Spectacles (Star Song SSR-0007) 1979



Somebody get this guy a cup of coffee. Spectacles continues the lunacy with such off-the-wall ditties as ‘God In The Box Drive Through Blues’, ‘Not Just Another Pretty Face’, ‘Body Building’ and ‘Heir Conditioning’, the latter talking about “God’s frozen people”. The Harlem Globetrotters theme, The Byrds, CB radios, ukulele, horses, slide whistle, gunshots, Louis Armstrong and other sundry bizarreness are all gleefully tossed into his always-changing musical brew. Not just a bunch of horsin’ around either, as the more serious-toned ‘Christianity Today’ and title track attest. Kicks up a pretty good Southern rock groove with mean slide guitar on ‘Suffering For The Lord (Lament Of The Would Be Witness)’. Also a country twangin’ cover of Townes Van Zandt’s ‘No Deal’. Hard not to like this guy. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).




01. Heroes
02. Nursery Rhymes
03. God in the Box Drive Through Blues
04. No Deal
05. Spectacles
06. Not Just Another Pretty Voice
07. Body Builder
08. Heir Conditioning
09. Suffering For the Lord
10. Christianity Today