I have my nose buried into my laptop for the afternoon, but I’m taking a quick lunchtime reprieve with another chicken salad wrap and this ‘Last Train to Hicksville…the Home of Happy Feet‘ by Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.
Am I one diverse mofo or what?
This 1987 album released on Geffen is fun, different and weirdly familiar all at once. However, if you were to ask me “Why is he doing this stuff?”, I’d have to admit that I had no idea. It doesn’t particularly fit into any particular movement, but feels like it fits a little into all of them from, say, 1930 through to 1975. There’s country (‘Cowboy’s Dreams No.19‘), old timey (‘My Old Timey Baby‘), Samba (‘Vivante‘) and even show tunes (‘Success‘)…and that’s just Side One. And I have absolutely no fucking idea how to even begin describing ‘The Euphonius Whale‘ on Side Two, believe me!
What else is there to say really? It’s like being teleported from one genre and time frame to another one track after the other, all without leaving the comforts of your comfy chair, or as in my case, this stupid ass office swivel chair.
Pretty cool album cover though, right?
Maybe I should ditch the airplanes and take up collecting albums with trains on the cover instead.