Deja Voodoo

Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die

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Originally recorded in 1985 for release in Europe, where Deja Voodoo had accumulated a rabid following, the Canadian version of Too Cool to Live tacks on one song and cleans up the rest. It's a bit too short to be a proper LP, with the duo blasting through nine tracks at a turbocharged punk-tinged pace, but there's no shortage of good tracks. The title track opens the album, setting the mood right away, seguing into the herky-jerky "Take Out the Trash"; later Gerard Van Herk admits that he wants "Bugs for Christmas" and then does a very Voodoo cover of Leiber & Stoller's "Down in Mexico." It'd be negligent not to mention the fact that this is the release containing what would become Deja Voodoo's signature song, a cover of the old Sun Records single "Cheese and Crackers," a song that would cause Van Herk to leap across the stage and land on his knees when performing live. While you won't get to see that here (and be assured it's quite a sight), it's still the highlight on a release that's already well worth having.

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