Album Review

Red Shadow: Live at the Panacea Hilton

Live at the Panacea HiltonAnd now, as Monty Python used to say, for something completely different: an album that, with both conviction and humor, accomplishes the refreshingly original task of melding Marxist-Leninist lyrics to familiar rock melodies. In “Gone, Gone, Gone,” for example, Red Shadow deftly uses the Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun” to sing not about a girl and her T-bird but about corporate kingpins who’ll be “gone, gone, gone when the workers take their power away.” Other titles include “Anything Good,” a parody of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Understanding Marx,” which incorporates a trio of sharply honed monologues.

Largely because the record is so disarmingly funny and so cleverly put together, it transcends its cheapo production and manages to be provocative without ever sounding like propoganda. I’ve played my copy for several dozen people, many of whom often disagree on msuical matters, and everyone but my mother wanted to order a copy by the end of the first side.

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