Alabama Ass Whuppin’
It was long out of print, the live document of the band’s early years – specifically the 1999 Pizza Deliverance Tour around various Georgia clubs – and now it’s been reissued, a chance to hear the 2000-released version of the band in 2013/14. It features songs that have gone on to become enduring classics within the Drive-By canon – such as 18 Wheels of Love – but it’s a joy to hear these guys sounding about as punk-rock as they ever did on the likes of Buttholeville; taking the sound of the early Uncle Tupelo and adding in the Lynyrd Skynyrd jam-band feel but with a sweaty-club punk intensity.
So many highlights, including the rollicking hoedown of a 10-minute version of Steve McQueen, and the biting satire of Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus) – it’s like Warren Zevon teaming with Son Volt, a reminder too of some of the fire from The Johnnys.
In fact from the opening spit and fury of Why Henry Drinks you know this is going to be one hell of a good ride. And it is. Through Lookout Mountain and on past The Living Bubba. So many strong story-songs and that kickass tight-but-loose band. I’m glad this is finally available to a wider audience.