There's been talk of a remake of the 1966 film "Fantastic Voyage" for years. I've lost count how many times I've seen the original so I'm on the fence about it being redone. One thing that would get me behind the idea though is if they hired Tim Lampinen produce, direct and star in the film. His musical history, from the Epileptix to the Clone Defects to Human Eye to this project, has always had some type of preoccupation with biology in name if nothing else. His attention to details such as pulsing blood veins and festering microcosms would be enough to make it interesting to look at but he wouldn't be satisfied with just that. It would have to be more bizarre & dingy as well as clever, oddly hilarious and completely over the top.
Leading off the 5 songs that span over the 4 sides of this collection is "Squeeze The Giant". You see, Tim (along with some assistance from two of the Terrible Twos) wouldn't just want to explore the inside of just a regular human body in a shrunk down spaceship. That's been done. He'd know that going through a giant's innards would make things much more interesting. The rhythm lumbers like a giant kicking over the world's tallest buildings (ya gotta remember that with this giant the deepest sea only come up to his knees) & wah-wah guitar oozes like metallic lava under a tale that's part scary fairy tale & part Mad Magazine sci-fi. "Tree Thirsty Earthquake" finds Tim in a crooning mood. Jobriath wearing Leonard Cohen's overcoat with production courtesy of Helios Creed.
Record two starts with "Body Of Love", a garage stomp with dance club dreams on it's mind but that dance club is either 200 feet underground or 20,000 leagues under the sea. It's fits perfect with such locations reverberations. It's followed by the echo'd out organ subterreanean bachelor pad music "Toes In The Grass". Curl up in front of the glow of TV screen static.
"No Hassles" finishes the record by busting out the wah-wah even bigger than on aformentioned "Squeeze The Giant" with squishy solos and High Rise like sonic squalls.
Tim's work keeps getting stranger but in doing so matches (if not tops) previous brilliant moments of his decade plus career.