EXOWAX 2301 hat.
Produced by Mike Keneally
Released on 1992
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EXOWAX 2301 cover
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I am this close (imagine my thumb and index finger forming a small, backwards C) to changing my name to Lightnin’ Roy. I love this album and I wish I could say that about every album but I don’t and in a way I’m glad I don’t because then when I do it means I really did. Mike Keneally combines the demented genius of Frank Zappa (his former employer) with the throw-a-lot-of-sticky-things-at-the-wall approach of They Might Be Giants. The result is 25 demented, sticky things, many of which will stay lodged in your head for weeks or months. Hat just high-pressure hosed me with its energy: warped pop (think XTC or Adrian Belew), pyrotechnic guitar pieces fashioned after Zappa and absurd interludes (“Eno And The Actor,” “The Exciting New Toothpaste From Mars”). Remember how you felt the first time you heard “Adidas In Heat?” Multiply that by twenty-five and you’ll know what’s hiding in hat. I trudge through a lot of junky CDs in a year waiting, waiting to discover something of hat’s magnitude. It has all the earmarks of a cult classic: Ren & Stimpian sales pitches, dream interpretations and cows taking over the world in three parts. Exowax recently corrected a great injustice by releasing hat. in a double-disc remaster with loads of goodies: live video from a 1993 concert and a recent reunion with Toss Panos (drums) and Doug Lunn (bass), alternate takes, interview clips and video from the original sessions. For anyone with a little Mad Hatter in them, what a wonderland of endearing dementia awaits you in hat.

TRACK LISTING

  1. YOUR QUIMBY DOLLARS AT WORK    0:37
  2. I CAN'T STOP    3:31
  3. UGLYTOWN    3:43
  4. OPEN UP!    3:20
  5. DHEN TIN    1:17
  6. SPEARMINT PUP    1:58
  7. FENCING    3:11
  8. ALWAYS MAN    2:25
  9. MY IMMENSE SUPERIORITY OVER THE SILVERFISH    0:15
  10. ENO AND THE ACTOR    2:30
  11. THE CAR SONG    (Mike Keneally/Marty Keneally)    4:52
  12. HEAVEN LIKES YOU/APPLE PIE    2:12
  13. BACKSTAGE WITH WILSON PHILLIPS    2:41
  14. HERE IS WHAT I DREAMED    3:06
  15. HERE IS WHY    2:00
  16. PERFORMING MIRACLES    3:34
  17. SPOON GUY    1:09
  18. AND THAT'S WHY IT'S CALLED SPUNK    0:07
  19. JOHNNY ONE-NOTE/THE EXCITING NEW TOOTHPASTE FROM MARS    1:27
  20. DAY OF THE COW    2:23
  21. SNOWCOW    3:47
  22. DAY OF THE COW 2    1:11
  23. WE'RE ROCKIN' ALL NIGHT WITH THE TANGY FLAVOR OF CHEDDAR    4:52
  24. ROSEMARY GIRL    3:24
  25. LIGHTNIN' ROY    13:45

    All songs written by Mike Keneally unless noted

CREDITS

MIKE KENEALLY -- guitars, vocals, keyboards, bass, tambourine, mixing, logos & design
Doug Booth -- bass, backing vocal
Marty Eldridge -- percussion, harmonica
Tom Freeman -- drums, percussion
Kevin Gilbert -- vocals
Doug Lunn -- basses
Toss Panos -- drums, percussion
Cici Porter -- backing vocals
Alan Silverstein -- drums, percussion, bells
Bob Tedde -- backing vocals
Scott Thunes -- bass
Paul Abbott -- acoustic guitar (21)
Buddy Blue -- dobro, dialogue (11)
Mark DeCerbo -- sad vocal (3)
Marty Keneally -- effects guitars (16)
Darryl Monroe -- ugly vocals (3)
Carlos Olmeda -- backing vocals and God of high school drama (5)
Andy Vereen -- backing vocal (24)
Jeff Forrest -- engineer, mixing
Kenny Hawk -- photography
Bob Haro -- computer graphics and layout

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1992 Immune CD 1001  
US 2007 Exowax 2CD EXOWAX 2301 w. bonus DVD

 

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