You may know King Khan from his extravagant live shows with his hundred-member band, The Shrines (that number is inexact, but I think it’s somewhere around there). THAT band plays big, loud epic rock/funk/soul jams. You can find his two albums, What Is?! and The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines in the KZUU library and on the audio computer.
Now, Khan returns to his roots and teams up once again with Mark Sultan (the BBQ of the band name) to create a stripped-down version of the Shrines on the album Invisible Girl. This is actually like their third or fourth album, and it’s simply incredible. Khan slides seamlessly among Iggy Pop-, Mick Jagger-, and Sam Cooke (!)-style vocals. Tracks “I’ll Be Loving You,” “Third Ave,” and “Tryin'” actually come close to being beautiful as he apes Cooke’s soulful croon, but those tender moments are immediately rent apart by songs like “Tastebuds,” which includes the following poetry: “Tastebuds on my cock / Now let me love you baby ’round the clock / Tastebuds on your cunt / So you can lick my booty from the front / Tastebuds on your shit / So you can taste the nugget on my prick / Tastebuds on my nuts / So I can taste up inside your butt.” Ha, I guess it’s all a bit tongue-in-cheek, so to speak.
The King Khan & BBQ Show is a refreshing blast of unpretentious, unabashed rock ‘n’ roll energy. As you can see from the pictures below, the man knows he’s crass but embraces the aesthetic and the whole package comes across as endearing and kinda sexy. Invisible Girl is 100% about having a good time and letting loose. Check them out, play them on your show, feel the love.
UPDATE: a respectful commenter has brought it to my attention that Khan and Mark Sultan (BBQ) split vocal duties. Currently looking into this. Probably won’t bother updating again.