August 13, 2006

Earth vs Shockabilly
Shimmy Disc

First long-player by this NY-based sonic sludge unit. It expands on ideas from the first EP, but goes much farther in terms of gonzo energy and over the top execution. Chadbourne’s vocals and guitar are buried in distortion and way too much reverb. The effect is like listening to an early sixties radio station with really bad reception and another station bleeding over from adjacent spots on he dial. Which is also how a song comes out with this twisted trio; a Beatles song becomes a country song, a country oldie becomes a heavily Wah-wah laden psychedelic tune. The Door’s People Are Strange becomes a mutated jazzbo tune before melting into a pile of goo. The Beatles, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Roger Miller and more get similarly thrown into the blender. And it was just a hint of the madness to come.
This is the Shimmy Disc remix and may vary from the original Rough Trade issue, which I don’t own.

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