Stoltz 45 b/w 84 Tigers
On his past couple of records, former Detroiter Kelley Stoltz has carved an enviable and oft-ear-grabbing body of work from his lo-fi approach to classic, expired-warranty pop music. So this little trinket of lighthearted ephemera could be a bit of buzz-kill for his fans. The A-side is so de-contented (as they say in the automotive world) as to be mere ballast for the bona fide nugget thats hidden on the flip. 84 Tigers is a monologue-as-homage rock n ramble about you guessed it the 1984 World Series champs. After an audio glimpse of Mr. Ernie Harwell introduces the song, Stoltz takes off on a flight of giddy nostalgia that conjures the boyhood joy of watching the Tigers take the Series. This jam has it all the image of a young tyke honking his mothers car horn in celebration at midnight; a Wesley Willis-worthy rattling of trivia about the 84 starting lineup that distills that teams blue-collar rep into mythic minutiae; theres even a cut n paste collage that juxtaposes sound bites from team jingles, ancient and contemporary, with audio of news coverage of Detroit blight n crime.
Yes, its about a baseball team, but its so much more. And, yes, its the B-side.Chris Handyside is a freelance writer for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org