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Pancho Fantastico

by John Hoskinson

An introspective and playful pop record that evokes and honors singer/songwriters ranging from Brian Wilson to Paul Westerberg.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Miss Rejection
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2. She's Changing My Mind
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3. Guaranteed
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4. Just Think It Over
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5. Creepy
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6. She Makes Me Yawn
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7. Only One By Your Side
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8. Make It Come True
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9. Evolve
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10. Hard To Say
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11. I Am Not Surprised
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12. Please Stay Off My Side
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Engaging melodies, immediate vocals and smart-yet-unpretentious lyrics populate John Hoskinson's second solo effort, Pancho Fantastico.

In Pancho Fantastico, Hoskinson offers a collection of straight-ahead pop anthems, toe-tapping tongue-in-cheek gems and breathtaking college radio ballads. Hoskinson infuses his traditional pop style with an occasional taste of alt-country angst, bossa nova swagger and vaudeville vamp, which adds to the flavor of this solid release.

An introspective and playful pop record, Pancho Fantastico evokes and honors singer/songwriters ranging from Brian Wilson to Paul Westerberg. Deceptively sweet harmonies and catchy rock rhythms draw you in while Hoskinson delivers intimate, honest and often self-effacing chapters from his colorful life.

Hoskinson gathers listeners around a virtual campfire, regaling us with tales of unlikely love, mild contempt and frictional co-existence. Moving easily between utter sincerity and good-natured sarcasm, Hoskinson has the voice of a one-time choirboy and the vocabulary of a social commentator. These are songs that can accompany you through everyday life, offering up the highs and lows with the truth and humor of a great friend.

The congenial vibe of Pancho Fantastico is the result of living room sessions that included friends and players in Hoskinson's hometown of Los Angeles: Luke Adams (Pete Yorn); Brian Whelan and Dan Iead (The Broken West); Mike "Soupy" Sessa (Cracker, Rosie Flores); Eugene Edwards; Robbie Rist; Stevie Blacke (Beck, Glen Phillips); Vince Meghrouni (Mike Watt); Dan Clucas (Arthur Lee/Love); with Joe Ongie (Aimee Mann, Minnie Driver) also handling production.

Pancho Fantastico is a record that conveys revealing thoughts through beautifully fluid melodies. John Hoskinson has created a musical companion to the modern life: slightly jaded but still committed to true love.


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John Hoskinson is a true poet. His lyrics are excellent. The song arrangements are pure genious, from incredible stripped down acoustic songs, "We Can Never Be Friends" to full-on orchestra-style arrangements, "I am Not Surprised." These twisted pop songs, like "Creepy" will have you wondering, "Why can't more people write great love songs like this one?" If you can't tell your lover how creepy they are, who can you tell? If you're laughing, you will get the twisted humor that John Hoskinson shares with his listeners. He has a soft side too, try "Only One By Your Side." These songs can take you from a lonely living room, to a sunny, bike ride in paris. Can't wait for the next cd from John Hoskinson!

Richard Snow

Me like Pancho!
Another Cracker from John. Opens with a piece of ELOesque powerpop magic. Play the sample, it's gold. Cool thing about this album is the varied styles and influences. "Guaranteed" brings to mind Neil Finn. But don't get settled, next up it's an irresistable bit of bosa nova crooning, all done in the best possible taste with just enough tongue in cheek. Then there's a 30's vibe on "Creepy", plus a Stax like soul outing on "Make it Come True".
John keeps your interest all the way through with great songs ,imaginative arrangements and production.

Lani

Viva Pancho Fantastico!
Pancho Fantastico is a superhero of an album, saving listeners with discerning taste from corporate schlock, one great tune after another.

With 13 stylistically varied songs, stand-outs for me are “Creepy,” “Just Think It Over,” and “We Can Never Be Friends” (listen for a terrific acoustic guitar solo on this one).

