The Pooh Sticks
rape, plunder and pillage the history of pop music with manic glee on The Great White Wonder
, an engagingly witty and knowing handbook to cultural appropriation. Not so much a revisionist as an outright kleptomaniac, frontman Hue Pooh grabs handfuls of raw material -- a Neil Young
guitar solo here, a Lou Reed
melody there -- and molds his loot into marvelously ragged power-pop; a completely original record by virtue of its total lack of originality, The Great White Wonder
openly cribs titles like "Sweet Baby James," "Desperado" and "The Wild One, Forever" while hopscotching from style to style and sound to sound. The glue that holds the record together is its unabashed affection for its source material -- the Pooh Sticks
are a band in love with pop music, and The Great White Wonder
is their valentine to rock & roll.