Wednesday, January 13, 1999

Failure

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 1999 at 12:00 AM

John S. Hall and King Missile are back again, but what does that mean? King Missile started out as an offbeat project between Hall, a guy named Dogbowl and that resident studio genius, Kramer, on the latter's Shimmy Disc label. While the music and the man have matured over time, Hall still performs his freakish narratives backed by creative New York musicians and Kramer's immaculate production. Sometimes King Missile's music is humorous art-rock and, less frequently, rock 'n' roll. Through it all, the star of the King Missile show is John S. Hall and his shrewd observations about the human condition. His soft, ironic voice is perfectly suited to his twisted song stories that appear to be nothing less than fractured fairy tales for the next generation.

Reminiscent of a fucked-up, neurotic Mr. Rogers, Hall ponders rhetorically on subjects including what is and isn't gay, shoving a variety of objects up his own ass and what it would be like to make a monk break his vow of silence. Make no mistake, John S. Hall is a funny guy. He just seems to enjoy saying all those things that you wouldn't dare say yourself -- in mixed company, anyhow. The man has refined his comic timing over the years and performs occasionally as a spoken word poet in New York City.

So, if you don't pay attention to the lyrics, you'll miss the convoluted wit and wisdom of John S. Hall. This is living proof that real men need words too.

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