Rolling Stone - 9/22/94, p.924 Stars
- Excellent - "...a broad overview of Jones' career through rare and obscure tracks dating from one of his first recordings, 'Red Wing' (1941), to his final studio effort, 'Frantic Freeway' (1961)...."
SPIKED! is a compilation of various Spike Jones recordings--some previously
unreleased--with His City Slickers and with His Other Orchestra.
Spike Jones & His City Slickers includes: Spike Jones (drums, percussion); Judie Manners, Red Ingle, Doodles Weaver, Sir Frederick Gas, George Rock, Freddy Morgan, Dick Morgan, The Four Fifths, Jimmy Cassidy, Dr. Horaio Q Birdbath, Gil Bert, Del Porter, The Rhythmaires, Paul Frees, Carl Grayson, The Barefooted Pennsylvanians, Susan Scott (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Homer & Jethro; Spike Jones & His Other Orchestra.
Recorded between 1941 and 1961. Includes liner notes by Thomas Pynchon and Tim Page.
Spike Jones, probably the only band leader who ever conducted with a starter pistol, was an aural Dadaist years ahead of his time. He brought the art of pop and classical music parody to its absolute apogee. Along with his crack band, the City Slickers, Jones also bequeathed several new instruments to the traditional orchestra, among them the latrineophone (a toilet seat strung with catgut).
This Jones anthology, released (oddly or appropriately enough) by BMG's avant-garde classical label, is interestingly programmed, with just a few of Jones' big hits ("Pal-Yat-Chee," "Laura," "Holiday For Strings") surrounded by more obscure sides. But just about everything here is either hysterical or musically brilliant--or both. As a bonus, SPIKED also includes an insightful liner note appreciation of Jones by the normally elusive Thomas Pynchon.