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Jad Fair and the Shapir O'Rama

  • We Are the Rage [Avant, 1997] B+
  • I Like Your Face [Wire Monkey, 1999] Neither

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We Are the Rage [Avant, 1997]
Although these 23 soliloquies in 46 minutes are a little long on noize-will-be-noize guitar, umpteenth collaborator Kim Rancourt (of When People Were Shorter and Lived in the Water, since you asked) does the 42-year-old boy wonder a favor by sticking up for himself. In fact, while nothing tops the climactic love poem only Jad could have written ("Her eyes are the color of a Slurpee"? "She smells as good as pizza"?), it was Rancourt who gave him the definitive "I Comb My Hair With My Hand." And who sings several of the best soliloquies here all by himself. B+

I Like Your Face [Wire Monkey, 1999] Neither