Shannon and The Clams

When Beach Blanket Bingo gets its 21st century remake, here's the soundtrack. Shannon Shaw and Cody Blanchard trick out warped Fifties-Sixties rock driven by space-age thrift-shop keyboards, shimmy-shake dance grooves and sexy moonlit vocals — Shaw's woozy Amy Winehouse-isms are backlit by Blanchard's shrieky falsetto. If the campy atmosphere nods to the B-52s, the drama is all Morrissey. Blanchard: "If you should die tonight, I'd want you to know that you were my man" (the vaguely necrophilial "My Man"). Shaw: "I loved the leather on my buns" ("Corvette," a car-seat-seduction to rival The Smiths' "This Charming Man"). The impressive balancing act between formal cheese-balling and emotional sucker-punching, however, is 100 percent their own.

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