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HAUNTED HEAD

Haunted Head


Kid Congo Powers (the stage name of Brian Tristan) is hardly a kid these days. He is, after all, the veteran garage guitarist from the Gun Club and the Cramps, did a stint with Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, and Haunted Head is the third album he has done with his current band, the Pink Monkey Birds (bassist Kiki Solis, drummer Ron Miller, and guitarist Jesse Roberts). No, he might not be a kid these days, but he's lost none of his youthful goofiness or any urge to stop playing punk garage rock like it never went out of style, which it never truly does. But in Powers' world, Iggy and the Stooges get merged with the Three Stooges, and this is visionary cartoon rock full of surf overtones, fuzzy guitars, and Captain Beefheart lyrics that seem more made up on the spot than actually written. Powers is hardly a great vocalist, sounding more like a beat poet speaking and slightly chanting his latest musings backed by a ragged, kick-ass band channeling the ghost of Screamin' Jay Hawkins backed by the Stones lost in New Orleans at their drunkest. The whole album is a slab of loose noise that somehow gets over on its own verve and kinetics, with songs emerging from the mix in Powers' baritone singing/speaking voice. "Let's Go!" is a fraying, joyous call for motion and action; the opener, "Lurch," does just that, lurching about like a delightful lost surf tune on too much whiskey; and "Killer Diller" somehow works as a tribute to comedian Phyllis Diller merged with the 1950s ghost of Jerry Lee Lewis. "Dance Me Swamply" is Powers' version of a love song, although even it exists in a strange twilight world of juju cartoons. This is Kid Congo Powers. He may not be a kid anymore, but he isn't too big on changing his style, which is a good thing. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: In the Red Records
  • UPC: 759718524024
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Track listings

  • 1. Lurch
  • 2. Su Su
  • 3. Killer Diller
  • 4. I Don't Like
  • 5. Rad Lords Return, The
  • 6. Haunted Head
  • 7. Lady Hawke Blues
  • 8. Let's Go!
  • 9. Loud + Proud
  • 10. 222
  • 11. Dance Me Swamply
  • 12. Lamonts Requiem [Instrumental]
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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