Monday, November 08, 2004

Lazy Cowgirls

Patt Todd and company have been cranking out rock and roll for close to twenty years now. The Cowgirls released their first album of amped up garage rock back in 1985. Their tenth album (I'm Goin' Out and Get Hurt Tonight ) was just released this past year. The Cowgirls have never strayed too far from their original blueprint: 3 Chord rock inspired by the Ramones, the Stones, 60's garage, and a hint of R&B . Latter albums have thrown in a heaping handful of country flavor. The key all along has been Patt Todd's big, gravelly voice. Vertically challenged and bald, Todd looks more like a high school science teacher ( or at least my high school chem teacher ) than a professional rock and roller. Looks can be deceiving, as evidenced by the following tracks.

Lazy Cowgirls - Reoccuring Thang.mp3
From their second and most urgent LP. Tapping the Source was released in 1987 and is the band's best effort. 11 songs of overdriven Ramonesy goodness. My favorite by these guys. Some will argue that 1995's Ragged Soul is a better LP. While it is good, it sounds flat and clean compared to Tapping The Source. This is the place to start for those unfamiliar with the band.

Lazy Cowgirls - Reborn.mp3
From the 1988 mini LP Third Times The Charm. A decent crop of songs marred by shitty production. Still, I had to post this cover of the Shitdogs classic take on the reformation of Larry Flynnt. This has been appended to the CD version of 1990's How it Looks, How it Is

Lazy Cowgirls - You're Gonna Miss Me.mp3
a live take of the 13th Floor Elevators signature song. This was from the "live on the air" LP Radio Cowgirl which captured a raging live set of covers and originals. "You're Gonna Miss Me" is the closer. Clocking in at 6+ minutes, it burns with pure electric energy. The band recorded a studio version of the same song for their self-titled debut, but it sounds mild in comparison. The CD release tacks on a bunch of singles and one-offs. Good to have if you can track it down.