Sunday, August 28, 2016
I got a request from somebody who was going tubing and wanted to hear the Hi-Balls Tube Or Not Tube album for some reason, so I uploaded it to Bandcamp. While I was at it, I uploaded the whole official Regent Records Hi-Balls discography. A few outlier tracks are missing (no “Tennessee Grandmaw”, can’t find a copy) but there are a couple bonus tracks (like “Pork And Potatoes”) added on there too.
Some of this stuff is embarrassing (Pitchfork gave Love Music a 0.0) but some of it is pretty fun (Maximum Rock and Roll liked the 7” a lot!). I like the stuff on Continental which was recorded before I could play the chords B or F. Also, the “drums” on that one is a banjo being smacked with a piece of coat hanger wire.
“Serving Suggestion”, on What They Do is a particular personal favorite of mine. I had a terrible cold so my voice sounds really rough, and the drums on it were played by Trey Ledford, who wasn’t in the band and isn’t a drummer; he just stopped by to pick up some gear and we put him behind the kit. It’s just kind of reflective of our write/record/mix/repeat ethos of making a record in a day.
Lest you think it’s all Neanderthal shit, don’t miss the Cro-Magnon sound of “E Pluribus Tubin’”, a track Al really shines on (he might be playing everything on it, even). I think you can put that one right up there next to the best of Humble Pie’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 and hardly tell the difference.
Anyway, it’s now online at http://hiballs.bandcamp.com