July 13, 2006

 Navigation

   Home Page

 News & Features

   News

 Columns & Opinions

   Publisher's Note

   Boomers

   Pinings

   Longshots

   Techie

 Pop Culture

   Film

   TV

   Books
   Video Games
   CD Reviews

 Living

   Food

   Wine

   Beer
   Grazing Guide

 Music

   Articles

   Music Roundup

   Live Music/DJs

   MP3 & Podcasts

   Bandmates

 Arts

   Theater

   Art

 Find A Hippo

   Manchester

   Nashua

 Classifieds

   View Classified Ads

   Place a Classified Ad

 Advertising

   Advertising

   Rates

 Contact Us

   Hippo Staff

   How to Reach The Hippo

 Past Issues

   Browse by Cover


Gene Dante and the Future Starlets, Gene Dante and the Future Starlets
Surreal Records, 2006

Nothing wrong with thieving from the Dolls and Bowie, particularly when it’s done more than well enough for whatever tenuous glam resurgence may be forthcoming (unless it’s already here, for those actually keeping track).

On the other hand we have here a promoter’s nightmare, a Boston-based bunch afflicted with artistic ADD who make it supremely difficult to advise readers on the seriousness of their strictly musical output (Dante has done some theater, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and a Boston Rock Opera production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Gary Cherone and Chris Mascara). Going back to front over this EP, “Adfrank vs Neil Diamond” is a post-Iggyism remindful of Rocky Horror, “In Lieu of an Overture” ghouls up Sweet’s “White Mice,” and “Little Belle” would have made terrific Changes filler 30 years ago. All of it functions fine, although one does get the impression that Dante is so busily occupied with la vie boheme in general that a full-length probably won’t show up until werewolves conquer the earth. B-

— Eric W. Saeger


Comments? Thoughts? Discuss this article and more at hippoflea.com