Deja Voodoo

Big Pile of Mud

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For Big Pile of Mud, Deja Voodoo didn't change too much, though there is more of a relaxed feel on this album. On the opening track, Gerard Van Herk sings about his girlfriend in true sludgebilly style, and elsewhere cuts down people who wear brown leather jackets or charge exorbitant prices for import albums. There's a sequel to the band's earlier single, Monsters in My Garage, in which the monsters tie the knot, and there are even a couple of covers, de rigueur on any Voodoo album (this time it's Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie" and Jonathan Richman's "Dodge Veg-o-Matic." As it turned out, this would be the band's last studio album; the pressures of running both record label and band would cause Van Herk and Tony Dewald to fold both and start new careers: Van Herk as a linguist, and Dewald as a brewmeister (how Canadian, eh?).

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