Water Landing - Cleared For Takeoff
After the pilot's warnings, they open up strong with a powerful "Airplane Song" that explains their name a bit with a Devo-esque/punky backing track. "Hey Friend" is a bit more serious than most tunes here and has a very cool groove and keyboard/guitar interplay (nice wah-wah, too). Hudy's "Deflation Situation" kinda reminds me a bit of the Stranglers' "Bitching", with its incessant, driving guitar-chord-riff - and there's even cowbell here! Nice bass work and backing vocals, as well. They get a bit sillier in "Devils" - pretty goofy lyrics and simple instrumentation, but fun sing/shout-along chorus and a rave-up ending. The violin adds a nice texture to "Melody's the Rhyme", a darker number with really cool guitar lines working with the violin to create some good melodies, as the title would imply!
More melodic fills from the violin and guitar on "Rocket Ship" and I get an early Ultravox vibe (love their first album!) on "Very Important Mission", probably one of their strongest songs. For the closer, though, they go full-on goofball with "Eddie the Horse" - funny, but a bit too far over the edge for repeated listenings!
Fun band, damn nice people and entertaining live - check 'em out!