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Camera-Sized Life

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Album Review

Stephen Fievet's early-'80s cassettes under the name LMNOP were bright and catchy new wave-influenced pop with clever, often very funny lyrics and a distinctly odd sensibility. Over the ensuing decade, however, Fievet's world view darkened considerably. 1995's 30-song release Camera Sized Life is as clever as before, but it's a more unsettling listen. The songs are less produced, with fewer instruments and more empty spaces in the music (as always, Fievet plays and sings everything himself), and although Fievet's sweetly melodic song sense and adorable singing voice are much the same, his lyrics have become dark and corrosive. The imagery is unfailingly bleak, and the catchy tunes, like the downright boppy "Hurdle," make the proceedings that much freakier. Camera Sized Life's defining moment comes at the very end of the poignantly melodic "Stranger's Son," when Fievet sweetly chirps, "You're a scum-faced f*ck/I hope your car gets crushed." Ever wonder what would have happened if Ian Curtis had led the Archies instead of Joy Division? Camera Sized Life explains all.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

LMNOP is Stephen Fievet, an Atlanta native whose deceptively sweet vocal style and fondness for near-bubblegum melodies partially hides about the most twisted, perverse sense of humor in rock & roll history. Along with his musical activities, Fievet publishes the deliberately offensive comic Babysue, designs handbill-sized posters (his "missing dog head" poster became a sensation in Internet circles in the mid-'90s, and although this bizarre deadpan joke about a poodle named Ling-Ling was eventually...
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