ARTIST: The Beat Farmers
TITLE: Glad N’ Greasy
YEAR RELEASED: 1986
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: It was an EP
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: They first covered Powderfinger here. Also Big Rock Candy Mountain and The Beat Generation
LINEUP: Jerry Raney, Buddy Blue, Country Dick Montana, Rolle Dexter
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: EP recorded and release as a parting gift to Rhino is a fun affair from cut one to six.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After the underground success of their first album, the major labels came calling for the Beat Farmers, but they threw Rhino a bone by giving them this six-song EP.
One cut, “Powderfinger”, showed up on their second full album (in a different arrangement). The record also has three great originals (the highlight is Blue’s title track), a cover of “Beat Generation” by Rod McKuen, which was the precursor to Richard Hell’s most famous song, and “Big Rock Candy Mountain” with the real, original lyrics – that ain’t something you sing at summer camp.
Six songs, all killer, no filler.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The original “Big Rock Candy Mountain” mentioned cigarettes, alcohol, not changing your socks, and lakes of stew. It was a song for hobos. Heh.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: This is now appended to Van Go on many CDs.
GRADE: A: A must have for anyone who loves roots rock.