Hey! It’s The Pandoras (Burger)
The arrival of vinyl at my house is always cause for celebration. Such was the case when The Pandoras’ Hey! It’s The Pandoras! arrived. Peeling the plastic shrink-wrap off of an Lp cover always involves a bit of time travel for me. I’m immediately taken back to the mall of my youth, with $7 burning a hole in my pocket, all the way to Camelot Music.
The Pandoras are undoubtedly legendary; sometime garagey, sometimes poppy, sometimes punky, but all the time, FUN. “It’s Getting Harder All The Time” kicks things off, replete with pleading vocal by the always-great Kim Shattuck, and groovy organ by Melanie Vammen. “You Burn Me Up and Down” rocks like the bastard child of “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” with the throbbing one-two punch of Karen Basset’s bass and Hillary Burton’s drums. Teenage energy abounds with these ladies.
My fave of the set, however, is the closer, “Dark November.” As lean, mean and moody as the title might imply, it’s a change of pace that really illustrates perfectly, just how versatile this band can be. Since the passing of lead vocalist Shattuck in 2019, it’s probably safe to say that this is The Pandoras’ swan song. It’s a damn fine one.