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Deflating some of the self-importance of the latest crop of indie rock, Reggie & the Full Effect recall Ween in their penchant for sly musical parody that has the ability to stand on its own. I use the term "their" loosely, since Reggie is actually the one-man project of Get Up Kids keyboardist (and Coalesce drummer) James DeWees, who records under various alter egos as members of this "band": í80s-style Euro synth-pop artist Fluxuation, gruff Finnish death-metal act Common Denominator, emo-rocker Reggie (bearing an amusing resemblance to any number of current lovelorn emo singers).
DeWees fashions a schizoid mix of music interspersed with random bits of drunken dialogue captured during tour stops. Enjoyment of the record requires a certain willingness to embrace whatís cheesy about the genres he surveys, but if youíve ever absent-mindedly sung along to Spandau Ballet, grimaced at the tortured syntax and nonsensical content of Euro metal acts (see Laibachís "Life Is Life"), or bobbed your head to sappy pop punk love songs, youíll probably appreciate what heís doing. Common Denominator again steals the show, as he did on Promotional Copyís height-phobic "Dwarf Invasion," with the schoolhouse-rock lesson "Linkin Verbz," which uses the applicable verbs to encourage you to buy the bandís T-shirts. Live is perhaps the best way to enjoy Reggie, as DeWees puts on an outrageous stage show, complete with several costume changes.
BY CHRIS PARKER
Issue Date: August 15 - August 21, 2003
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