(Elevator Music) for Non-Claustrophobic People

CD Cover The Dinner is Ruined
Sonic Unyon

Review by Darren Kerr

45-second excerpt from "Johnny Firetalker" (various formats)

About five years ago, this totally bizarre band (i.e. The Dinner is Ruined) played the Hungry Eye in front of 11 people. Yep. And the ratio of people who "get" T.D.I.R. to people who think them talentless geek weirdos is probably... 11 to 7,936.

But now that (1) the Butthole Surfers are being influenced by Beck and (2) Ween are normal rulers of whatever genre kingdom they plant the freak flag on, it's up to bands like the Dinner is Ruined and Six Finger Satellite to make our relatives and loved ones scream, "What the hell are you listening to?!?!?"

No two pieces on this disc are alike. I'm not even sure I can describe what anything on this disc even sounds like. Batman sounds effect. THWAP! KLONK! URRRRK! Wine and bug juice. Vinegar and grape nuts... and the machine that goes ping. You bought it, you name it. I don't recommend this as a home game.

Q: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: The fish.

File under: Whaaa??!?!

Artist Contact Info: Box 57347, Jackson Station, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8P 4X2, jerks@sonicunyon.com

First published in Drop-D Magazine on September 13, 1997

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