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Album Review

Unlike most albums of covers, Spike Priggen's Stars After Stars After Stars succeeds from start to finish. Priggen — who's done time in almost-famous bands like Dumptruck, the Liquor Giants, and the Caroline Know — knows a thing about arranging an alt-pop song, and it shows on this diverse song cycle. "In the Inside" is a scorching, superb take on the Hot Bodies' original, and the Zombies' "How We Were Before" comes off as a winsome, warm tribute. A pair of ballads, the Pontiac Brothers' twangy, spooky "Be Married Song" and Jenifer Jackson's shimmering, guitar weeper "When You Looked at Me" are done right, while Priggen's lilting, gorgeous rendition of Big Star's "Nighttime" may be the best thing going for Stars After Stars After Stars. The man even scores by resuscitating Alice Cooper's rebellious hard rock classic "I'm Eighteen," turning it into a likable, countrified bastardization of the original. Well done, Priggen, well done. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Citing as influences the '80s New York/London punk and new wave scenes, as well as the power pop of Cheap Trick and Big Star, Spike (Michael) Priggen makes a wide variety of pop music, which ranges from subtle chamber pop to loud, bombastic garage rock to forays into psychedelia. In the early '80s, Priggen moved from his hometown of New Haven, CT, to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts where he formed Blue Period, which later became the Hello Strangers. In 1985, he served a stint in...
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