Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jason & the Scorchers: Rock On Germany


Of course it was as a whirling & thrashing live band that Jason and The Scorchers almost converted a skeptical world to their shit-kicking cow-punk.



Sadly such hyphenated-hybrids rarely work in the land of rock n' roll and country's birth. As with Steve Earle (one of Jason's many co-writers) whose heavy metal-bluegrass only sold in Canada, Jason & the Scorchers' greatest success lay outside their hometown. In England "Shop It Around" hit the Top Forty and the band went down a storm in Germany* where this slightly-boxy sounding (and now out-of-print) live recording was made.

*The only other true devotee of the cow-punk genre I've ever met, was a German co-worker at one of my earliest record store jobs - so, Andreas if you're out there somewhere this one is for you!





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    TELL US WHAT YOU THINK OF THE LIVE JASON & THE SCORCHERS EXPERIENCE


    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?hllnttn2mzh

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  2. The bass player Jeff Johnson for the Scortchers was an old pal of mine,so I`m quite intrested in this post,we use hang out quite a bit,playing guitar,I remember once he came over with a banjo,all excited to show me what he had learned to play,fun times.Thank you for the post-Richard

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  3. CallPastorJerkfaceApril 21, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Now why couldn't this have been "New Country"? I was ready for it then and I'm more than ready for it now.

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  4. I saw them 4 or 5 times over the years and every show was a blast, with Jason an out-of-control marionette and Warner Hodges spinning around crazily while playing guitar, a cigarette dangling from his mouth... Glad to know they have a new album out and are touring again.

    Another favourite memory: REM covering "Broken Whiskey Glass" at a show in Toronto in nineteen eighty-something...wonder if that's still part of their set list.

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  5. Richard

    Hope you enjoyed the J & S obscurities and the anecdote about JJ showing off his new banjo skills made me smile!

    CPB
    Nashville execs keep the tightest rein on talent and ensure no one veers to the left or the right. Sigh.

    Peter
    Glad to have brought you up to date on the band and I wonder if there's a boot of that cover R.E.M. used to have great taste in bands to cover and record with.

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  6. Just been to see them last night at Newcastle and they were magic - well worth the wait!

    Y'all come back now, y'hear?

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  7. Cooper
    Glad to hear MRML readers are the types who support the band by going out to shows - glad it was a good 'un!

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  8. I used to see these guys play in a family-owned fried chicken restaurant in Lincoln Nebraska - first time we saw them Jason came out in purple metalflake spandex pants, high top converse, no shirt, his cowboy hat and an opera cape, and by the second song he was crawling on top of the wooden framework over the booths. Never a dull time!

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  9. Simonn
    Holy hell, every word of that description makes me wish I was there!!

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  10. Hey, my thanks to you for posting these shows - you have no idea how happy I was to find them!

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  11. now, if someone could just come up with a post of the original six song version of Fervor on Praxis...

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  12. Man, I really appreciate your doing so. No one will ever convince me that the rereleased/at least partially rerecorded Fervor was better than the original...why couldn't they just leave well enough alone! Great work here, by the way

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