The Bags

Night of the Corn People

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The liner notes of the 2006 CD reissue of this album don't manage to make everything crystal clear, but basically, Night of the Corn People was first issued as a CD in 1991. A few months later, a double-LP vinyl version was issued in Italy, the fourth LP side consisting of material that didn't make it onto the CD. The 2006 CD has everything from the 1991 CD, but does not have the Italian-only fourth LP side, though it does add two bonus tracks from a 1991 single. Whether such fussy archivism was merited is debatable, as it's hard to tell whether the Bags are just a poor hard rock band with some mild alternative and pop influences, or a too-close satire of such hard rock bands. Whatever the case, it's not very good or amusing, and overwrought whether the intention is ballsy power or humor. About 23 minutes is devoted to what's referred to in the CD reissue liners as a "rock opera," "Waiting for Maloney." But if you think a rock opera about a band waiting for a missing member to show up has endless possibilities, you're mistaken.

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