Heffern, Gary & Beautiful People / Gary Heffern & Beautiful People
Album: Gary Heffern & Beautiful People   Collection:General
Artist:Heffern, Gary & Beautiful People   Added:Jul 2011

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-12-04 Pull Date: 2012-02-05
Week Ending: Jan 8 Dec 25 Dec 18 Dec 11
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 05, 2012: The Songsmith Show
Stack Of Receipts
3. Dec 15, 2011: The Songsmith Show
Here Comes The Government
2. Dec 22, 2011: The Songsmith Show
Cat From The Rain
4. Dec 08, 2011: The Songsmith Show
Here Comes The Government

Album Review
MC Dizzy Jackson
Reviewed 2011-11-26
Gary Heffern was the singer of famed late ‘70‘s / early ‘80‘s San Diego punk / new wave band The Penetrators. A few years back he learned the truth of his childhood (read the revelatory one-sheet) and, as a result, moved to Finland, where he was born. He met local collective Beautiful People and this album is the result. It’s full of sounds that Heffern played with The Penetrators - punkish, country, r’n’r, lots of influences. Many of the lyrics are heavy and autobiographical. Very well crafted songs, all worth a listen. No FCC’s.

*My Favorites*: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12.

1. *(8:57) Slow / Mid. Very quiet start, heavy lyrics, backing vocals, organ, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drums, electric guitar. Instruments enter one at a time. Long fade out. Wow! Epic and absolutely beautiful.
2. (4:17) Mid. Echoey vocal with ominous organ, loud, rockin’ plodding beat. Guitar solo. Song about religion.
3. *(4:22) Mid. Plodding, easy-going beat. Female lead vocal, song about a dream of Bone. Dreamy and folky.
4. *(2:15) Mid. Upbeat, lo-fi with a slight doo-wop thing going on. Quite childish, sitcom theme jingle-jangle. Guitar, drums, horns, bell, processed vocal. Great.
5. *(3:08) Mid. Punky, with almost a Johnny Rotten vocal delivery, crunchy guitar, heavy drum hits, backing vocals. Killer.
6. (5:10) Slow / Mid. Mellow number with guitars, drums, harmonica.
7. (5:06) Mid. Female vocal, heavy, heavy lyrics, with strings and a plodding beat.
8. *(2:53) Mid. Upbeat country rockabilly song with guitar, drums, harmonica, violin.
9. *(3:44) Mid. Upbeat, Uncle Tupelo / Old ’97’s stylings. Very cool.
10. (4:09) Mid. Strummed acoustic guitar to start, both male and female vocals. Band joins in.
11. *(3:30) Mid. Heffern speaks while female sings over a mellow, jazzy jaunt, then turns a bit carnivalistic for a few measures. Big horn and strings. Very cool with some funny lyrics by Heffern.
12. *(2:38) Fast / Slow. All-out rocker with dog barks. Big sound, punky with guitar solos, pounding beat. Turns slow with violin, trumpet. Ends fast.

Track Listing
1. Hand Of The Devil   7. It's Gonna Be A Cold, Cold Winter
2. Religions   8. Well Of Sorrows
3. Breakfast With Bono   9. Stack Of Receipts
4. Hanging On The Corner   10. Cat From The Rain
5. Here Comes The Government   11. It Will Work Out Fine
6. Everything Is Slowing Down   12. Brother's Gone