Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Stack O' Lee

this could have fallen under the cover category, but damn I had to include the Bassholes in any discussion of crazy 2-piece bands

Bassholes - Stack O' Lee.mp3
The Bassholes have been laying low for the past couple of years since releasing 1998's double LP "When My Blue Moon Turns Red Again" on In the Red. The Columbus, OH duo specializes twisted, off kilter blues/country/punk hybrid with a dark and twisted undercurrent. In fact, Don Howland is one of the pioneers of the whole broken blues thang, having been a founding member of cult heroes the Gibson Bros. Howland has an affinity for performing old, forgotten folk and blues numbers. Case in point is this here cut - Stack O' Lee. An in depth look at the history of the song can be found here. Anyhow, the Bassholes turn this one on it's ear, recording an uptempo version with thick, fuzzy guitar.

This version of Stack O' Lee was recorded "live on the air" concert in 1998 as the band was in the midst ofrecording "When My Blue Moon... ". It was released in 2000 as part of "The Secret Strength of Depression" LP on Sympathy.

The band reappeared in 2003 releasing a double seven inch called "Out in The Tree Tops". Check out the title track:

Out In The Treetops.mp3