Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
No one can deny the importance of Kittenz and Thee Glitz as a breakout record for Felix Stallings Jr. He had been kicking around since the late '80s, polishing his substantial underground cred, until spin-off singles like "Silver Screen Shower Scene" and "Madame Hollywood" aligned just so with the height of the self-conscious fashionista timewarp fad known as electroclash. At one point, Felix's mug could be seen in most American music magazines -- a baffling development to readers aware of the producer/DJ's past and the dance-phobic tendencies of those publications. Kittenz and Thee Glitz's sharp, hyper-melodic, song-driven nature helped steer some young indie rockers to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
No one can deny the importance of Kittenz and Thee Glitz as a breakout record for Felix Stallings Jr. He had been kicking around since the late '80s, polishing his substantial underground cred, until spin-off singles like "Silver Screen Shower Scene" and "Madame Hollywood" aligned just so with the height of the self-conscious fashionista timewarp fad known as electroclash. At one point, Felix's mug could be seen in most American music magazines -- a baffling development to readers aware of the producer/DJ's past and the dance-phobic tendencies of those publications. Kittenz and Thee Glitz's sharp, hyper-melodic, song-driven nature helped steer some young indie rockers to "the other side" -- a side that can be tough to cross when the appeal of chugging guitars is much greater than that of thumping machine beats. Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever, the proper follow-up after a pair of intervening mix albums, might actually bring some young dance freaks over to the rock world, since it relies heavily on the jagged guitars, rubbery basslines, and candy-coated choruses of new wave. One thing that has remained constant is Felix's predilection for concept records that play out like B-movie soundtracks; basically, the protagonist Devin Dazzle gets swallowed up by the nightlife and all the alluring sleaze that comes with it, and he crosses paths with a group of females the Neon Fever who get off on titillating and maiming helpless victims. A handful of collaborators help out on the instrumental and vocal ends, making the record seem a lot less like the work of one solitary producer. Even without considering the theme, it's a fully realized record -- it's of that rare breed in which the least exciting tracks at least help carry the listener along. If label executives of 1982 were brought to the present day, they'd hear at least six singles here. Cap the whole thing off with a finale that would make any Italo-disco producer proud, and you have a third successive Stallings full-length that tickles all the pleasure receptors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431707216
  • Catalog Number: 70721

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:04)
  2. 2 Rocket Ride (2:37)
  3. 3 What She Wants (5:08)
  4. 4 Short Skirts (2:18)
  5. 5 Ready 2 Wear (3:41)
  6. 6 Romantique (2:05)
  7. 7 Everyone Is Someone in LA (4:00)
  8. 8 She's So D*mn Cool (2:51)
  9. 9 Let Your Mind Be Your Bed (3:31)
  10. 10 Watching Cars Go By (5:27)
  11. 11 Hunting Season (4:10)
  12. 12 Nitelife Funworld (1:40)
  13. 13 Nina (2:32)
  14. 14 Devin Dazzle (2:51)
  15. 15 Neon Human (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Felix da Housecat Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Vocals, Noise, Electronic Drums, Synthesizer Voices
Natalia Group Member
Sarah Jane Group Member
Nina Rao Vocals
Dave the Hustler Background Vocals
Melistar Talking
Luis Galdames Guitar
Tyrone "Visionary" Palmer Vocals
James Murphy Vocals
Roshon Austin Background Vocals
Donna The Cyberwh*re Vocals
Olivier Grasset Strings
Neon Fever Vocals
Jason Pellegrino Bass
Alex Rosson Drums
Kate Wax Vocals
Chris Kelly Bass, Guitar, Drums, Tambourine
Technical Credits
Felix da Housecat Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
The Visionary Composer
Chris Holmes drum programming
Tommie Sunshine Composer, Producer
Dave the Hustler Composer, Programming, Producer, drum programming
GoodandEvil Producer
James Murphy Composer
Devin Dazzle Arranger, Composer, Concept
Kenneth Kung Illustrations
Kate Wax Composer
Xlover Producer
Bryan Black Arranger
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