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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Reverend Horton Heat - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Rockabilly is the purest form of rock and roll music there is. It didn't remain popular past the late'50's and early `60's, but it can hardly be considered a fad. It is the basis for which all forms of rock and roll emerged.

The Reverend Horton Heat is not just simply copying the rockabilly of the past, but he's giving it the freedom wasn't allowed in the 1950's. He puts the energy and rebellion right out in front, something the rockabilly artists of the past were forced to be much more subtle about.

"Smoke`Em If You Got`Em" is sleazy, trashy, fun listen from beginning to end. "Bullet" is an instrumental that effectively builds the anticipation to hear the Rev burst in with his potent voice and crazy lyrics. "I'm Mad" follows up perfectly as the hardest rocking song on the album.
From there on, it's one catchy song after another. "Bad Reputation" swings like no other song and is entirely too much fun. "Psychobilly Freakout" is the twisted cousin of "Surfin' Bird" and "Eat Steak" has to one the funniest, yet demented song ever recorded.

If it's untamed rock and roll you're after, this will not fail to satisfy. (Year of Release: 1991)

Track List:
1. Bullet
2. I'm Mad
3. Bad Reputation
4. It's A Dark Day
5. Big Dwarf Rodeo
6. Psychobilly Freakout
7. Put It To Me Straight
8. Marijuana
9. Baby, You Know Who
10. Eat Steak
11. 'D' For Dangerous
12. Love Whip

Download: Reverend Horton Heat - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (44.7MB)


Phibez said...

Thanks ! I have not listened to much rockabilly before - it will be interesting to DL this and see what its about

Zer0_II said...

Since you said you liked the Cramps, I think you might like this. They were touring with the Cramps for a while. They might still be, I'm just not sure. You might also try checking out the Legendary Shack Shakers who also tour with them. I'll see what I can do about uploading an album of theirs also.

Music2Jby said...

Good Rockabilly is as powerfull as punk. Some of the acts of the fifties really rocked, unfortunately those that didn't conform didn't get on record though.