Czech Republic - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 13 - 11/14/97
It's been a year since the premier issue of the Luna Kafeé and one
year since I reviewed this band. It's only fitting to look back at what
has changed during this year.
Gejza is YoYo Band's newest release, and like their other
titles it provides a frustrating experience. Clearly there are at least
hits here; but also there are a handful of embarrassments. While the
formula remains the same (Caribbean rhythms and sexually charged
lyrics), this time Gejza serves up less of an adventure and more
of an attitude than they did in their previous outings.
Promisingly though, Husa v troube (The Goose in the Oven)
the proceedings with a spirited merengue:
|prsa jak ze sna
|pivo a velkej
||beer and a big
|Neni to moc zdravy
||It's not too
|ale je to dobry.
||but it is good.
Are we really just talking food here?
But after this, Jiri Sima and Mirek Linhart go over territories
they both have already covered (and much better) on the last album
Jenom kour (Bonton 1996). The same goes for by now a standard
reggae tune, a calypso in need of a percussionist and a rock tune which
sounds like a leftover from the Dej mi prachy na klobouk (Bonton
1995) re-release of their tunes from the 80's.
However, the next two cuts restored my faith in YoYo Band. Na
silnici z Loun (On the Road from Louny) combines a kind of a ska
rhythm with a jazzy acoustic piano and 'On the road from Louny/I became
so horny' lyrics.
And the following title opens with pan flute sounds and verses about
Gejza, the upstairs neighbor, and his relentless partying. Usually
lyrics are the weak point of Tesarik Brothers' songwriting, but here
they provide an almost poignant story delivered in appropriately worn
Then, back to medium tempo reggae and lame funk until the last cut.
This hillarious remake of the Harry Belafonte's classic, "Here they
come and I wanna go home" is not about bananas - it's about teeth
and the dental practice of a certain Dr. Kalina!
So what has changed in this past year? In addition to a real drummer,
YoYo Band now also has Peter Pavlik, a real bass player. But what is
missing this time (other than a pecussionist) is more variety. Since all
the song writers in the band have developed characteristic formulas by
now, Gejza lacks variety in sounds and arrangements, in tempi and
in the moods of expression.
Still, there are enough cuts here that will one day make the 'Best of
the YoYo Band' compilation.
And to all fellow Lunatics: Happy Anniversary!
Copyright © 1997 Ivan Sever