Drink one for Country Dick...
William Fare | Cedar Rapids, IA United States | 11/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Beat Farmers' studio releases never impressed me nearly as much as this raucous '89-'90 New Year's Eve live recording. Like many of the current crop of half-novelty/half-serious cowpunk bar bands (New Duncan Imperials come to mind), the Farmers lure you in with their ha-ha songs and bawdy reworkings of classic tunes. Country Dick's "Lucille" and "Happy Boy" may be the best-known tracks here, but over more listenings it's obvious that there's real substance in their more serious tracks."Socialite", "Riverside", and "Hollywood Hills" are as good as the folks whose songs they stomp into the ground (the Kinks, Neil Young). If there ever was a definitive "bar" sound, this would be it. Bad sound, loud guitars, drunken harmonies, and a screaming audience.With 21 tracks and an appearance by Mojo Nixon ("King Of Sleaze") you just can't go wrong here. This here's a party record of the highest order...and I defy even the most ultra-serious Neil Young fan to hate the Farmers' version of "Roll Another Number" ("...in times like these you gotta know how to talk to the cops," says Dick at one point in his hilarious tirade)."
William Fare | 06/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The live recording was done on New Years Eve in San Diego, but it was at the Bacchanal. I brought my future wife and introduced her to Country Dick (Dan was his real name)before the show. I bought him a tequila and he warned us to get ready for some filth!! That was a unforgettably great night. Since my wife hadn't had the "Farmers" experience yet we sat in the back, missing the audiences orchestra of kazoos for Happy Boy. Dick's gargling, slinging, and pouring liquor into the mouths of anyone remotely close to the stage is a feat never to be matched by another entertainer. The roadies had to cover the amps with tarps when Dick, who played drums, came up to sing. We'll miss the band, and of course Country Dick, but to paraphrase Ol' Blue Eyes- They did it their way."
The biggest and the best
firstname.lastname@example.org | Minnesota | 01/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With 21 tracks, albeit some of them pretty short, you get more Beat Farmers per buck here than Tipper Gore would feel comfortable about. What we have here is a good time caught in the act. Get it, play it, enjoy it and remember a tip from the road: always ask the bartender for what the gentleman on the floor was having"