Laika & The Cosmonauts – Cosmopolis (1988-2008) CD (Yep Roc)
To cap their amazing career, Yep Roc released a 27 track compilation featuring some of their best songs of the last 20 years, along with a few unreleased tracks. There aren’t many surf/instro bands that have a unique sound, but this band definitely did. The twang and echo of their guitars, the keyboards, the songwriting – all of this combined to create a sound that is instantly definable as Laika & The Cosmonauts. Personal faves include “Floating”, “Note Crisis”, “Expose”, “Global Village”, “Surfs You Right!”, “C’mon Do The Laika”, and “Delayrium”. Understandibly, as a Yep Roc release the song selection is skewed towards their two Yep Roc releases, with 10 of the 25 released songs coming from Local Warming and Absurdistan – I personally would have selected a few more cuts from Surfs You Right! And C’mon Do The Laika!. For many bands you’d say 27 songs is too many, but this is an excellent compilation from start to finish – Yep Roc and Laika & The Cosmonauts have put together a great CD that perfectly captures the sound of the band from all periods of their career.
Tracks: Metropolis Theme - Floating - Rikki On The Loose - Note Crisis - Experiment In Terror - Global Village - Disconnected - Crosstown Canyon - Turquoise - Surfs You Right! - Look! No Head! - Vendetta - Psyko - C'mon Do The Laika - Fear - Boris The Conductor - Lands End - Circumstantial Evidence - Delayrium - NY'79 - Expose' - Get Carter - Fadeaway - The Ipcress File - Meneito Paraiso - S.P.Y.D.A.'s Web - Mary's Theme