- Released: September 22, 1998
- Label: Sugarhill
- 1.Lumpy, Beanpole & Dirt
- 2.I'm Goin' Back to Mom and Dad
- 3.I'm Convicted
- 4.Brand New Hat
- 5.Hollywood Blues
- 6.Honey, I've Found A Brand New Way / It's All The Same To Me
- 7.A Yid Ist Geboren Inz Oklahoma
- 8.Captain, Oh Captain
- 10.Doin' My Time
- 11.Cannonball Rag
- 12.Anna Lee
- 13.(Untitled) - (hidden track)
Bad Livers: Danny Barnes (banjo); Mark Rubin.
Additional personnel: Ames Asbell, Mike Maddux, Leigh Mahoney, Lloyd Maines, Sara Nelson, Fred Remmert, Ben Saffer, Lisa Schneider, Steve Schwelling, Paul "Tex" Sweeny, Jake Zuckerman.
Recorded at Cedar Creek Recording, Austin, Texas.
Personnel: Danny Barnes (vocals, guitar, banjo); Mark Rubin (vocals).
Recording information: Cedar Creek recording, Austin, TX.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Danny Barnes; Mark Rubin .
Audacious as ever, the Austin-based country rockers Bad Livers continue to perfect their songwriting skills on INDUSTRY AND THRIFT. The Livers have come a long way since their inception as a band, when they covered rock songs (ranging from Iggy Pop to Motorhead) in a hyper-bluegrass style all their own. On their fifth album, the Livers consist of a core duo of bassist Mark Rubin and Danny Barnes on banjo and vocals, surrounded by an extended musical family (including a trademark loudmouth tuba). All manage to have a great time while putting their musical aptitude front and center on songs like "Brand New Hat," with its fast-pickin' intro and warped, slow motion finale. In a musical era with an abundance of insurgent country bands, Bad Livers stand out as authentic rebels, bringing a true punk sensibility to their down-home, twangy music and lyrical gloom and goofiness.