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Audio CD, September 15, 2010
In 1994 Hyapatia Lee - former adult movie star who appeared in about 50 movies, including some mainstream ones since the early '80s - released her first (and to date only) rock album: it has been defined solid rock, and features also some ballad/slow rock moments. W4IK - the band - also gives title to the album and reads like "Double Euphoric". Hyapatia was later featured in the "Porn to Rock" compilation with "Strike Back", taken from the present album.
You wouldn't be surprised to discover that an adult film star had recorded a rock'n'roll album. I mean, there's got to life after porn, right? What you might be surprised about is that W4IK's "Double Euphoric" (get it?), featuring X-rated film star Hyapatia Lee, ain't half bad. With songs written, for the most part, by Lee and featuring a talented band and acceptable, if not stellar, production values, "Double Euphoric" is a collection of hard rock songs in the style of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett and (gasp!) Cher, back in the day when she was recording harder rocking tunes (you haven't heard KISS's "World Without Heroes" until you've heard Cher sing it). Ranging from the surprisingly effective ballad, "Angel" to the stoner-like guitar of "Pretty in Pink," "Double Euphoric" is an entertaining record throughout. While she doesn't have the pipes of the aforementioned Cher and Benatar, Hyapatia Lee far from embarrasses herself here, taking the natural sultriness of her voice and giving it a rock'n'roll edge. The album isn't without its warts. "Don't Forget The Red" is a heartfelt but contrived ode to the American Indian that comes off as kinda silly. And the sexually-charged pseudo-rap of "The Dutch" is far more annoying than it is invigorating. The anti-censorship rant during "Strike Back" also seems a little stiff. Overall, however, "Double Euphoric" rocks pretty well. (...) "Double Euphoric" is worth a listen. --R. Scott Bolton, Rough Edge
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Hyapatia Lee became not only one of my favorite porn stars in the 80's, but one of my heroes, for the way her films managed to combine story, substance, and SEX. What a charge it was to find her managing the same feat with rock music!
This album is LOUD (in spots), but melodic enough not to be dismissed as "just noise". The first 2 songs, "Solitary Eclipse" and "Pretty In Pink" (NOT the oldie!) have always been my favorites. The rest are an interesting collection of various styles, some of which work better or worse than others, all of which are at least worth a listen. "Strike Back" may seem silly in places, but it usually gets me laughing, never a bad thing.
I always hoped she'd do more stuff like this. I'll have to keep an eye out now.
For more girls who rock, I'd also reccomend The Friggs, The Booty Olympics, Santa Marias, Palmyra Delran (okay, I admit, Palmyra is involved with all of those), The Sirens' "MORE IS MORE", and Ellen Foley's "NIGHTOUT".