The Supreme Genius of – King Khan and the Shrines

There are a lack of good riffs out there. The best ones nowadays usually come from garage bands. King Kahn & the Shrines caught my eye, because they sound like they are from the 70’s and King Khan sounds like a more coked out James Brown. It’s great stuff. And yeah, this record came out in 2008, but let’s face it, you haven’t listened to it yet, have ya?

The album opens up with Torture. Thank God it’s a cool track, cause it would have been too easy to rip into the title of this one. It has a cool guitar riff and Khan’s unique screech. They even use horns and despite my hatred of ska bands using that stuff, they sound really good and fit in perfectly. On first listen, the track may seem goofy, but after a few listens, the sound is addictive. Mixing a bit of the 60’s Rolling Stones sound with James Brown’s moves, this track is a solid opener.

Took My Lady To Dinner is a weirder track. It starts off with horns and a cool guitar lick. Everything going smoothly so far. Then the lyrics come in. Yeah, they’re weird. You remember that sonnet of Shakespeare’s that talks about how ugly his mistress is? You know, the one we were forced to learn in school and we all laughed when we realized that he was a chubby chaser? It’s pretty much like that, but Khan is more straightforward about it and actually list what his husky woman eats. It’s hilarious and it’s fun.

Outta Harm’s Way is up next and I think it’s my favorite track on the album. Starting off with a single note and moving into a cool chord progression. It reminds me of a Stone Roses track that I can’t remember the title to. The only thing that overshadows Khan’s bizarre lyrics is the coked out guitar solo. Very psychedelic, very cool. If you must listen to any track on this album, give this one a listen. It really speaks for itself.

The rest of the album progresses and carries itself on sexy guitar sounds, screeching vocals, and blaring horns. It’s an album that demands attention. Khan combines the preaching of James Brown, with the swagger of Mick Jagger and the coolness of Elvis. Add a horn section, a guitarist who probably drops good acid for a psychedelic tune and a bunch of cocaine (and I mean A LOT, he’s friends with the Black Lips and Lindsay Lohen so you know he’s doing more drugs than Buddha), then you have the Shrines. Who said coke music was bad?

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