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WIZARDS OF OOZE "Almost... Bikini"
(1999, Backbone, CNR Music 2102649)

Songs (click on the -icons for audio)

1. Big Red Balloon
2. Bubbles
3. Cheezy
4. Lumbago
5. Bustin' Loose
6. Paperbag
7. 25
8. Milkman
9. Six-Pack Cooler
10. Five Below
11. Lizard
12. Summerbreeze

Produced by Wim Tops & Peter Revalk
Recorded at the Wizards Of Ooze studio, Antwerp, Belgium

Mucisians :
- Wim Tops : vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
- Peter Revalk : guitars, keyboards, vocals
- Hugo Boogaerts : saxophones, flutes
- Carlo Mertens : trombone, bass trombone, percussion, sea shells
- Bruno Meeus : drums, percussion
- Luk Michiels : bass, double bass

Artwork : Denis Dellaert, A Horse A Bucket and A Spoon.

My opinion

Taking the bull by the horns right away : Wizards of Ooze have delivered the best Belgian pop-album of the year with this "Almost .. Bikini". And with quite a considerable lead too. No need to read any further. Just go and buy this one. That bull can go now. Hey.
If the above should seem a little too short for a cd-review :
The Wizards have - for this "difficult third album"- surpassed themselves with a playful and poppy cd that is very open, very musical, very funky, very horny and "catchy as hell". Not an album that needs to grow on you : this one stands like a skyscraper right away, and it survives countless spins with ease (I'm at 15 or so at the time of writing).
"Big Red Balloon", "Bubbles" and "Bustin' Loose" are poppy songs with inventive sounds and solo's. Seems like they have stolen all the toys of their children that produce some noise. These guys are fun!
On "Lumbago" (the Frank Zappa of Sjeikh Yerbouti) and "25" (Wolfman Jack lost in a pinball-machine that belongs to Captain Beefheart) they let go of all pedals and brakes, but they manage to maintain an order in the chaos that testifies great musical skills. These guys can play!
"Cheezy", "Paperbag" and "Six-Pack Cooler" shift in to the lowest humming gear, and cuddle up to your ears in a most enchanting and sexy way. These tracks are the bastard sons of the Purple Man from Minneapolis and Steely Dan. White soul that flows from your speakers like honey. These guys have soul!
On "Five Below" the group is suddenly transformed into a guitar-band that could easily grasp a place at Lolapalooza or so. These guys rock!
"Summerbreeze" (the extension to the ominous track "Lizard") is an instrumental freak-out-show that revived the seventies nightmare of bands such as Focus and other hippies who used the transverse flute. I know some orifices where you can stick that instrument, boys.
I'm rather curious whether the Wizards of Ooze will be able to keep a grip on this material in live conditions. On this cd, the mix between "cheesy" and "funky" is extremely good. Conclusion : I started with that, you blind (and stupid if you're not on your way to the shop yet) twit.

Sent-in opinions :

Toon wrote : "The only band I thought would never go commercial, has shocked me deepy. Guys, almost disaster. What has happened ? The once heavenly mellow sounds of 'the Wizards' have been replaced by predictable guitar-riffs and 'cheezy' lyriks. The flowing underone of the Hammond-organ and flute have completely lost their 'jive'. And the high-pitched voices of Peter Revalk & Wim Tops lose their meaning now 'song after song' is slow cliché jazz. (and I use that term lightly).
Just admit it .. the chilled-out character of 'Bambee' was there because of the interaction between Wim, TRIJNTJE OOSTERHUIS and SABINE KOBANGO. And the use of their MOOG is poor, and I won't even talk about that pianon (totally out of line). Only the fact that they still use horns is a good point (thank you, boys).
Allé, 'wizards' still remain the epitomy of the flemish acid-jazzscene. Keep on trying

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This album in the press:

- Surf-Inn : "Carnaval in Wonderland: that's the best description to find for the images that the music of the new Wizards of Ooze generates. 'Almost... Bikini' is the name of the precious thing .... and the least you can say that it is varied and surprising".

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More about this group :

- Wizards of Ooze-bio on this site.
- Management : Wim Swinnen. Tel : +32.(0)75/47.25.65 Fax : +32.(0)3/889.04.55
- Bookings : Rock Werchter (Peter Verstraelen) : tel : +32.(0)16/60.81.40
- A Horse, A Bucket & A Spoon. J. Van Herbruggenstraat 12, 2880 Bornem. Tel +32.(0)3/889.11.41
- CNR Music (Arcade) :

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