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Corey Goodman, the brain behind one-man-band Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship, has referred to his act as "electro-comedy," which is as good a term as any to describe the white-boy raps and discount beats he produces. His sweaty, in-your-face concert appearances are as much a display of performance art as they are a musical experience. The release of Chest Hairposes a kind of Zen riddle: Is it really a Superfun experience if Goodman isn't jumping around in running shorts and sweatbands? Yes and no the songs are funny (at least for the first few listens), but Superfun is still best experienced as a good-humored dose of confrontainment.
Goodman lays out his mission statement on "Superfun 101," the first track. With typical bravado, Goodman boasts that he's "the most amazing thing you've ever seen/I play some keyboards and a drum machine." The rhymes don't get much more complicated than that, and the canned beats and preset synth sounds are strictly fundamental. Lyrically, Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship is a product of the Internet age: "Image Content," about the vanity of MySpace pages, threatens the listener with rejected friend requests, and "Restart My Heart (Ctrl+Alt+Delete)" samples noises from Microsoft Windows' operating system and AOL Instant Messenger to propel a computer-love lament. Maybe Goodman is making a comment about the disconnection that occurs when technology takes over our lives, but that seems unlikely. Such heaviness would dull the off-the-cuff fun of these songs.
Goodman does most other joke-rappers one better by possessing a magnetic voice that, while not tonally perfect, contains no small amount of charm or personality. The smart money is on Goodman ditching the electro-clash racket and starting a rockabilly band; his shouts and sneers make him an ideal frontman, and if he'd sing about crashing hot rods instead of crashed computers, he could have this city's dirt-rockers in his pocket. Chest Hair is offered in full as a free download from Superfun's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/superfunyeahyeahrocketship).
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