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Thinking Fellers Union Local #282

  • Lovelyville [Matador, 1991] B-
  • Bob Dinners and Larry Noodles Present Tubby Turdner's Celebrity Avalanche [Communion, 2001] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Lovelyville [Matador, 1991]
Although it's possible to imagine these musicians powering a rock and roll band that means a damn thing, this cross between Frisco antiheroes the Residents and Dixie dregs Love Tractor is too avant-garde to serve up anyone's money's worth. Nothing lasts, that's the message, whether it's the dense riffage of "2X4S" or the orchestrated guffaws and seal barks that finish "More Glee" with a flourish. Lyrics? How vulgar. We should be thankful when they make with the private jokes doted on by performance artists everywhere. B-

Bob Dinners and Larry Noodles Present Tubby Turdner's Celebrity Avalanche [Communion, 2001]
not that the words mean anything, but they create the illusion that the ricocheting guitars do ("Another Clip," "El Cerrito") **