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Museum of Dannys

  • 1. Museum of Danny's
    2. Ranting in the Street
    3. Thin Whistle Line
    4. New Mexico
    5. Basement
    6. Astral Rag
    7. Quiet Man
    8. Francis Blend
    9. Don't Remember
    10. In the Barrio
    11. Pentagram
    12. Eternal Night
    13. Los Angeles
    14. Justice Done
    15. Desert, The
    16. Floozy
    17. I'm Not Me
    18. Rheeba's Canteena
    19. Suicide
    20. Judgement Day
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7405

  • Credits
    ProducerDanny Cohen; Ralph Carney; Joseph Hammer; Spencer Savage; Danny Cohen

    Personnel: Danny Cohen (vocals, various instruments, guitar, piano, organ, Hammond b-3 organ, Mellotron, bass guitar, tom tom, tapes); Rick Potts (vocals, saxophone, percussion); Spencer Savage (vocals, drums); John LaPado (lap steel guitar); Dave Hurst (accordion, piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Ralph Carney (baritone saxophone, trombone, horns, shaker, spoons); Clay Meyers, Snake (bass instrument); Spencer Savage, Mike Erpino (drums); Joseph Hammer (loops); Charles Mohnike, Carey Wilson (drums).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: John LaPado; Rick Potts; Carey Wilson; Joseph Hammer; Mike Erpino; Spencer Savage.
    This is a really demented release with good -- if often sparse -- instrumentation. The music ranges from authentic-sounding garage rock to Ween-like vocals with Casio, as Danny Cohen unwinds a cotton-candy spiral of unique, disturbed, and sometimes ridiculously immature lyrics ("they burned the tortilla intentionally...all because I complained that there was no cheese"). While listening to this cavalcade of dementia, Nick Cave, Frank Zappa, Frank Pahl, and other eccentrics are called to mind by Cohen's different vocal deliveries. Likewise, there are instrumental details that alternately recall the organ sound of Mr. Quintron, the Casio popscapes of Gok recordings, the sound of John Frusciante's first solo album, and various '60s garage rock. Highlights include the title track, which is a catchy pop tour of "every Danny that ever lived," as narrated by the museum's guide; the post-meditation, visionary adventures of "Astral Rag" (which adds kazoo and barrelhouse piano to lines like, "Took me by the arm, led me like a whore, and showed me Jesus on a lunar shore..."); and "Pentagram"'s "Satan cut out my heart...stored it in a cookie jar high on a shelf." This is another release for fans of unexpected lyrics along the lines of song poem recordings (Rodd Keith's I Died Today, or the Beat of the Traps compilation), even if it is a more self-conscious effort. ~ Joslyn Layne

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (11/99, p.73) - "...he showcases his deadbeat paeans to life on the edge in Southern California....A great take on twisted down-home loungecore, with an inordinate fondness for hamfisted guitar solos and cheap Casio drum rhythms..."
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