- Artist: Geoff Westen
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/4/2008
VIDIOTS-TUNE IN!! is Geoff Westen's Power Punk tunes-de-force and the follow-up to his acclaimed The Pigs-OINK! On Disturbing Music. The Pigs was one of Hybrid Magazine's "2006 Up and Coming Favorites" and Indie-Music.com's "Top 25 Indie CDs of 2007." Reviewers and fans alike, respond to Westen's neo-retro sound, citing influences from the '80s to the present. But Westen is unpredictable. He's been doing this too long to put out the same album every time. On VIDIOTS-TUNE IN!! he moves in a slightly more Power Punk direction while continuing to incorporate the scope of pop and rock styles he has performed over his career into his signature Wall of Pop sound. Westen delivers screaming guitars and a driving track that rocks his opening anthem for Vidiots everywhere, 'Better Get Started.' He kicks it up a notch on the thumping tracks 'Angry Young Man' and 'Don't Stop The Kiss." Funky-chunky guitars spice up 'Action Man,' while a slight touch of techno pulsates through "Some of You Girls." And no one does a ballad better or tells a more tender love story than the softer side of Westen on 'She's So Young' and 'Searching For Love.' Geoff has a long history in music and design, working on scores of projects with hundreds of musicians and talented artists in all fields. He apprenticed his musical craft with pop music masters in the studio, on television and on the road. His apprenticeship took on many forms - owning a recording studio where he worked with artists as diverse as David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Dr. John; on the road with his own bands and top commercial pop artists; and as a hired gun on a number of network television shows. Westen's style is a life-long amalgam of pop influences. He laughs at the comparisons heaped on his music. 'I understand why people want to compare you to some other artist or band as a point of reference, but it really gets ridiculous. If I showed you the list of 'whom Geoff sounds like,' you would be amazed. It's a diverse group ranging from Oingo Boingo to The Killers to Chromeo. Wow! But, I'm not griping about it. It's great that everyone hears something different. It means if you're into rock 'n roll, you should be able to find something you like about my music - and that's what I'm striving for.' Rock veteran Westen has spent a whole lot of years involved in the production and performance of music. You can hear this wealth of experience; you can hear the maturity in his Wall of Pop arrangements and production style. It's what sets him apart.
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