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What is it about northeastern Ohio? Some of the most challenging and adventurous bands of the American underground: Devo; Pere Ubu; The Human Switchboard; Molkie Cole; The Electric Eels, have hailed from there, and this band, Tin Huey, stands tall on that list. Led by keyboardist Harvey Gold, horn player Ralph Carney (later formed The Swollen Monkeys), and Chris Butler (later to The Waitresses), Tin Huey put postpunk, free jazz, progressive art rock and even blues into a Dadaist vaudeville stage show that got them signed to Warner Brothers in the late 1970s. Includes their oh-so-ironic power-pop cover of the Neil Diamond-penned Monkees hit "I'm A Believer," that owes something to Robert Wyatt and The Motors. Other selections are: "The Revelations Of Dr. Modesto," "I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts" (later the title of a mini-LP by the Waitresses), "Coronation," "Slide," "Hump Day," "Pink Berets," "Squirm You Worm," "Chinese Circus," "Puppet Wipes," and "New York' Finest Dining Experience." This is the group's only album, an intriguing and curious arty entity that often shows the influence of Frank Zappa's jazzy numbers, particularly in selections such as "Pink Berets," "Squirm You Worm," and "Coronation." The songs here are often multisectional, and give ample jazz-oriented solo opportunities to reed man Ralph Carney. Lyrics here run a wide gamut ranging from the blue-collar, down-to-earth "Hump Day" to the wildly surreal "Puppet Wipes." "Slide" is a jaunty, strutting, blues-influenced number, while "New York's Finest Dining Experience" counts funk among its grab-bag of styles. Produced by Paul Wexler, this unsung 1979 masterpiece from Akron, Ohio appears on WARNER BROS RECORDS (3297), with the original printed lyric innersleeve and is overall beautiful MINT!
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