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Onward Christian Slater
     

Onward Christian Slater

by Bert Susanka
 
Onward Christian Slater is just the kind of smarmy pop culture wink of an album title that usually portends smug awfulness within the grooves. Surprisingly, the title song itself kicks off the album with a gloriously kitschy blast of twangy surf guitar, mariachi trumpets, space age bachelor pad percussion and wordless choral vocals, like a cross between the

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Onward Christian Slater is just the kind of smarmy pop culture wink of an album title that usually portends smug awfulness within the grooves. Surprisingly, the title song itself kicks off the album with a gloriously kitschy blast of twangy surf guitar, mariachi trumpets, space age bachelor pad percussion and wordless choral vocals, like a cross between the opening section of Frank Zappa's Lumpy Gravy and an Esquivel album. Naturally, this then leads into a cheerful bubblegum-punk tune about the joys of the fishing life, complete with Beach Boys-style backing vocals. Bert Susanka, better known as the leader of the cult pop-punk act the Ziggens, isn't even pretending to make his first solo album musically or tonally consistent: bits of power pop, mopey indie rock gloom, ska and rockabilly flit through these 18 songs, and for every two goofball tunes like "They Don't Want Me in the NBA" and "When All the Beer Is Gone," there's a more serious, even mature tune like "So Many Tears" or "The Vicissitudes of Life" that's closer in tone to, say, the Weakerthans. Onward Christian Slater is a roller-coaster ride, then, and occasionally, it does descend to the cutesiness of its title, but it's an unpretentious gem that may well appeal to fans of the Queers or the Mr. T Experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Cornerstone Ras
UPC:
0788377104520
catalogNumber:
56
Rank:
234060

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Performance Credits

Bert Susanka   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Shouts,Hollers,Guitar (Nylon String)
Miguel   Guitar
Farmer   Trombone
Brian   Trumpet
Rob Perez   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Ukulele,Background Vocals,E-bow,Soloist
Norman Tabernacle Chainsaw Massacre Chorus   Background Vocals
Dave Owns   Drums
Gary Fitch   Spoken Word
Ryan McCusker   Drums
Dave Owens   Drums
Bob Masters   Trumpet
Filthy Scent   Rap
Ryella Robinson Linder   Background Vocals
Chris Dumm   Jew's Harp
Beacon   Flute
Dani Armstrong   Background Vocals
Sandy Bergas   Clarinet
Susan Susanka   Spoken Word
Erich Wood   Spoken Word
Roger Malinowski   Accordion

Technical Credits

Rob Perez   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production,Loop Programming

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