Eugene Chadbourne

I've Been Everywhere

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This 1988 album, credited to "Doctor Eugene Chadbourne," features such gems as a manic version of Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere," a Buck Owens medley, and several strong originals. In addition to the usual answering machine messages and between-track silliness is Chadbourne's mom's recollections of Nazi-era Germany, which are interesting but have nothing to do with the rest of the album, and, in fact, provide a jarring juxtaposition with the humorous songs. In what must be one of the most fitting collaborations in Chadbourne's history, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy appears as a guest. I've Been Everywhere is entertaining on many different levels but very strange.