Peter Allen “Bi-Coastal”

I’m always hoping I’ll listen to some unknown record like this and be surprised by a secret masterpiece, or even something at all unexpected. Not this time. I’ve been admittedly not very attentive to this, aurally, as it just kind of passed by like a little mouse fart in the California breeze. Though actually an Australian, Peter Allen is 100 percent Californian late-seventies style, and the Christopher Cross sound is not surprising as he co-wrote that horrible “Arthur’s Theme” song. The inner sleeve reveals lyrics, though I don’t hate myself enough to give them a chance, and lots and lots of smooth jazz session hack credits, including some scary names I associate with Toto, if that gives you any idea of the sonic dishwater created here.

The most interesting thing is the album cover which is like a strange airbrushed monochrome portrait that looks neither very masculine nor attractive. It has the kind of Sears portrait studio look that people appropriate now ironically, but irony was pretty unheard of in 1980, wasn’t it? That Peter Allen was married to Liza Minnelli is interesting, though it doesn’t really explain anything. He died in 1992. I wonder how many men who have been in love with Liza Minnelli have actually been in love with Judy Garland? But that’s a serious can of worms, no time for that kind of thing here. This is about records.


2 Responses to “Peter Allen “Bi-Coastal””

  1. May 18, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I’m starting to worry that you’re never going to review another record I have actually heard ever again. But I guess someone’s got to listen to those.

    Do you think there are actually men who have been in love with Liza Minelli? I guess I can’t imagine myself being in love with either her *or* Judy Garland, but I also can’t imagine mistaking one for the other. I can imagine getting Judy Garland mixed up with Shirley Temple Black, though. Actually I’m not even really sure what I’m talking about. I thought Liza Minelli was pretty interesting and funny in the 10 or 20 minutes I saw of Cabaret the other weekend. I was pretty far from falling in love with her though.

    I wonder how many men who have been in love with Christopher Cross have actually been in love with Peter Allen. I also wonder how many scary names associated with Toto were also associated with Steely Dan.

    no, I seriously have no idea what I’m talking about, sorry.

  2. 2 littleastronaut
    May 19, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Watch Judy Garland in THE PIRATE and you’ll totally fall in love with her, that is if you are at all attracted to women who are ON THE EDGE.

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