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The Reverend Horton Heat

  • Liquor in the Front [Sub Pop/Interscope, 1994] B-
  • It's Martini Time [Interscope, 1996] Dud
  • Laughin' & Cryin' With the Reverend Horton Heat [Yep Roc, 2009] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Liquor in the Front [Sub Pop/Interscope, 1994]
Not counting the belch-enhanced Scott Joplin closer, their best joke got lost on the way to the rack jobber: the title was Liquor in the Front, Poker in the Rear before somebody (the major label, mayhap?) took the punch line off the cover. This leaves us with a supposedly humorous male chauvinist trio playing rock-enhanced rockabilly Very Loud. College radio dogs find their mess authentic and postmodern all at once. Me, I listen in vain for a "Dixie Fried," a "One Hand Loose," even a "Ubangi Stomp"--hell, even a "Rock This Town," by the fabled and short-lived Stray Cats, who tried something similar in the dark ages of MTV. B-

It's Martini Time [Interscope, 1996] Dud

Laughin' & Cryin' With the Reverend Horton Heat [Yep Roc, 2009]
Psychobilly Andrew Dice Clay matures into borscht-belt Robbie Fulks ("Death Metal Guys," "Crazy Ex-Boyfriend"). *