Noooo! Skinny ties and facial hair should never mix! Granted, you’ll have to download the record to see what I’m referring to on the back cover of Nephews… I’m not sure what their point of origination is/was (Boston?) but the four-man Aunt Helen were about as scattershot as they come. Something of a one-song-wonder, this record starts out with a genuine bang in the guise of “Psychology Today” and deescalates rapidly from there. The keeper in question, “Psychology,” boasts the sass and savvy
of AH’s Midwest contemporaries Fools Face and Secrets, not to mention a dash of The A’s. As you might have gleaned from the cover art, this was not a band that took themselves particularly seriously. A sardonic, calypso reading of “Wild Thing” doesn’t impress, nor does much of Helen’s willfully cheeky approach on the remainder of Nephews. Such goofball tactics are either charming and endearing or a fatal flaw. I’ll let you be the judge.
01. Psychology Today
02. Wild Thing
03. It Just Isn’t Fair
05. Do the Nip
06. (If I Had An) Electric Guitar
Articles Origin: Aunt Helen – Nephews Were Never Like This ep (1980, Razor)