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Pawn Shop Years
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Alejandro Escovedo is better known as a solo artist than he is for his time with punk band The Nuns--or for his stint with cow-punks Rank and File--but the fact that he covers Iggy & the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" in n... more »
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Alejandro Escovedo is better known as a solo artist than he is for his time with punk band The Nuns--or for his stint with cow-punks Rank and File--but the fact that he covers Iggy & the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" in nearly every performance should be a good hint that the man likes to kick out the jams on occasion. Buick MacKane were how he satisfied his Stones/glam-rock jones while building up a solo career, and many of the songs were crossovers between solo and band sets--though with different arrangements. MacKane are big, beefy, and raw, powered by Glenn Benavides's arena-rock drums and Joe Eddy Hines's unrestrained guitar. Underneath the bluster lie some solid songs; while they rock even harder in a live setting, Pawn Shop is a great snapshot of the band's work. Bonus points for naming a song "John Conquest, You've Got Enough Dandruff on Your Collar to Bread a Veal Cutlet." --Randy Silver
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Great garage band stuff
Joseph T. Nairn | Fairport, NY USA | 12/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Maybe be I am one of those people who likes to have a "complete" collection of an artist I especially admire, but this early Alejandro Escovedo effort is great straight ahead rock music even if you are not a hard-core Escovedo fan.
B MacK only cranked out one album, but what a mighty album i
Mike | San Jose, CA | 05/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The late, great James Brown may have been the Godfather of Soul. Neil Young might be the Godfather of Grunge. But on track 10 of "The Pawnshop Years," Buick MacKane pays tribute to the one and only Godfather of Punk, Mr. James Newell Osterberg, Jr...The Stooges' "Loose" is like a rattlesnake coiled at the bottom of a shallow hole, just wishing that SOMEONE would stick their hand in. It's a glorious, attitude-filled, trashy, unapologetic six minutes worth of FUN, baby. From the opening track "The End" and throughout the rest of the album you'll thrill to the Bob Mould / Hüsker Dü-style electric guitars (with a shot of prime Lou Reed / Robert Quine "Blue Mask" chip-on-the-shoulder dogfight axeplay) and the garage / "roots rock" melodies with edges that are JUST sloppy enough to make them real and ragged. It looks like this was their only album...too bad. The logical question to ask is "Why choose Buick MacKane when there are (or were) ten gazillion other bands out there with the same manifesto?" The answer is simple, folks...this band had the GOODS, the perfect mix of noise and melody and attitude and most importantly TIGHT SONGS. Check out these lyrics from "Black Shiny Beast"..."Sometimes I'm so messed up, I feel like I should give it up, Then again I feel so fine, I just can't ever get enough...Sometimes the clouds depart, The sun comes up and I awake...I get a brand new start, but it always leads to the same mistakes..." It's only a matter of time before one of these songs ends up on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack (think Tito & Tarantula and the songs that were chosen for "From Dusk Till Dawn"). Don't miss this classic."
Between a garage and an arena...
Stan FREDO | BORDEAUX, Aquitaine, France | 05/10/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Buick Mackane is the name of a song by T. Rex (on 1972 album 'The Slider') so Wikipedia says. A bit like Marc BOLAN, the four rockers gathered on 'The Pawn Shop Years' want to go "back in the garage" but their sound turns out bigger than on most "garage-y" albums. So it's honest garage rock with emphasis on "ROCK" and a nice cover of The Stooges' 'Loose'."