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You Want Alternative Music? Here Is The Real Thing
on October 18, 2002
I am one of the host of people who first met Paul Thorn on the Bob And Tom syndicated radio program. This guy has to be one of the most engaging personalities one is ever to meet. A former professional boxer--son of a revival tent minister, Paul Thorn is an honest and very funny man. Like all of the rest of his albums, Mission Temple Fire Works Stand is a winning collection of comical, tender and heartbreaking songs. Typically the listener first thinks "what the hell is this?" But soon you will take these songs to heart. As strange and unlikely as some of the characters are in Thorn's songs, you know they are real. Anyone who has ever travelled off the main highways and onto the country roads most of America lives on knows that the United States contains millions of wonderful people living the most pecular lives. Paul Thorn has met them--hell, he's one of them.
We here a lot of talk about how we hate the slick and over processed music that is offered to us by the record companies. We seem to buy it anyway. But if you want real alternative music--music and songs that grew from the land and not some creative writing workshop, buy this album. And then buy the rest of Paul Thorn's catalog.