Highway Of The Damned 999


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Review Text The Lizards second release captures both the time of its creation -- the late Reagan years, underscored by a perverse ballad about the man himself -- and the group's own wonderfully offbeat and definitely left-leaning vision of the universe. The opening, three-minute title track showcases the band's balanced strengths. On the one hand, they simply cook in ways that Bill Monroe would be proud of: straight-up bluegrass without gimmicks, with main singer Card possessed of a voice easily and simply described as "mighty fine." On the other hand, the tale of a purgatorial greasy-spoon, where the protagonist demands both coffee and Kafka from the demonic waitress while "the radio is playing Barry Manilow incessantly" sparkles with a rapid-fire wit that most bands could barely dream of. From there on, it's a romp through a dozen slices of Americana seen with some highly warped visions -- thus the regretful musing of the gay émigré from Nebraska stuck in San Francisco in "Cornhusker Refugee" or the reverse generation-gap knee-slapper "Get a Haircut, Dad." The Lizards' grasp of musical styles is both playful and skillful. As a band, they're able to take in everything from Bob Wills-style western swing to straight country, and other lead singers Williams and Deisler work the mike just as well as Card. From start to finish, a perfect delight. ~ Ned Raggett

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Highway Cafe of the Damned - 3:03
  2. 2. Cornhusker Refugee - 4:47
  3. 3. Industrial Strength Tranquilizer - 3:58
  4. 4. Wendell, The Uncola Man - 3:42
  5. 5. Acid Rain - 3:22
  6. 6. I'll Just Have One Beer - 2:21
  7. 7. Dallas, Texas - 3:26
  8. 8. Ballad of Ronald Reagan - 4:57
  9. 9. When Drunks Go Bad - 3:15
  10. 10. Jalapeno Maria - 3:44
  11. 11. Get a Haircut, Dad - 2:13
  12. 12. Chester Nimitz Oriental Garden Waltz - 2:53

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