Eugene Chadbourne

Kill Eugene

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Subtitled "Live and Solo 1987," Kill Eugene is one of Chadbourne's stronger albums, featuring his typical mix of covers ("Oh Yoko," "8 Miles High," "Purple Haze," a Thelonious Monk medley), left-field originals, and parodies interspersed with bits of dialogue and other tomfoolery. "Ollie's Playhouse" transforms the Pee Wee's Playhouse theme into a topical song about Oliver North, and "The Plunger" explores the sounds that can be made with an amplified plunger. Strange as ever but with enough straightforward material to balance the noise, Kill Eugene contains plenty of Chadbourne's idiosyncratic guitar improvisations and offers some actual songs as well.

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