The Beat Farmers – Glad N’ Greasy

ARTIST: The Beat Farmers               MI0001713442

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.

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