Once again it’s time for something a little bit different. In the anticipation of when Knox from The Vibrators and Charlie Harper from the UK Subs, Urban Dogs acoustic album was coming out, I’d forgotten that this release was in the pipeline. Its KNOX AND THE TRAILER TRASH ORCHESTRA with The Knoxville Boy, an album of Country/Hillbilly Blues grooves, like Lou Reed meeting Johnny Cash? The Vibrators, Country and Western? An odd mix, well….not really when you listen to Knox’s lyrics; the murder ballad Juice On, or the love lorn Baby, Baby for example, then listen to their 1990 Unpunked album, and yer half the way to what The Knoxville Boy sounds like. Add the trademark Trailer Trash Orchestra sound of pedal-steel, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, double bass, double guitar and drums., and you’ve got it 11Tracks of Cowboy boot taping stuff (12 if you get it from Itunes)
The fact that Country aint cool makes this album cooler than folk and as punk as fuck! Check out their rendition of The’brators classic the afore mentioned Baby, Baby. (79p on Itunes) and you’ll hear what I mean.
I haven’t got so excited about the country sound since Lash Lariat And The Long Riders in the 80’s or The Rockingbirds and The Walkabouts in the 90’s. So here’s a sneaky preview of a couple of tracks from The Knoxville Boy. Enjoy….then buy. £7.99 on Itunes, as is The Trailer Trash Orchestra’s album Shakin The Dead which is also well worth a listen, if yer partial to a bit of Country Twang. It features their take on The Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated, and an inspired version of Magazine’s Song From Under The Floor Boards (79p on Itunes) and The Vibrators Baby, Baby (minus Knox) If you wanna forget the product placement, there are other download sites, or they’re both available on CD from Trashville.