Saturday, July 10, 2010

Marvin Pontiac: The Legendary Marvin Pontiac (2000)

(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )

Marvin Pontiac
The Legendary Marvin Pontiac: Greatest Hits
(Strange & Beautiful)

The jokester behind this playful and well-played hoax is the longtime Lounge Lizard John Lurie, who on the evidence of the lean, twisted avant-blues songs he’s assembled here should really assume farcical personae more often. “Marvin Pontiac was hit and killed by a bus in June 1977,” Lurie’s Pontiac bio begins, “ending the life of one of the most enigmatic geniuses of modern music.” In real life, Lurie-as-Pontiac comes off like a male Laurie Anderson fronting a jazz combo so fastidious that only by slumming can it render its good taste palatable, and palatable it most certainly is. Best line (from “I’m a Doggy”): “I stink when I’m wet.” Rating: Four fire hydrants out of five.

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