Monday, June 25, 2007

Root Hog and Get This

Today in Music History:

In 1988, Debbie Gibson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Foolish Beat', making Debbie the youngest female to write, produce and record a US No.1 single.

Jim Dickenson's production and a few extra sidemen makes Root Hog or Die relatively fancy for Mojo. Mojo kicks things off with the hilarious one-two pop-iconography punch of "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child" and "(619) 239- KING" (a plea to locate Elvis who is, as we all know, everywhere) and follows it with a patriotic rendition of "This Land Is Your Land" that devolves into a convincing pitch for that imaginary trash heaven, Mojo World, where ther's waterslides filled with BBQ sauce. Root Hog or Die is Nixon's finest artistic achievement. Jim Dickenson's sparely applied sidemen add some of the funky feel that Mojo, who claims his life was changed by Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music", glorys in. Just about everything here cooks with gas. The unpromising title "Pirate Radio" turns out to be a
Shane-MacGowan-as-Captain-Hook chantey, "Chicken Drop" discharges four-letter-word and junk-Americana obligations in the same song, "I'm a Wreck" warns against excess without moralizing. Definitely Mojo's crowning achievement and I have heard this album described as the best album ever made. Maybe not the best ever, but it's damn sure a top twenty of all time and an absolute must have. As the Dead Milkmen once pointed out, if your store ain't got Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin' - in other words, everybody needs a bit of Mojo in their lives!!!!
192 VBR

1. Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two Headed Love Child
2. (619) 239-KING
3. This Land Is Your Land
4. Pirate Radio
5. Chicken Drop
6. Tennesse Jive
7. Louisiana Liplock
8. I'm A Wreck
9. Legalize It
10. Burn Your Money!
11. Circus Mystery
12. She's Vibrator Dependent
13. High School Football Friday Night

btw mojo encourages online sharing of his music.

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