by the group can be found at its MySpace page with details of its illustrious past available on its Wikipedia entry. The Gomers will debut their new album with a one-night only edition of The Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack + Gomers CD Release Party at the High Noon Saloon on Saturday, January 12. This show will pay homage to the old-school rock ''n'' roll TV show featuring the iconic disc jockey, and introduce The Gomers'' latest to Madison.

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* (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Daryl Hall, League Of Crafty Guitarists, David Sylvian, Blondie, etc).

ª (Talking Heads, Paul Simon, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, NIN, Les Claypool, The Bears, Laurie Anderson, etc).

º (Bjork, The Sugarcubes, Bogomil Font, Not Just Another Pretty Bass, Þeyr, Grindverk, Kukl, Steintryggur, etc).
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