Garage-rock duo the King Khan & BBQ Show ignite a blast from the past with their new In The Red Records disc Invisible Girl. The collection taps doo-wop, retro garage, and bold punk for a heady brew of nostalgia made new. King Khan's lead riffs, croons, and energetic shout-alongs are buoyed by one-man-band Mark Sultan’s doo-wop-style backing vocals and strat-strumming, bass drum-thumping, snare-stripping array of sound that mines Sixties Nuggets for timeless gems.
The rebellious punk lyrics of this album range from bold to silly to raunchy. "I told you, pretty baby, that I'd be your slave. I'll even dig your grave, but you won't talk to me," from their song "Lonely Boy" is a prime example of their twist on a ’60s vocal-group love song. Songs such as "I'll Be Loving You" and "Invisible Girl" are romantic if not downright poetic. "Animal Party" is a song about Khan partying...with animals. "Tastebuds" is vile but fun, listener beware.
These inspired garage rockers do the genre justice with clever lyrics, catchy riffs, and soulful rhythm. Invisible Girl is "Johnny Be Good" gone bad. It’s combo of bow da bow dow dow vocals, guitar wails, and wit make this album the duo’s best to date. The track “Third Ave.” speaks volumes: "Who knows how to rock? We do!" To twist the gist of most of the press on Invisible Girl, this isn’t rock and roll revisited, baby, this is rock and roll revived.
Album title: Invisible Girl
Artist: The King Khan & BBQ Show
Label: In The Red Records
Songs: (1) Anala (2) Invisible Girl (3) I'll Be Loving You (4) Animal Party (5) Spin The Bottle (6) Third Ave. (7) Tastebuds (8) Truth or Dare (9) Crystal Ball (10) Lonely Boy (11) Tryin' (12) Do The Chop