323. Fred Astereo – “Don’t Break My Heart”

Back in the early-ish 1990s I was a potentially pathological pursuer of the Tlot Tlot phenomenon.

This Melbourne duo pumped out nonsense rhymes and pop silliness on guitar and keys backed by a drum machine.  Thus they were lazily likened to NYC’s They Might Be Giants.

I regale you with this tale as it explains the appeal of this album from former Tlotian Stanely Paulzen and a newer buddy.

A classic from the Tlotite live show finally gets a recorded run here. Please Don’t Ask For An Apology is the sort of tune that’d race out the door as a very early draft pick if such things occurred in the songwriting world.

The TMBG comparison is truly justifiable with respect to With the Exception of Saturn, an astronomical love analogy that the two Johns would happily call their own.

This album doesn’t have the pure pap charm of its predecessor in the Astereo oeuvre, but it is still a perfect lazy Saturday afternoon spin (and thus well suited to my day today). 

And you’ve got to love the zero-budget video Stan produced on the security camera at his work: 

File under: Would you like to break dance?

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