Classic-turned-modern Glam outfit Penny Lane just released a new disc called Midnight Tales from the Funhouse: Part 1 (RSR/Garden House Records). The album features Steve Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd) and Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper). Kelli produced the disc in addition to helping with guitar duties.
Midnight Tales from the Funhouse: Part 1 features 12 tracks and just about every song was written by some conglomeration of the band. This means it wasn't just a case of Steve and Keri coming in to play - they really contributed 100%.
Now here's the interesting thing: there's lyrics about school, just like classic Pretty Boy Floyd. This surprised me because the songs on this Penny Lane disc are new...and no one in the band is anywhere near school age.
"California Man," "Waiting for You" and "Blood from A Stone" are exceptionally strong tracks. I especially like "Blood from A Stone" - the chorus and main riff are cool. Also cool is a cover of The Cars song "Dangerous Type." If you're looking for a good ballad, "Best of Friends" might be what you need. The song is sweet and the guitar work nice.
If you like Pretty Boy Floyd, you'll like the new Penny Lane effort. There's a lot of cross-over similarities here. Yes, part of that is because of Steve Summers, but also many of the song lyrics and themes are similar. Basically, this is just a fun Glam record.
Ray C. and Billy Gash are regular members of Penny Lane. You can order the disc by clicking here.