Martini Ranch

  • Martini Ranch
  • Holy Cow (Sire) 1988 

California musician Andrew Todd and Texas-born actor/filmmaker Bill Paxton (director of Barnes & Barnes’ classic “Fish Heads” video) comprise Martini Ranch, a wickedly inventive, visually oriented pop-culture nuthouse of a band based in Los Angeles. Holy Cow variously resembles the B-52’s (whose Cindy Wilson guests here), Devo (Mark Mothersbaugh and Alan Myers contribute vocally and instrumentally; Bob Casale produced one song) and Oingo Boingo. Judge Reinhold whistles on one tune; Bud Cort vocalizes on another. Kinetic, silly, intelligent and infectious.