By Bob McMahon
By Allison Babka
By Kelsey McClure
By Carolina de Busto
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Steve Brennan
By Joseph Hess
By Allsion Babka
Beware the joke band. Unless they're the rare beasts who combine senses of humor with massive musical chops (Frank Zappa, basically), the chuckles will eventually wear off, leaving you with a dusty CD on the shelf. When was the last time you gave that Tenacious D disc a spin?
But hey, I'm not asking you to hunt down rare Nice Peter singles or anything. Just go check them out at Fred's this Friday. You'll laugh, and isn't that enough? The band's "Spanglish," an ode to a Mexican counter girl, gets plenty of mileage out of the small scraps of Spanish we all know, and "Bush Song" is refreshingly non-strident: "Mister President of the United States/You are fucking up these days."
Musically, Nice Peter comes off like Tenacious D on a Weezer kick, but, really, that's not the point. They're funny -- and right now, that'll do.