optigan

Powerpuff Girls - Heroes and Villains


My friend Andy at work gave me a CD to listen to yesterday – music inspired by the Powerpuff Girls cartoon show. I was fully expecting to dislike it, but it’s a pretty cool selection of indie stuff, with Frank Black, Bis, Shonen Knife and others. Lots of fun, kind of tongue in cheek.

So by way of the CD, I came across a band called Optiganally Yours. They use an instrument called the Optigan, which was made by Mattell in the 60s – there’s a bunch of stuff you can read on their website about the guy’s search for these things. Basically it’s almost an early sampler, and plays loops of real sounds, so they can produce all kinds of odd and quirky songs. Take a listen to their excellent version of “Spanish Flea”!

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