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  • Hollywood [Skoda, 1996] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Hollywood [Skoda, 1996]
Given the debts these Czechs owe the Residents and Uriah Heep, Chris Norris's New York jape has to make you giggle--Prague-rock. Thing is, Slavic bands are almost always prog one way or the other--cf. their label-of-love's Czeching In comp. Yet this is the only one whose tempo shifts and horn lines and sudden bursts of ugly are as funny as they should be, more on this '93 Europe/'96 US release than the more theatrical '91 Europe/'97 US Unloved World. And what ever happened to Pulnoc, who could make a fella like serious? A-

Further Notes:

Subjects for Further Research [1990s]: Given the debts these Czechs owe the Residents and Uriah Heep, Chris Norris's jape made me giggle--Prague-rock. Slavic bands are almost always prog one way or the other--cf. Skoda's Czeching In comp. Yet on this one's '93 Europe/'96 US Hollywood, the tempo shifts and horn lines and sudden bursts of ugly were as funny as they should have been, more than on the theatrical '91 Europe/'97 US Unloved World. And did these guys have catalogue. I played the '?? Europe/'98 US Fairytales From Needland all the way through several times, I swear it, then mislaid the thing. As for the two-CD Europe '90/US '99 In the Middle of Words, well, I gave it my usual three cuts and never returned. Sorry--I'm just not a prog kind of guy.