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Spray Takes A, Er, Stab At Charlie Brown!

You know how a lot of pop stars take themselves terribly seriously and want to talk all the time about their “art” and stuff? England’s Spray is, thank heavens, not like that.

The brother/sister act comprised of Ricardo Autobahn and Jenny McLaren seems to love sharing a good laugh as much as they enjoy having one. As such, their output has included songs with titles as amusing as “Squabble at the Rotary Club,” “Everything’s Better With Muppets” (which also just happens to be true and “You Eat One Lousy Foot, and You’re a Cannibal” (which probably is also true).

Frankly, how “Everything’s Better With Muppets” didn’t get picked up for that “Muppet Show” reboot is beyond us! See/hear for yourself below.

Anyway, as an added bonus, beneath the duo’s cheekery, they match melodies that you’ll never get out of your head (even if you try) with electro-synth productions that percolate as appealingly as brewing coffee.

Spray’s latest album, Enforced Fun (giddily reviewed here by My Fizzy Pop!!), includes a deliriously deadpan introductory monologue by actress-singer Jane Badler (the hamster-eating villainess from TV’s “V” and man-eating vamp from music videos like “Four Corners to My Bed”). Their latest single, “It’s the Night of the Long Knives, Charlie Brown,” includes lines as memorably nonsensical as “It’s a million o’clock” and “I’m running low on acceptable pants.” You can check out the video — complete with headography — below.

And if you prefer to sing along, they’ve also created an eye-popping lyric video.

Full disclosure: Spray are pals of ours. They’ve even helped with a lot of the music for our elaborate home movies — and by “helped,” we mean “made it sound like music rather than what we and our relatives would sound like left to our/their own devices.” For instance, imagine our “smash soundtrack hit” “Idiot” without their professional intervention.

But that in no way diminishes Spray’s genius. If you doubt it, you may review further evidence via their animated — yes, animated! — video for “Manga Eyes.”


The Beards Bid Farewell

We’re pretty sure that when you think bands with beards, you think of ZZ Top. Who doesn’t, right?


Anyone who’s ever heard the awesome music of the Australian group The Beards… that’s who!


Originally founded back in 2005 in Adelaide, South Australia — not be confused with Arendelle, the fictional home of Anna and Elsa — the foursome have since developed a cult following by singing about nothin’ but beards, beards, beards. (In fact, that happened to be the name of their second album… <i>Beards, Beards, Beards</i>!

Now, most people consider their breakout hit to be a tune called “If Your Dad Doesn’t Have A Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums,” we’re partial to a tune called “I’m In The Mood For Beards.”

In 2015, the band marked a decade of making music by putting out a 2-disc compilation called “Ten Long Years, One Long Beard” and now, it looks as if they are doing a farewell tour, with their final performance slated to be held October 28, at The Governor Hindmarsh in the place where it all started, Adelaide, Australia.

We’re not sure exactly why they’re calling it quits… heck, maybe they’re just itching to shave! But we know that if they put on a show anywhere we can get to, we’ll be there!