The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns,
Whip It Out!
(Llist Records, 1997)

Ever wonder what would happen if Sherman and Peabody had taken The Red Hot Chili Peppers in the way back machine to the '50s -- and left them there?

Well, you'd get The Reach Around Rodeo Clowns. Aptly labeling themselves "psychobilly," these guys take punk and rockabilly, throw them in a blender and come up with 14 tracks of foot-stomping, sidesplitting fun.

Starting with the first track, "Mexico," the story of a guy stealing away with a very young girl to Mexico for some fun, you're ripped through great beats and guitar riffs. Then there's the next track, "Bad Dudes a-Surfing," a surfer-style rock track about renegade punk surfers reaking havoc at the beach.

Or then there's the innuendo-laden tracks "Come Yodel in My Canyon," the story of a boy and his Swiss love; and "Beaver," about a girl and her favorite pet, a beaver with big buck teeth. There is the rock sermon called "The Road to Hell," preaching in style about the dangers of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle: "The road to Hell is paved with whiskey bottles, broken dreams, big pompadours and running machines." Yeah!

The self-labeling song "Psychobilly Band" tells the country-rock-styled story of one man's attempt to strike out on his own to form the band -- sort of. "The Big Guy Stomp" is a pounding good track about a guy who is "larger than life."

In all, there are 14 tracks here that blend elements of metal, punk, rock and rockabilly to create a rocking good time and plenty of toe-tapping hits. These guys are probably the only band I have heard that makes a banjo fit into a mosh pit.

There are some hard tracks here, but be warned: this is without a doubt very close to a punk album. Take this disc for a spin, and get "psycho-rockabillied." Guaranteed to get you moving and stomping your feet.

[ by Charlie Gebetsberger ]

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