If you are a fan of The Beatles, Squeeze, or Crowded House, I think Pancho will be in heavy rotation on your music player.

chris welch

PANCO FANTASTICO - MUCHO FANTASTIC !
John Hoskinson's latest release is a power pop gem. Full of great melodies, smart lyrics and rich, layered harmonies - he sounds uncannily like Neil Finn on the Crowded House like 'Guaranteed' and pulls off an impressive falsetto on the striking 'Think It Over'.
Hoskinson's calling card is that voice. He can really sing.
The poppy 'Miss Rejection' is an uptempo sunny strummer, 'She Makes Me Yawn' a grin inducing swipe at an ex and 'Please Stay Off My Side' a smart Squeeze like rocker. He even pulls off pastiche with 'Hard To Say' which echo's McCartney's more whimsical moments from the White Album.
Only the overly earnest 'Evolve' grates a little and there is maybe one ballad too many, but overall Mr Hoskinson has done himself proud with a collection of songs that pop/rock lovers in the UK should take the time to hunt down.

Highly Recommended.

Lady Hooligan Kat

Pancho Fantastico is magnifico!
I love this cd; it'’s pure pop/rock magic! Every song is unique, but they all have John’'s sweet voice singing lovely melodies and smart lyrics. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE song on the cd is the soaring and retro “"Just Think It Over"”. I can listen to it non-stop, and it'’s definitely on my list for the Top Ten songs of 2007!

Chris Welch / UK Fan

American Power Pop With Bite - Well Worth The Trip
John Hoskinson's latest release is a power pop gem. Full of great melodies, smart lyrics and rich, layered harmonies - he sounds uncannily like Neil Finn on the Crowded House-like 'Guaranteed' and pulls off an impressive falsetto on the striking 'Just Think It Over'.

Hoskinson's calling card is that voice. He can really sing.
The poppy 'Miss Rejection' is an up tempo sunny strummer, 'She Makes Me Yawn' a grin inducing swipe at an ex and 'Please Stay Off My Side' a smart Squeeze like rocker. He even pulls off pastiche with 'Hard To Say' which echo's McCartney's more whimsical moments from the White Album.
Only the overly earnest 'Evolve' grates a little and there is maybe one ballad too many, but overall Mr Hoskinson has done himself proud with a collection of songs that pop/rock lovers in the UK should take the time to hunt down.

Highly Recommended.

Buddy Love / Los Angeles, CA

Muy Fantastico!
Yes, people do compare him to the Beatles and Crowded House, and with some accuracy. But it's only because he takes the original sources and elevates them to art. He does things his own way. As any true artist should.

Pancho Fantastico is a very fine CD, and one that people should be awakened to. You'll hear elements of pretty much anything that pop music has evolved in its time. His lyrics range from sweetly sentimental (but never saccharine) to cynical. While the music hews to John's passionate commitment to high quality pop, the arrangements now delve into new waters explored in his first release: horns, strings, Wilson harmonies.

I strictly guarantee that you will love this CD--not just admire it, because that's a given, but love it in the way we grow up falling for songs. Think of a song that connected you to a wildly spinning universe as a kid, and you will likely find a counterpart here. One of my favorite pieces here is "Guaranteed," a lover's lament. I think you will also be delighted by the song "Creepy," which has a McCartneyesque rhythm and a really darkly funny lyric--if we can all recall when pop music was fun, and not weary emo. "We Can Never Be Friends" closes the CD with a song pretty much everyone can feel infused into their lives: lovers who cannot be anything but lovers, even after the initial thrill of connection has faded. It's sophisticated emotionally, and pretty much as from the gut as early solo Lennon songs. People don't write this well anymore. Sure wish I could.

This guy is the real deal. I should add the disclaimer that I consider him a friend. But friendship begins and ends with total disclosure, and I would be doing John a disservice if I did not tell the truth.

Truth being: Fantastic record. Buy it, folks.

Hillary Manning

The Man Behind the Mask
This album is truly great. The first time I heard John Hoskinson sing was at a college party on the eve of the '90s. I will never forget hearing such amazing talent at what amounted to a beer bash. I have followed his work ever since. He played with a band, Ferocious Daisies, for several years and now has two solo CDs. This latest one, Pancho Fantastico, is sublime. Same great voice, new-and-improved songs. Listen and enjoy!