Legendary Stardust Cowboy

Rock-It to Stardom

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Rock-It to Stardom is a fun record on multiple levels. Instrument-wise, it's good stripped-down rockabilly with crashing, repetitive drums and guitars flailing all about. Norman Carl Odam (the Legendary Stardust Cowboy himself) screams and whoops wildly. As a vocalist, he's up there with Wild Man Fischer in volume and wildness, and Lucia Pamela in content. He sings not infrequently about space travel, the moon, and often nothing intelligible at all. One could appreciate this as a great rockabilly record, a pseudo-psychedelic freakout, or an Irwin Chusid-style marginal novelty. (In fact, Odam was featured in Chusid's book on "outsider music," entitled Songs in the Key of Z.) Odam and his band, the West Texas Sci-Clones, display an admirable range of songwriting styles, each of them recorded in an appropriately strange and deranged style. There are a few hard-driving tracks, some Texas lounge numbers, and even a ballad addressed to "Mr. Songwriter." Aside from the music, Rock-It to Stardom also treats the listener to some interviews and spoken word portions. In one, Odam states his intention to be the first person to obtain an international passport so that he might travel to other planets.

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