I know it ain't a pretty picture, but when you were conceived,
your parents were listening to Duran Duran's "Hungry
Like The Wolf". Now you're fifteen and its high time you
found something to rebel against, and you're likely to gravitate
towards what your toads were against. Grandparents and grandchildren
being natural allies, you can soon expect this sage advice, "Sting?
That aint no kind of rock'n roll I never done heard of. Why when
I took your Grandma into my custom van there was some kick-ass
music and its name was Grand Funk Fucking Railroad!
Margaret pass that doobie, you hot bit of sassafras." And
Adult Situations is so accurate in it's depiction of 70's
stoner rock that your burnout buddies will think The James
Gang reformed. That is, if they remember the breakup. Eli
"Hide your heart" Eckert sings rough blues like
Hendrix, while the band works the electrified soul time
machine. They're fond of back-stepping rhythms that catch the
twin guitar lines off guard. The wanking is kept to a bare minimum,
just enough to break the sludge of the low end. Each tune is loaded
with all the hooks and switch-backs a testosterone junky requires.
From CIA stories (Company Man) to the original powdered wig clad
pianist (The Bitch Is Bach) the subjects are all over the map.
Confounding and humorous lyrics are the rule, exemplified in "Fried
Chicken Cadillac", "Who's afraid of the left-hand cigarette/It's
a little to the left/and lower to the right." Eckert's delivery
is so committed that some of these slip right by unnoticed.
Dark Horse touches on roadhouse and southern boogie, but
you won't find self-indulgent hippie jamming. When the musical
point is made they move on down the road. On a scale of R.
Crumb t-shirts: one being Mr Natural, and ten being
Keep On Trucking; Adult Situations gets an eight,
Just Passin' Through.
1. National Lust
2. Lube Job
4. Fried Chicken Cadillac
5. The Bitch is Bach
6. Company Man
8. Ascension Strut
9. One Dollar Records
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