There is something so screamingly funny about the music of this group it's hard to describe. Parody is always funny, but it gets funnier if done with these synthesizers. There are heavy influences by classic rock, funk, jazz, game tunes and almost everything else. I can only fail at depicting the wildly varying styles and soundscapes... but nevertheless I tried for some songs:
- Are You Gonna Go My Way? is so weird it almost defies description. It's best approximated as 'Nintendo Bluegrass' and it's chock-full of swishes, oomphs and other strange synth 'drums'. The heavily distorted and reverberated synths manage to sound strangely poetic for some moments, like a cartoon toy factory running amuck in the middle of a desert.
- Basket Case is easily one of the most retro pieces, with Rhodes chords and melancholic solo synth sounding like the theme song to a 1978 TV show that never aired. There's a lick in the song ripped-off from some actual 70s song or theme, though I can't figure the hell out where it's from. /msg me if you know where that G-G-F-Eb-F-G-G-F-Eb-F line is from.
- Hotel California starts out laden with synthetic pan flute like a demo from a cheap 1987 Japanese keyboard and, via something sounding like an Amiga game tune, transgresses into a weird merry-go-round tune with synth calliope and synthesized bovine lowing. There are several excursions, into some kind of Stevie-Wonder-on-speed soul jazz, into music sounding like all and none of the video game consoles you ever heard. Vocoders kick in, and even the Eagles' famous 128-overdub guitar solo is reproduced. Just don't ask me how. The end sounds a lot like Kraftwerk, and has excerpts from two of the earliest occurences of synths, i.e. from Popcorn and from the keyboard solo from Del Shannon's 1961 classic Runaway.
- More Than A Feeling is close to the original. For some seconds. Then a Eurodance beat and very, very cheap-sounding synth strings set in. Chaos ensues, but there'll be some really brillant soloing before it's all over.
- Smells Like Teen Spirit begins with something seemingly straight from the 2001 - A Space Odyssey soundtrack, but goes right into clav-driven electro-funk. The song has excursions through trancey filter-sweeping sounds and mock 60s' sitar noodling. At the end, a haunting jazz piano picks up the theme.
- Sweet Home Alabama If we had Nintendo Bluegrass up above, this is Nintendo Swing the way Glenn Miller's band would have played it, had he lived long enough to meet with Timothy Leary. It's hard to say anything else about this bizarre version.