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Thank You Bethesda

by Parthenon Huxley

Huge guitar hooks, deeply observant lyrics and catchy catchy melodies sung by a textured, rich voice will keep you listening to P. Hux over and over again and again.
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1. Thank You Bethesda
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2. Angeleno
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3. Luckiest Man
3:08 $0.99
4. Buddha, Buddha (With Noodles)
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5. Long Way to Go
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6. Beautiful
2:48 $0.99
7. Roller Coaster
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8. A Feeling That Won't Fade Away
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9. Love Is the Greatest Thing
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10. Turn the Soil
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11. Oh, Yeah Montage
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12. Buddha, Buddha (Noodle-Free)
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Review of Thank You Bethesda

Parthenon Huxley has always made music that’s slightly left of center. With rare wit and a knack for crafting flawless hooks, he’s gained a reputation as a reliable power pop pundit, a musician who epitomizes everything that’s so appealing about that fundamental style. He’s also a participant in the post-Jeff Lynne reboot of ELO, an ensemble now known simply as “The Orchestra.”

Regardless, as Thank You Bethesda suggests, he’s never better than when he takes the spotlight under his own auspices. The razor sharp riffs that steer the title track, and the snappy ricochet rhythms that drive “Angeleno,” Huxley’s parody of Hollywood’s star-making machine, define his intents, making further embellishment largely unnecessary. Nevertheless, Parthenon is no one riff wonder; the ebullient “Beautiful,” the sprawling “Luckiest Man” and the revisit to a better known cuts from his catalogue, “Buddha, Buddha,” affirm the fact that his upbeat attitude leaves ample room for variation. Effusive to a fault, he croons these tunes with a confidence that gives each a cinematic sweep. Admittedly, Parthenon Huxley isn’t the only one operating in this crowded arena, but given his enthusiasm, other contenders seem largely inconsequential.


Popular music morphs and see-saws through different styles every few years, but Parthenon Huxley (P. Hux) doggedly continues to do his thing, his way. Over a span of nine albums it's clear that catchy songs built on sing-along melodies, guitar hooks galore and real life-inspired lyrics are what Huxley does best. Thank You Bethesda is a fully modern record that also brings to mind music from the 60s and 70s. Huxley's influences range from The Beatles, ELO and XTC to Todd Rundgren, Cheap Trick and other power pop mainstays. Over the years, his sound has become more and more his own.

"I occasionally get the itch to follow the latest computer-based trend," says Huxley, "but it never lasts. I came up when making records was an exotic business run by professionals. I'll always record with live musicians in real studios on the best equipment. I'm rarely fashionable, but my catalogue is pretty consistent."

As in, consistently lauded with awards and honors.

Parthenon's first ever single, "Buddha, Buddha", which he produced just out of college in the '80s, was called one of the "Ten Best Records Ever Made in North Carolina" by the Greensboro Record.

Making the leap to the majors In 1988, Rolling Stone magazine called Huxley's Columbia album Sunny Nights "a monumental debut." Creative Loafing magazine named it “Album of the Year.”

Huxley's 1995 indie masterpiece "P. Hux Deluxe" earned "Album of the Year" honors from pop bible Audities magazine. His unique take on the music of ELO--Homemade Spaceship--earned “Tribute Album of the Year” honors from the internet's largest indie community, JPF.

Back on the majors, "I Loved Everything" from Huxley's 2001 album Purgatory Falls (Universal) reached #1 on Rolling Stone's Exclusive Download Chart.

As labels and artists adjusted to the internet age, Huxley turned to crowdfunding to record and release Thank You Bethesda.

"My fans have been very faithful. Many of them are completists who own everything I've done. It's awesome to know they're out there."

Media also appreciate Huxley’s consistent sound. His music is heard worldwide in commercials, film and television. Songs by Huxley have been recorded by acts such as Foreigner, eels, Sass Jordan and Stevie Salas, all with chart success. Huxley has produced albums by Rusty Anderson (guitarist, Paul McCartney), Kyle Vincent and a young band from Bethesda MD called Arsonists Club among many others.

When not recording and performing his own music, Huxley tours the world as guitarist/singer for The Orchestra Starring ELO FORMER MEMBERS. He joined the band in 1998 when it was called ELO Part II. He produced the Orchestra album No Rewind.

"I never dreamed of joining a classic rock band, but the opportunity came my way and I jumped on it. The Orchestra is a joy. Great bandmates, great songs, great fans. And we've performed in forty or fifty countries. It lets me step in and out of my own creative process."



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