Gary The Squirrel: Two Sides Of The Squirrel EP 7″ (Best Show On WFMU, 2014)

August 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Gary The Squirrel: Two Side Of The Squirrel EP 7"

Gary The Squirrel: Two Side Of The Squirrel EP 7″

This record is a work of beauty. Tom Scharpling’s 2013 marathon premium has finally arrived (almost a year after the end of the Best Show’s run on WFMU), and it includes a record by one of his puppet alter-egos, wisecracking rodent Gary The Squirrel. The first side shows Gary’s “rock and roll side”, the leather jacket-wearing, pompadoured loverboy who playfully sings about bopping AP Mike in the nose, and sings a doo-wop love duet with Denise The Squirrel (AKA Best Show regular Coco from The Ettes). On the other side is Gary’s “punk side”, with Gary sporting a mohawk, threatening to bite you in a moshpit, covering “Minor Threat” as “Rodent Threat”, and inventing the genre “squirrelcore”. Best record ever made by a rodent, easily, and that includes every record by any incarnation of the Chipmunks, or any of their imitators.

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