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Chadbourne, Eugene: Roll Over Berlosconi [VINYL] (Interbang Records)

The first release on Interbang Records presents Doc Chad in an LP taking on abuse of authority and power through Italian prime minister Silvio Berlosconi, in classic songs bridging blues, country, improv, and rock.

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Label: Interbang Records
Catalog ID: IBR001
Squidco Product Code: 17673

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Italy
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover


Eugene Chadbourne-guitars, voice

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roll over berlosconi

i cut the wrong man

cop died for golf course

breakin' the law everyday

land of use to be


birthday song

our daily lead

national propaganda radio

old piano

election song

dreamt i was young again

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"We are glad to inaugurate this new label with an artist that we feel very close, artistically and personally: a musician completely out of any formula, trend, and time too, as well as we want our label has to be. An eternal traveller that breaks all the rules of the blues, country, rock, folk, jazz, keeping himself always unique and unmistakable. He looks funny, strange, crazy, but he is morally and politically lucid and uncompromising; and during his shows all kind of audiences, even the more orthodox ones, always fall in love with him for his contagious freshness and genuineness.

Chadbourne come back on vinyl after 10 years with Roll over Berlosconi, an album that takes his name from a song that will be easily a new hymn against any form of abuse of authority and power, an argument always he hold dear. The record contains some new songs (a cover of "Birthday", from Beatles white album; "Roll over Berlosconi", that talk about the Italian prime minister "adventures" in a chuck Berry style; the moving "Birthday song", and the amazing "Election Song", inspired by the last american election period) and new versions of some of his classics: an endless work of rewriting that is peculiar of his artistic career. The entire album privileges the song-writing side of doc Chad more than the strict experimental side, the part of his work that better shows the "twilight zone" between pop music and avant-garde, that is the world we want to investigate. The superb cover is by the croatian artist Miro Zupa."-Interbang Records

Artist Biographies:

"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."

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