Tuesday, August 02, 2011

90's Hit Parade #42



Rev. Horton Heat - Liquor, Beer and Wine

OK, first of all, let me say that if you're going to buy one Horton Heat album, it should be his third LP, Full Custom Gospel Sounds (produced by Gibby of Butthole Surfers). This song is from his fourth album, Liquor in the Front (produced by Al Jourgenson of Ministry). Heat is a fine guitarist and a strong frontman, but his rockabilly schtick gets old pretty fast (and even faster when he attempts some kind of lounge singer act on songs like "It's Martini Time"). But I do think this pitch-perfect country song hits the spot. I'm not exactly sure how to sub-classify it, though. It sounds kinda like a hybrid of western swing and honky tonk, but I'm hardly an expert on country and western subgenres.

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