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Holiday in Dirt

Stan RidgwayAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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It's been a long and influential road for the songwriter/guitarist and original Wall Of Voodoo vocalist. His darkly humorous, and richly cinematic musical tales of the ironies inside the American Dream have been compared to other classic songwriting iconoclasts like Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and even hard boiled mystery writers like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson, as well as ... Read more in Amazon's Stan Ridgway Store

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00005Y1TG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beloved Movie Star
2. Operator Help Me
3. Time Inside
4. End Of The Line
5. Garage Band '69
6. Bing Can't Walk
7. Brand New Special And Unique
8. After The Storm
9. Foundering
10. Amnesia
11. Whatever Happened To You?
12. Act Of Faith
13. Beloved Movie Star Redux

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Roaming a psychedelic no-man's land where Tom Waits and Jack Kerouac might converge, Stan Ridgway is an inimitable singer and precision essayist whose song characters wear life's grit under their fingernails. It's doubtful Ridgway ever broke the legs of a no-goodnik named Bing, but gosh darn if you're not thoroughly convinced of it by the end of "Bing Can't Walk," one of a handful of creaky, ramshackle gems gathered together on the odds-and-sods Holiday in Dirt. He may scribble outside the lines musically, but Ridgway's harp-goosed, art-rock vignettes are enormously detailed--witness the bloopy, futuristic "After the Storm," the eerily straight-faced midtempo rocker "Whatever Happened to You?" or the unlisted cover of Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," cheekily delivered in a character that might have been crafted by Bill Murray circa Caddyshack. Admittedly an acquired taste, Ridgway repays diligence with cartwheeling, consistently unexpected, possibly true parables sucked straight out of the twilight zone that is contemporary America. If Jackson Pollack paintings had sound, they'd probably sound a lot like this. --Kim Hughes

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintange Stan! September 27, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Holidays in Dirt" is a remarkably cohesive album, considering that it's made up of rare and/or unreleased material. In fact, it holds up as well as any of Stan's better albums, and sounds more like an album than "Anatomy" (which to me felt more like it was cobbled together from bits and pieces).
HID has everything that has endured me to SR over the years. Losers and hard luck cases and guys named Pete whose lives didn't turn out quite the way they planned. Moments of joy and moments of desperation and moments of unbearable angst. Atmosphere pieces that make you check in the closets and under the bed.
Great stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Complain. March 8, 2002
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It was a nice idea for Stan to give his fans some unreleased tracks to munch on. There are some good songs here like "My Beloved Movie Star" both versions, "Garage Band '69", "Bing Can't Walk" and "Whatever Happened To You?" But some of the other songs are not as memorable such as "Time Inside", "Act Of Faith" or "Amnesia". As always, Stan's trademark quirky humor is present in abundance here, and what would a Ridgway cd be without it? "Holiday In Dirt" is a nice appetizer while we wait for new material.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday In Dirt February 24, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Holiday In Dirt is a collection of rare and unreleased tracks, but it hangs together
well. While there's no unifying concept to the disc, it's cohesive and has a strong
sense of place. Ridgway is to Los Angeles as Lou Reed is to New York -- no place
else could have produced him. He mixes the traditional with the new and has an
openness to music as pure sound that comes, I think, from growing up in a city
whose major industry is movies. Working in that atmosphere (at least one website
indicates that Wall of Voodoo was formed to write music for low-budget movies)
may have suggested to him the dramatic possibilities of sound -- a particularly
important discovery for someone whose narratives are so complex.
Whatever his influences, the salient feature of Ridgway's discs is their sonic
richness. The quality of his recordings is especially impressive given that the last
three have been independent releases produced, one assumes, on limited
budgets. His discs have a lot going on in them, but everything's spread out across a
wide soundstage in a kind of aural Cinemascope. For all the sonic detail Ridgway
puts into his music, it rarely feels crowded. When a song does seem densely
packed, as does "End of the Line" here, it sounds intentionally so.
Holiday In Dirt contains two versions of "Beloved Movie Star" that shed some light
on how Ridgway works. The first version, which opens the disc, is a lush
arrangement that features a Duane Eddy-like guitar, drenched in reverb and
tremolo, and a strummed harp. Synthesizers and other keyboards create a wash of
sound that carries Ridgway's voice along. The second version is an earlier, demo
recording of the track. It's much more spare.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dust and More! March 13, 2002
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Stan Ridgway exists in the Artist's Limbo that belongs to cult figures who aren't Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, or Marianne Faithful. No press, just a lonely cadre of fans...

