ALBUM REVIEWS


Hayseed Dixie
WEAPONS OF GRASS DESTRUCTION
COOKING VINYL 9.4.07
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One of those albums that you’re either going to love or hate, “Weapons Of Grass Destruction” was recorded in three days last December, with the band playing each track exactly as they play it live – beer and all. What we have in the final product is both ludicrous and brilliant.

Comprising a mixture of covers and original material, it is very much a challenge to listen to this album without tapping your foot along and whooping. The covers range from the slightly-more-probable tracks of “Poison” by Alice Cooper and “Breaking The Law” by Judas Priest through the unlikely “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones to the ludicrous-but-brilliant “Devil Woman” by Cliff Richard and “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” by Scissor Sisters. Not forgetting the medley of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Cotton Eyed Joe”, of course…And I guarantee each one, with its fast-paced banjo, violin solos and hillbilly rhythm will make you smile.

Out of their original tracks, “The Rider Song” describes the band’s concise demands when they perform, while “She Was Skinny When I Met Her” is exactly what you think it is. In fact, all of their self-penned numbers have a certain honesty about them, but this is what makes them so enjoyable.

It’s hard to criticise a band who make their music so tongue-in-cheek. To enjoy them is to appreciate the fine balance between crap and brilliance, but you get the impression that they know this and love it.

The sort of album that will only get better after a few beers, I highly recommend this, as long as you don’t hold any of the songs they cover too dearly.

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Simon Middleyard