Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Fibonaccis: Purple Hazed

One of Los Angeles's first wave of new wave bands (1981-1987)—art punk is what Wiki calls them (I don't hear the punk)—prefiguring the lounge era's appetite for Ennio Morricone, Nino Rota, Henry Mancini, John Barry, with the exotica of Martin Denny and Esquival (territory later explored by Combustible Edison, Oranj Symphonette among others). The Fibonaccis took their version of exotica and fed it through a Casiotone adding a few more spoonfuls of whimsy and retrophilia. Theirs was a post-war kind of psychedelia crossed with the spirit of Weill and Brecht on laughing gas. The quality of musicianship was high and inventive, and singer Magie Song, while of limited range, brought to the table the right amounts of theater and levity.

Their best expression of the concept may be in this version of Purple Haze, certainly worthy of a spot on your iPod:

Download: The Fibonaccis, Purple Haze

Much more of their catalog available for free download at their website,

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