Eugene Chadbourne, Corpses of Foreign Wars (1986)
This was a good one – a guy contacts me, says he has an album he wants me to review. Nothing unusual at this point, happens all the time. People push their demos my way, or their old, old and out of date albums or their brand new albums – so new in some cases they don’t have a title or cover or distribution or anything…and they expect me to drop everything and write (only nice things of course) about it. Well, this time, this guy gets in touch – says he has an album he wants me to review and says he believes in paying me for my time but doesn’t want to get into a Payola-type “pay for a good review” situation so he tells me he’s going to send me three or four records – the records are mine to keep and they are the payment for taking time to listen to his album. It’s a good deal. I agree. He sends me a couple of really cool things actually – including this. Which I hadn’t heard or even heard of. I knew the name Eugene Chadbourne, in that I knew – vaguely – what to expect. But that was it. Turns out this is a wee gem of outsider-y art, two-thirds of the Violent Femmes on board too. Bonus. Weird record. In the best possible way. And a weird way that it came into my life. I’m still getting to know it. But it was a type of love at first listen.
Sample Track: I’m Your Neighbor
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