A New Kind of Fun
Cheeky Spanks emerges from cover.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
The cover of local rock band Cheeky Spank’s debut CD is a photo of a green mailbox with the words “it’s not what you think” written across it. And in fact, with a truly eclectic, sometimes campy batch of tunes inside, the eight song release is not what you would expect from a longtime Monterey cover band that is known for covering Janis Joplin and The Doors.
The opening party rock number “Paris Hilton” includes squalls of guitar noise over drums and bass and the chorus: “I wanna party like Paris Hilton.” There are serious numbers like the acoustic pop “Just One Kiss” and the anti-suicide “Long Way Home.” But following “Long Way Home” is “Pink Flamingos,” a kitschy country rock song about settling in a trailer park that would give Southern Culture on the Skids a run for its money in the camp category.
Cheeky Spanks vocalist, harmonica player and acoustic guitarist Jill Childers says the band moved in a different direction a year ago when guitarist John Sherry joined the group and pushed Childers to develop original material.
CHEEKY SPANKS performs at 9pm Friday, Jan. 19, at Moss Landing Inn, Highway 1, Moss Landing. No cover. 633-9853.