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Of ROMP - Santa Cruz Sentinel writer Wallace Baine says it best:

New band puts new twist on old songs
Posted: 07/09/2009 01:30:26 AM PDT

Rhan Wilson does nothing ordinary. The creator of "An Altared Christmas," the live show and album that reframes common Christmas tunes in a minor key, has put together a new band, and there's nothing ho-hum about it.
ROMP is an anagram of the first names of the four members of the band "" Wilson, Olaf Schiappacasse, Matt Bohn and Patti Maxine. All in the new band have played in Wilson's "Christmas" extravaganza; three of the four ROM have been part of the house band at the "Planet Cruz Comedy Hour."
The band is unusual not only for its instrumentation "" it will use everything from the baritone ukulele to the lap-steel guitar "" but for its off-beat treatment of beloved old songs. Chuck Berry's already bizarre "My Ding-a-Ling" performed in a minor key and sang in a Russian accent. The 1960s chestnut "Ode to Billie Joe," about the day "Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge," is combined with the beat of the late Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" to create the "Ode to Billie Jean."
"Proud Mary," "Harper Valley PTA," songs from Grace Jones and Gogol Bordello, all get thrown in the whirl and come out a bit different, said Wilson.
"We're not trying to make every song we do be odd or weird," he said. "We're just looking to have fun. I've been in a lot of bands, and all I want now is to play music and have some fun."


Listen NOW to the only recordings in existence of the ROMP Band!
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Yes. now you can hear for yourself in the privacy of your own home or internet cafe, these rare recordings of ROMP recorded Sunday morning on August 2nd, 2009 on KPIG radio's (107oink5FM) "Please Stand By" show.

Listen as we present some pre-show banter, followed by a song, followed by some more banter, followed by another song. Some more banter, then another song! Can you believe it?

It's true. Listen.

Pre-show banter
Private Life
These Boots (Were Made For Walkin')
Post-show banter


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Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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