March 21, 2005 | Posted by mark at 12:46 PM

When He Came Around People Chokey Chokey

Eyeball Skeleton
Eyeball Skeleton - The Smokey Turtle.

This is the real garage. Eyeball Skeleton is two young brothers, JJ and Charlie Brown and vocals and bass. Their dad, Bill Brown, holds down the beats and adds more guitar. I think this stuff is brilliant-- a dad rocking out with his little kids, but letting them handle all the lyrical and vocal duties. It's perfect fun.

In the grand tradition of groups like the Dead Milkmen, or even the White Stripes, this stripped down garage couldn't be any more raw. They're singing about a turtle that gets so hot in the sun that someone fries an egg on its back. Then breakdances on the tip of a pyramid, doing some kind of dance called the Chihuaha Tornado. It's total stream-of-consciousness crazy talk coming from some 8-year-old in Maryland. It's hilarious, bad, and somehow insanely catchy at the same time.

Now, I don't have a lot of hopes for this band, since they barely exist outside of novelty, and they're also part of the argument against the ease of home recording... but still, there's something very appealing to me here. It might be in the breakdown at the end, when the kids laugh but the weird bassline and beat continue on. I wish we all could've made cds like this when we were little. It's only fun. Songs like Spooky Mummy Case and Flat Top Vampire seem like they'd be cool, but only disappoint. Opening thrasher "Eyeball Skeleton" is a standout, as is the pure punk rant "I Don't Eat Cereal on the Weekends." The album comes out in April, and you can Preorder a copy. You can check out their Myspace page for more songs and pictures. They're just little tiny guys.

Also, I've got a short stack of promo vinyl that I want to play, but my cartridges are on their last legs. Any of our readers work for Shure or Ortofon or someone? Maybe we can work a deal on a review set. You scratch my back and I'll scratch your records...


ha! that's funny. not in a laugh-at-you way, but an enjoyable way. I'm fond of the click track myself, but I like things kind of minimal.

RIYL: The Stinky Puffs or The Black Peppercorns.

Posted by: --s-tephen at March 21, 2005 01:08 PM


Posted by: dorie at March 21, 2005 04:58 PM

army bop! HAHA im getting this my kid will love it.

Posted by: dorie at March 21, 2005 05:11 PM

"Smowkey Turdil!" Maryland all the way. That's awesome.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at March 22, 2005 12:45 AM

reminds me of the band "The Rolling Scabs" song "We're the Scabs" where they're singing i just wanna be your sexy scab.....

awesome inhibition.

Posted by: noisemutator at March 22, 2005 09:34 AM


what i meant was UN-inhibited-ness

i'm a moron


Posted by: noisemutator at March 22, 2005 10:05 AM

Thanks for showing Eyeball Skeleton some love! - Jon

Posted by: Jon Solomon at March 23, 2005 03:00 PM

... and you can buy 'em from, the online alternative music store. Cheers, Jude x

Posted by: Jude at April 11, 2005 08:43 AM

i am a regular PRB princeton listener so i have heard "smokey turtle" many times before eyeball skeleton got well known even in the indie scene at all. it was always so cool. i love hearing this kind of thing, when i was the age of the browns i always would have wanted to do this kind of thing and well they manage to to it and make it really enjoyable in the most fun and pure kind of way.

Posted by: christopher gonzales at April 14, 2005 09:28 AM

OMG, i love it...

Posted by: ARoark at May 10, 2005 10:00 AM

listen to WFMU i've heard this song nearly 10 times.

Posted by: h at January 9, 2006 10:25 AM
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