With the new millennium hurtling toward us at light speed, The
Moog Cookbook has arrived to take the transistorized tradition, pioneered by such
late-'60s albums as Moog Plays The Beatles, Switched On Baccarach and The Plastic
Cow Goes Moog, where no band has gone before. This dynamic duo of Roger Joseph
Manning Jr. (Jellyfish, Imperial
Drag) and Brian Kehew holds the top-secret recipe for the Sound Of Tomorrow:
take the freshest buzz-bin staples, season with simmering sinewaves, electronic
herbs and synthetic spices, nuke in the microwave on HIGH, and process through
A drum machine that is, which is where it all began, when Brian
proclaimed, "Bossa Nova!," hit the drum machine's magic button, and with
the help of Roger's waveform wizardry transformed Soundgarden's
mega-smash "Black Hole Sun" into digital lambada. Soon after that, they
warped The Offspring's frat-boy fist-pumper "Come Out And Play" into the
mutant offspring of Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. And thus The Moog
Cookbook, the musical blueprint for the final frontier, was written.
"The fun part was taking what was supposed to be such a hard-edged,
masculine, testosteroned tune and sugar-coating the hell out of it,"
"And then I figured, if we're going to do the 1976 thing, we might as well have
a Star Wars laser battle at the end," his co-chef/pilot
Brian adds with obvious pride. 'We would not reject any bad ideas."
"When grunge was at its peak, everybody was in heavy guitar bands and
hated keyboards," says Roger as he reflects on the recent Moog revival.
"You did NOT play a synthesizer because it was UNCOOL. It was like,
suddenly you're in EBN-OZN. So we couldn't wait to sink our teeth into
songs we wanted to destroy and make really gross. Green Day's 'Basket
Case' is one of my favorites because we took what is supposed to be a
punk anthem, and through the power of arranging, turned it into the most
syrupy thing in the world!"
The Moog Cookbook employs a sonic smorgasbord of golden-age-of-wireless
technology to whip up such psychedelicacies as the rousing robotic
polkafest "Are You Gonna Go My Way," the electric boog-a-loo/Eurotrash
dance club sensation "Evenflow," the bionic Speak-'n'-Spell freakout
"Free Fallin'" and the cosmic Fat Albert/Sanford-&-Son boogie-rocker
"The One I Love." All played entirely on Moogs and other space-age
synths, all freeze-dried and vacuum-packed for instant stereophonic
Band information taken from the Restless Records press release.