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Editors’ Notes

As gimmicky as it seems, an Orthodox Jewish ex-junkie Hollywood street hustler might be just what music needs right now. Mickey Avalon’s seedy background is part and parcel of what makes him so appealing, but none of that would matter if he didn’t have the musical imagination to back it up. Like Beck’s “Loser” — another unlikely hit from an earlier Los Angeles oddball —“Jane Fonda” takes a hip-hop beat from the trash can, a get-under-your-skin hook, and some delightfully leftfield rhyme skills, and fashions from it a hit song. To call Avalon a white-boy hack is to underestimate his style. While it’s impossible to listen to Mickey Avalon without thinking of MC Paul Barman, the album also bears similarities to the chimerical outbursts of Bay Area cult rapper Andre Nickatina, not to mention traces of Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg’s sing-song sex raps. With gutter sex appeal to spare, Avalon spills the sordid details of his past and milks his seamy persona for everything it’s worth. Even through the sleazy boasts of “So Rich, So Pretty,” “Mr. Right” and “My Dick,” Avalon pulls punchlines on himself and manages to charm his way out of being an asshole — like the class miscreant who always flirts with the teacher. Lined with hook-laden hits for a party gone wrong, Mickey Avalon is the perfect antidote to the prefabricated pop-star pap currently clogging the airwaves.

Customer Reviews

iTunes needs a new reviewer

I read the iTunes review, and I completely disagree. They see someone seeking attention, telling you about his life as a prostitute. I see someone who did anything to see his dreams realized. Mickey puts a funny twist on things in life that aren't funny, making it easier to listen to. He's hilarious & real. If you buy just one song, I'd go w/ "So Rich, So Pretty". The person who wrote the review for iTunes is, obviously, in their 60's. Im not one of those listeners who also bought music from Beyonce or Black Eyed Pea's... I've bought music from We Are The Fury, Rise Against, Coheed & Cambria, Panic!, and assorted other emo, screamo bands... And some rappers too. Anyway, point... Great album!

What a bad review

What a crap itunes review. Like another reviewer said, this person is probably a 60 year old man that doesn't undertsnad music these days. I don't think that he begs people to love him. Rather, he finds humor in his sad life story. As for the bragging, I believe that almost every rapper in the music industry brags about how rich they are and how many nice cars they have, when in fact most of them aren't that rich and the nice cars they have are rented. At least Mickey keeps it real. If you take it for what it is, which is simple but catchy hooks and lyrics, this is by far one of the best rap albums in the past 6 years. Highly Recommended!

Enjoy it for what it is...

I'm wondering if that reviewer might be one of Mickey's jilted bisexual johns...there seems to be a lot of bitterness in it! How can anyone see this album as anything other than tongue in cheek? I laughed out loud the first time I heard "Jane Fonda" and "My Dick"! I think he's a breath of fresh air...I feel like I've heard something new and humorous like the first time I heard the B-52s or "Slim Shady." I love it when a song makes me laugh or makes me gasp in naughty surprise!! I saw him perform "Jane Fonda" on Youtube...and, people, if you were around in the 80s when Jane was big on the exercise scene you can appreciate the absurdity of doing the Jane Fonda! The way he prances around on stage reminds me of a young, albeit stoned, Mick Jagger, sort of rude, crude and sexual. Anway, lighten up, reviewer...enjoy it for what it is...it wasn't meant to be intellectually stimulating.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a childhood rough enough to guarantee him rock star success, by the time he was out of his teenage years — at least according to the few details he's given — Mickey Avalon had sold pot (with his mother), been addicted to heroin and dope, worked as a graffiti artist in L.A., converted to Orthodox Judaism (his parents were both non-practicing Jews, and his paternal grandparents were survivors of Auschwitz), got married and had a daughter, prostituted himself for drug money, watched...
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