Where did they find this thing? Recorded in Sausalito as part of the Live at the Record Plant series, Mayhem Aforethought is Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys at their rawest. The gig was a finishing touch on the band's successful weeklong stand in the Bay Area with Commander Cody. Kinkymania was at its peak in 1973; the band had been playing sold-out shows in Texas and at Max's Kansas City in New York. The audience for the evening included Jerry Garcia and Ken Kesey. All the "hits" are here, from "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to You," "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed," "Sold American," and (of course) "Ride 'Em Jewboy." The band, which included Billy Swan, is in fine form here, playing authentic Texas barroom honky tonk with lyrics guaranteed to offend everyone at the time; it's politically savvy and incorrect, sexist and rowdy, and alternately hilarious, smart, and obnoxious. As a historical document Mayhem Aforethought's worth is unquestionable, and it's more consistent than any of the band's studio recordings on Vanguard.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek