Who let the Hamm out of the can? Any way you slice it, the song-and-dance routine of Vancouver's duo Canned Hamm is healthy and heartfelt.
"There's a message to their magic: hey, folks, get comfortable with yourselves, with your bodies and desires - and with Canned Hamm's!
But don't ask me, take it from the likes of rock 'n' roll rascal Bobby Conn, alt.country damsel Carolyn Mark or Aussie skate-punx Frenzal Rhomb, all of whom contribute to the forthcoming Karazma! Reimagined tribute disc (something to tide you over until the next Canned Hamm album proper, Balloon Fantasy, hits the racks in the fall)
. "It's amazing that in the short two or three years we've been around," notes Hamm XL, "we've had such a profound effect on other artists that it didn't take much coercing to convince them to pay homage to us."
"What each has used as a touchstone is how we've touched their lives," continues Miniature Hamm, "and proceeded from there."
And touching people's lives - and bodies! - is what Canned Hamm is all about." -- RUPERT BOTTENBER, The Montreal Mirror
On the heels of CANNED HAMM’S debut release ‘KARAZMA’ PRO-AM ENTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL is proud to present a tribute to this fine recording: ‘KARAZMA: REIMAGINED’. Many top acts of today from around the world have come forth and recorded their own interpretations of their very favorite CANNED HAMM songs. They include: NEIL HAMBURGER, THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS, BOBBY CONN, NARDWUAR THE HUMAN SERVIETTE, DESTROYER, FRENZAL RHOMB from Australia, CAROLYN MARK AND HER ROOMMATES, MONOTRONA, THE GOBLINS from Chicago, THE SPITFIRES, THE NASTY ON, THE TENNESSEE TWIN,
EYEBALL HURT AND THE MEDICINE, BOYFRIEND, HELMUT DORING ARMY from Australia, ZERO SQUARED and JOE OGILVIE. The end result is this C.D., not merely a reworking of the CANNED HAMM classic ‘KARAZMA’ but a ‘REIMAGINING’!
For those not in the know CANNED HAMM are Big Hamm (Stephen Hamm, Slow, Tankhog, Copyright) and Lil’ Hamm (Robert Dayton, July Fourth Toilet ,Vancouver’s Grand Wizzard of Debauchery), two of Vancouver’s favourite entertainers. For the past few years their outrageous show: a mix of vaudeville, karaoke and burlesque has been wooing audiences from New York to Sydney and all points in between. Heavy on audience participation, humour and catchy pop melody, the two Hamm’s will sing their way into your hearts and the backing band never misses a beat because all the music is on tape thus the ‘CANNED’ in CANNED HAMM!
During their travels CANNED HAMM have also influenced, impressed and befriended many artists. These artists are widely varied in their musical styles and attitudes but have found common ground in their love for CANNED HAMM and are making this known by contributing to ‘KARAZMA: REIMAGINED’.
We here at PRO-AM ENTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL know you will love this tribute to CANNED HAMM’s ‘KARAZMA’. So sit back and enjoy the many musical flavours of CANNED HAMM’s ‘KARAZMA: REIMAGINED’.