A Little Ga Ga

Boston’s summer concert season hits its high point (at least when it comes to ticket prices) this weekend when The Police set up shop at Fenway Park. Me? I’m gonna pass, and set my sights on the fall. That’s when, for about 3 hundred dollars less, I can see Spoon at The Roxy on October 17. While The Police are certainly worthy of a home run trot, Spoon is the road tested veteran finally getting a shot in “the show.”

Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon’s new CD is number 10 on the album chart this week, and that’s pretty impressive for an indie rock act. Even better, the CD is one of the band’s best. If “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” doesn’t get some serious radio airplay there’s something seriously wrong out there. I point that song out because it’s just so damn pop-rock perfect. I prefer “Finer Feelings” — “Don’t Make Me A Target” — and “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case” much more. Since what I like and what actually becomes a hit usually bares no relation to the other, put you’re money on “Cherry Bomb.”

Spoon first formed in 1994 in Austin, Texas and has an extremely loyal fan base — big enough to allow the band to grow with solid CD sales and sold out live shows. Kill The Moonlight was my introduction and I’ve been on board since — “Jonathon Fisk” is a killer track. Britt Daniel, the band’s lead singer and chief song writer, has a knack for cryptic lyrics wrapped around infectious hooks. Can anyone tell me what “Sister Jack” is all about? Didn’t think so, but man once that song gets in your head it won’t leave.

I really think Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is going to launch these guys into the big time, and rightfully so. Daniel is a major talent and his work deserves a much wider audience. If you caught the criminally underrated Will Farrell movie “Stranger Than Fiction” the soundtrack is all Britt Daniel, including many instrumental versions of Spoon songs. I’m confident that fame won’t spoil Spoon. Their growth curve is steady, their dedication unquestioned. Spoon is now.


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