2 CD cassette archive reissue combining live solo recordings with a multitracked homestudio demo that was the basis of the "Vermin of the Blues" album, and additional unreleased songs.
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Catalog ID: chadVegas
Squidco Product Code: 12737
Packaging: CDR in a cardstock sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
Originally released on cassette in the 1980s. April 2, 1986.
Eugene Chadbourne-guitar, voice, &c.
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"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.
Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.
Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eugene-chadbourne-mn0000172925/biography)
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Ass Vegas Muppet Way Disc 1:
1. Eugene Turns the Tape Recorder on 4 2 86 1:04
2. Born on the Bayou 3:39
3. Wild Angies (Blues Theme) 1:44
4. Signed DC (D.C. was the drummer from Love) 3:54
5. He is a Freebird 2:00
6. Whole Lotta Love (Zep) 2:12
7. Johnny Cash in the Philippines (Chadbo-Cash) 1:45
8. No Reason to Quit 1:29
9. Red Headed Stranger (Siutz Lindeman) 5:35
10. Secret of the Cooler 4:16
11. The Rake 2:13
12. Women Against Pornography 4:08
13. Train Kept a Gettin' Lost 0:59
14. Sub G Talk 2:31
15. Mayor's New Law 2:39
16. What Is Truth (Johnny Cash) 1:26
17. Country Girl (A Faron Young Number) 2:05
18. Pol Pot 2:05
19. The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave 0:54
20. Granny, Demented Las Vegas Nightclub Comic & Sub G 6:26
21. I Hagte the Man that Loves this Bar 3:04
22. Our Neighborhood 4:31
23. Six with the Sheriff 2:40
24. Purple Haze 2:21
25. Hendrix Buried at Tacoma 2:37
26. Choppin' Down Weed 3:54
27. Better Comin' Out than Goin' In 1:48
Ass Vegas Muppet Way Disc 2:
1. Isolation (John Lennon) 2:49
2. 7+7= 4:13
3. You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd 2:35
4. King of the Road 1:24
5. My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died 1:49
6. President Hlems 2:02
7. Shah & Sub G & Eugene 3:45
Muppet on the Way
8. Fried Chicken for Richard Speck 3:06
9. Vermin of the Blues 4:23
10. I Hate the Man Who Runs this Bar 2:38
11. Iran and Iraq 4:02
12. We Tried to Make a Record 3:01
13. Tall Tall Trees 1:27
14. C'Mon Everybody (Israel Version) 2:48
15. This Love of Mine 3:53
16. Games People Play 2:10
17. Zappa Medley Part 1 2:37
18. Zappa Medley Part 2 2:51
19. I Still Miss Someone 2:56
20. The Law Is for the Protection of the People 4:22
21. Strange Fruit 2:34
22. Johnny Paycheck Medley 7:24
23. Fried Chicken for Richard Speck 3:11
24. The First George Bush 0:27
25. Better Comin' Out than Goin' In 2:17
26. Psychotic Reaction (Acoustic Version) 2:19
27. Choppin' Down Weed 2:32
sample the album:
Mike Schafer's repackagings of 1980s Chadbourne cassette material, a double CD at a single price with done with Schafer's artwork and archive of original Chad tape artwork. I Lost My Ass in Las Vegas / Muppet on the Way combines live solo recordings with a multitracked homestudio demo that was the basis of the Vermin of the Blues album, and includes additional unreleased songs from that period.
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