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Rating: No

The Gadjits

Wish We Never Met

Hellcat Records


Everyone in the band professes a love for Elvis Costello. I love Elvis C. too, but I prefer his style of pop-punk to this. Or to their stabs at emulating his sound.

"Bad Gadjit" is "Radio, Radio" with a wispy Ska residue. But it, along with the other Costello tribute, "B.C.," at least have some blood pumping through them. The standard-issue ska ramblings throughout sound tired and downright boring. The drums, keyboards, guitar are all rather flacid. Or maybe I'm just getting tired of formulaic ska? Fact is, there ain't a lot of interesting new territory being discovered here.

"Carnival Sense," with its "Jailhouse Rock" intro, is uninspired bowling music thanks to the hockey-rink keys, but maybe this is supposed to be novelty, like the CD closer, "Jenny Jones (leave the deathrock kids alone)"? Maybe I'm losing my sense of humor? "Cowboys Always Win" and "Outsider" conjure up weird, John Wesley Harding comparisons to the vocals, which I find disturbing. The CD corker is "Cleveland, Ohio," because the band sounds like they care. I'm sure this stuff translates better live (How could it not?). See them when they're in your town, and buy a copy of This Year's Model instead.

back torevhead.gif (1924 bytes)Published in The Reader January 13, 2000. Copyright 2000 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.