The Rev. Horton Heat
After five albums on two labels, the Rev. Horton Heat return to their Sub Pop roots for Holy Roller , an excellent overview of their amazing career as the world’s greatest psychobilly band. With classic tracks like “Big Red Rocket of Love,” “Lie Detector,” “It’s Martini Time,” and “Marijuana,” this collection is the perfect way to bring new converts to the gospel according to the Rev. — loud, twangy, sleazy, punky rockabilly! Those fortunate enough to have been converted long ago will find new reasons to rejoice — two new tracks, “Bath-Water Blues” and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” as well as the obscure “Where in the Hell Did You Go With My Toothbrush?” (previously available only on the Afternoon Delight compilation). My personal favorites include the hilarious and catchy “Bales of Cocaine,” the psychotic “400 Bucks,” the rave-up “Bad Reputation,” the deliciously dirty “One Time For Me,” the shout-along story of the Rev’s bassist, “Jimbo Song”… oh, hell, the whole damn record! Holy Roller is a brilliant collection of the best this amazing band has to offer. Give this a spin, and you, too, will see the light!
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