Camper Van Chadbourne

Eugene Von Beethoven's 69th Sin Funny

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Recorded live at the Knitting Factory in 1989 with most of Camper Van Beethoven (and credited to "Eugene Van Beethoven"), Sin Funny packs close to 80 minutes of music on one disc. The program kicks off with an excellent original ("Let's Go Back in Time") before touching on songs from prior albums ("Ollie's Playhouse," "In the Cemetary"), indulging in cover song craziness (Roger Miller's "Reincarnation," an unrecognizable version of the Beatles' "I'm a Loser"), and foisting upon listeners an excruciating four-part "Rake Quartet." A number of jazz compositions by the likes of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Eric Dolphy are put through the blender, and the result is one of Chadbourne's more challenging albums. Sin Funny exhibits quirky talent and vision galore, but can be an endurance test with its epic length and tendency toward avant jams.

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