One song: Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, 'Goldin Browne' [MP3]
The lyrics to “Goldin Browne” bear noting in full, though they hardly do justice to Kid Congo Powers’ sinister delivery: “Dark colors, black leather,” sings the La Puente native, best known for his work with the Gun Club, the Cramps and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, while a lazy but menacing rhythm pushes forward. “Stray pets, bad habits,” he continues, and an echoed Fender guitar strums casually. A wobbly organ note hums. He keeps listing non sequiturs: “Medicine cabinets, Chairman Mao, Aladdin Sane, Goldin Browne.” After a weird guitar interlude, the band carries the song back to the beginning, Powers repeats the words, and the song ends.
Is it a magic spell? An S&M shopping list? Who knows, but whatever he’s conveying on “Goldin Browne,” from the band’s raw, magnetic new album, “Gorilla Rose,” sounds sinful, if not felonious.
-- Randall Roberts