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Kerosene Hat

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Cracker - Kerosene Hat - Cd

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Many alternative-rock fans considered Camper Van Beethoven an important band, but I wasn't among them. Guitarist/vocalist David Lowerey always seemed smarmy and ridiculously happy with his own cleverness. Lowrey's new band, Cracker, has the potential to be even more annoying, since the quartet places the spotlight solely on its leader and songwriter, but its self-titled 1992 debut was a strong effort with a smart, infectious single ("Teen Angst"), and Kerosene Hat is even better. Recorded with stripped- down simplicity on an abandoned soundstage at the edge of the Mojave desert, the album concentrates on the band's undeniably catchy country-flavored garage punk. "Go For A Ride" is perfect highway music, and the single "Low" is almost as good as "Teen Angst." Unfortunately, the most inspired title and song topic-"Hi Desert Biker Meth Lab"-turns out to be wasted on a short snippet of noise and studio chatter. --Jim DeRogatis

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Low
  2. Movie Star
  3. Get Off This
  4. Kerosene Hat
  5. Take Me Down To The Infirmary
  6. Nostalgia
  7. Sweet Potato
  8. Sick Of Goodbyes
  9. I Want Everything
  10. Lonesome Johnny Blues
  11. Let's Go For A Ride
  12. Loser
  13. Silent
  14. Silent
  15. Hi-Desert Biker Meth Lab
  16. Silent
  17. Silent
  18. Silent
  19. Silent
  20. Silent
  21. Silent
  22. Silent
  23. Silent
  24. Silent
  25. Silent
  26. Silent
  27. Silent
  28. Silent
  29. Silent
  30. Silent
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  32. Silent
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  36. Silent
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  68. Silent
  69. Euro Trash Girl
  70. Silent
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  84. Silent
  85. Silent
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  87. Silent
  88. Take Me (Back) To You
  89. Silent
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  96. Silent
  97. Silent
  98. Silent
  99. Kerosene Hat (Demo)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: August 24, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000W4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the first albums in my now gigantic collection, Kerosene Hat is an odd man out, difficult to categorize despite its familiar roots-rock sound. Oddly romantic-sounding without trying to be (actually, all the more so for the fact that its blunt irony and unforced wittiness removes all "romatic" cliches leaving it sounding surprisingly honest and clear of hackneyed sentimentalism) it seems closer in hindsight to "alt-country" than to any of its grunge-rock contemporaries. I'd place it in the same basic category as the Jayhawks' "Hollywood Town Hall" which came out around the same time. What amazes me is that an album like this actually contained some "hits" which appealed to the popular consciousness enough to get Cracker on MTV and all over burgeoning alt-rock radio stations. Usually bands this intelligent are doomed to obscurity, for record geeks like me (and possibly you) to find and treasure while our girlfriends roll their eyes.
Like one reviewer below, I too would listen to this album back in high school and dream of beautiful women. I see no shame in that. It's an album that induces such hopefulness (or wishful thinking), and that's saying something for it. No it's not "Exile on Main Street" but it's in that vein for those of us who lived and breathed the early alt-rock movement, before crass commericialism sucked all the life out of it.
I'll conclude this diatribe by urging Cracker to create another album this good. I know they'll never read this, but in case someone who knows them does, please pass on the message.
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I'm ordering Cracker's The Golden Age, which, for some reason, I don't own, and I started reading the reviews for Kerosene Hat. It's very validating to read that others feel like I do--that this album is pure brilliance from start to finish. I've had it for years, of course, and keep returning to it again and again (along with the 3 other Cracker albums I own). It's one of the 15 or so CDs I have that never get to rest for long. One of my best memories of it, however, came only a couple of years ago when I discovered that, like me, my cousin is a huge Cracker fan. A few months later, a group of us were walking to a free Cracker show at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York, and he and I started singing "Take Me Down to the Infirmary" at the top of our lungs. Every time I listen to the album, I hear something new to love. The songs are so well written and executed while sounding spontaneous and real, not slick and manufactured. I like that Cracker is not hugely popular. I don't want to share with just anybody. In conclusion, here's a great description of the band I read in some online review a few years ago (can't remember where, or the exact wording, but thanks, whoever you are....): "Cracker is the most normal weird band out there and the weirdest normal band out there."
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Cracker's Kerosene Hat is one of those albums i picked up in the 90s based on radio play. Back then, there was no itunes or any other kind of network sampling that allowed you to hear the albums before you bought them, or simply download the tune that you fancied and leave the rest to the dogs, as people tend to do nowadays. For me, of course, this song was the hit single, "Low." And unlike many CDs i picked up on whim that eventually ended up in the dollar bins, this album is certainly a keeper, and I would recommend the heck out of it to this day.

I remember thinking, immediately after putting this thing in my discman (damn am i dating myself), that this should have exploded with hits. Almost every song here is easily singable, catchy, contagious, fun, perfect material for radio play, even then. Songs such as Nostalgia, Sweet Potato, and Eurotrash girl (why the HELL is this a only a bonus track instead of a legitimately listed song) could easily have been singles. I won't get into too many Rolling Stones comparisons, as many have made, but the influence is definitely here. The fun, bluesy, steady upbeat atmosphere on this record certainly recalls many moments of Exile on Main Street...even though there is much more influence on the debut (list to Honky Tonk Woman, then listen to Mr. Wrong). But I digress.

Now, if you're familiar with Cracker, chances are you are familiar with this album, or at least have an idea of what to expect. But since you are shopping and viewing this product (maybe because you, like myself, heard Low, maybe you are familiar with David Lowrey's solo career, or maybe randomly own a different Cracker release), I'll try and outline it for you.

Before I do that, however, let me mention that this was a bit of a black sheep upon it's release.
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Hidden tracks and tomfoolery highlight this effort from Central Virginia transplants, Cracker. Often featured artists at the Capital City Barn Dance, this band lends itself to utilizing all available means to produce lighthearted entertainment. From hardrocking tracks such as 'Let's go for a Ride' and 'Movie Star' to the melancholic anthem on the hidden track 'Eurotrash Girl,' (Suggestively hidden on track 69 of the CD)this Disc is sure to provide a wonderful soundtrack for any sort of frivolity. Frontman David Lowery displays the full range of emotions from happy-go-lucky to shit-out-of-luck. Guitarist Johnny Hickman's soulful eclectic style complements Lowery and his very emotional presentations.
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