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Detroit, Eddy – “Shock-a-lock-a-lickum” – [Assophon]

Louie Caliente   3/27/2016   12-inch, A Library

Eddy Detroit is a acid-fried satanist biker punk turned free-love hippy bongo player extraordinaire.

Originally from (you guessed it) Detroit, Eddy was on the periphery of the MC5/White Panther scene before moving to Los Angeles in the 70s and getting caught up in the avant-garde punk movement there. In the 80s he moved to Phoenix, where he playing with local bands like the Meat Puppets and becoming an unofficial member of the Sun City Girls.

Recorded between 1979 and 2010, “Shock-A-Lock-A-Lickum” has a more refined sound than the hyper-psychedelic free-folk “Immortal Gods”. The songs are a bit more relaxed and the recording quality is improved. It sounds less like a drug-fueled satanic orgy, and more like a drug-fueled satanic backyard picnic jamboree.

The lyrics are front-and-center in most tracks, almost ballad-like, telling stories of hobos and tramps, and their filthy affairs with the occult, drugs, and general rough-housing. Eddy’s vocals and bongos are accompanied by a wide array of artists playing an equally wide variety of instruments, including mandolin, violin, cello, auto harp, and saw (which I thought was a theremin till I read the credits). The folksy arrangements and sinister lyrics are an unlikely pair, leaving you cheerful and comfortable with the fact that you’ll be spending eternity in hell, where there will be no butter.

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