The A-Bones Crash the Party
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- by The A-Bones ~ Not Now! ~ $13.10
- Released: December 12, 1996
- Label: Norton
- 1.Rollin' to the Jukebox Rock
- 2.Wild Wild Lover
- 3.Money, Money
- 4.She Cried for Me
- 5.Ittie Bittie Everything
- 6.Gossip Gossip Gossip
- 7.I'm Doubtful of Your Love
- 8.Button Nose - (live)
- 9.The Star of the Show
- 10.Steady With Betty
- 11.Crash the Party
- 12.Knock Three Times
- 13.Bundle of Love
- 14.Hey High School Baby
- 15.Call the Zoo
- 16.Spin the Bottle
- 17.I'm Gonna Move
- 18.Come Back
- 19.Button Nose - (studio)
Recorded between 1990 and 1994.
Personnel: Billy Miller (vocals); Bruce Bennett (guitar); Lars Espensen (tenor saxophone); Miriam Linna (drums).
Liner Note Author: The A-Bones.
Recording information: Audio Recording, New York, San Francisco, New Jersey, L (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); Court Tavern, New Brunswick, NJ (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); Coyote Studios, NY (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); Egg Studios, Seattle, WA (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); Mr. Toad's, San Francisco, CA (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); New York Head Studios, NY (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); Toe Ra (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); Toe-Rag Studios, London, England (11/20/1990-04/27/1994); VPRO Raido (11/20/1990-04/27/1994).
Tribute albums abound like so much kudzo these days, but with an album saluting "the wild, wild songs of Benny Joy," the A-Bones take the genre and knock it on its collective ear with this one. The game plan among the band was to take the trusty cassette van tape of Benny Joy rockabilly classics and, at every subsequent A-Bones session, cut at least one Benny Joy song off of said tape. The group's dedication to the flame-throwing spirit of Benny's music ouvre is evident from track one, "Rollin' to the Jukebox Rock" to the set closer -- their debut single -- "Button Nose," also aboard in a chaotic live version. While the 'Bones generally play as if they have a vendetta against melody, their 'big production' version of "She Cried for Me" is the most musical track they've ever comitted to magnetic tape. Miriam Linna's take on "Ittie Bittie Everything" recalls the energy on several Rose Maddox recordings while the maudlin hillbilly mush of "The Star of the Show" shows a side of the band hitherto unexplored. But tracks like the ultra-trebly "Gossip Gossip Gossip," "Wild Wild Lover," "Steady with Betty," and "Come Back" keep the slop quotient at a dangerously high level, which is just the way fans of the band like it. Hands down, the most rocking and classiest A-Bones album to date. ~ Cub Koda
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