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Spend A Night In The Box
Album Review witten by John Fortunato

After nearly a dozen recordings, Dallas psychobilly wildman Reverend Horton Heat (Jim Heath) continues to spew out swamp-rooted boogie with plenty of conviction, spontaneity, and grit on the Paul Leary-produced Spend a Night in the Box (the title conveniently clipped from Cool Hand Luke). Whether delivering boisterous car "toons," booze-soaked parodies, or songs 'bout chicks, the Rev stimulates juvenile fratboys by sticking to lowest common-denominator schtick and frenzied, punk-imbibed country.

He kicks into high gear on the turbo-charged "Big D Boogie Woogie" and the hilarious, Mojo Nixon-derived car-crash ditty "Sue Jack Daniels." He derides domesticity on the struttin' jailhouse title tune, then apologizes to his lover on the slow, honky-tonk tearjerker "The Bedroom Again" (a song Lefty Frizzell would've killed for).

By selling his soul to the devil long ago, this Reverend has left the comparably sane competition in the dust.

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