The Amazing Crowns

Holiday Bootleg

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Holiday Bootleg was a rare five-song EP of mostly live tracks recorded at Lupo's in the Amazing Crowns' hometown of Providence, RI, in a single performance on October 10, 1998. The album was self-released by the band and only available at shows or through the website.

The Amazing Crowns were still smarting from their lawsuit with and forced name-change on behalf of the Royal Crown Revue at this point, and they funnel any aggression or ill-will into the intensity of the songs. Two of the tracks, "1965 G.T.O. and "Do the Devil," appear on their first album, and "Greasy" would be recorded in a slightly tamer version for Royal. As this is a "holiday" release (available around December 1998), a recorded Christmas greeting from the band begins the album, followed by a bitter but swinging tune called "One More Christmas (To Put Up With You)." Most quality bootlegs record the energy of the audience as well as the actual performance by the band, and one hears how the crowd matches the band for intensity. Song choruses are sung along with equal gusto, and the rousing Ramones chant from "Do the Devil" ("Hey ho! Let's go!") can be heard long after the music has faded. This record provides just a snippet of an Amazing Crowns show. A full-length live album, Payback Live!, would be released more than a year later, but this short recording still gives a glimpse of how wild the Amazing Crowns could be on stage.