While I’m on the subject of “novelty bands done right” (see my prior entry), I’ve been really digging Electric Six lately. Of course I don’t mean to demean the band by calling them a novelty, but that was certainly the impression they made on a lot of people. You see, Electric Six committed the crime of being too funny, which, combined with the band’s oversexed machismo and penchant for hard-hitting riffs, resulted in one helluva a debut album. Fire, released 2003, was one of those albums that sounds like the greatest thing on the planet the first three times, and then you never want to hear it again. Regardless, the presence of two unforgettable, what-the-hell-did-I-just-hear singles (“Danger! High Voltage” and “Gay Bar”) made the album a big seller, especially in the wake of Tenacious D and The Darkness, which ushered in an era of parody hair metal. Though Electric Six were never as popular as they were in that moment, to their credit, they’ve soldiered on at an impressive pace – this month sees the release of their 12th album, which is about eight more than you would’ve expected them to have at this moment back in 2003 (Tenacious D are still on their second, and who knows what happened to The Darkness?).