Julie Brown Trapped In The Body Of A White Girl
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- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Warner Bros. Records Inc.
- 1.Trapped In The Body Of A White Girl
- 2.I Like 'Em Big And Stupid
- 3.Shut Up And Kiss Me
- 4.Inside Every Girl
- 5.Time Slips Away
- 6.Callin' Your Heart
- 7.Boys 'R A Drug
- 8.Girl Fight Tonight!
- 9.Every Boy's Got One
- 10.The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun
Personnel: Julie Brown (vocals), Dan Grenier, Bob Carlisle, Bruce Gaitsch, Michael Landau, Bud Rizzo, Dennis Herring (guitars), Jeff Steele, Mark Sedgewick, Reggie McBride (bass), Chris Mostert (saxophone), Danny Sembello (horns), Gardner Cole (horns, keyboards, drums), Steven Lindsey, Steve Thoma (keyboards), Pat Leonard (drums, keyboards, drums), Steve Reid (percussion), Michael Osborne, Chuck Berkinshaw, Jody Cortez (drums),Moon Zappa, Mona Lisa Young, Maria Vidal, Jeanette Clinger, Tom Kelly, Donna DeLory, Tampa Lann, Margret Taylor and The Stupid Guys, Gardner Cole, Danny Sembello, Rick Palombi, Leslie Smith, Kate Markowitz, Brenda Russell, Charlotte Crossley, Joe Turano, Donny Gerrard, Kal David, Darryl Brown, The Valentine Brothers (background vocals).
Producers: Julie Brown, Gardner Cole, Danny Sembello, Joe Chiccarelli, Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg, Richard Gottehrer, Steve Thoma.
Engineers: Scott Singer, Paul Erickson, Julie Last, George Tutko, Rob Freeman, Michael Hamilton, Gary Brandt, Hilary Bercovici.
As the liner notes to the 2010 reissue of this album mention, Julie Brown was one of two major artists who can thank wacky radio host Dr. Demento for launching their recording career, the other being "Weird Al" Yankovic. Brown's breakthrough novelty hit was "Cause I'm A Blonde," which isn't included on this debut album, but most of her other necessary cuts are, from the funny and funky title track to the too cute, Valley Girl-mocking "I Like 'Em Big and Stupid." The main attraction is most definitely the '60s-styled, girl group number "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun" which hilariously updates the teen tragedy song for a post-gun control world. If it's camp you crave, jump right to "Girl Fight Tonight!" which is ever so fierce with lyrics like "When you told him he looked like Rob Lowe/Well that was the last straw/So now I have to tell him/You wear a padded bra". As far as the music, it's totally '80s with thin synths, early samplers, and bright, cutesy melodies, all of which help the novelty numbers sound more fun, but there are a surprising handful of semi-serious songs here and unless you prefer the thin sound of the era, they'll just seem dated. Fans of '80s pop will likely find them charming and might notice that Madonna's 1989 hit "Cherish" sounds an awful lot like Brown's 1987 cut "Shut Up and Kiss Me." Giggle at the thought of the Material Girl being influenced by the Madonna-mocking comedienne Brown, then giggle harder at the plentiful highlights which are all awesome new wave goofiness, to the max. ~ David Jeffries