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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
What is it about northeastern Ohio? Some of the most challenging and adventurous bands of the American underground?Devo, Pere Ubu, the Electric Eels?have hailed from there, and this band, Tin Huey, stands tall on that list... more »
What is it about northeastern Ohio? Some of the most challenging and adventurous bands of the American underground?Devo, Pere Ubu, the Electric Eels?have hailed from there, and this band, Tin Huey, stands tall on that list. Led by horn player Ralph Carney, keyboardist Harvey Gold and Waitress-to-be Chris Butler, Tin Huey put postpunk, free jazz, art rock and even blues into a Dadaist vaudeville stage show that somehow got them signed to Warner Brothers in the late-?70s. The marriage was doomed from the start, but this album was its wonderfully weird offspring, here reissued for the first time on CD with new notes containing extensive quotes from the band members. Includes their oh-so-ironic cover of the Monkees? "I?m a Believer," "The Revelations of Dr. Modesto," "I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts," "Coronation," "Slide," "Hump Day," "Pink Berets," "Squirm You Worm," "Chinese Circus," "Puppet Wipes," and "New York? Finest Dining Experience." Only from Collectors? Choice Music!
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They Could Have Ruled The World.....
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 05/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"....if they had only found an audience!This lone major label album from Akronites Tin Huey has been in my CD wish list for so long that I figured there was no chance I'd ever own it. But finally, the long lost "Contents Dislodged During Shipment" has been dislodged from the cult vault. It's high time many others discover why I have kept my vinyl copy in pristine shape for almost 25 years. The Hueys threw an insane mix of pop, jazz, and Frank Zappa-esque avant-garde weirdness together so effortlessly that no less than Captain Beefheart was a fan.While sometimes on the same roadmap as label mates DEVO, the Hueys' worldview was often more comic. "I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get the Parts" blasts by on a wave of products that sound like they were lifted from a long night of shopping channel surfing. Laser razors and string balls somehow combine with a wild sax, perhaps as an answer to the previous song's "Revelations Of Dr Modesto." Like the mad scientist musicians they were, Tin Huey made it all make sense.They were also paranoid in the same perverse way DEVO sometimes was, if Devo had roots in jazz, that is. The wobbly guitars that snake through the nightmarish "Puppet Wipes" help give the chorus ("Heads! Puppet heads! My Car is filled with...tons of...heads!") its freakish edge. In comparison, a straightforward reading of "I'm A Believer" and the righteous funk of "Slide" also gave hints that Tin Huey was perfectly capable of mainstreaming it.Too bad they never got another shot. Granted, some of the Hueys went on to other, more successful projects (Chris Butler formed The Waitresses, and saxman Ralph Carney has been on plenty of records that you have heard over the years, including the B-52's, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits). Unfortunately, "I'm A Believer" didn't become the hit, DEVO went on to overshadow Tin Huey, and Warner's dropped the band barely a year after signing them. As Tin Huey themselves put it in the very last line on "Contents Dislodged During Shipment," "everybody knows that money talks...and talking [stinks]." Buy this. Buy two. Put your money where the talk is."
Review of "Tin Huey"
Ben Pryor | Berkeley, Ca. | 04/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Exactly what it was supposed to be-
"I could rule the world" beats the Waitresses version.Good!"