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First, there was Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount ...,
This review is from: Sings America (Audio CD)
...then there was Davis Hasselblank's "Sings America". Where once a blind athiest sat before this keyboard now sits a newly recruited Christian soldier, called to arms by the dulcet wailings of Dafyd Hecklyblofp and his sacred album of supermarket bargain basket "heaven". Here I have selected a few highlights from the tracklist to whet your appetitite. That is not to diminish the quality of the songs that I have not mentioned, each is a sonnet that Shakespeare would weep bitterly at.
This Elvis classic is bought to life, and into the 21st cetury in SPECTACULAR fashion. A real barnstormer!
You've Lost That Lovin Feeling
Buddy Holly's brother would be turning in his grave, especially with Hoff's innovative use of the Vocoder (a'la Cher) during that haunting chorus. This song brings to mind the moment when Tom Cruise's best mate broke his neck in the classic 80s film Top Cat.
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
A very modern 'interpretation' on this Frank Sinatra classic and Hoff pulls it out of the bag like a drowned puppy. A personal highlight for me is when Happlesstoff breaks into a wonderful beat box interlude. I'm reliably informed that in the upcoming DVD version Hass struts his breakdancing stuff. KICK IT HOMIES!
These Boots Are Made for Walking
One for the ladies I think!
La Isla Bonita
It is reported that when Madonna first heard Honklethoof's version she was so inconsolable that she nearly reported into a private clinic to have her tongue surgically removed. To add insult to injury he also sings the entire song in Bulgarian!
Love Me Tender
In 1985 Dean Martin once said of "H", 'if he ever covers one of my songs I'll have him hung up on a meat hook'. This Martin classic is Daves personal tribute to 'ol Brown nose. Probably the most pure cover on the album, if you close your eyes you can almost smell the blood and fear.
New York, New York
After the events of 9/11 some would say this choice of song was rather insensitive. I say it is a brave man that overlays this quiet anthem with the sounds of screaming children and explosions. Genius!
Usually associated with funerals Davy once again breaks the mould and injects some well observed humour into it. The well observed cartoon WHOOPS and DOINGS (a'la Roadrunner et al) that interject the song would bring a chuckle to even the most bereaved. I want this version at MY funeral please!