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Album Review

Although it may take the average fan a few listens to fully appreciate Geggy Tah's 1994 debut Grand Opening, it's undeniable that the duo (Greg Kurstin and Tommy Jordan) are writing very original rock. The only problem is that some of songs aren't as focused as others, which isn't uncommon on a group's debut recording. Sounding like a cross between Adrian Belew, Talking Heads, and modern day experimentalists They Might Be Giants, Geggy Tah also adds their original sound (and peculiar humor) into the mix as well. Standout cuts include the soothing organ groove of "Giddy Up" (which does indeed contain some rather giddy vocals at the end), the stiff and freaky funk of "P. Sluff," and the slow-as-molasses rock & roll number "Who's In a Hurry?" (picture the Red Hot Chili Peppers on sedatives). Renowned Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato Jr. also added a slight hip-hop edge at times. Geggy Tah may be onto a completely original musical form, but they still need refine it a bit more before it becomes fully realized.


Formed: Pomona, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

There is nothing ordinary about the Pomona, California trio Geggy Tah. The group's unpredictable sound is a quirky mix of funk, jazz, alternative, and experimental rock. Starting out as a duo (comprised of Greg Kurstin and Tommy Jordan), the band got their name when their baby sisters had problems speaking their names. Signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop label in the early '90s, Geggy Tah issued their debut album, Grand Opening, in 1994 (with Byrne himself signed on as one of the album's executive...
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