The Moog Cookbook by The Moog Cookbook

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The Moog Cookbook by The Moog Cookbook

Album Released: 1995 (Chart)

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1.Black Hole Sun4:22
2.Buddy Holly4:13
3.Basket Case4:04
4.Come Out And Play5:00
5.Free Fallin'4:15
6.Are You Gonna Go My Way?3:35
7.Smells Like Teen Spirit5:29
8.Even Flow4:28
9.The One I Love4:31
10.Rockin' In The Free World5:02


The Moog Cookbook are Roger Manning (formerly of Jellyfish, and keyboardist for Beck), and Brian Kehew, apparently a somewhat popular studio engineer. They play their music on vintage synthesizers and other odd keyboards.

The duo's stage show includes cheesy 50's-looking spacesuits and props and stuff, but I've never seen them live, so I can't really comment on that. I can however comment on the music, and it's absolutely hilarious.

The Moog Cookbook consists of ten grunge-era songs transposed into completely different genres. The prospect of say, "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden being turned into a Lawrence Welk-approved Latin number might make you feel queasy, but be assured that when you hear it you'll understand (unless of course you hate kitschy, jokey music).

Some of the more laugh-inducing juxtapositions include Green Day's "Basket Case" turned into a 70's TV show theme, Lenny Kravitz's Hendrix ripoff "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" sounding more like background music for one of the more cartoony Nintendo games, and Pearl Jam's "Even Flow" being recreated as an 80's Jan Hammer funkfest.

The fun doesn't stop there ... The Offspring's "Come Out and Play" is presented as a Devo-ish number and also quotes "Also Spoke Zarathustra". And Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" kicks ass. In fact, over the entire album, there's only one reinterpretation that doesn't really work - Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" - which includes a monotonous vocoder part that's plain irritating.

The album's best track though is a take on Weezer's power/pop anthem "Buddy Holly", with a grandiose-sounding synth intro leading into a simple bouncy muzak arrangement. And the doorbell? Genius.

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by Reviewer: Cole Reviews (blogging at Cole Reviews)
12th October 2017