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Trans Am
Who Do We Think You Are?
Spunk Records

The opening song on Trans Am’s Australian tour CD, Who Do We Think You Are?, mixes vocoder and silly Casio beats as the singer chants “Baby, baby/what’s my name/I’m the funky guy” in a very unfunky way. This in no way prepares the listener for the loud, droning “Slow Response,” a classic Trans Am rocker that finishes with a scorching guitar solo. For the rest of the CD, Trans Am concentrates on electronics. The mysterious “Surface of the Sun” and the ambient “Crystal Lite (Positive Mix)” rely on distorted beats, pulsing synthesizers, and treated vocals for a futuristic vibe. The anthemic “Wildwood Flower,” another rocker, sounds like a warped version of “The Star-Spangled Banner”—which isn’t so out of place considering that, after all, Trans Am is an American band.

Originally published in the Orlando Weekly on November 25, 1999