Not at all for purists, The Essential Fucked Up Blues is about as punk as it can get and still claim a blues base to the music. Chetley "Cheetah" Weise screams demented, barely discernable lyrics and blasts ballsy Delta and Chicago riffs with as much distorted fury as he sings. Doug "The Boss" Sherrard drums with a static determination that is nonetheless appropriate to the sheer bombast of the tunes. The two-man band format leaves much to be desired (not to mention a giant hole in rythymic integrity), but Weise's riffs, while never digging very deep in terms of traditional blues playing, are never cliché. A ten-minute marathon cover of Muddy Water's "Rollin' Stone" (only recognizable for the first minute or so by the signature riff) closes the album. It's an exhausting, yet utterly exciting, album.
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AllMusic Review by John Duffy