Personnel: Dick Valentine (vocals); Johnny Na$hinal, The Colonel (guitar); Smorgasboard (strings, clarinet, bass instrument); Christian Doble (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet); Kevin Bayson (trumpet); Smorgasbord (Clavinet, electric bass); Tait Nucleus? (synthesizer); Percussion World (drum, timbales).
Recording information: Big Sky Studios, Ann Arbor, MI; Hamtramck Sound Machine.
Photographer: Alicia Gbur.
On its aptly titled 2008 outing, FLASHY, the Detroit-based dance-rock troupe commonly known as Electric Six unveils another raucous collection of gleefully hedonistic tunes. Blatantly referencing one of the key singles from its '03 debut, FIRE, the band offers up "Gay Bar Part Two," a lively, stomping number that sets the tone for FLASHY. Other highlights of the record include the fast-moving "Formula 409" and the faux power ballad "Heavy Woman," tracks that showcase frontman Dick Valentine's supremely campy vocals. Though these songs aren't likely to convert many non-believers, those seeking a rollicking Electric Six revival will find it in FLASHY.
Spin (p.90) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "FLASHY expands on the themes of the group's more recent efforts, delving into the excesses and vacuous nihilism of a post-TMZ America."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.52) - "With a keen sense of the ridiculous, the mundane, and the ridiculously mundane Tom Jones-lunged frontman Dick Valentine comes out with lyrics that are often pure Flight Of The Conchords..."