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Hoosier Hot Shots

  • Rural Rhythm, 1935-1942 [Columbia/Legacy, 1992] A-
  • The Definitive Hoosier Hotshots Collection [Collectors' Choice, 2003] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Rural Rhythm, 1935-1942 [Columbia/Legacy, 1992]
They played flute, clarinet, slide whistle, and bass horn. They specialized in Tin Pan Alley novelties like "Connie's Got Connections in Connectictut," "From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies," and "Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish." They became stars on WLS's National Barn Dance. They grossed up to five grand a night. They're not mentioned in any encyclopedia I own. And they make Spike Jones sound like a Sartrean existentialist. This is the silliest music I've ever heard. A-

The Definitive Hoosier Hotshots Collection [Collectors' Choice, 2003]
Runs on half a dozen Columbia/Legacy classics, way long on covers, instrumentals, and wife jokes ("She Was a Washout in the Blackout," "Them Hill-Billies Is Sweet Williams Now"). ***