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Rhino Hi-Five: King Missile - EP

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Album Review

The eponymous final release by the second version of King Missile features the same witty and hilarious John S. Hall lyrical and spoken word moments alongside the lackluster pop filler that padded out their previous five albums. Two highlights include "Love Is ...," the "Detachable Penis" of this album, and "Socks," an over-the-top parody of grunge, with Hall screaming, "Why do I have so many socks?" as if all of his cathartic rage hinged upon this conundrum. The most convincing genre exercises on the album are grunge-inflected "Lies" and the throwaway jingles "The Commercial" and "Happy Note." Misfires include "Delores" and "The Dishwasher," which are both performed with an artsy lack of conviction. In the end, King Missile proves to be a tuneful, yet hardly earth-shattering affair.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in New York City, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Essentially a vehicle for the musings of John S. Hall, King Missile merged off-kilter spoken word monologues with eclectic, mildly psychedelic rock & roll. Hall's dry, absurdist sense of humor colored much of the group's output, blurring the lines between comedy, Beat poetry, narrative prose, and simple rock lyrics. Yet in spite of their focus on Hall's literary bent and all its New York artiness, King Missile was most definitely a band, and relied on music to play a much more than perfunctory...
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