Tao Overstreet - Misunderstood (1993)

From Tempe, Arizona,  Tao Overstreet was wildly across the map in musical style. They later went on to become Idols Of Perversity. This is a CD rip.

From Peter Gilstrap and Serene Dominic's Tapes In the Mail from the August 1994 New Times:

Most local bands' idea of "dedication" is finding one group to emulate and then copy it up the wazoo. Tempe's Tao Overstreet chooses the less-traveled road by taking on several different styles--metal, rap, tribal punk--all at once. A&R people hate it when groups hop musical genres as often as Tao does on its Misunderstood CD, but the good news is that the band pulls off everything it sets out to do. Exceptionally well.
Each of the band's three singer-songwriters exhibits a healthy balance of wit and humour. The most hilarious moments belong to Page Davis, who makes insightful observations about "Teenage Plastic Surgery" (Her big nose bothers her like a disease/She wants nostrils like a Pekingese") and what it's like to be a "Has Been." Who can resist this tender tale of a washed-up, fortysomething musician who assures his 18-year-old trollop that he's several years younger than Keith, but many, many years younger than Mick?
Guitarist Bee Sanders' dead-on Perry Farrell impersonation is another real hoot, and "Strange" is as hooky as Jane's Addiction's best-loved material. But since the Farrell bit appears again several times more throughout the CD, the mimicry is less an homage than it is a hard habit to curb. That he's good enough to fool most listeners is still high praise, indeed. It might take you some time before you can understand Misunderstood, but it's certainly a fun jigsaw to figure out. Easily the most impressive self-produced CD (ditto for the packaging) that's come across the desk this year.

Page Davis - Lead Vocals, Bass
Bee Sanders - Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Jimmy Schwenk - Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Mandolin

Blaster Lead Vocals by Kevin Cline

Produced By Jimmy Schwenk
Co-Produced by Page Davis and Bee Sanders
Exec. Producer - Will Yeaton/Dig Bodhi Records

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