The Polkaholics

The Polkaholics

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Imagine Larry Kirwin (Black 47 vocalist) teaming up with the Sex Pistols and incorporating an obvious polka beat with a roadhouse flavor. A little convoluted you say? Then check out the Polkaholics from Chicago. A guitar, bass, and drums trio, they are redefining the much maligned art form known as polka. No brass. No accordion. Just screeching and wailing guitars coupled with polka classics and originals that, not surprisingly, can induce the same degree of participatory involvement in young and old half-steppers alike. You've heard "Happy Wanderer," "In Heaven There Is No Beer," "Julida Polka," and "E.I.O. Polka" performed by everyone from Frankie Yankovic to Eddie Blazonczyk as well as Brave Combo, but never before have these songs been stripped down and reconstructed with such a vengeance while still retaining their melody, bounce, and inherent joviality. "Who Stole the Kishka" and the Yankovic staple "Baby Doll Polka" are the most enjoyable tracks on this album and may be the avenue necessary to convert either old-school polka fans to this new hybrid or conversely transform the most ardent punk rockers to the "beautiful sounds" of Myron Floren.

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