Danny & Dusty – The Lost Weekend

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Created after “approximately 32 hours from sundown Friday to last call Saturday night” (so they could use Sunday to drink, “A weekend? We didn’t need no stinkin’ weekend”), this is, at best, listenable rock songs (ie. the cover of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”) and at worst, unlistenable in-jokes from members of Green on Red and the Long Ryders and the frontman of Dream Syndicate. I’m not a big fan of Guided by Voices, but if you’re looking for alcohol-fueled tossed-off rock music, you’re better off going to them; their songs had as many ideas as these ones here but were shorter and more in number (ie. opener “The Word is Out” decides heavy syncopation’ll carry it for 4 minutes), and both Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout were – occasionally – better melodists than anyone here, even if Green on Red’s pianist Chris Cacavas (apprentice to Nicky Hopkins) works hard at elevating a lot of these songs. Robert Christgau: “less ambitious and more satisfying than any either band has produced on its own” – baffling. Not a single song worthy of the guitar line of “Tell Me When It’s Over” to say nothing of the 7-minute post-punk-epitome that is “John Coltrane Stereo Blues.” Hey, remember “John Coltrane Stereo Blues”? Great fucking song.

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3 responses to “Danny & Dusty – The Lost Weekend

  1. I’m a huge GBV (and related) fan with an extensive collection gathered over many years. Any time they get mentioned in a review as comparison, I need to check out this new band! Thanks!

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