By 1994, Wreckelss Eric (more HERE) had created another short-lived ensemble, oddly
named, the Hitsville House Band. There's no drastic change in the Wreckless one's sound on the group's lone
album, 12:00 Stereo, other than
Eric's delving deeper into American country music. Like his first
producer, Nick Lowe, Eric's work has always been inflected with steely
melodies and emotional nakedness of country song-writing. "Guitar-Shaped
Swimming Pool" (with its tip of the Stetson to Webb Pierce) and
"Friend's on the Floor" (which squashes most Nashville song-writing
beneath it's heel) represent the gut-bucket country aspect of the album.
While raw, primal rock n' country courses through the album's grooves, Eric
hasn't stopped writing pop songs like, "The Girl With the Wandering
Eye", a devastatingly melodic post-mortem on love lost.
The Hitsville House Band were, according, to the liner notes:
DENIS BAUDRILLART -- drumset and maracas
ERIC GOULDEN -- succession of crapped-out guitars and organs, vocal
FABRICE LOMBARDO -- double bass, bass guitar, Javanese toe flute
André Barreau -- extra guitars, harmony vocals
Michael Lembach -- trumpet
Christoph Linder -- tenor & baritone saxes
MRML Readers,whaddaya think of this particular phase in Eric's ever-shifting muddle!!
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