It's a hodgepodge of bits and pieces left off other records, and as such, is a great B-side collection. His electronic dust-bowl music (pinned down by tasteful acoustic rhythm guitar and the occasional electric lead) carries it's wonderful atmosphere throughout the collection. There are snags, of course. "End of the Line" has not only been included on another collection, but it's not nearly as good as he thinks it is. And occasionally his reliance on electronics does him in, as is the case on ....well a few tracks just end up seeming dated, that's all.

It's not his fault.

This is music noir, mystery on a CD....great Raymond Chandler narratives (Ridgway is more of a hardboiled storyteller than anything else)...and well, desert folk-rock, if such a thing exists...

Great but not legendary....so, 4 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a collection. March 3, 2002
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Perhaps it says something that I reserved a copy of this CD months before it was released. That bias disclosed, this is perhaps Stan's most lovely gem. Ridgway's songs are truly gem-like in that they have deep, rich colors and clear reflective surfaces both musically and lyrically. These are cuts that never made his prior albums, but they are by no means second-stringers.
Some highlights:
"Beloved Movie Star" has a terrific chorused Strat lick couple with rich doubled vocals, and tells the story a fans infatuation with a matinee idol. He even puts a harp to good us in creating a bright, textured sound.
"Operator Help Me" starts with percussive piano chords keeping time with a quasi-western beat. "Operator help me, there's sound out in the street. And it just keeps getting louder as I speak. No one here to help me as I live here all alone. But the street his as always is my home. As the sun goes down and all the people go inside, yeah they lock their doors ... Nobody comes until a body hits the ground and you send somebody to stop this sound."
"Time Inside" has a jazzy feel with a interesting chord progression of major and minor chords, coupled with a great base line and nice guitar work. Love the melodic switches. A bit of a Led Zeppelin guitar sound.
"End of the Line" is a straightforward early solo-style song reminiscent of his first album after Wall of Voodoo.
It gets better and better as you listen.
More, Stan, more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars "Rare and unreleased" songs that are about 1/2 good
I picked this one up in 2004 following the release of the great SNAKEBITE (see my review), but never reviewed it until now. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by Autonomeus
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan's Still Got It
Since Wall of Voodoo broke up many moons ago, Stan has continued to release CDs periodically. I have all his studio CDs, except the "old favorites" one, and he consistently brings... Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by Stanley C. Sargent
2.0 out of 5 stars Obscure songs that were obscure for a reason
For people who must have everything Stan Ridgway recorded, this is another item for their collections. I only want the good stuff. Read more
Published on August 25, 2005 by Eric J. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars He's My Beloved Movie Star
Stan Ridgway is not for everybody, agreed. However, I have never ever grown tired of listening to any of his songs. Read more
Published on December 18, 2004 by Joe
2.0 out of 5 stars Let's Cut the Holiday short
I like Stan, but this one is just a mish-mash of leftovers that didn't make it onto previous albums, usually with good reason. Read more
Published on February 18, 2004 by L. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, for a B-sides album
I don't mind B-sides albums, and R.E.M.'s Dead Letter Office is one of the best I've enjoyed, but parts of Holiday in Dirt seem a little underdone. Read more
Published on November 16, 2003 by "hendershotr"
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Saw Stan Live, All Tracks Great !
Stan was fabulous at the Coach House in Southern California last month! He is truly a performer and a superb story teller! Read more
Published on July 14, 2002 by Mike Widner
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture this...
You're driving along a deserted desert highway in....oh, say...New Mexico, on a warm summer evening. Read more
Published on March 29, 2002 by Jeffrey W. Behm
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Delon Says...get dirty now!
"I wish I was in Tijuana/Eating barbecued iguana." Stan Ridgway could have had no idea when he penned those lines twenty years ago that they would be some of the most... Read more
Published on February 26, 2002
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