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Smile Smile Are In Love With Foxy Shazam, The Ronettes

Smile Smile
Smile Smile
Andrew Ryan Shepherd

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We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, picking apart, hating or turning people on to. Sometimes, these things even all happen at once.

Smile Smile celebrates the release of their excellent third album, Marry a Stranger, out next Tuesday on Kirtland Records, with a show Saturday at the Granada Theater. Until then, we demanded to know what they've been jamming in their ear.

Ryan Hamilton Foxy Shazam. They're like Queen, David Bowie, Meatloaf and Iggy Pop had some mentally unstable love child, and I LOVE it! When you're purposely as over the top as Foxy Shazam, you have to be super talented to pull it off, and holy combination of unprintable curse words, do they pull it off.

Jencey Hirunrusme I've been keeping it old school lately. The Ronettes are a powerful '60s girl group from New York City. They were produced by Phil Spector (who later married their lead singer), so you can imagine the recording quality is amazing and there are so many quirky, intricate parts in their songs, like rain in the background.

I started researching girl groups as inspiration for my solo project and stumbled across songs like "Be My Baby", "Baby I Love You" and "Walking in the Rain." I love the tight harmonies, laid back melodies and that feeling like your falling in love.


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