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Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People 

The Sacred Prune of Remembrance (The Pumpkin Pie Corporation)

On the whole, this sound---the central practice of collaging cabaret, ballroom, folk (from early 20th century North American to gypsy and klezmer), jazz, electronic effects and heavy-riffed rock and noise---has been done. Because this music is about big and bizarre gestures there’s little wiggle room. It’s already crowded by, to name just a few, Tom Waits, The Rheostatics, The Look People, Me, Mom & Morgentaler and more recently Tom Fun Orchestra. Again, the players are clearly talented, knowledgeable and passionate, but the formula is known. The fashion has worn thin. It’s time for Friendly Rich to lose the hand-me-down iconoclasm and try on something new.

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