Static from the Outside Set is the 14th volume in the Carnival Folklore Resurrection series. It seems like it has gone on forever because it has -- well, since 2000, anyway. But issuing 14 recordings in six years is amazing -- especially when one considers that this is a side project for the Sun City Girls; in all, they've released over 40 full-length recordings in 21 years The Carnival Folklore Resurrection albums are editions of actual radio appearances by SCG. This one was recorded for the BBC's Radio Lancashire program On the Wire. Those familiar with the series or SCG, in particular, will know just how insane these broadcasts can be. Essentially, what happens is the band take over the studio and cut loose. The corpse of Mexican film legend Cantinflas hosts the program, and every manner of strange soundbite trimmings from radio and television, rock & roll, freaked out heavy metal improvisation, Appalachian folk, blues, country, reggae, serial film music, Oriental and Occidental traditional musics, and everything else in between. It's sheer insanity, pure fun, and utterly outrageous. The amazing thing about this series is how different each of these recordings are from one another. Here are rare cover versions of tunes like "Gently Johnny" and "Gimme That Wine," some unreleased originals, and some crazy radio bits like "Sacrifice in the USA." For fans this is one is necessary.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek