Rayguns Look Real Enough: Hall of Fame (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Rayguns Look Real Enough: Hall of Fame

Fast and funny mashed up rock classics at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

With Ray Gunn’s tiger outfit and Luke Reel’s electric shock goth hairdo, this rock duo look like Calvin and Hobbes hit middle age and formed a band. Pulling melodies, tunes, rhythms and lyrics from across the decades, the pair have put together a tightly knit set of mash-ups that works just as well as a gig as a comedy set.

Opening with 'If I were a Rich Man' from Fiddler on the Roof, they slide into 'Babushka' and 'I Need a Dollar'. The creativity with which the duo bend and tame seemingly unmatchable tunes, such as pulling off Frankie Valli versus Eminem, is the strength of the show: although the musical sections used are cleverly selected, it would still be a challenge for any singer. Ray Gunn’s pleasing voice is strong enough to carry the vocal acrobatics and with a belting falsetto he manages shifts between styles that others would probably not even attempt.

The duo favour a punning style of humour and their tongues are wedged firmly in their cheeks as they banter with the crowd and each other. Though some of the jokes pull groans from the audience rather than laughs, the innocent energy they bring to the show means the audience is wowed by the music, but more importantly, charmed by the men playing.

Voodoo Rooms, 226 0000, until 24 Aug, 7.45pm, £8– £10.

Rayguns Look Real Enough: Hall of Fame

  • 4 stars

Not only have the world’s greatest mash-up band been nominated for the London Cabaret Awards, and won the Time Out Alternative Eurovision 2010, they are also being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And they'll need to give the performance of their lives. Will Ray Gunn suffer another diva meltdown? Can Luke…