If you know anything about Gustafer Yellowgold, you've probably heard that the little cone-headed cartoon character is "hipster approved" and moves to a "kindie rock" beat. As clever and accurate as these descriptions may be, they don't do justice to the musical adventures of this perpetually warm alien from the sun with a knack for finding strange adventures on Earth. Oh sure, Gustafer's language-obsessed creator, Morgan Taylor, may sing a Broadway-inspired tune about a "Wisconsin Pancho" or let loose with a spacey little ditty about the wonders of flying around in "Rocket Shoes," but there's nothing esoteric or ironic about it. The music is laid-back melodic rock and folk with sly lyrics about cheese and what "forever" means.
Taylor wears his influences proudly. He grew up with surreal Saturday morning TV shows like H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund and the Seamonsters and with the cartoons of Mad magazine artists like Al Jaffee and Mort Drucker. His love for absurd adventure stories was fertilized by the British comic book author Alan Moore, creator of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Infinity Sock, Taylor's latest Gustafer story, finds the little alien on just such an absurd adventure. Along with his best friend Forrest Applecrumbie, the world's last surviving and most fashion-forward pterodactyl, Gustafer makes an ordinary wash day extraordinary when he goes off searching for the toe of the world's longest sock like some strange Lewis and Clark of the laundry room.
Morgan Taylor performs Gustafer Yellowgold's "Infinity Sock" at The Hi-Tone Cafe on Saturday, July 30th, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for kids, $10 for adults.