Eugene Chadbourne

Dinosaur on the Way

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More lo-fi live recordings and basement experiments from the mid-'80s: that's what Dinosaur on the Way has to offer. Unlike Fuck the Audio Evolution Network and Biker Music From SE Cambodia, this album is a little more substantial on song material and features a few twisted covers. But if you are allergic to the Doctor's sound collages, don't come here: varispeed recordings, TV/radio excerpts, and crude overlapping of different tracks in the left and right stereo channels often supplant the songs. Opening the madness is "How Can You Kill Me, I'm Already Dead." This very intense piece is followed by two kids singing "The Wiffer Woffer Song" while Chadbourne desperately tries to accompany them. A rendition of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is followed by an utterly strange collage (unless it comes directly from a movie?) indexed over way too many tracks. The Beatles are back with a jazzy "Octopus's Garden" featuring the Chadbournes (Toshinori Kondo, John Zorn, Tom Cora, Mark Kramer, and David Licht) -- if there is any reason to listen to this album, that's the one. Another strange highlight is the collage of a few performances of "Good Lovin'" (was this around the time Bobby McFerrin scored a hit with this song?). The sound quality is often poor, edits are crude, the track listing incomprehensible. Dinosaur on the Way is better approached as a whole artistic statement -- this way you won't have to try to find a specific part among the mess. For educated fans only.

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